Swimwear inspiration from our favourite beach films

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Ever since Ursula Andress and her gold belt bikini made their sensual exit from the sea in Dr. No, we've been hooked on the power of cinematic swimwear. From Liz Taylor's scoop-neck cossie in Suddenly, Last Summer to bella italia vibe of Gwyneth Paltrow's two-piece in The Talented Mr. Ripley, bikinis on film have been working up a niche of their own.

Even the more unlikely candidates - think Nicolette Sheridan's eye-watering string bikini in The Sure Thing or Bo Derek's nude and cornrows look in 10 - are somehow strangely beguiling.

As you get set to bare your limbs to the wind this summer, come grab some sartorial inspiration from the stars of some of our favourite beach films - with details on how to shop the look for a select few....

Photos: Rex Features

  • Sixties Sex Siren

    Ursula Andress in Dr. No (1962)

  • Nude and cornrows

    Bo Derek in 10 (1979)

  • Candy crew

    Rachel Korine, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez and Ashley Benson in Spring Breakers (2013)

  • 80s String Thing

    Nicolette Sheridan in The Sure Thing (1985)

  • Retro bombshell

    Marilyn Monroe in Some Like It Hot (1959)

  • Lady in red

    Jean Simmons in The Blue Lagoon (1949)

    Shop the look: Zimmerman frill bandeau one piece swimsuit, £158.09,

  • Thai-style boho

    Virginie Ledoyen in The Beach (2000)

  • Mermaid style

    Daryl Hannah in Splash (1984)

  • In The Pink

    Kristen Bell in Forgetting Sarah Marshall (2008)

    Shop the look: Chloé Mare string bikini, £155,

  • Swing it

    Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Deborah Walley and John Ashley in Beach Blanket Bingo (1965)

  • Mix 'n' match

    Jessica Alba in Into The Blue (2005)

  • Miss Scarlet

    Goldie Hawn in Overboard (1987)

  • Pacific chic

    Maribel Verdú in Y tu mamá también (2001)

  • Bikini babe

    Cameron Diaz in Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle (2003)

    Shop the look: high triangle bikini top, £14, Asos

  • Fifties Glamour

    Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr in From Here To Eternity (1954)

  • Californian grunge

    Keanu Reeves and Lori Petty in Point Break (1991)

  • Woman in white

    Annette Funicello in Beach Party (1963)

  • Leopard Lady

    Leslie Mann in Orange County (2002)

    Shop the look: leopard print bikini top, £20, Lipsy

  • Thrills and frills

    Jolanta Umecka and Leon Niemczyk in Knife In The Water (1962)

  • Surfer dude

    Kate Bosworth in Blue Crush (2002)

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