Fiona Volpe in Thunderball
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Actress Luciana Paluzzi was one of many voluptuous Italian brunettes groomed for international stardom in the wake of Gina Lollobrigida. Working both sides of the Atlantic in the '50s in such films as Three Coins in the Fountain (1954) and Sea Fury (1958), Ms. Paluzzi was given a chance at American TV stardom in the role of Simone Genet on the 1959 espionage weekly Five Fingers.
In 1965, she met the Bond producers to be considered for the lead girl Domino Derval in Thunderball. While that role eventually went to former Miss France, Claudine Auger, director Terence Young offered her the villainess role of Fiona Volpe - one of the few women on this planet able to resist the charms of Mr. Bond; perhaps as punishment for this, Fiona is killed on the dance floor by her own companions, whereupon James deposits her body at a nearby table and says "Do you mind if my partner sits this one out? She's just dead."
This box-office blockbuster enabled Luciana Paluzzi to extend her European starring career well into the '70s in both the US and Europe, with films such as Captain Nemo And The Underwater City (1969), The Six Million Dollar Man (1973), The Klansman (1974) and The Greek Tycoon (1978).
She lives in California with movie-executive husband Michael Solomon.
Luciana Paluzzi Filmography