Caroline Munro: Hammer Horror And Bond Beauty, Then And Now

By | August 5, 2020

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Caroline Munro in 'The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad' and with Roger Moore in 'The Spy Who Loved Me.' Source: IMDB

Caroline Munro, the British actress who was both a Hammer Horror mainstay and a Bond Girl, was a top onscreen seductress of the '70s. Munro, who'd risen to prominence as a model in Lamb's Navy Rum advertisements, wasn't in the most films, but she left an impression on fans who still flock to her today at conventions, her status bolstered by her turn in the Ray Harryhausen adventure The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973).

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Double feature: Caroline Munro in the Hammer Horror films 'Captain Kronos: Vampire Hunter' (1974) and 'Dracula A.D. 1972' (1972). Source: IMDB

For some people, the world just falls into place. For Caroline Munro, one time Bond girl, life just found a way of working itself out. In her own words, “I never expected to become an actor. I’ve loved every minute of it and I’ve been very lucky.” As a struggling art student with dyslexia, Munro lacked confidence and direction. Then one day a photographer friend took pictures of her school and unbeknownst to her sent them to a big newspaper in London. Her pictures just so happened to win a photo contest that sent her down the road of success. She became the premiere actress for Hammer Horror films and sent navy recruitment numbers skyrocketing as the top model for Lamb’s Navy Rum.