Caroline Munro and myself, Chiller Theatre—Oct. 2013
Caroline Munro was a memorable presence in 70s and 80s fantasy and horror cinema. She started her career in Britain, her native land. Hammer Films, a studio versed in horror and fantasy film, hired her as an actress. You couldn’t take your eyes off her great beauty. In the Hammer films, she played either a gypsy or a former slave girl beside the hero as he battled villains, evil men, vampires, or monsters. Besides Hammer, other studios found roles for her in British horror or fantasy films.
She first became noticed by American audiences when she played the villainess Bond girl, Naomi, in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Her first American film was Maniac (1980), a groundbreaking horror film in which her character, Anna D’Antoni, befriends a serial killer played by Joe Spinell. Also around the time, Caroline had her first starring role as Stella Star in Starcrash (1979). Caroline’s character is a Barabella-like heroine who battles against the bad guys in a Star Wars-like universe. She would continue to do more American productions such as The Last Horror Film (1982) and Slaughter High (1986) . She also appeared in an Adam Ant video around the time. By the 90s, her appearances had become brief and would slowly come back into the films by 2006.
I met Caroline recently at the Chiller Theatre, and as she is friendly as she is beautiful, and super nice. I was able to conduct a brief interview with her. I agreed to her agent Jane’s request, which was to ask her four questions only, and not interfere with the fans who wanted her autograph. Although I wasn’t able to ask her all the questions I wanted, I did get some good replies from her. One of the things we talked about in this interview is something most fans of Caroline don’t realize—
is a singer, and Adam Ant is not the only famous musician she collaborated
Caroline’s answers were so interesting that I would have like to conduct a bigger interview than the one I got. (If Jane or her stepdaughter, Tami, is reading this, please let Caroline know I would like to conduct a more-extensive interview if she ever has the time.) Nevertheless, I am happy to have taken the time to interview Caroline. I want to thank Jane for giving me permission to interview Caroline on a day she was there to greet other fans and sign autographs. And most of all, I want to thank Caroline.
Caroline bitten in Dracula A.D. 1972
CM: Yeah, I think Dracula A.D. was one of the turning points. And then from there I did Kronos, and then Brian Clemens wrote and directed Kronos. He had written a screenplay for The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, and he felt I was right for the role of Margiana in Sinbad. And he took Ray Harryhausen and Charles Schneer, ’cause they wanted a big American name, and he said, “No, I think Caroline is more right for what you’re looking for, for the role of Margiana.” And they supposedly liked what I did, and therefore I got the role. I got to work with Tom Baker and John Phillip Law.
Caroline in the Golden Voyage of SinbadJC:You’re obviously an actress and a model, but one thing that’s rarely talked about is that you sing.
CM: I did a bit of singing. I did.
Caroline’s “Pump Me Up” single
Adam Ant and Caroline