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By: Anders Frejdh
For the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the big screen, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Lana Wood, the American actress from Diamonds Are Forever (1971).


About Lana Wood:
Lana Wood was born Svetlana Gurdin to White Russian Immigrant parents.

Her sister, Natasha Gurdin, became Natalie Wood. Natalie was taken from Natasha and Wood from director Sam Wood. On the first day of shooting classic western The Searchers (1956), Lana’s first film role, starring John Wayne and Jeffery Hunter and directed by John Ford, a person went up to her mother and said:

- "Well, what name do you want your other daughter to have?"
She replied, "Oh well, I guess...Wood".

So, that's how much thought went into it, says Lana.

It would be nearly a decade before Lana began her performing career in earnest, co-starring in the 20th Century Fox TV series The Long, Hot Summer (1965) and Peyton Place (1966-1967 season) as, respectively, "Eula Harker" and "Sandy Webber". Projecting a sexier image than sister Natalie, Lana was supremely suited for such film roles as Plenty O'Toole in the 1971 James Bond flick Diamonds Are Forever (1971). She later essayed the more sedate characterization of middle-aged matron "Fran Burke" in the CBS daytime drama Capitol (1983).

Lana has guest starred in popular tv shows such as The Fugitive (1964), Dr. Kildare (1964), Mission: Impossible (1972), Starksky & Hutch (1976-1979), Fantasy Island (1978) and The Fall Guy (1981).

In 1985, Lana Wood published a biographical book about her sister, Natalie: A Memoir.

In later years she has turned her hand to producing, and in 2004 helmed The Mystery Of Natalie Wood for ABC. For a full listing of Lana Wood's career as an actress, check out her profile on IMDB.

Other interviews with people from the world of Bond on From Sweden with Love:
>Albert Moses (October 2006)
>Andreas Wisniewski (April 2012)
>Anne Lönnberg (Mars 2012)
>Béatrice Libert (November 2011)
>Belle Williams (July 2013)
>Bettine Le Beau (April 2011)
>Bob Dix (August 2009)
>Britt Ekland (June 2009)
>Christopher Wood (May 2012)
>David Hedison (June 2008)
>Dolph Lundgren (June 2006)
>Doug Robinson (May 2001)
>Earl Cameron (August 2012)
>Eight James Bond film directors (Winter 2009)
>Eunice Huthart (May 2000)
>Greg Powell (May 2001)
>Guy Hamilton (March 2006)
>Hilary Saltzman (January 2006)
>Jeffery Deaver (April 2011)
>Jens Hultén (February 2013)
>John Glen (September 2007)
>Keith Hamshere (December 2012)
>Lynn-Holly Johnson (August 2012)
>Martin Grace (January 2010)
>Martine Beswicke (October 2012)
>Neal Purvis & Robert Wade (September 2012)
>Nic Raine (March 2006)
>Nick Wilkinson (May 2000)
>Ola Rapace (July 2013)
>Papillon Soo Soo (September 2004)
>Putter Smith (December 2015)
>Richard Kiel (March 2006)
>Robert Davi (December 2011)
>Roger Moore (March 2006)
>Roger Spottiswoode (April 2004)
>Roy Alon (May 2000)
>Sarah Donohue (May 2000)
>Sean Connery (April 2008)
>Sean Connery (January 2009)
>Shane Rimmer (June 2012)
>Stanley Morgan (April 2007)
>Stefan Sauk (December 2014)
>Terence Mountain (April 2007)
>Terry Bamber (September 2012)
>Vic Armstrong (October 2011)
>Virginia Hey (October 2006)

Photo above:
A personal portrait of actress Lana Wood.

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