Daniela Bianchi Biography
Daniela Bianchi was born on January 31, 1942, in Rome to parents from Sirolo, Marche in Central Italy. She started her career as a model and studied ballet for eight years before pursuing a career in acting.
She started acting at a young age and earned her first role as a teenager as an extra in the 1958 French drama In Case of Adversity. In 1960, Daniela Bianchi was a runner-up in the Miss Universe contest and was voted Miss Photogenic by the press.
A few small roles followed for Bianchi, before she rose to worldwide stardom for her role as Soviet cypher clerk turned Bond girl Tatiana Romanova in the 1963 film From Russia with Love. Although her voice was dubbed for the role, she played a large part of the film.
After Bond, Daniela Bianchi appeared in numerous French and Italian films, most notably in the Italian Eurospy comedy O.K. Connery (Operation Kid Brother in USA) alongside Sean Connery‘s brother Neil Connery. her last being Scacco internazionale in 1968.
In 1970, Bianchi retired from acting to marry shipping magnate, Alberto Cameli, and they had a son named Filippo Cameli. Bianchi’s husband passed away in 2018. In 2012, she made a small appearance in the documentary film Bond Girls are Forever, but the footage used was from archives.
Although Bianchi only had a limited acting career, her performance as Tatiana Romanova in From Russia with Love has cemented her place in history as one of the most iconic Bond girls.
Daniela Bianchi’s filmography includes In Case of Adversity (1958), Demons at Midnight (1961), Always on Sunday (1962), The Sword of El Cid (1962), Code Name: Tiger (1964), Slalom (1965), Weekend, Italian Style (1966), Special Mission Lady Chaplin (1966), Requiem for a Secret Agent (1966), Operation Kid Brother (1967), Your Turn to Die (1967), Dirty Heroes (1967), The Last Chance (1968), and Bond girls are Forever (2002). She also had a three-part role in the TV series Dr. Kildare in 1964 as Francesca Paolini.