Everyone remembers the iconic scene in the first Bond film, Dr. No, where actress Ursula Andress emerges from the sea as Honey Ryder singing Underneath the Mango Tree, but very few people realise that the character's sexy voice - heard throughout the film - was actually that of Nikki van der Zyl. Apart from Lois Maxwell who played Miss Moneypenny, Nikki was involved with more Bond films than any other actress.
In her fascinating autobiography Nikki spills the beans on one of the best kept secrets in the film industry and tells how she provided the voice for many of the Bond girls, including Eunice Gayson in both Dr. No and From Russia With Love, Shirley Eaton in Goldfinger - as well as Raquel Welch in One Million Years BC.
The book begins as Nikki flees Nazi Germany as a child to start a new life in England, and goes on to describe the many twists and turns in her professional and personal life. Nikki reveals how her training as an actress led to her becoming a successful revoicing star. She describes the traumatic years in the High Court, fighting to keep her children from being taken from her after the divorce from her first husband. It would prompt a new career as a barrister and lead to her assisting the High Court Judge in the infamous Baader-Meinhof terrorist case.
Another twist finds Nikki in Brussels when, as an intern, she was at the heart of European decision making. After a stint as political assistant to MPs in the House of Commons she worked in the Press Gallery reporting for a TV company, and later became an accredited lobby correspondent with regular access to no. 10 Downing Street.
The only daughter of Rabbi Dr. Werner van der Zyl, Nikki tells of the trials and tribulations as her father battled to establish the Leo Baeck College, which became his lasting legacy to Reform Judaism.
For Your Ears Only is the remarkable story of a multi-talented actress who never received the acclaim she deserved. This book will appeal to all fans of the Bond movies and to anyone interested in finding out more about the life of the woman who gave her voice to some of the best-loved characters in film history.