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Mar 25

Valerie Leon

Up Front’ An intimate, illustrated and illuminating glimpse into the life and times of a Seventies icon…  Valerie Leon has been part of three British cults; Bond, Carry On and Hammer Horror.  She also has a collection of hit TV shows and with the help of some wonderful vintage film footage, Valerie takes us through her life in film, both on and off the screen!  From Bond to Bondage…What A Carry On.

Valerie Leon

Valerie Leon Early life Her father was a director of a textile company, and her mother, who trained at RADA, ended her acting career to be able to become a full-time mother. She is the eldest of four privately-educated children. After leaving school, she became a trainee fashion buyer at Harrods, before playing truant 1 day to go to an audition which led to her becoming a chorus girl, and then going on tour with Barbra Streisand in Funny Lady.

Valerie Leon Film appearances Leon appeared in several from the Carry On films and has been a Bond girl (playing the “hotel receptionist” in the Spy Who Loved Me (1977)and the “Lady in Bahamas” in Never Say By no means Again (1983). Other supporting appearances consist of Revenge of the Pink Panther, The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer (as the secretary Tanya), a hotel receptionist within the Italian Job, and a callgirl in No Sex Please, We’re British, alongside fellow Carry On actress Margaret Nolan. The 1971 Hammer horror film Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb provided Leon a rare lead role, as a reincarnated Egyptian queen.

Valerie Leon Tv On tv, Leon is most likely very best remembered for her part as a tall buxom woman driven wild by a little and puny man wearing Hai Karate aftershave, in a series of commercials for the product. She also appeared in the Saint, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Up Pompeii!, The Avengers, Space: 1999, The Persuaders, and within the Goodies comedy episode “It May too Be String”.

Valerie Leon Personal life Leon was married to BBC’s Head Of Comedy, Michael Mills from 1974 until his death in 1986. The marriage produced two children, a boy, Leon, born in 1975 along with a lady, Merope, born in 1977

Sponsored by MARK MOBILITY CENTRE, Holland-on-Sea.

2 comments

  1. Enter78

    31st January Valerie Leon

    The latest speaker was Valerie Leon, Bond girl, who gave us her life story., She started life working in Harrods and after amateur dramatics there went into musical comedy as a show girl and progressed to various roles in The Saint, Persuaders (with Roger Moore) as well as cameo roles in several of the Carry On films and a starring role in Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb, a Hammer Horror film.

    She appeared with Roger Moore in The Spy who Loved Me and Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again, thus earning her title of Bond Girl. Valerie showed various excerpts from her many firms and television performances and was a thoroughly entertaining performer. The evening was sponsored by Mark’s Mobility Centre.

    Audrey Owens
    Press Officer

  2. Enter78

    A `Bond` girl in Clacton-wow!!
    I have yearned to be one all my life but the nearest I`ve ever been is
    (and I like my tea strong) in a local café, where I asked the proprietor to
    `leave my bag in!!?`

    This was an evening with a difference-Valerie Leon with those piercing
    blue eyes and that amazing figure has done much with her life.
    Her genuine humility shone through as she told us (and showed clips) from
    just a few of the many films she has had parts in(she got to kiss Roger
    Moore in one-(lucky Girl!)

    A life full of achievement through sometimes strange coincidence moved
    it in positive direction-something that happens to us all, but,
    unfortunately in many cases, it is down an unfamiliar `one way street`
    and we cannot all be blessed with her tremendous good looks and
    voluptuous measurements!!?

    Another truly fascinating evening presented by the Arts and Lits`
    society and congratulations yet again go to their efforts in bringing us a
    wide ranging variety of artistes.
    Jennifer Kersey.

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