One profile of the claims his wife had allowed him to sleep with other women as recompense for her infidelity, in the hope it would save their marriage.

Regardless, Casanova proved many times over to be an adept, unscrupulous lover, who believed he was born for the opposite sex.

His first sexual liaison was with two sisters, Nanetta and Maria Savorgnan, a precocious introduction to carnal pleasures and a taste of things to come.

Exploits: all of Mongolia Venetian adventurer and author, Giacomo Casanova, has long sparred with Don Juan (in Italian, Don Giovanni) for the name most synonymous with the art of seduction.

Perhaps he was inspired by the exploits of his fictional progenitor, for he was apparently present at the first performance of Mozart’s opera in 1787.

Jack Nicholson, he of the pointy eyebrows and the rictus grin, is a lady-magnet whose magnetism no lady can resist.

The Oscar winning actor is famous for his lascivious pursuit of leading ladies, allegedly bedding 2,000 women and spawning six children to five mothers.The Octogenarian founder of soft-porn magazine, , surrounds himself with as many scantily clad ‘Playmates’ as he can, promoting his lifestyle to his magazine readers, while blithely eschewing a more politically correct attitude towards women.Some say Hefner developed his errant ways after discovering his first wife had had an affair while he was away in the Army in the 1950s.Evidently irresistible to women, Fleming could seduce them in four languages, and went about doing so with Bond’s aplomb.His friend Mary Pakenham once said: ‘No one I have ever known had sex so much on the brain as Ian.’ Yet, though he loved women, he evidently didn’t like them much, once telling a friend women were like pets or dogs; men were the only real human beings, the only ones he could be friends with. For Hugh Hefner, womanizing is not so much a hobby as a career and a way of life.His claim to sexual fame was that he had bedded some 20,000 women during his lifetime, which, if true, would mean he had slam dunked an average of 1.14 women a day.