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Fact Check: No, the woman seen in this viral image is not Sonia Gandhi

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A viral image of actress Ursala Andress from the movie Dr. No is being shared with the false claim that the woman in the image is Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. 

Recently, a black and white image is which two men and a woman can be seen, is going viral on social media platforms with a claim that woman seen in the photograph in beachwear is Congress Interim President Sonia Gandhi in her early days. 

A Twitter user shared the image saying, "100 gun salute to those who identify. Retweet if identified #Antonia Maino." ‘Antonia Maino’ is the real name of Sonia Gandhi which she changed after marrying former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. 

The image is viral on Twitter and the claim doesn’t directly refer to the woman in the picture as Sonia Gandhi, yet it asks people to identify her.

The image is being widely shared on Facebook with the same claim.


We also received a request to check the veracity of the claim asking whether the woman seen in the image is Sonia Gandhi or not. 

The truth behind the claim 

In our investigation, we found that viral image is a screengrab of one of James Bond's movie 'Dr. No'. The woman seen in the image is actress Ursala Andress who played the character of Honey Ryder in the movie. 

With the help of reverse image search, we found this image uploaded in one of the articles by the International Business Times titled, "James Bond Dr No: Behind-The-Scenes Photos of Sean Connery and Ursula Andress."

The viral image was shared along with a number of others behind the scene images of the movie. 

In conclusion, a viral image of actress Ursala Andress from the movie Dr. No is being shared with the false claim that the woman in the image is Congress leader Sonia Gandhi. 

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