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Caroline Munro is a Actor British born on 16 january 1949 at Windsor (United-kingdom)

Caroline Munro

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Birth name Caroline Jane Munro
Nationality United-kingdom
Birth 16 january 1949 (70 years) at Windsor (United-kingdom)

Caroline Munro (born 16 January 1949} is an English actress and model known for her many appearances in horror, science fiction and action films of the 1970s and 1980s.

Biography

Early career
Munro's career commenced in 1966 when her mother and a photographer friend entered some headshots of her to the Evening News's "Face of the Year" contest. As she said:


"I wanted to do art. Art was my love. I went to art school in Brighton but I was not very good at it. I just did not know what to do. I had a friend at the college who was studying photography and he needed somebody to photograph and he asked me. Unbeknownst to me, he sent the photographs to a big newspaper in London. The fashion photographer, David Bailey, was conducting a photo contest and my picture won."
This led to modelling work 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 advertisements while there. Bit parts in movies came her way in such films as Casino Royale (1967) and Where's Jack? (1969). One of her 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).

In 1969 she began a lucrative 10-year relationship with Lamb's Navy Rum. Her image was seen throughout the country, and this would eventually lead to her next big break.

In 1971 she appeared alongside Vincent Price in The Abominable Dr. Phibes, playing the deceased Mrs. Victoria Regina Phibes,. She recalled:


"The most challenging scenes involved lying in the coffin with Vincent," she reveals. "You see, I’m allergic to feathers and I was attired in this beautiful negligee – but it was covered with feathers! It took a great deal of willpower not to sneeze or sniffle. On occasion, I would simply have to sneeze and this would result in having to do another take."
She reprised the role in the 1972 sequel, Dr. Phibes Rises Again. Also in 1972 she was mentioned in Colin Blunstone's song "Caroline Goodbye", a song about the break-up of their relationship.


Hammer Horror films
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. Her first film for Hammer proved to be something of a turning point in her career. It was during the making of Dracula AD 1972 that she decided from this film onward she was a full-fledged actress.

Munro acted in Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter in 1974. 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.

Munro has the distinction of being the only actor ever signed to a long-term contract by Hammer Films. She would later turn down the lead female roles in Hammer's Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, and the unmade Vampirella because they required nudity.


The Golden Voyage of Sinbad


Brian Clemens later helped her get the role of Margiana, the slave girl in The Golden Voyage of Sinbad (1973).


"I got the part – I had been signed by Hammer, for one year, for a contract, out of which I did two films, one being Dracula AD 1972, and the second one being Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter, which, kind of, would come full-circle, to Sinbad. It was written and directed by Brian Clemens, who wrote the screenplay for The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, so, I was lucky enough to be chosen for Captain Kronos, and they were searching for somebody to do Sinbad, and they wanted a big name, somebody American, or well-known, but Brian said "No". He kept lobbying Charles Schneer [producer] and Ray Harryhausen — saying: 'I think you should come and look at the rushes, and see what you think, because I think she's right'. So, they said "No", but, eventually, Brian persuaded them to do that, and they saw the rushes, and that was how I got the part. So, it was lovely, like work-out-of-work. I was very lucky to have done that." Today Caroline is a Trustee of the Ray and Diana Harryhausen Foundation.
Other appearances during this time included I Don't Want to Be Born (1975) with Joan Collins, and At the Earth's Core (1976) with Peter Cushing and Doug McClure. She appeared also as Tammy, a nursing employee of a sinister health farm, in "The Angels of Death" (1977), an episode of the TV series The New Avengers that featured also rising stars Pamela Stephenson and Lindsay Duncan. This was notable, among other things, for a vicious fight between Munro and Joanna Lumley's Purdey.


James Bond
In 1977, Munro turned down the opportunity to play villainess Ursa in Superman in favour of Naomi in The Spy Who Loved Me. 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.


Late 1970s and 1980s
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 dialogue was completely redubbed by other actresses, including Candy Clark for English language prints of the film.

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 "multi-award winning, shot during the Cannes Film Festival" shocker The Last Horror Film (1982) (directed by David Winters), in which she was reunited with her Maniac co-star Joe Spinell. She had a cameo role in the film Don't Open Till Christmasr (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 Demons 6: De Profundis (aka Il gatto nero) in 1989, though this would be her 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.


Music and television
In 1984, Munro signed a recording contract with Gary Numan's label Numa Records, and released a dance single called "Pump Me Up". Written and produced by Numan, the single hardly sold, and Numan admitted later that his label was probably to blame. His original version of the song can be found on his 1984 album Berserker.

Munro also provided vocals and lyrics for the song "Warrior of Love" which she sang in the film Don't Open Till Christmas. The song was never officially released, although it can be found easily on the internet.

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 for Adam Ant's Goody Two Shoes and Meat Loaf's If You Really Want To.


Later years and fewer acting jobs
Her film roles were confined to performing cameos as herself in Night Owl (1993), as Mrs. Pignon in To Die For (1994), as the counsellor in her friend Jeffrey Arsenault's film Domestic Strangers (1996), and as Carla the Gypsy in Flesh for the Beast (2003).

Best films

The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
(Actress)

Usually with

Joe Spinell
Joe Spinell
(3 films)
Robert Fuest
Robert Fuest
(2 films)
David Winters
David Winters
(1 films)
Fiona Lewis
Fiona Lewis
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Caroline Munro (23 films)

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Actress

Eldorado
Eldorado (2012)

Directed by Richard Driscoll
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Horror comedy, Horror, Musical, Western
Themes Transport films, Musical films, Road movies, Comedy horror films
Actors Daryl Hannah, David Carradine, Michael Madsen, Steve Guttenberg, Richard Driscoll, Peter O'Toole
Roles Lilly
Rating27% 1.366061.366061.366061.366061.36606
The Stranger, a tall striking creature dressed in white sets into motions a series of events whilst reciting the Edgar Allan Poe's poem "Eldorado", which will have an effect on those heading towards the mythical city. The evening was going to be a normal Blues Brothers tribute gig for Oliver and Stanley Rosenblum, The Jews Brothers at a local Bar Mitzvah, but things were not going to go to plan for Stan and Ollie. After being wrongly sent to entertain the annual conference of Neo Nazi's instead of the stripper, which was sent to the Bar Mitzvah by their inept Manager JJ. The Jews Brothers are chased out of town by the head of the Californian Chapter of Neo Nazi's General Zwick, and after contacting their agent JJ who makes amends for the mix up by sending the boys and the stripper Lesley Dean to do a show at the Eldorado Festival.
Flesh for the Beast, 1h29
Origin USA
Genres Fantastic, Horror
Themes Zombie films
Actors Michael Sinterniklaas, Ruby Larocca, Caroline Munro, Aldo Sambrell
Roles Carla the Gypsy
Rating32% 1.6205451.6205451.6205451.6205451.620545
A group of parapsychologists are called in to investigate a mansion with a reputation for being haunted, as it was previously a brothel where many men would go missing. One of the investigators, Erin Cooper (Jane Scarlett) finds herself particularly drawn to the place. As the night progresses the group discovers that they are not alone and that three succubi inhabit the house, imprisoned by a warlock's amulet. The amulet would give its user the ability to control the succubi, giving them extreme amounts of power. The succubi kill the group members one by one as the group tries desperately to discover the amulet's whereabouts and perform a ritual that would stop the succubi. However the survivors are eventually pared down to two people, one of which is killed while trying to begin the ritual after finding the amulet. The survivor, Erin, is then revealed to have been a succubus all along. She had been the warlock's favorite and somehow had lost her memories and gained the ability to leave the mansion. Erin then rejoins the other succubi in the mansion.
To Die For
To Die For (1994)
, 1h41
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film
Actors Tony Slattery, Dillie Keane, Jean Boht, John Altman, Ian McKellen, Caroline Munro
Roles Mrs. Pignon
Rating49% 2.467832.467832.467832.467832.46783
Set in London in the early nineties, the film portrays the bitter-sweet lifestyles of a young gay couple in a fiery open relationship. Mark is an acerbic drag queen with a sharp tongue, who finds it difficult to accept his much better-looking partner's highly-promiscuous lifestyle of non-stop clubbing and cruising. Worse still, Mark is HIV positive and his partner is negative.
Faceless
Faceless (1987)
, 1h38
Directed by Jesús Franco Manera
Origin France
Genres Horror, Slasher
Themes Films about sexuality, LGBT-related films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Helmut Berger, Brigitte Lahaie, Telly Savalas, Christopher Mitchum, Stéphane Audran, Florence Guérin
Roles Barbara Hallen
Rating60% 3.00223.00223.00223.00223.0022
A former patient of Dr. Frank Flamand (Helmut Berger), a disfigured Mrs. Francoisis (Tilda Thamar) seeks revenge for a botched operation by throwing acid at him but she misses and catches his sister, Ingrid (Christiane Jean), full in the face, resulting in severe burns.
Slaughter High, 1h30
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Fantastic, Horror, Slasher
Themes L'adolescence, Films about education, Films about children, Films about sexuality, Serial killer films, L'enfance marginalisée, Films about school violence
Actors Caroline Munro, Marc Smith
Roles Carol
Rating53% 2.654212.654212.654212.654212.65421
The day begins with a popular student, Carol Manning (Caroline Munro), jokingly asking Marty Rantzen (Simon Scuddamore), the school nerd, to have sex with her in the women's locker room. After he removes his clothes, Marty is surprisingly exposed to a group of students who tease him in several ways, including jabbing at his crotch with a javelin, giving him an electric shock and dunking his head into a toilet bowl. This prank ends when the students' coach comes in to find out what is happening.
Don't Open Till Christmas, 1h26
Directed by Edmund Purdom
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Comedy, Horror, Slasher
Themes Christmas films, Films about sexuality, Serial killer films, Santa Claus in film
Actors Alan Lake, Mark Jones, Belinda Mayne, Gerry Sundquist, Edmund Purdom, Kevin Lloyd
Roles Caroline
Rating42% 2.115582.115582.115582.115582.11558
A man in a Santa suit and a woman meet in an alleyway to have sex in a car, and are stabbed to death by a man wearing a grinning translucent mask. During a party, another man dressed like Santa Claus has a spear thrown through his head, and dies in front of his daughter, Kate Brioski. At New Scotland Yard, Chief Inspector Ian Harris and Detective Sergeant Powell discuss the murders, and interview Kate, and her boyfriend Cliff. That night, another Santa is killed, having his face shoved onto the grill he was roasting chestnuts on an open fire.
The Last Horror Film, 1h27
Directed by David Winters
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Comedy, Horror, Slasher
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Caroline Munro, Susanne Benton, Joe Spinell, David Winters, Susanne Benton, Filomena Spagnuolo
Roles Jana Bates
Rating56% 2.80272.80272.80272.80272.8027
Vinny Durand (Joe Spinell) is a New York City taxi driver who is obsessed with the international cult actress Jana Bates (Caroline Munro), who is known as the "queen of horror films". Vinny returns home to his apartment where he lives with his mother (played by Joe Spinell's real life mother), where he tells her that he's packing to go to the Cannes Film Festival in France hoping to meet Jana Bates and get her to star in his movie as his career start of being a film director. But his mother calls it just another one of his "crazy ideas."
Maniac
Maniac (1980)
, 1h27
Directed by William Lustig
Origin USA
Genres Thriller, Horror, Slasher
Themes Serial killer films
Actors Joe Spinell, Caroline Munro, Tom Savini, Gail Lawrence, Kelly Piper, Rita Montone
Roles Anna D'Antoni
Rating64% 3.2492553.2492553.2492553.2492553.249255
The film starts with a young couple lying on a beach, unaware that they are being watched by an unseen person. The woman asks the man to get some firewood, and as he leaves, the unseen man approaches the woman and slits her throat with a utility razor. The man returns to the campfire and is attacked from behind. The killer wraps wire around the man's neck and pulls, killing him.
Starcrash
Starcrash (1978)
, 1h34
Directed by Luigi Cozzi
Origin Italie
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Action, Adventure
Themes Space adventure films, Dans l'espace, Space opera
Actors Marjoe Gortner, Caroline Munro, Robert Tessier, Christopher Plummer, David Hasselhoff, Dirce Funari
Roles Stella Star
Rating39% 1.9566251.9566251.9566251.9566251.956625
In a distant galaxy, a starship searches for the evil Count Zarth Arn. Closing in on a planet, the ship is attacked by a mysterious weapon (a red blobby field) which drives the crew insane. Three escape pods launch during the attack, but the ship crashes into the atmosphere of the planet and is destroyed.
The Spy Who Loved Me, 2h6
Directed by Lewis Gilbert, John Glen, Ernest Day
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Action, Adventure, Spy
Themes Films set in Africa, Films about children, Spy films, Seafaring films, Politique, Sports films, Films about terrorism, Transport films, Underwater action films, Submarine films, Political films, Arme nucléaire
Actors Roger Moore, Barbara Bach, Curd Jürgens, Richard Kiel, Lois Maxwell, Desmond Llewelyn
Roles Naomi
Rating70% 3.548013.548013.548013.548013.54801
British and Soviet ballistic-missile submarines mysteriously disappear. James Bond—MI6 agent 007—is summoned to investigate. On the way he escapes an ambush by Soviet agents in Austria, killing one during a downhill ski chase, and escaping via a Union Flag parachute. Bond learns that the plans for a highly advanced submarine tracking system are on the market in Egypt. There, he encounters Major Anya Amasova—KGB agent Triple X—his rival for the plans. They travel across Egypt together, tracking the microfilm plans, meeting Jaws—a tall assassin with steel teeth—along the way. Bond and Amasova later team up through a truce agreed by their respective superiors and identify the person responsible for the thefts as the shipping tycoon, scientist, and anarchist Karl Stromberg.
At the Earth's Core, 1h29
Directed by Kevin Connor
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Science fiction, Fantasy, Adventure
Themes Films about animals, La préhistoire, Films based on science fiction novels, Animaux préhistoriques
Actors Peter Cushing, Doug McClure, Caroline Munro, Cy Grant, Godfrey James, Keith Barron
Roles Princess Dia
Rating52% 2.601812.601812.601812.601812.60181
Dr. Abner Perry, a British Victorian period scientist (Cushing), and his US financier David Innes (McClure) make a test run of their Iron Mole drilling machine in a Welsh mountain, but end up in a strange underground labyrinth ruled by a species of giant telepathic flying reptiles, the Mahars, and full of prehistoric monsters and cavemen. They are captured by the Mahars, who keep primitive humans as their slaves through mind control. David falls for the beautiful slave girl Princess Dia (Munro) but when she is chosen as a sacrificial victim in the Mahar city, David and Perry must rally the surviving human slaves to rebel and not only save her but also win their freedom.
I Don't Want to Be Born, 1h35
Directed by Peter Sasdy
Origin United-kingdom
Genres Thriller, Horror
Actors Joan Collins, Ralph Bates, Eileen Atkins, Donald Pleasence, Hilary Mason, Caroline Munro
Roles Mandy Gregory
Rating40% 2.020892.020892.020892.020892.02089
Lucy (Collins) is working as a dancer in a sleazy strip joint. Her stage act includes a routine with a dwarf named Hercules (George Claydon). One night after the show, she invites Hercules into her dressing-room for a drink. He declines the drink but starts to rub Lucy's neck and shoulders. Lucy feels uncomfortable but tries to pretend nothing is happening, until Hercules makes a sudden lunge for her breasts, causing her to scream out in shock. This alerts the stage manager Tommy (John Steiner), who rushes into the dressing-room and sends Hercules unceremoniously on his way, then proceeds to make love to Lucy. Later as Lucy leaves the club she is confronted by the spurned and humiliated Hercules, who curses her with the words "You will have a baby.