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

(1939-1994) German actress who was director Terence Young‘s first choice for the Tatiana Romanova part in From Russia with Love.

Many actresses were tested for the part, but, Young said, “a German actress, Elga Anderson, was our first choice. She was in a film called Bird of Paradise, and she got the part on those merits. She was going to be announced the next day, but there was a disastrous screening of a new Judy Garland film, I Could Go on Singing, and no one was in the mood for announcing anything.

“I found out later that she was a woman of impeccable character. But between the bad taste in everyone’s mouth at UA about the Judy Garland film, and this character’s unfounded accusations, I couldn’t get anyone to approve her casting.

“Our second choice was an Italian girl who had been the runner-up in the 1960 Miss Universe pageant. This was Daniela Bianchi, whom I liked very much, but at the time I thought she was a very limited actress. The role, of course, didn’t call for much, but Elga would have been better.”


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