Miss Moneypenny in Casino Royale
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Barbara Bouchet was born in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, and moved to the U.S. in early childhood.
An uncommonly beautiful woman, Barbara soon rose to fame as a magazine-cover and TV-commercial model, and her bare abdomens became quite legendary in the 1960s!
In 1964 she made her first film appearance, in A Global Affair and a few appearances later, in 1965, Barbara secured a more substantial part fetchingly garbed in harem attire, in John Goldfarb, Please Come Home. Later the same year was killed while gamboling in the nude on the beaches of Pearl Harbor in In Harm's Way; and a couple of years later she spent virtually the entire running time of Agent for H.A.R.M. in the briefest of bikinis. Casting directors certainly noticed her, and a guest appearance in the hugely popular The Man From UNCLE was offered in 1967, just prior to 007 coming knocking.
Barbara was then cast in the 1967 James Bond pastiche Casino Royale, as Miss Moneypenny, bringing a whole new smoldering aspect to this otherwise demure character. Although the film was a box-office success, the critics weren't too kind and it is now often, mistakenly, regarded as a flop. In fact it was one of the more successful Bond films, and Fleming's novel is now the basis for the 2006 Eon production.
For Barbara, TV show appearances followed in the likes of Tarzan, The Virginian and Star Trek until, in the early '70s, she switched her base of operations to Europe, starring in a steady stream of Italian pictures. Barbara made a welcome return to American television screens in the 1983 TV-movie The Scarlet and the Black and in 2002 appeared in Martin Scorcese’s Gangs Of New York.
Barbara Bouchet's Filmography