Caroline Jane Munro
16 January 1949
Windsor, Berkshire, England
|Occupation(s)||Actress, model, singer|
|Height||5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)|
(m. 1970; div. 1982)
(m. 1990; died 2020)
Caroline Munro (born 16 January 1949) is an English actress, model and singer known for her many appearances in horror, science fiction and action films of the 1970s and 1980s. In 2019, she was inducted into the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards' Monster Kid Hall of Fame.
Early life and education
Born in Windsor, Berkshire, Munro was the youngest child of a lawyer and a housewife. As a young child, Munro and her family moved to Rottingdean, near Brighton where she attended a convent school.
Munro's career began in 1966 when her mother and a photographer friend entered some headshots of her in The Evening News's "Face of the Year" contest:
"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."— Caroline Munro
This led to modelling work for Vogue magazine at the age of 17. She moved to London to pursue modelling work and became a cover girl for fashion and television advertisements while there. She had bit parts in films such as Casino Royale (1967) and Where's Jack? (1969). One of her photo advertisements led to a screen test and a one-year contract with Paramount where she was cast as Richard Widmark's daughter in the comedy western A Talent for Loving (also 1969). Photographs of Munro were used to portray Victoria Regina Phibes, the wife of the title character (played by Vincent Price) in The Abominable Dr Phibes (1971), and its sequel, Dr Phibes Rises Again (1972).
Hammer Horror films
The chairman of Hammer Films, Sir James Carreras, spotted Munro on a Lamb's Navy Rum poster/billboard. He asked his assistant, James Liggett, to find and screen test her. She was promptly signed to a one-year contract. Her first film for Hammer proved to be a turning point in her career. It was during the making of Dracula AD 1972 (1972) that she decided from this film onward she was a fully-fledged actress. Munro acted in Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter (1974). Directed by Brian Clemens, she played the barefoot gypsy girl Carla. In Paramount Pictures' DVD commentary, Clemens explains that he envisioned the role as a fiery Raquel Welch-type redhead.
Munro has the distinction of being the only actor ever signed to a long-term contract by Hammer Films. She turned down the lead female roles in Hammer's Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971), Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974), the unmade Vampirella, Force 10 from Navarone (1978) and The World Is Full of Married Men (1979) as they all required nudity.
The Golden Voyage of Sinbad
"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."— Caroline Munro
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", an episode of the TV series The New Avengers that featured also rising stars Pamela Stephenson and Lindsay Duncan.
Late 1970s and 1980s
Munro continued to work in numerous British and European horror and science fiction films throughout the 1970s and 1980s, such as Starcrash (1978) with David Hasselhoff, Christopher Plummer and Marjoe Gortner.
Munro's career continued to thrive well in the 1980s, and she appeared 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 (and Starcrash) co-star Joe Spinell. She had a cameo role in the film Don't Open Till Christmas (1984), Slaughter High (1986), Paul Naschy's Howl of the Devil, 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, 1989).
Between 1984 and 1987, Munro was a hostess on the Yorkshire Television game show 3-2-1. Munro was a popular pin-up girl during this time, although she refused to pose nude. In the early 1980s, she appeared in music videos for Adam Ant's "Goody Two Shoes" (1982) and Meat Loaf's "If You Really Want To" (1983).
Munro's film roles were confined to performing cameos as herself in Night Owl (1993), as Mrs. Pignon in To Die For (1994), as the counselor in her friend Jeffrey Arsenault's film Domestic Strangers (1996), and as Carla the Gypsy in Flesh for the Beast (2003).
In September 2021, Munro started presenting Talking Pictures TV’s new, exclusive series The Cellar Club. In the series, Caroline introduces celebrated and obscure horror films from her Cellar Club and gives her personal, insider perspective.
An early effort of Munro's was a 45 single release by Columbia, "Tar and Cement", backed with "The Sporting Life". The musicians who played on the recording included Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker.
- "You Got It", backed with "Where Does Love Begin"
- "Rhythm Of The Rain", backed with Sound Of The Rain"
- "Love Songs", backed with "Sound Of The Sun"
|1966||Smoke Over London||Beautiful Brunette||Cameo; Italian-British co-production|
|1967||Casino Royale||Guard Girl||Uncredited|
|1969||Where's Jack?||Madame Vendonne|
|A Talent for Loving||Evalina Patten|
|1971||On the Buses||Poster Girl|
|The Abominable Dr. Phibes||Victoria Regina Phibes|
|1972||Mutiny on the Buses||Poster Girl|
|Dracula A.D. 1972||Laura|
|Dr. Phibes Rises Again||Victoria Regina Phibes|
|1973||The Golden Voyage of Sinbad||Margiana|
|1974||Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter||Carla|
|1975||I Don't Want to Be Born||Mandy Gregory|
|1976||At the Earth's Core||Dia|
|1977||The Spy Who Loved Me||Naomi|
|1982||The Last Horror Film||Jana Bates|
|1984||Don't Open Till Christmas||Caroline Munro|
|1986||Slaughter High||Carol Manning|
|1988||Howl of the Devil||Carmen|
|1989||The Black Cat||Nora|
|1993||Night Owl||Caroline Munro|
|1994||To Die For||Mrs. Pignon|
|2002||Blood Craving||Caroline Munro|
|2003||Flesh for the Beast||Carla the Gypsy|
|2006||The Absence of Light||Abbey Church|
|Crying Wolf 3D||Shopkeeper|||
|2016||Stellar Quasar and the Scrolls of Dadelia||Amanay|
|2017||Cute Little Buggers||Mystic Mary|
|2019||House of the Gorgon||Baroness Bartov|||
|2020||The Haunting of Margam Castle||Brenda|
|2023||The Pocket Film of Superstitions||High Priestess||Filming|
|1971||The BOO Show||Pet dog||TV film|
|1976||The Howerd Confessions||Captain Latour||Episode: #1.2|
|1977||The New Avengers||Tammy||Episode: "Angels of Death"|
|1986||Cinderella: The Shoe Must Go On||Game Show Hostess||TV film|
|1988||Maigret||Carolyn Page||TV film|
|1992||Tropical Heat||Alicia||Episode: "Stranger in Paradise"|
|2013||Midsomer Murders||Evil Priestess||Episode: "Death and the Divas"|
|1966||G.G. Passion||Female fan||Uncredited|
|2013||The Landlady||The Landlady|
|2019||Alone on Christmas: The Creation of Curtis Stein||Helga|
|Caroline Munro||"Tar and Cement" / "This Sporting Life"||Columbia DB 8189||1967||UK|||
|Hamilton & Munro||"Come Softly To Me" / "Sad Old Song"||King Kong Records 52001||1979||France|||
|Judd And Miss Munro||"You Got It" / "Where Does Love Begin"||Aquarius AQ 3||1976||UK|
|Judd And Miss Munro||"Rhythm Of The Rain" / "Sound Of The Sun"||RCA Victor RCA 2753||1976||UK|
|Judd Hamilton And Caroline Munro||"Love Songs" / "Sound Of The Sun"||RCA Victor PB 5021||1977||UK|||
|Caroline Munro||"Pump Me Up" / "The Picture"||Numa NU 5||1984||UK|
|Caroline Munro||"Pump Me Up" / "The Picture", Pump Me Up (7" Version)||Numa NUM 5||1984||UK||12"|
|Caroline Munro||"Pump Me Up" (Remix) / "Pump Me Up" (Instrumental Version)||Zig Zag Records – ZIG20006
Numa – ZIG20006
- Cotter, Robert Michael "Bobb" (2012). Caroline Munro, First Lady of Fantasy: A Complete Annotated Record of Film and Television Appearances. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Co. p. 3. ISBN 978-0786468829.
- McFarlane, Brian (28 February 2014). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. Oxford University Press. p. 538; ISBN 978-1526111968
- Hal Erickson (2016). "Caroline Munro: About This Person". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 22 May 2015. Retrieved 1 June 2020.
- Colton, David (19 February 2019). "Winners of the (Gasp!) 17th Annual Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards". RondoAward.com.
- Membery, York. "Exclusive Interview with Caroline Munro". Pointing North.
- York Membery (6 September 2020). "A Bond girl who is most at home in a charity shop". The Times.
- Basinger, Stuart (2004). "Chasing After Caroline Munro". Dr. Shatterhand's Botanical Garden. Archived from the original on 1 March 2004.
- "About Caroline Munro". Caroline Munro (official website). Archived from the original on 26 June 2017.
- "Dr. Phibes Rises Again". IMDb.com. Retrieved 7 June 2019.
- O'Neill, Phelim (3 August 2002). "Former Bond girl Caroline Munro talks 007, '80s slasher flick Maniac and Ted Rogers". The Guardian.
- "Caroline Munro Filmography". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. 2015. Archived from the original on 24 November 2015.
- Redfield, Mark (21 September 2009). "An Actor's Notebook by Mark Redfield: THE CAROLINE MUNRO INTERVIEW (2007)". Anactorsnotebook.blogspot.com.
- Whale, Robin. "Caroline Munro : Vampirella Model". Vampilore.co.uk.
- Groom, Graham (23 November 2002). "Caroline Munro Interview". Margiana. Archived from the original on 27 December 2005. Retrieved 5 August 2020.
- "About The Foundation". The Ray & Diana Harryhausen Foundation. Archived from the original on 24 October 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2014.
- "Caroline Munro Official Fansite". Carolinemunro.org. Retrieved 31 December 2011.
- Vincent Canby (31 January 1981). "Maniac". New York Times. Retrieved 4 May 2011.
- "Flesh for the Beast (2003)". IMDb.com.
- "House of the Gorgon". IMDb.com. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
- "Caroline Munro talks The Cellar Club". wearecult.rocks. 3 September 2021. Retrieved 17 May 2022.
- 45Cat - Caroline Munro - Discography
- Caroline Munro, First Lady of Fantasy: A Complete Annotated Record of Film and Television Appearances, By Robert Michael "Bobb" Cotter - Page 155 OTHER WORKS: Advertising and Music – Music –
- Cotter, Robert Michael Bobb (2012). "Caroline Munro, First Lady of Fantasy: A Complete Annotated Record of Film". McFarland & Co, 2012. Retrieved on 14 February 2018-02-14 from https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=J4wjAwAAQBAJ&lpg=PA156&ots=ASxOL5itlb&dq=%22caroline%20munro%22%20interview%20%22gary%20numan%22&pg=PA156#v=onepage&q=%22caroline%20munro%22%20interview%20%22gary%20numan%22&f=false.
- "Vampyres (2015)". IMDb.com.
- "Crying Wolf 3D (2015)". IMDb.com.
- Mason, Shana Beth (13 February 2019). "Hammer Hath Risen: 'House of the Gorgon' Premieres in London". Frontrunner Magazine.
- Discogs - Caroline Munro Discography, Singles & EPs
- Discogs - Judd Hamilton Discography, Singles & EP's
- 45Cat - Judd Hamilton - Discography, UK