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You're going to need a bigger list: voting opens on great movie entrances

Published 11/08/2015

Julie Andrews features twice on the list
Julie Andrews features twice on the list

Countless film stars have "had us at hello" - and now movie fans can vote for their favourite grand entrance of all time.

Marilyn Monroe's arrival on the railway platform in Some Like it Hot, Julie Andrews floating down from the sky holding an umbrella in Mary Poppins, and Ursula Andress coming out of the sea in a white bikini as Honey Ryder in the first James Bond movie Dr No have all made it onto the shortlist.

And humans are joined by much bigger creatures, too, including the T. Rex in Jurassic Park and the shark in Jaws.

The shortlist of 20 of the best big screen entrances, as chosen by Radio Times film critics, has been revealed in the new issue of the magazine, asking readers to vote for their favourite from the list - or suggest their own.

Andrews appears twice, with her entrance as Maria in The Sound of Music on top of a mountain also making it in.

Others include the xenomorph in Alien and Heath Ledger's Joker in Batman movie The Dark Knight.

Andrew Collins, Radio Times film editor, said: "There are countless ways to make a grand entrance in films; a sense of expectation is worth building.

"The history of film is jam-packed with actors hoping to snare our attention from the word go, but it's only once in a while that an Ursula Andress emerges from the sea in a white bikini - singing, you'll note, and heard before she's seen - or a character's imminence is signalled by the simple device of ripples in a glass of water.

"At which point, in Jurassic Park, non-dinosaurs should start to think about making an exit.

"Darth Vader, James Bond, Jessica Rabbit... the list of movie icons who had us at hello is endless, although we've honed it down to 20 to inspire you to vote, or suggest your own favourite."

The poll closes at 11.59pm on Sunday September 6 with the winning entry announced in Radio Times shortly afterwards.

Votes can be made at

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