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Caroline Munro

 

Caroline Munro (born 16th January 1950) is a British actress and model known for her many appearances in science fiction and action films of the 1970s and 1980s.

According to Munro, her career took off in 1966 when her mother and photographer friend entered some headshots of her to Britain's The Evening News "Face of the Year" contest.

Her picture won and this led to modelling chores, her first job being for Vogue Magazine at the age of 17. She moved to London to pursue top modelling jobs and became a major cover girl for fashion and TV ads while there. Decorative bit parts came her way in such films as Casino Royale and Where's Jack? (1969). One of her many photo ads got her a screen test and a one-year contract at Paramount where she won the role of Richard Widmark's daughter in the comedy/western A Talent for Loving (1969).

1969 proved to be a good year for Munro, because it was then that she began a lucrative 10 year relationship with Lamb's Navy Rum. Her image was plastered all over the country, and this would eventually lead to her next big break.

Hammer Films CEO Sir James Carreras spotted Munro on a Lamb’s Navy Rum poster/billboard. He asked his right hand man, James Liggett, to find and screen test her. She was immediately signed to a one-year contract.

Munro completed her contract for Hammer with Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter. Directed by Brian Clemens, she plays the barefoot gypsy girl Carla. In Paramount Pictures DVD commentary, Clemens explains that he envisioned the role as a fiery, Raquel Welch type, red-head. Hammer pushed for Munro, and the script was adapted accordingly.

Brian Clemens would later be responsible for bringing Munro one of her most memorable roles, Margiana in 1974's The Golden Voyage of Sinbad.

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. In one of the franchise's most memorable car chase sequences, she 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.

Between 1984 and 1987 Munro was also a hostess on the Yorkshire Television game show 3-2-1. Munro was also a popular pin-up girl during this time, though she refused to pose nude. In the early 1980s she appeared in music videos with Adam Ant and Meat Loaf.

By the 1990s Munro had decided to focus more on her family, daughters, Georgina and Iona, and husband George. Her sole film roles were confined to cameos as herself in 1993's Night Owl, as Mrs Pignon in To Die For, and playing the counsellor in director and friend Jeffrey Arsenault's Domestic Strangers (1996). Other work included a guest-starring spot in a 1992 episode of Tropical Heat, interviews for Ted Newsom's 100 Years of Horror documentaries and the Hammer Films tribute: Flesh and Blood - The Hammer Heritage of Horror.

 

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