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26 September 1941 |
Port Antonio, Jamaica
|Spouse(s)||John Richardson (m. 1967; div. 1973)|
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 the famous "catfight" scene with her rival Vida (played by former Miss Israel Aliza Gur). She was incorrectly billed as "Martin Beswick" in the title sequence. Beswick then appeared as the ill-fated Paula Caplan in Thunderball. She had been away from the Caribbean so long that she was required to sunbathe constantly for two weeks before filming, in order to look like a local.
Martine 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 in 1967 opposite Klaus Kinski and Gian Maria Volontè. She starred as the Queen of Evil in Oliver Stone's 1974 directorial debut Seizure, aka Queen of Evil. In the 1970s, Beswick moved to Hollywood and regularly appeared on both the big screen and small screen. She made numerous guest appearances in 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. In recent years, she has mainly participated in film documentaries, providing commentary and relating her experiences on the many films she has appeared in. She owned a removals business in London, but is now semi-retired except for her guest appearances at international Bond conventions.
Beginning with Melvin and Howard in 1980, she changed the spelling of her last name to "Beswicke," but reverted to her original name in the mid-'90s; her last credit with the longer spelling is Wide Sargasso Sea in 1993.
|1963||From Russia with Love||Zora|
|1964||Saturday Night Out||Barmaid|
|1966||One Million Years B.C.||Numpond|
|1967||John the Bastard||Dona Antonia|
|1967||Prehistoric Women||Queen Kari|
|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|
|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||From a Whisper to a Scream||Katherine White|
|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|
|1969||It Takes a Thief|
|1975||Strange New World|
|1976||City of Angels|
|1976||The Six Million Dollar Man|
|1980||Hart to Hart|
|1982||The Fall Guy|
|1983||The Powers of Matthew Star|
|1984||Days of Our Lives|
- Duncan, Paul (2012). The James Bond Archives: Fifty Years of Bond, James Bond (40th ed.). Köln: Taschen. ISBN 978-3836521055.
- CORK, JOHN (January 1, 2007). JAMES BOND ENCYCLOPEDIA. DORLING KINDERSLEY. p. 138. ISBN 1405334274.