Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Spy Vixen Week - Day #3: Luciana Paluzzi

As I wrote at the beginning of the week, the women I'm choosing for this "Spy Vixens" theme are actresses that I associate primarily with 60s spy-fi. It doesn't mean necessarily that they made a lot of films in the genre, but when I see them, my immediate reaction is one of recognition from their espionage cinema credits.

For example, the lovely Luciana Paluzzi. The voluptuous Italian redhead is best known for her role as sinister SPECTRE assassin Fiona Volpe in 1965's 007 spectacular, Thunderball. But she also made memorable appearances in the 1968 OSS 117 adventure Murder For Sale, The Girl From U.N.C.L.E., The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and (again with Robert Vaughn) in The Venetian Affair. She also appeared in a wide variety of other films and television shows, from cult sci-fi faves like The Green Slime and Captain Nemo's Underwater City to blaxploitation thrillers like Black Gunn.

She's always been a personal favorite, with her lush figure, flaming hair, penetrating eyes and air of class and sophistication. Today's actresses tend to all look alike, as if they were ejected from the same three or four molds. Luciana - like the other Vixens on this list - was a unique beauty and a powerful, sensual screen presence. They just don't seem to make 'em like that anymore....

5 comments:

RJR said...

Luciana gets my vote, and is in my top three all time, Yowzah! Great . . . accent. Er, assets. Well, both.

RJR

RJR said...

Hey, Chris, hope you're going to incude Martine Beswick on your list. Just saw her yesterday on an It Takes a Thief rerun.

RJR

Glen Davis said...

She was also in Muscle Beach Party, where she put Annette to shame!

Johny Malone said...

For my taste, the scene in bed with Sean Connery she did in Thunderball is the hottest of the James Bond's films series!

vidsaw said...

You have summed her appeal quite nicely here. She is stunning.