Martine Beswick

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Martine Beswick
Il bacio (1974) - Martine Beswick (cropped).jpg
Beswick in 1974
Born (1941-09-26) 26 September 1941 (age 78)
Port Antonio, Jamaica
OccupationActress, model
Years active1962–1995

Martine Beswick (born 26 September 1941) is an English actress and model perhaps best known for her roles in two James Bond films, From Russia with Love (1963) and Thunderball (1965), who went on to appear in a several other notable films in the 1960s.

Early years[edit]

Beswick was born on 26 September 1941 in Port Antonio, Jamaica[1] to Ronald Stuart Davis Beswick, a British father and Myrtle May (née Penso, 1912-2017) a Portuguese-Jamaican mother.[2]

Beswick, her sister Laurellie (1943-2002) and her mother moved to London in 1954 following the separation of her parents. In 1955, she left high school to work to help support her family.[1]

Film career[edit]

Beswick is best known for her two appearances in the James Bond film series. Although she auditioned for the first Bond film Dr. No, she was cast in the second film From Russia with Love as the fiery gypsy girl, Zora. She engaged in a "catfight" scene with her rival Vida (played by former Miss Israel Aliza Gur). She was incorrectly billed as "Martin Beswick" in the title sequence.[3] Beswick then appeared as the ill-fated Paula Caplan in Thunderball.[4] She had been away from the Caribbean so long that she was required to sunbathe constantly for two weeks before filming, to look like a local.

Beswick with Franco Franchi in Ultimo tango a Zagarol (1973)

Beswick went on to appear in One Million Years B.C. opposite Raquel Welch, with whom she also engaged in a catfight. She then appeared in various Hammer Studio low-budget films, most notably Prehistoric Women and the gender-bending Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, in which she played the titular villainess. She played Adelita in the well-regarded Spaghetti Western, A Bullet for the General (1966) opposite Klaus Kinski and Gian Maria Volonté. She starred as the Queen of Evil in Oliver Stone's 1974 directorial debut Seizure, or Queen of Evil. In the 1970s, Beswick moved to Hollywood and regularly appeared on both the big and small screens. She made numerous guest appearances on television series, including Sledge Hammer!, Fantasy Island, The Fall Guy, Mannix, The Six Million Dollar Man and Falcon Crest. In 1980, she played the lead role in the comedy film The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood.

Beswick's career was active well into the 1990s. Since then, she has mainly participated in film documentaries, providing commentary and relating her experiences on the many films in which she has appeared. She owned a removals business in London, but is now semiretired except for her guest appearances at international Bond conventions.

In April 2013, she was one of 12 Bond Girl celebrity guests in an episode of the BBC's Masterchef.

Beginning with Melvin and Howard (1980), she changed the spelling of her last name to "Beswicke", but reverted to her original name in the mid-1990s; her last credit with the longer spelling is Wide Sargasso Sea (1993).

After a 24 year absence from the screen, Beswick came out of retirement in 2018 to star in House of the Gorgon opposite fellow Hammer film stars Caroline Munro, Veronica Carlson, and Christopher Neame.



Year Title Role
1963 From Russia with Love Zora
1964 Saturday Night Out Barmaid
1965 Thunderball Paula Caplan
1966 One Million Years B.C. Nupondi
1967 John the Bastard Dona Antonia
1967 Prehistoric Women Queen Kari
1967 The Penthouse Harry
1967 A Bullet for the General Adelita
1971 Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde Sister Hyde
1973 Ultimo tango a Zagarol The girl
1974 Seizure Queen of Evil
1974 The Kiss
1976 Short Ends
1978 Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell Red Haired Lady
1980 The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood Xaviera Hollander
1980 Melvin and Howard Realty Agent
1987 Cyclone Waters
1987 From a Whisper to a Scream Katherine White
1990 Miami Blues Waitress
1990 Evil Spirits Vanya
1991 Critters 4 Angela (voice role)
1991 Trancers II Nurse Trotter
1992 Life on the Edge Linda James
1993 Wide Sargasso Sea Aunt Cora
1995 Night of the Scarecrow Barbara


Year Title
1965 Danger Man
1967 The Solarnauts
1969 It Takes a Thief
1970 Mannix
1971 Longstreet
1971 Night Gallery
1975 Strange New World
1975 Switch
1976 City of Angels
1976 The Six Million Dollar Man
1977 Baretta
1977 Aspen
1980 Hart to Hart
1981 Quincy, M.E.
1982 The Fall Guy
1983 The Powers of Matthew Star
1984 Fantasy Island
1984 Days of Our Lives
1985 Cover Up
1985 Falcon Crest
1987 Sledge Hammer!


  1. ^ a b Lisanti, Tom; Paul, Louis (2002). Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962–1973. McFarland. pp. 60+61. ISBN 9780786411948. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  2. ^ Cotter, Robert Michael Bobb (2013). The Women of Hammer Horror: A Biographical Dictionary and Filmography. McFarland. pp. 23–25. ISBN 9781476602011. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  3. ^ Duncan, Paul (2012). The James Bond Archives: Fifty Years of Bond, James Bond (40th ed.). Köln: Taschen. ISBN 978-3836521055.
  4. ^ CORK, JOHN (1 January 2007). JAMES BOND ENCYCLOPEDIA. DORLING KINDERSLEY. p. 138. ISBN 1405334274.

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