Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

(February 5, 1918–December 2004): Egyptian-born British actress who portrayed the shapely Madame Bouvar, who is seen entering a Lincoln Continental limousine in the Thunderball pre-credits teaser. It’s all a sham. In actuality, she’s SPECTRE agent Jacques Bouvar, who is masquerading as his own widow to escape British intelligence. (Stuntman Bob Simmons portrayed the unmasked Bouvar.)

Alba made her feature debut in Italian director Carlo Ludovico Bragaglia’s 1955 adventure film The Golden Falcon. The following year, she made her first small-screen appearance in the made-for-TV movie Home Is the Sailor, which was directed by prolific British television movie producer Michael Barry.


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