Happy Hammer Horror Halloween!

Our comrade Tim Knight of Hero Press from across the pond decided to celebrate Halloween this year with a week long tribute to the sexy women of Hammer Films.

Today the featured actress in Caroline Munro.

Caroline Munro is an English actress and model known for her many appearances in horror, science fiction and action films of the 1970s and 1980s.

In 1977, Munro turned down the opportunity to play villainess Ursa in Superman in favor of what would become her most celebrated film appearance, the ill-fated helicopter pilot Naomi in the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me, who seductively winks at Bond while trying to gun him down from her helicopter. In her role as Naomi, she holds the distinction of being the first woman ever undeniably killed by James Bond. Cubby Broccoli urged Caroline to make her way to America in search of more lucrative offers. She declined, preferring to stay close to her family.

Munro continued to work in numerous British and European horror and science fiction films through the 1970s and 1980s, most notably Starcrash (1979) with David Hasselhoff, Christopher Plummer and Marjoe Gortner.

Munro's career continued to thrive well in the 1980s, appearing in many slasher and Eurotrash productions. Her first film shot on American soil was the William Lustig production Maniac (1980). This was soon followed by the low-budget shocker The Last Horror Film (1982), in which she was reunited with her Maniac co-star Joe Spinell. She had a cameo role in the cult classic slasher Don't Open 'Til Christmas as a singer (1984), Slaughter High (1986), Paul Naschy's Howl of the Devil (1987), and Jess Franco's Faceless (1988), followed in rapid succession. She reteamed with Starcrash director, Luigi Cozzi, for Il Gatto nero in 1989. This would be Caroline's last major film appearance.

Throughout the 1980s, Munro was often cited by the press as being a candidate for the co-starring role in a proposed (but never produced) feature film based upon Doctor Who. The feature was being co-produced by her second husband George Dugdale. At various times, press reports linked her with numerous actors touted to play the role of The Doctor, including David Bowie.

Wanna see more ... like I have to ask?

Veronica Carlson - Dracula Has Risen From The Grave (1968)

Valerie Leon - Blood From the Mummy’s Tomb (1971)

Stephanie Beacham - Dracula AD 1972

Pauline Peart - The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)

Mary and Madeleine Collinson - Twins Of Evil (1970)

Ingrid Pitt - Countess Dracula (1971)

The Sexy Side Of UK Horror - The Vampire Lovers (1970)

Comments

  1. Caroline Munro, the winking James Bond chick

    http://goodstuffsworld.blogspot.com/2015/06/goodstuffs-blogging-magazine-194th-issue.html

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  2. Thank you so much for this article (and for helping raise the profile of HeroPress). I've had a major crush on Caroline Munro for as long as I can remember ;-)

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