Licence to thrill: Ursula Andress voted best Bond beach body of all time (and Daniel Craig comes in third!)
16:43 GMT, 20 July 2012
Actress Ursula Andress has been voted Britain’s all-time favourite Bond beach babe.
She topped the poll thanks to the unforgettable moment when her character Honey Ryder – emerged from the ocean in the 1962 film Dr No that starred Sean Connery as agent James Bond.
The Swiss actress’s sex appeal was undeniable – all blonde hair, bronzed body and that belted white bikini – complete with knife holster – makes her the number one choice for Bond fans, according to department store Debenhams.
Best in show: Ursula Andress, Honey Ryder in the 1962 film Dr No, has been voted the number one Bond beach babe of all time
Berry nice: Halle Berry came second in the Bond beach bodies poll for her performance a Jinx Johnson in Die Another Day
It was the first ever James Bond movie made – and won Andress, who is now 76, a Golden Globe for her performance – and its award-winning aesthetic has more than stood the test of time.
Halle Berry, 45, who played Jinx Johnson in Die Another Day, followed by a surprise entry for 44-year-old Bond actor Daniel Craig – who is clearly considered an extremely popular 'Beach Babe' among women voters.
Debenhams, who carried out the survey, noted that the winning Bond girls had one thing in common – their curvy figures.
Debenhams spokeswoman Sasha Nagalingam said: 'The voluptuous look is still coveted by women – and enjoyed by men – all over the country.
'A fuller figure is still considered to be a mark of true beauty – and no one should be worried about showing it off to good effect on the beach this summer.'
Daniel Craig sent sales of 'budgie-smugglers' soaring when he stepped out of the sea in his GrigioPerla shorts in the 2006 Bond film Casino Royale
The department store says that demand for gel-filled, cleavage-boosting bikini tops have already increased by 132 per cent since last year – a sighat n twomen are looking for a curvier look on the beach this season.
Trends for men's swimwear have changed too – in large part thanks to the Bond effect.
After Daniel Craig stepped out of the sea in his short blue GrigioPerla trunks in the 2006 film Casino Royale (and set the female of the species' collective heart a-fluttering), sales of tight trunks soared, while sales of baggy surf shorts plummeted.
In response, Debenhams say this year they are stocking 24 per cent more retro-style slim fit trunks than they were last year.
But now, the influential actor is set to have the a similar effect – as he emerges from the ocean in the new Bond film Skyfall out in October wearing a different pair of baby blue shorts.
This time round Daniel Craig will be wearing a pair of Setter shorts by luxury British swimwear designer Orlebar Brown (www.orlebarbrown.co.uk).
The 125 swim shorts are already a firm favourite with celebrities including Hugh Jackman and Jamie Redknapp – and the looser style is likely to send swimwear sales on yet another tangent.
That, readers, is the power of the Bond beach babe.
BOND'S BEACH BABES: THE TOP 15
Surprise entry at number three: Daniel Craig in Casino Royale
Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress) – Dr No
Jinx Johnson (Halle Berry) – Die Another Day
James Bond (Daniel Craig) – Casino Royale
Solange (Caterina Murano) – Casino Royale
Dominique Derval (Claudine Auger) -Thunderball
Domino Petachi (Kim Basinger) – Never Say Never Again
Major Anya Amasova (Barbara Bach) – The Spy Who Loved Me
Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) – Goldfinger
Andrea Anders (Maud Adams) – The Man With The Golden Gun
Mary Goodnight (Britt Ekland) – The Man With The Golden Gun
Lupe Lamora (Talisa Soto) – Licence To Kill
Rosie Carver (Gloria Hendry) – Live And Let Die
Tiffany Case (Jill St. John) – Diamonds Are Forever
Kissy Suzuki (Mie Hamma) – You Only Live Twice
May day (Grace Jones) – A View To A Kill
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