Monday, 1 November 2010
Meeting Caroline Munro
TOTALLY off-topic but was chuffed to bits and still am - so here we go.
Me and the Bronze went off to London saturday for the Hammer film festival at the Cine Lumiere.
Turned out to be a bit of a damp squib - nice to get the new Hammer book and get it signed by the author Wayne Kinglsey but, by 1.00, all we had was a Q&A with Vera Day (feel free to Google) and a short with her in it that starred Thora Hird. Reeling from the shock of seeing the Hird on the big screen, we fled to have a tour of the Natural History Museum while a new anthology horror film was screened. Big fans of the Amicus one's but we both felt a modern one wouldn't be the same which, along with the big name replacing Peter Cushing as the anchor was (really) Brian Murphy, meant giving it a miss was pretty easy.
Come back and there's still a while to go before the film finishes. So we get our books signed and then the audience come out.
Deep in that crowd, and totally unrecognised, was Caroline Munro. No way i'd pass up a chance of a natter with the lady - so i did.
And she was really, really lovely.
And it made my day totally.
Been a fan of hers since the mid 70's i guess. Think i first saw her in "Golden Voyage Of Sinbad", which sure made an impact as i was 12 at the time.
Next up must've been "At The Earth's Core" - and, now, surely the best thing in it after the drill.
Next, a brief spell in "The Spy Who Loved Me".
Then we're talking staying up waaaay late (or so i thought at the time) to catch Hammer's "Captain Kronos" and "Dracula 1972".
After that it must've been "Starcrash", a film almost unbearable to watch, what with having the Hoff as co-star.
And then, something i wasn't aware of at all upon release, the Lambs Navy rum ads that first got her noticed and her contract with Hammer.
She was, and still is, undoubtably, stunning, but she had screen presence and its such a shame her career decended into low budget fare and, ultimately, co-star to Ted Rodgers in the God-awful 321.
I asked her if she'd be up for a cameo in Hammer's mentioned remake of "Captain Kronos" and she said she'd love to.
The petition starts here.