Her emergence from the sea, bikini-clad, in the first James
Bond film, Dr.
No (1962), provided the swinging sixties with its
splashy equivalent of the Birth of Venus; none of her subsequent,
multifarious film appearances has been nearly as memorable.
She had appeared in several racy-for-their-time Italian
pictures beginning with 1954's The Loves of Casanova
and has not shown terrific discrimination or talent since.
Her stoic beauty-and the Bond notoriety propelled her career
in the 1960s, with such credits as 4 for Texas, Fun
in Acapulco (both 1963, the latter with Elvis Presley),
She, What's New, Pussycat?, The Tenth Victim
(all 1965), The Blue Max (1966), and Casino Royale
(1967), but by the 1970s she had exhausted her appeal and
showed little but her epidermis in The Sensuous Nurse
(1976) and Slaves of the Cannibal God (1978). Once
married to actor John Derek (with whom she costarred in
1965's Nightmare in the Sun she met much younger
hunk Harry Hamlin on the set of Clash of the Titans
(1981) and later bore his child.