If your movie calls for ”The World’s Most Beautiful Woman” Ursula Andress certainly fits the bill. Ursula was ravishing as Ayesha, She Who Must Be Obeyed in “She”, Hammer Films adaptation of H. Rider Haggard’s novel of the same name. ”She” is a pretty interesting Hammer film. It was the most expensive Hammer movie ever made (at the time). You also get Hammer departing from horror films into what is basically pulp serial territory. And since it IS still a Hammer film, you also get Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. I’ve heard that the 1887 book is pretty good also and I’ve always wanted to check it out, especially once I learned that She and Allan Quatermain cross paths in one of Haggard’s later books. I’m curious to discover how that plays out.
Ursula Andress is iconically known as Honey Ryder, the first and best of the Bond girls. She also shows up as Aphrodite in “Clash of the Titans”. “Slave of the Cannibal God” is worth mentioning if your cult movie interests skew towards shock cinema, gore, animal cruelty, and a nude Ursula Andress tied up and rubbed down by native women.
Personally, my favorite Ursula movie is The 10th Victim. It’s basically The Hunger Games or Running Man with a little Austin Powers in the mix. The design of the film is experimental and brilliant (when it isn’t just bizarre). And of course Ursula in her prime was astonishingly sexy.
Ursula’s high caliber bikini from The 10th Victim.