Luzianna Paluzzi

Pencil Portrait by Antonio Bosano.

Luzianna Paluzzi Pencil Portrait
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For many British cinemagoers of a certain age, their earliest recollection of the italian actress Luzianna Paluzzi will be her appearance in Sea Fury (1958) opposite Stanley Baker. I saw the film many years later, and was impressed with her assured performance as the young woman whose father is intent on marrying off to a middle aged sea captain. Fate intervenes when the wandering Baker comes on the scene, and love eventually finds its true course. Her command of the english language was clearly commendable, and a cinematic career would stretch through until 1980 when she married for the second time; a union that endures this day.

Now 77, she is best remembered as the assassin Fiona Volpe, in the Bond film Thunderball (1965), a praying female mantis happy to devour her victims sexually, before despatching them with either a gun or rocket fueled motorbike.

Luciana Paluzzi was born in Rome in 1937. Her father was a colonel in the Italian army and her mother was a mistress of Benito Mussolini, leader of Fascist Italy.

Luciana Paluzzi became an actress by accident when a friend of her father’s came to dinner. The man knew that film director Jean Negulesco could not find an actress for a small part in ‘Three Coins in the Fountain’ (1954) which was filmed in Rome. Luciana was sent to Negulesco and she soon found herself employed. “I went on set and thought that this is what I want to do for the rest of my life.”

Recommended viewing

Sea Fury (1958)

Thunderball (1965)

Chuka (1967)