Madeline Smith

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Madeline Smith
Madeline smith 1973.jpg
Madeline Smith in 1973
Born (1949-08-02) 2 August 1949 (age 71)
Hartfield, Sussex, England
OccupationActress
Years active1967–present
Spouse(s)
(m. 1975; died 1989)
Children1

Madeline Smith (born 2 August 1949) is an English actress. Having been a model in the late 1960s, she has appeared in many television series and stage productions, plus comedy and horror films, in the 1970s and 1980s.

She is perhaps best known for playing Bond girl Miss Caruso in Live and Let Die (1973), but also had large roles in the horror films The Vampire Lovers (1970), Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970), Tam-Lin (1970), Theatre of Blood (1973) and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974) and comedy films including Up Pompeii (1971), Up the Front (1972) and Carry On Matron (1972) amongst others. She also appeared in the films The Killing of Sister George (1968), Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You (1970), The Amazing Mr. Blunden (1972) and the musical film Take Me High (1973) with Cliff Richard.[1]

Early life[edit]

Smith was born in Hartfield, Sussex, the only child of Robert and Ursula Smith (née Boas).[2] Her father owned an antiques shop and painting restoration business near Kew Gardens, and her Swiss mother was a translator.[3] After a convent-school education, in her late teens she had a temporary job at Biba, the famous boutique located on Kensington High Street, London.[4][5] It was at the instigation of Barbara Hulanicki, founder of Biba, that she became a model.[3] In the late 1960s and early '70s, she was regularly featured in the work of Disc cartoonist J Edward Oliver, who on one occasion devoted an entire strip to her entitled 'The Life and Habits of the Madeline Smith'.[6][7]

Career[edit]

Smith's first screen role was a small part in the film Escalation (1968) following this with a role in The Mini-Affair (1967), although the latter was released first. Smith first worked for Hammer Film Productions in Taste the Blood of Dracula (1969), billed as 'Maddy Smith' and playing an East End prostitute.[8] Among her other film appearances, she played opposite Ava Gardner in Tam-Lin, Peter Cushing in The Vampire Lovers and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, Diana Dors in The Amazing Mr Blunden, Frankie Howerd in Up Pompeii and Up the Front, and Vincent Price in Theatre of Blood.[2] In 1972, Smith appeared in Carry On Matron in a scene alongside Hattie Jacques, Barbara Windsor and Joan Sims.[2] In 1973, she played the Bond girl Miss Caruso, in the post-opening titles sequence of Live and Let Die, the first James Bond film starring Roger Moore. Smith's role is therefore significant as Miss Caruso is the first Bond girl of the Roger Moore era.[9] She was recommended for the role by Moore himself, having previously appeared with him in an episode of The Persuaders! on TV.[10]

Her numerous stage credits include working with US director Charles Marowitz on Blue Comedy (Yvonne Arnaud Theatre, Guildford) and The Snob (at Marowitz's Tottenham Court Road venue the Open Space). She also acted opposite Alec Guinness in the original West End production of Alan Bennett's Habeas Corpus (playing Felicity Rumpers), supported Frankie Howerd again in the Volpone adaptation The Fly and the Fox (Churchill Theatre, Bromley), played Elma in a Cambridge Theatre Company revival of Frederick Lonsdale's Canaries Sometimes Sing, and spent two years playing the female lead in Agatha Christie's The Mousetrap at the St Martin's Theatre.[11][12]

Her television credits include Doctor at Large (1971), The Two Ronnies (appearing in the serial 'Hampton Wick', 1971), Clochemerle (1972), His and Hers (1970) with Tim Brooke-Taylor, Casanova '73 (1973) with Leslie Phillips, Steptoe and Son (1974), The Howerd Confessions (1976), Why Didn't They Ask Evans? (1980) and The Steam Video Company (1984). She also featured in two episodes of All Creatures Great and Small, as two different characters (as Angela Farmer in Pride of Possession (1978) and as Anne Grantley in the 1983 Christmas special). She was a member of the regular cast of the BBC2 series The End of the Pier Show (1974) and In The Looking Glass (1978) alongside satirists John Wells and John Fortune and composer Carl Davis.[13] Smith also starred in The Passionate Pilgrim (1984) which turned out to be the final screen appearance of Eric Morecambe.[14]

Having given birth to a daughter, Emily, in 1984,[3] she gradually wound down her acting career. Her husband, actor David Buck, died from cancer in 1989.[15] Twenty years later she was interviewed in, and was the cover star of, the coffee-table book Hammer Glamour.[10] She returned to acting in 2011. In 2015 she appeared as a contestant on the red team in the BBC antiques gameshow Bargain Hunt.[16] In December 2018 she appeared in episode 4 of the Christmas series of Celebrity Mastermind with The History of Kew Gardens as her specialist subject.[17]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1967 The Mini-Affair Samantha
1968 Escalation Girl
The Killing of Sister George Nun
1969 Some Like It Sexy Miss Beaufort-Smith
1970 Pussycat, Pussycat, I Love You Gwendolyn
Taste the Blood of Dracula Dolly
The Vampire Lovers Emma Morton
Tam-Lin Sue
1971 Up Pompeii Erotica
The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins Girl
Mr. Forbush and the Penguins Unknown Scene cut
1972 Carry On Matron Mrs. Pullitt
Up the Front Fanny
The Amazing Mr Blunden Bella
1973 The Love Ban Miss Partridge
Theatre of Blood Rosemary
Live and Let Die Miss Caruso
Take Me High Vicki
1974 Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell Sarah
Percy's Progress Miss UK
1975 Galileo Young Lady
1976 The Bawdy Adventures of Tom Jones Sophia
Shadows of Doubt Girl
1977 Fern, the Red Deer Mrs. Gordon
The Quality Connection Wendy
1981 Late Flowering Love Girl
1984 The Passionate Pilgrim Damsel
1990 The Murder on the Links Dulcie Duveen
2019 Up Pompeii Ammonia
2020 Crazy Bitch Blues Alison
Jeepers Creepers Fantasy Lover Voice

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1969 Who-Dun-It Gwynneth Evans Episode: "Murder Goes to School"
1969 Cribbins 6 episodes
1970 His and Hers Janet Burgess 6 episodes
1970 On the House Angela Episode: "A Little Bit on the Side"
1970 The Adventures of Don Quick Leonie Episode: "The Love Reflector"
1971 Doctor at Large Sue Maxwell 5 episodes
1971 The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder Miss Clutterbuck Episode: "The Willing Victim"
1971 Hine Patricia Harris Episode: "The Little White Lady"
1971 The Two Ronnies Henrietta Beckett 8 episodes
1971 The Persuaders! Carla I Episode: "The Long Goodbye"
1971 Jason King Jonquil 2 episodes
1972 Clochemerle Hortense Girodot 3 episodes
1972 ITV Sunday Night Theatre Mary Todd Episode: "Madly in Love"
1972 Them Episode: "#1.2"
1972 Milligan in... Various Episode: "Milligan in Autumn"
1972 Harriet's Back in Town Diane 2 episodes
1973 The Fenn Street Gang Miss Bedwell Episode: "Business Deficiency"
1973 Ooh La La! Julie Episode: "A Pig in a Poke"
1973 Casanova '73 Tessa Finlay Episode: "#1.6"
1974 Crown Court Patricia Drake Episode: "Falling Stars: Part 1"
1974 Wodehouse Playhouse Aurelia Cammerleigh Episode: "The Reverend Wooing of Archibald: Pilot"
1974 Comedy Playhouse Aurelia Cammerleigh Episode: "The Reverend Wooing of Archibald"
1974 Happy Ever After Sally Thompson Episode: "Amateur Dramatics"
1974 Steptoe and Son Carol Episode: "Back in Fashion"
1974-1976 The End of the Pier Show Various All 7 episodes
1974 Rooms Fran 2 episodes
1975 A Touch of the Casanovas Teresa
1976 My Brother's Keeper Angela Lloyd Episode: "Tooling Up"
1976 The Howerd Confessions The Nurse Episode: "#1.3"
1977 Big Boy Now! Debbie Longhurst Episode: "Mr and Mrs"
1977 Romance Peggy Episode: "The Black Knight"
1978 In the Looking Glass Various All 6 episodes
1978 All Creatures Great and Small Angela Farmer Episode: "Pride of Possession"
1980 Why Didn't They Ask Evans? Moira Nicholson
1980 Feelifax Fridge Voice
1980 The Bagthorpe Saga Aunt Celia 3 episodes
1981 Funny Man Prunella Episode: "Letting Go"
1982 A.J. Wentworth, B.A. Mrs. Hillman Episode: "Founder's Day"
1982-1986 Eureka Various All 32 episodes
1983 All Creatures Great and Small Anne Grantley Episode: "1983 Special"
1984 The Steam Video Company Various All 6 episodes
1985 The Pickwick Papers Miss Nupkins Episode: "#1.7"
2011 Doctors Rita Prentice Episode: "Whip Hand"
2012 Titanic: Southampton Remembers Maud Newman
2013 Dancing on the Edge Violetta 2 episodes
2014 Not Going Out Joanne's friend Episode: "Christening"

Bibliography[edit]

  • Paul, Louis (2008). "Madeline Smith". Tales From the Cult Film Trenches; Interviews with 36 Actors from Horror, Science Fiction and Exploitation Cinema. Detroit: Wayne State University Press. pp. 214–220. ISBN 978-0-7864-2994-3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ McFarlane, Brian (16 May 2016). The Encyclopedia of British Film: Fourth edition. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9781526111968 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b c "Madeleine Smith".
  3. ^ a b c POWER, VICKI (23 June 2018). "Where are they now? Bond Girl Madeline Smith".
  4. ^ "James Bond star Madeline Smith - my first job - film acting". 3 July 2018.
  5. ^ "Madeline Smith interview". Film-News.co.uk.
  6. ^ Haase, Holger (1 September 2010). "Hammer and Beyond: Madeline Smith (*August 2, 1949)".
  7. ^ "recurring people". www.jeoliver.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)". BFI.
  9. ^ Alan Barnes and Marcus Hearn, Kiss Kiss Bang Bang: The Unofficial James Bond Film Companion, BT Batsford, 1997
  10. ^ a b "Actress recalls glamour of Hammer". BBC News. 30 October 2009.
  11. ^ "Madeline Smith - Theatricalia". theatricalia.com.
  12. ^ "Bond girl Madeline Smith heads to Buxton".
  13. ^ TV.com. "Madeline Smith". TV.com.
  14. ^ "Eric Morecambe – The Passionate Pilgrim". The Moving Image Company. Archived from the original on 26 November 2013.
  15. ^ Marcus Hearn, Hammer Glamour: Classic Images from the Archive of Hammer Films, Titan Books, 2009
  16. ^ "Bond girls through the years: what happened next to 007's 'female associates'". 23 May 2018 – via www.telegraph.co.uk.
  17. ^ "BBC One - Celebrity Mastermind". BBC.

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