What a way to start a movie. Before she was a political activist and made workout videos, Jane Fonda did a very hot peekaboo zero gravity striptease for the title credits of Barbarella . The "five star, double-rated astronavigatrix", started off life as a comic strip drawn by Jean-Claude Forest for V magazine in 1962. Dino De Laurentiis, who later produced the other campy sci-fi classic Flash Gordon, bought the rights and showed the story to French director Roger Vadim. Roger was married to Jane Fonda at the time and convinced her to turn down the title role in Bonnie and Clyde so they could do the project together. The film began shooting in 1967 with an all-star cast and crew. David Hemmings (Blow Up), Milo O'Shea (Romeo and Juliet) and Anita Pallenberg (dressed in Paco Rabanne, with a giant horn on her head) play the lead roles. Terry Southern, who was the scriptwriter for Dr Strangelove and Easy Rider, also provides the famous mime Marcel Marceau with his first ever spoken role, where he says stuff like “the angel is aerodynamically sound, it’s all a question of morale.” The two things that Barbarella is famous for are the costumes and the sex. Jacques Fonteray, the costume designer, decided that in the 41st century a female space explorer would wear go-go boots, mini-dresses, capes and a (slightly annoying) tail. Though at the rate she changes her costumes, you do wonder whether her wardrobe is large enough for her to complete the mission of finding the scientist Duran Duran and his evil positronic ray. Our heroine also gets laid alot. Sometimes the old-fashioned way, sometimes with a "exultation-transference pellet" and sometimes by an erotic torture piano. There's also an excellent scene where a woman smokes a man in a bong.