Piranha 3D (2010)
The Models: Kelly Brook and Riley Steele, a former Page 3 girl and a porn star. All the ingredients are there…
The Swimsuits: Dental floss bikinis ahoy! Nice, primary colours too. Not that this one was aiming for the lowest common denominator or anything.
Blue Crush (2002)
The Model: It's fanboy hate-figure Kate Bosworth, never to be forgiven for her slightly wishy-washy turn in Superman Returns .
The Swimsuit: A two-tone blue ensemble requires a hell of a figure to pull off. Handily, Kate has just that. But she was still rubbish in Superman , right guys?
Along Came Polly (2004)
The Model: Hank Azaria, showing off a completely unexpected beach bod in Ben Stiller's mega-grossing comedy. Who knew Chief Wiggum was so buff?
The Swimsuit: A banana hammock that leaves very little to the imagination. Put it away, Hank.
The Model: Sue Lyon, playing the jailbait temptress who leads poor James Mason off the straight and narrow.
The Swimsuit: A startlingly provocative two-piece for a girl of fourteen. We blame the parents.
The Model: When you talk about Bond-related bikini girls, Ursula Andress is always the first name on everybody’s lips. However, Claudine Auger’s Domino could certainly give her a run for her money…
The Swimsuit: Domino sports a range of fetching swimwear throughout the film, but our favourite has to be this monochrome bikini, the perfect antidote to Connery’s loud pink shirt. For a spy, he doesn’t really do inconspicuous…
Beach Party (1963)
The Models: Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, stars of this interminable beach-set franchise. Think of it as the Jersey Shore of its day. Kind of…
The Swimsuits: For her, a racy mesh design giving the impression of modesty whilst still displaying a good deal of flesh. For him, a pair of loud, striped shorts accessorised by a gleaming gold necklace. Upmarket stuff.
Swimming Pool (2003)
The Model: Ludivine Sagnier’s French nymphet, who sends Charlotte Rampling’s stuffy British author into a right old tizzy.
The Swimsuit: A two-piece bikini in cheeky pink and black stripes. Very minxy indeed.
The Beach (2000)
The Model: Heart-stoppingly beautiful French actress Virginie Ledoyen. Why has she not been on our screens more often?
The Swimsuit: A dark blue number, chosen presumably for the contrast provided by the pure white sand. Or because it makes her look sexy, one or the other.
The Model: Romy Schneider, appearing here in unreleased French thriller Inferno . Thankfully, Henri-Georges Clouzot made a documentary on the film using the surviving reels of footage, treating us to a glimpse of the above…
The Swimsuit: A black and white bikini seems a fairly conventional choice for somebody who favours bright blue lipstick.
The Model: Keira Knightley, pouting her way into the affections of James McAvoy.
The Swimsuit: A rather conservative swimsuit to reflect the social mores of the time. Going for a dip in the fountain of her family home still seems a bit racy to us though…