Veteran actress Ursula Andress hated the infamous white bikini she wore in 1962's DR NO - despite being voted most sexy actress in numerous polls for her iconic swimwear scene.

Andress believes the raunchy outfit helped her portray an athletic and strong image of a woman, which was lacking in movies of that period, but she was surprised her revealing costume turned her into a sex symbol.

She explains, "I never thought I looked sexy in that white bikini. What I did, I think, is to show a new way women could be.

"It was a sporty and aggressive image, which was different from the way films depicted us at the time."

15/12/2004 16:33