Happy Birthday To Caroline Munro! This Cult Movie Queen Turns 72! From Vincent Price’s Dead Wife To Classic Bond Girl!

Caroline_Munro 1974

Happy 72nd Birthday To Caroline Munro – from Vincent Price’s Dead Wife to 007’s Bond Girl!

January 16th is a day of celebration for cult film fans – it’s Caroline Munro’s birthday!

From Hammer Glamour Queen To Vincent Price’s Dead Wife And 007’s Bond Girl!

Munro has been in some of the best cult films of the 70’s – and was also in one of the most successful movie franchises of all time – 007!

Caroline Munro Casino Royale

Munro got her start as a Vogue model when she was seventeen, and quickly began showing up in bit parts in films such as the 1967 James Bond spoof, “Casino Royale.” In the pic above, she is the third woman from the left…

Some don’t consider this James Bond spoof a real 007 film, but I say we celebrate Munro’s role…just as we did for this Bond Girl as well:

Barbara Bouchet Casino Royale


Barbara Bouchet was also in “Casino Royale”, and you see more of her here:


Now, back to Munro: after her small role in the Bond film, Caroline’s first big role was in 1971, opposite Horror legend Vincent Price in “The Abominable Dr. Phibes” – playing the deceased Mrs. Victoria Regina Phibes.

The Abominable Dr. Phibes

Here is what she said about working on the film – as a dead woman next to a living legend!

“The most challenging scenes involved lying in the coffin with Vincent. You see, I’m allergic to feathers and I was attired in this beautiful negligee – but it was covered with feathers! It took a great deal of willpower not to sneeze or sniffle. On occasion, I would simply have to sneeze and this would result in having to do another take.”

She reprised the role in the 1972 sequel as well, then went on to sign a deal with legendary British horror studio Hammer.

Dracula AD 1972

Munro starred alongside Christopher Lee in “Dracula AD 1972”, then went on to star in the classic “Captain Kronos, Vampire Hunter”!

Caroline Munro Capt. Kronos

Munro was on a roll, showing up next in the Ray Harryhausen effects spectacular “The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad.”

The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad (1973)

As you can see, the camera LOVED Munro, and she never had an issue with her wardrobe being ill-fitting…

Caroline Munro Sinbad

Munro’s “Real” Bond Film!

In 1977, Caroline got her biggest role ever when she became an official “Bond Girl” in “The Spy Who Loved Me.”

Caroline Munro Roger Moore Barbara Bach

“Spy” was one of the best Bond films ever, with Roger Moore at the height of his popularity as 007. The film also introduced a classic bad guy, the late Richard Kiel as “Jaws.”

Caroline Munro and Richard Kiel

Of course, every “Bond girl” gets a chance to wear a bikini, and Munro was no different – but she also exuded a sense of fun and playfulness that made her one of the more memorable Bond actresses.

Caroline Munro The Spy Who Loved Me

From 007 To Crazed “Maniac!”

The Bond film was Munro’s career highlight, and after that, while working regularly, the films weren’t quite as big. Some of Munro’s later movies include cult B-movies like “Starcrash” – and she literally lost her head in the cult horror classic “Maniac!”

Maniac Caroline Munro

Caroline starred with the legendary character Actor Joe Spinell in two other films as well, including the cult gem “The Last Horror Show” AKA “Fanatic”:

You can see more of that terrific collaboration by clicking on my story here:


Caroline Munro has a great career, as she continues to act today!

Happy 72nd birthday, Caroline!

Action Actress Caroline Munro

Munro still makes appearances at fan events, and appears in movie projects as well – and she also left behind a lot of cult classics to remember her by!

Leave a comment and let me know your favorite Caroline Munro movie!

caroline munro white bikini

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15 replies

  1. Very much a staple of the Hammer studios, so well known here. Also for her long-running stint as the face of Lamb’s Navy Rum, on TV commercials. https://imgur.com/gallery/8fHEU
    Best wishes, Pete.

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  2. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and the HAMMER MOVIES . I have an interview with her my show called sci-fi Ninja theater it’s on YouTube thete are a few interview with her and other HAMMER MOVIES GIRLS on the chillertheatre episodes on the scifininjatheater YouTube channel

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  3. The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and the HAMMER MOVIES . I have an interview with her my show called sci-fi Ninja theater it’s on YouTube thete are a few interview with her and other HAMMER MOVIES GIRLS on the chillertheatre episodes on the scifininjatheater YouTube channel

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  4. My introduction to her was her role in Jess Franco’s Faceless.

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