Hammer Studios – Hammer Films

Hammer Studios – Hammer Films

In the late fifties, when Hammer Studios began producing remakes of classic Universal horror movies, key factors rapidly became trademarks of their success. They were: COLOR – For the first time, the stories were filmed in chilling color. VIOLENCE – Thus, blood flowed as bright red as it should be, to great shock and delight. SEX – Plunging necklines became de rigueur in the vast majority of Hammer’s projects. Obviously, this will be our main focus here. We will introduce to you some actresses who were participants in Hammer Studios motion pictures, even for only one movie. Without further ado, here follows our first ten distinguished guests, in no particular order (well, let’s just say that we’ll begin with the three Yvonnes): YVONNE FURNEAUX The Mummy (1959) Yvonne Furneaux was born in Lille, France, on May 11, 1928, under the name Yvonne Scarcherd. With unique pale eyes that almost look surnatural, she began a cinema career in England, starting in 1952. Yvonne worked mainly in Europe, in comedies and adventure films, more often in international productions, co-starring two times alongside Errol Flynn. As Hammer Studios began to be popular around the world, Yvonne took dual roles for The Mummy, playing Isobel Banning and Princess Ananka, alongside Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee. Out of the blue she was invited by Federico Fellini to be part of his timeless classic La Dolce Vita, in 1960. Yvonne mostly remained in Italy for the following years, starring in a Dr. Mabuse movie along the way and many more adventure projects, eventually playing Helen of Troy. In 1965, she had a short but important...
Bond Girls

Bond Girls

When you talk about Bond Girls, it’s interesting to note that a majority of these actresses often suffered career lag after their participation in 007’s adventures. Even if we can understand that they weren’t all primarily trained for the Shakespearean stage (with one exception), all in all, the results are often quite sad. Is playing a Bond Girl a curse for an acting career? We’ll see. There are more actresses than you think that participated more than once in the series (be it playing the same character or another one) and I hope that you’ll learn many useless and/or unknown trivia along the way. I invite you to pay special attention to the names of these characters. You’ll surely notice that subtlety is not necessarily a priority for some surprising word games. A brief portrait of each actress will be available, alongside an evaluation of her contribution to the Bond world. Keep in mind that they are an integral part of the success of the series over the years. I’ll even rate them on a 1 to 10 scale. This rating is not a mere beauty evaluation: it’ll take into consideration the quality of their performance, their chemistry with Bond, how they use sex-appeal and their importance in the overall series. Of course, there’s more than one Bond Girl per film, but for now we will elect the lucky one who gets away romantically with our favorite super spy at the conclusion of the motion picture. So, for now, no bad girls. Also note that unofficial entries and/or parodies will not be taken into consideration here. Dr. No –...