Daniela Bianchi in 1963
31 January 1942 |
Born in Rome, Bianchi was the first runner-up in the 1960 Miss Universe contest, where she was also voted Miss Photogenic by the press. Her film career began in 1958. In From Russia with Love her voice was dubbed by Barbara Jefford due to Bianchi's heavy accent. She was the youngest actress (age 21) to play a Bond girl prior to Alison Doody (age 18 in A View to a Kill). She remains the youngest actress to play a leading Bond girl.
Bianchi made a number of French and Italian movies after From Russia with Love, the last being Scacco Internazionale in 1968. One of her later films was Operation Kid Brother (also known as OK Connery and Operation Double 007), which was a James Bond spoof filmed in English (though Bianchi was again dubbed) and starring Sean Connery's brother, Neil Connery. Her only role in an American production was in the Dr. Kildare three-part story "Rome Will Never Leave You."
In 2012 Bianchi appeared in a small role in the documentary film We're Nothing Like James Bond.
- En cas de malheur (1958) (uncredited) ... aka Love Is My Profession (USA)
- Les Démons de minuit (1961) ... aka Midnight Folly
- Una domenica d'estate (1962) as Donatella ... aka Always on Sunday (USA)
- La spada del Cid (1962) as Elvira ... aka The Sword of El Cid
- From Russia with Love (1963) as Tatiana Romanova
- Dr. Kildare as Francesca Paolini (3 episodes, 1964)
- Le Tigre aime la chair fraiche (1964) as Mehlica Baskine ... aka Code Name: Tiger (USA)
- Slalom (1965) as Nadia ... aka Snow Job (USA: TV title)
- L'ombrellone (1966) as Isabella Dominici ... aka Weekend, Italian Style
- Zarabanda Bing Bing (1966) as Mercedes ... aka Balearic Caper (USA)
- Special Mission Lady Chaplin (1966) as Lady Arabella Chaplin ... aka Operation Lady Chaplin
- Requiem per un agente segreto (1966) as Evelyn ... aka Requiem for a Secret Agent (USA)
- Troppo per vivere... poco per morire (1967) as Arabella ... aka Your Turn to Die
- O.K. Connery (1967) as Maya Rafis ... aka Operation Kid Brother (USA)
- Dalle Ardenne all'inferno (1967) as Kristina von Keist ... aka Dirty Heroes (USA)
- Scacco internazionale (1968) as Helen Harris ... aka The Last Chance (USA)
- Noi non siamo come James Bond (2012) as herself ... aka We're Nothing Like James Bond
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