Martine Beswick, profiled by Maitland McDonagh

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She was the very Queen of Evil, Jamaican-born Martine Beswick, the dark-haired beauty with the razor-blade cheekbones, firmly set jaw and hungry eyes. She’s not quite an icon, but a certain immortality is hers: Both a Bond babe and a Hammer honey, Beswick hovers around the edges of our collective memory of danger gals of the ’60s and ’70s, forever sleek and wicked. For years I had only two images of her…but what images they were! Sultry and murderous, she was the better half of “Martine Beswick” Interview, by Michael Reed. This interview was conducted in 1984, and is part of Greg Turnbull’s Hammer Glamour site

“Bond Girls,” by Mark Voger. Asbury Park Press (Neptune, NJ) November 19, 1995, p. E6

I also relied on and recommend the interview in Jewel Shepard’s book “Invasion of the B-Girls,” Eclipse Books, 1992. pp. 15-21.

Some quotes are also drawn from the excellent 1994 documentary “Flesh and Blood: The Hammer Heritage of Horror” (available on video from Anchor Bay Entertainment), in which Beswick talks about her Hammer pictures

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Maitland McDonagh

Formerly's senior movies editor/reviewer, Maitland McDonagh now has her own site, Miss, and freelances for Film Comment, Time Out NY and other publications. She has written four books -- Broken Mirrors Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento, Filmmaking on the Fringe, The 50 Most Erotic Films of All Time and Movie Lust -- and contributed to many others, including Film Out of Bounds, Fantasy Females, The Last Great American Picture Show and Exile Cinema. Read McDonagh's recent artilces below. For her Women On Film archive, type "Maitland McDonagh" into the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).