Thursday, June 27, 2013

Who Are Those Gals? - Martine Beswick

Martine Beswick was born to British parents in Port Antonio, Jamaica on September 26, 1941.
Beswick is best known for her two appearances in the James Bond film series. Although she auditioned for the first Bond film “Dr. No” (1962), she was cast in the second film “From Russia with Love” (1963) as the fiery gypsy girl, Zara. 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” (1965). 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.” (1966) 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” (1971). She played Adelita in the well-regarded Spaghetti Western “A Bullet for the General” in 1967 opposite Klaus Kinski and Gian Maria Volonté. She starred as the Queen of Evil in Oliver Stone's 1974 directorial debut “Seizure”, aka "Queen of Evil" (1974). 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.

BESWICK, Martine (aka Martin Beswick Martine Beswicke) [9/26/1941, Port Antonio, Jamaica -     ] - TV actress.
A Bullet for the General - 1966 (Adelita)
John the Bastard - 1967 (Dona Antonia Terecico/Tenorio)

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