Sylva Koscina was the best Bond Girl that never was...
She was so nearly Daniela Bianchi in From Russia With Love, 1963. And Claudine Auger in Thunderball, 1965.
Sylva was missed, not miffed.
Her attitude was, win some, lose some. And she adored the UK films she did make, for producer Betty Box (who turned down the Bond franchise), including her copy-Bond, Deadlier Than The Male, with one of the many nearly-007s, Richard Johnson ( NdA : one my all time personnal Bond ripp off favourite ) . Sylva, a Yugoslav-born Italian star, was perfect Fleming material.
Maybe a tad too hot... “As you can see, I dress simply in my private life. Cinema - is different. I invented the topless look, you know. In Three Tales of Love, with Rossano Brazzi. Very easy for me to wear a transparent halter like that. A bra I do not need. Today, no. Maybe in a few years... I don’t lke them. They are cumbersome, ugly, no? Not feminine at all. The only time I wear a bra is when I have to take one off in the movies! This is not exhibitionism. This is my work.”
Yes, ma’am. Tony Crawley [Every 007 film has a page on Tony’s website, crawleyscasting calls.com]