Even though Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow and predicted an early spring, it feels like Mother Nature didn’t get the memo in most of the nation. What better way to warm up when it’s cold outside than by looking ahead to bikini season. Taking the hint from our friends at Sports Illustrated (call us, Kate!), we thought it would be fun to highlight some of the most famous bikinis in cinematic history. (Don’t let anyone ever tell you that we don’t enjoy our jobs).
The history of the bikini on film started when Ursula Andress came waltzing out of the ocean towards 007 in the very first Bond picture, “Dr. No”. In that moment, she set off a craze that carried all the way through to Halle Berry doing the exact same thing in another Bond movie called “Die Another Day”. For over 50 years, Bond girls and bikinis have gone hand in hand.
But cinematic bikinis have not always been limited to the beach. Sometimes, man’s second greatest invention (behind the TiVo) has made it’s way into space. In 1968’s “Barbarella”, a young Jane Fonda floated around in little more than her shimmery space bikini permanently burning into the memories of hundreds of thousands of sci-fi nerds. That is until Princess Leia and her gold bikini graced the screen in 1983’s “Return of the Jedi”. If it’s good enough to be referenced years later by Ross and Rachel on “Friends”, it’s good enough for us.
Recently, movies like “Piranha 3DD” (see what they did there?) and “Blue Crush” have brought bikinis back to the big screen but the most famous of all big screen bikinis belongs to Phoebe Cates in “Fast Times at Ridgemont High”. All you have to do is play the opening notes of the Cars “Moving in Stereo” and most minds drift to that iconic pool scene.
Of course, there are many more famous bikini scenes waiting for you in “TiVo’s Top 25 Summer Bikini Movies” collection. Go to TiVo Central and select “Find TV, Movies & Videos” and then choose “Browse TV & Movies” to see the complete list. You’ll also find our “Wine & Cheese” collection pairing movies about vino with some of the cheesiest movies of all time.