Het is weer tijd om iemand aan de vergetelheid te ontrukken. Vandaag wordt de Duitse stemactrice Nikki van der Zyl immers 85 jaar. Zij zorgde in 1962 al meteen voor de stem van de eerste Bond-girl, namelijk Ursula Andress in “Dr.No” en zou daarna nog niet minder dan negen andere Bond-girls van haar stem voorzien… Maar zelf was ze nooit in een film te zien (een Bond-film of een andere). Nochtans was ze zelf ook best het aankijken waard, zoals bijgevoegde foto bewijst.
Nikki also revoiced all the other female voices in “Dr.No”, except that of Miss Moneypenny (played by Lois Maxwell) and that of Miss Taro (Zena Marshall). Nikki also performed the song “Underneath the Mango Tree” which is heard in the film. Only the version heard on the soundtrack album release was performed by Diana Coupland.
Haar andere stemmen (soms ook in niet-Bondfilms):
From Russia with Love (1963) (Revoiced Eunice Gayson and female hotel clerk in Istanbul.)
Goldfinger (1964) (Revoiced Shirley Eaton as well as Nadja Regin and was English coach to Gert Fröbe on set with him.)
Thunderball (1965) (Revoiced Claudine Auger and woman in red dress at the nightclub.)
The Blue Max (1966) (Revoiced Ursula Andress.)
You Only Live Twice (1967) (Revoiced Mie Hama.)
Hannibal Brooks (1969) (Revoiced Karin Baal.)
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) (Revoiced Olympe and various other characters.)
Scars of Dracula (1970) (Revoiced Jenny Hanley.)
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) (Revoiced Denise Perrier)
Live and Let Die (1973) (Partly revoiced Jane Seymour).
The Cherry Picker (1974) (Revoiced Lulu.)
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) (Revoiced Francoise Therry and various other characters.)
Moonraker (1979) (Revoiced various other characters.)
In January 2013 Nikki published her book “For Your Ears Only”. In November 2013, an exhibition called “Night Flight to Berlin” opened in the Museum Pankow in Berlin and ran until April 2014. The exhibition highlighted stages in Nikkis life from her childhood days to the Bond films and her work as a barrister and political correspondent in London. On September 20, 2014, Nikki was a special guest star at a 50th anniversary screening of “Goldfinger” in Braunschweig (Germany) where she was awarded an Honorary Membership in the James Bond Club Deutschland e.V. for her contribution to the James Bond film series. (Wikipedia)