Caroline Munro

  1. Martine Beswick, Dr Jekyll and Sister Hyde, 1971.     Swiftly rejected due to Dr J inevitably feeling himself up as Sister H. All part of Hammer Films’ new passion for nudity.
  2. Madeline Smith, Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell, 1974.    The beautously breasted Maddy Smith benefitted from Munro’s refusal to strip as Sarah, the mute servant of a poor Peter Cushing version of the Baron in a near Harpo Marx wig. He summed it all up in one line: “There’s nothing to see… it’s over.” And so it was. The last Hammer Frankenstein movie, damn nearly the last Hammer film.
  3. Barbara Bach, Force 10 From Navarone, 1977.    Caroline, a goody two shoes sexbomb, refused a nude Playboy spread to capitalise on her Bond film, The Spy Who Loved Me, 1977. Ditto for all requested movie nudity – including the Navarone’s quite innocuous bath-tub. And that is how Barbara became Mrs Ringo Starr.
  4. Sarah Douglas, Superman, 1978.
  5. Sherrie Lee Cronn, The World Is Full of Married Men, 1979.      Which word did you guys not understand: No nudity! Another British babe, Suzanne Danielle, refused to film Jackie Collins’ book for the same reason. Stripping didn’t help the American Cronn. This is her first and last movie.
  6. Carol Lynley, Vigilante, 1981.    New York Assistant DA Mary Fletcher had been intended for  true Brit Munro – from the same producer-director William Lustig’s Maniac, 1979. Instead, Lynley went to court in the Death Wishian thriller made by thj new horrorsmith – who made his directing debut  with two 1970s pornos, The Violation of Claudia and Hot Honey.

  7. Taliso Soto, Vampirella, 1995.
    She was suitably born in 1969, the voluptuous daughter to two fathers: top fantasy geek Forrest J Ackerman and artist Frank Frazetta. And no one knew how to film her. (Well, Vadim would have, except he was into Barbarella). Hammer chose Munro for a 1976 script,. She flew to Rome for a promo shoot in with long black boots, large leather belt, and a small white, tight outfit – “very vampy,” Then and only then did the suits actually give her the scenario. A horror!
    “It was all nudity and not much else.   so I did decline the part. Shame about all the nudity because what a great character it would have been to play; kind of like our own Modesty Blaise.” She dallied with James Bond in The Spy Who Loved Me, instead. Hammer switched to Barbara Leigh, Peter Cushing and even John  Gielgud –  as the company collapsed. Roger Corman got the rights  and wasted them in something worse than Plan 9 From Outer Space.  For one example: Soto’s  stunt double  plainly had  a penis... Despite  being another Bond girl, Soto was no volupturian, agreed director Jim Wynorski. “They forced me to use her. She just didn’t have the body for the costume. I should have had Julie Strain. But they didn’t think Julie Strain meant anything. So they put somebody wrong in the role. I should have stopped and said: Let’s just not do this. But, I was going to lose the rights in six months, so I did what I had to do. At least, I got the film made. But I should have said no.”  The end credits  announced a sequel, Death’s Dark Adventure.  Never happened.

  8. Geena Davis, Cutthroat Island, 1995.       “A terrific script but it never actually got off the ground in that period,” Munro told the Den of Geek website. “ Geena did it in the end, but that was in development for so many years, and I’m sorry it didn’t get made in the time I was up for it, because it would have been a lot of fun. Geena’s film didn’t do so well, – the original script was a lot different.”.
  9. Judy Geeson, The Lords of Salem, 2012.    The heroine was  horrorsmith director Rob Zombie’s wife, Sheri Moon Zombie. Hammer girl Munro passed on being her landlady. Gorgeous Geeson didn’t have Munro’s horror pedigree but provided one helluva witch in horrorrmeister Rob Zombie’s real coming of age flick.  “Made,” he said, “like Ken Russell directing The Shining.”

 Birth year: Death year: Other name: Casting Calls:  9