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

(September 5, 1940) (real name, Raquel Tejada) Curvaceous American sex symbol of the late 1960s who was about to be signed to play Domino in Thunderball when Twentieth Century Fox film executive Richard Zanuck, with the consent of Cubby Broccoli, won her over to his Fantastic Voyage (1966) project instead. Ironically, in the latter film, her debut in a tight wet suit was considered comparable to bikini-clad Ursula Andress‘s introduction in Dr. No. Broccoli had discovered Welch on the cover of the October 1964 edition of Life magazine.


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