By THA -
Where did the time go?
Raquel Welch became a bonafide sex-symbol in her 'prehistoric' bikini from"One Million Years B.C.," which opened in the USA on this date in 1967. Ursula Andress was offered the role of Loana, but passed on the project due to salary demands.
The box office success of One Million Years B.C. was largely due to Ray Harryhausen's remarkable special effects. The 7th Voyage of Sinbad (1958) and Jason and the Argonauts (1963) had both featured Harryhausen's stop-motion animation creatures (the 'Dynamation' process), and had been very profitable. Hammer's film exploited this trend.
Another contributing factor to the film's success was Raquel Welch's casting as Loana. Dressed in a bikini-styled fur costume , her image on the film's posters soon became iconic. Welch's performance earned her sex symbol status and contributed to her later success, but her selection for the role was partly due to the British audience's fascination with American stars. In the British version of the film her name is first on the credits, while in the US cut she only receives second billing.
Pictured here: Raquel Welch "One Million Years B.C." 1966 Twentieth Century Fox / The Hollywood Archive