Bond Girl: Barbara Bouchet

Barbara Bouchet (15 August 1943-; pronounced “Boushay”) is the actress who played Miss Moneypenny in Casino Royale.

Born Bärbel Gutscher in 1943 in Reichenberg, Germany (a part of the Südetenland, which had been part of Czechoslovakia since World War I, was ceded to the German Reich in 1938 and returned to Czechoslovakia in 1945), her family was displaced by force by the Czechoslovakian authorities after the Second World War and sent to a resettlement camp in the American occupation zone in Germany. They eventually immigrated to Five Points, California, when she was 5, and later settled down in San Francisco.

She entered modeling and show business as a teenager and eventually moved to Hollywood to expand into a film career. She co-starred with Peter Mark Richman in Agent for H.A.R.M., a 1966 spy flick directed by Gerd Oswald, and also appeared in the spy spoof Casino Royale with Orson Welles in the same year. She appeared in more minor roles in films like the John Wayne vehicle In Harm’s Way (1965, with Stewart Moss, Hal Needham, and music by Jerry Goldsmith), the comedy John Goldfarb, Please Come Home! (1965, with Terri Garr, Carey Foster, James Gruzal, Billy Curtis, Irene Tsu, Lou Elias, and Glenn R. Wilder), and the musical Sweet Charity (1969, with Ricardo Montalban and Joseph Mell). She posed semi-nude for two issues of Playboy magazine, in May 1965 and February 1967.

Since the seventies, she has been living in Rome, Italy, where she has become a celebrity by starring in B-movies. Between 1974 and 2006, she married film producer Luigi Borghese who produced some of her later films. She has two sons, Alessandro, a T.V. chef and Massimiliano, a bartender.