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Born to British parents in Jamaica on September 26, 1941, beautiful Martine Beswick harbored an early desire to be an actress. The adolescent Beswick began to study acting in Britain in the early 1950s, but she moved back to Jamaica in the late 1950s. Beswick won the title "Miss Jamaica" during this period. After modeling for a brief period of time, she was spotted by a talent scout in a travelogue. The budding actress was briefly considered for a sizeable role in the first James Bond film Dr. No (1962; with Sean Connery and Ursula Andress), but Ursula Andress eventually won the part. Nonetheless, Beswick appears in the picture as the dancing girl in the opening credits.

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LEFT: Bikini-clad Martine Beswick in a mid 1960s photo. RIGHT: From a 1967 cover of Australian Photoplay magazine

After a small role in the British film Saturday Night Out (1963; with Bernard Lee), Beswick was cast as a fighting gypsy girl in From Russia with Love (1963; with Sean Connery and Lotte Lenya) and was invited back by Bond producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman to portray a secret agent in Thunderball (1965; with Sean Connery and Luciana Paluzzi). The following year she was cast in a larger role in One Million Years B.C. (1966; with Raquel Welch and John Richardson) and landed the starring role in the campfest Prehistoric Women (1967). After making a few pictures in Italy, including John the Bastard (1967; with John Richardson and Gordon Mitchell), Beswick moved to the US and did quite a bit of television work. Beyond the Bond films, Beswick's best-known film is perhaps the Hammer horror flick Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971; with Ralph Bates).

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Thunderball (1965) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From the thrilling Bond film Thunderball. LEFT and CENTER: Beswick as secret agent Paula Caplan. RIGHT: Promotional photo featuring Luciana Paluzzi, Martine Beswick, Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, and Molly Peters

A Bullet for the General (1966) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From the spaghetti western A Bullet for the General

The Penthouse (1967)

Martine Beswick, Tony Beckley, Norman Rodway, and Suzy Kendall

From the then-shocking drama The Penthouse with Tony Beckley, Norman Rodway, and Suzy Kendall

Prehistoric Women (1967)

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From Hammer's campy adventure flick Prehistoric Women. LEFT: Lobby card featuring Beswick and Michael Latimer. RIGHT: Beswick as Kari

Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971)

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From the Hammer horror favorite Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde. LEFT and RIGHT: As Sister Hyde, Martine Beswick handily dispenses with another victim

Longstreet (1971)

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From the made-for-TV movie Longstreet with James Franciscus. This film served as the pilot for the 1971-1972 ABC TV series of the same name

The Last Italian Tango (1973)

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From the Italian comedy The Last Italian Tango with Franco Franchi. This film is an effective parody of Last Tango in Paris

Seizure (1974) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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From Oliver Stone's directing debut, the Canadian horror film Seizure

The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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Original release poster from the comedy The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood

Evil Spirits (1990) Get It Here at Movies Unlimited

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As Vanya in the campy horror flick Evil Spirits

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Roles for Martine Beswick began to dry up in the late 1980s, yet she found work in television and several films. Some of the latter include the horror films The Offspring (1987; with Vincent Price and Clu Gulager) Evil Spirits (1990; with Anthony Eisley and Virginia Mayo), and Night of the Scarecrow (1995; with Gary Lockwood), her last film to date. Today, Martine Beswick is a frequent interview subject and still looks fantastic.

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TELEVISION
Night Gallery: The Complete First Season [DVD](1970) DVD
Along with the pilot film "Night Gallery" (1969), all six episodes from the series' debut season--featuring such stories as "The Last Laurel" with Martine Beswick, "Room with a View," "The Little Black Bag," "Make Me Laugh," "Lone Survivor," "The Doll," and "They're Tearing Down Tim Riley's Bar"--are included in a three-disc set. 8 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo; Subtitles: Spanish, French; bonus episodes.
Hart To Hart: The Complete Second Season [DVD](1980) DVD
All 20 episodes from the second season--including "Murder, Murder on the Wall," "Ex-Wives Can Be Murder," "Solid Gold Murder," "The Murder of Jonathan Hart," and "Blue Chip Murder"--are featured in a five-disc set. 16 3/4 hrs. total. Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital mono, Portuguese Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: Portuguese.

FILM
From Russia With Love [Blu-ray](1963)
Sean Connery's personal favorite of his Bond films is a globe-hopping thriller that pits 007 against Soviet spies and SPECTRE assassins, highlighted by a brutal fight aboard the Orient Express. Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi, and Lotte Lenya, as blade-booted Rosa Klebb, also star. 111 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Lossless Audio, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; interview; storyboards; featurettes; photo gallery; TV spots; theatrical trailers.
From Russia With Love [DVD](1963) DVD
Sean Connery's personal favorite of his Bond films is a globe-hopping thriller that pits 007 against Soviet spies and SPECTRE assassins, highlighted by a brutal fight aboard the Orient Express. Robert Shaw, Daniela Bianchi, and Lotte Lenya, as blade-booted Rosa Klebb, also star. 111 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, French, Spanish; audio commentary.
Thunderball [Blu-ray](1965)
It's 007 versus SPECTRE when evil agent Largo holds the Bahamas hostage with a nuclear warhead. Sean Connery as Bond must forego his suntan and suit up for an action-packed underwater adventure. Adolfo Celi, Claudine Auger also star. 125 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English DTS HD 5.1 Master Lossless Audio, Dolby Digital mono, Spanish Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish; audio commentary; TV special; featurettes; photo gallery; TV spots; theatrical trailers.
Thunderball [DVD](1965) DVD
It's 007 versus SPECTRE when evil agent Largo holds the Bahamas hostage with a nuclear warhead. Sean Connery as Bond must forego his suntan and suit up for an action-packed underwater adventure. Adolfo Celi, Claudine Auger also star. 125 min. Widescreen; Soundtracks: English DTS Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital mono, French Dolby Digital 5.1; Subtitles: English, Spanish, Mandarin, Korean, Thai, French; audio commentary.
A Bullet For The General [Blu-ray](1966)
Gun-blazing thriller set in revolutionary Mexico, as an enigmatic mercenary joins up with rebel forces attempting to overthrow the government. Whose side, though, is he really on? Klaus Kinski, Gian-Maria Volonte, Martine Beswick star. AKA: "El Chuncho, Quien Sabe?" 113 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English (dubbed) Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish. Dubbed in English.
A Bullet For The General [DVD](1966) DVD
Gun-blazing thriller set in revolutionary Mexico, as an enigmatic mercenary joins up with rebel forces attempting to overthrow the government. But whose side is he really on? Klaus Kinski, Gian-Maria Volonte, Martine Beswick star. AKA: "Quien Sabe?" 113 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English (dubbed) mono; theatrical trailers.
One Million Years B.C. [DVD](1967) DVD
A prehistoric menagerie animated by Ray Harryhausen and Raquel Welch wearing "Mankind's first bikini" are the highlights in this remake of the caveman adventure epic. Will Raquel's shore-dwelling Shell People learn to live with their neighbors, the Rock Tribe, before they all become dinosaur fodder? With John Richardson, Martine Beswick. 91 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital stereo, Spanish Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish; theatrical trailers.
Seizure [Blu-ray](1974)
Oliver Stone made his directorial debut with this haunting chiller, which he also co-scripted. Horror author Jonathan Frid (TV's "Dark Shadows") hosts a weekend party at his remote estate, only to discover that macabre characters from his imagination are coming to life and killing his guests. With Martine Beswick, Troy Donahue, Mary Woronov, and Herve Villechaize. 91 min. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
Seizure [DVD](1974) DVD
Oliver Stone made his directorial debut with this haunting chiller which he also co-scripted. Jonathan Frid ("Dark Shadows") stars as a horror writer who hosts a weekend party at his remote estate, only to discover that characters from his imagination are coming to life and killing his guests. With Martine Beswick, Troy Donahue, Mary Woronov, and Herve Villechaize. 91 min. Soundtrack: English.
Strange New World [DVD](1975) DVD
Originally produced as the first two episodes of a proposed TV series, this sci-fi adventure finds a trio of astronauts returning to Earth after being in suspended animation for 180 years. What they find is a planet ravaged by meteors, a civilization made up entirely of clones, and bizarre warring factions. John Saxon, Kathleen Miller, Keene Curtis, Martine Beswick star. 97 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Aspen [Blu-ray](1977)
An illicit affair leads to a shocking crime in the posh Colorado ski resort of Aspen, and a man finds himself convicted of a murder he didn't commit while his lawyer searches for the true killer, in this engrossing three-part mini-series. Sam Elliott, Perry King, Gene Barry, Martine Beswick, Joseph Cotten, and Michelle Phillips star. AKA: "The Innocent and the Damned." 4 3/4 hrs. total. Soundtrack: English.
Aspen [DVD](1977) DVD
An illicit affair leads to a shocking crime in the posh Colorado ski resort of Aspen, and a man finds himself convicted of a murder he didn't commit while his lawyer searches for the true killer, in this engrossing three-part mini-series. Sam Elliott, Perry King, Gene Barry, Martine Beswick, Joseph Cotten, and Michelle Phillips star. AKA: "The Innocent and the Damned." 4 3/4 hrs. on two discs. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Devil Dog: The Hound Of Hell [Blu-ray](1978)
Creepy 1970s made-for-TV shocker focuses on a suburban dad as he brings home a German shepherd for his family, unaware that the pooch is one of Satan's minions. When the demonically possessed canine begins using supernatural powers to wreak murderous havoc, the stage is set for a dramatic showdown between man and beast. Richard Crenna, Yvette Mimieux, Kim Richards, Ike Eisenmann star. 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; featurette; interviews; photo gallery; more.
Devil Dog: The Hound Of Hell [DVD](1978) DVD
Creepy 1970s made-for-TV shocker focuses on a suburban dad as he brings home a German shepherd for his family, unaware that the pooch is one of Satan's minions. When the demonically possessed canine begins using supernatural powers to wreak murderous havoc, the stage is set for a dramatic showdown between man and beast. Richard Crenna, Yvette Mimieux, Kim Richards star. 95 min. Soundtrack: English; interviews; TV spots.
The Happy Hooker Trilogy [DVD] DVD
The original adaptation of Xaviera Hollander's spicy memoirs, "The Happy Hooker" (1975) stars Lynn Redgrave as the young Dutch woman who comes to New York only to be unceremoniously dumped by her fiance. After seeing a succession of men, she decides to turn her talents into a business, learning how to play for pay. Jean-Pierre Aumont, Tom Poston also star. Next, the sweet Miss, played by Joey Heatherton, travels to the nation's capital to testify before Congress and winds up "serving" her country as only she can, in "The Happy Hooker Goes to Washington" (1977). With George Hamilton, Ray Walston, Rip Taylor, Billy Barty. And, the City of Angels proves uproarious and sexy to Xaviera (Martine Beswick), as she gets involved with some slick movie producers while trying to film her autobiography, in "The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood" (1980). Adam West, Phil Silvers, Chris Lemmon, and the great Dick Miller co-star. 4 1/2 hrs. total on two discs. Standard/Widescreen; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono.
Melvin And Howard [DVD](1980) DVD
Irresistible American fable from director Jonathan Demme explores Nevada garage owner Melvin Dummar's claim that he once picked up eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes hitchhiking in the desert, and the skepticism that arose after a will turned up naming Dummar as an heir. Co-star Mary Steenburgen and screenwriter Bo Goldman won Oscars; Paul LeMat and Jason Robards play the title roles. 95 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital mono; Subtitles: English (SDH), French, Spanish; theatrical trailer.
From A Whisper To A Scream (1987)/Theater Of Blood [DVD](1973) DVD
First, Vincent Price shares a quiversome quartet of horror stories "From a Whisper to a Scream." A vexed lover breaks his date the hard way; a carnival sword swallower gets digestion problems; a merciless hood finds out the drawbacks to life eternal; and a Civil War traitor runs afoul of a different sort of "brat pack." Clu Gulager, Cameron Mitchell, Susan Tyrrell, and Rosalind Cash star. AKA: "The Offspring." Next, Price camps it up in the role of his career, as a supposedly dead ham actor who avenges himself on theater critics, killing them in gory murders based on Shakespeare plays! A rousing blend of horror and satire, "Theater of Blood" co-stars Diana Rigg, Robert Morley, Ian Hendry, and Milo O'Shea. 3 1/3 hrs. total. Widescreen; Soundtrack: English.
Evil Spirits [DVD](1990) DVD
Sinister shocker about a deranged boardinghouse owner who kills her tenants. Is the spirit of her dead husband driving her to murder? Karen Black, Michael Berryman, Arte Johnson, and Virginia Mayo star. 95 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English.
Trancers II: The Return Of Jack Deth [DVD](1991) DVD
Jack Deth (Tim Thomerson), the wise-cracking cop from the future, returns in this sequel set six years after the events of the original "Trancers." This time, Deth must save the world from annihilation as the homeless are being tranced--lucky for him, his wife (Megan Ward) has returned from the dead to lend a hand! Jeffrey Combs, Barbara Crampton, and Helen Hunt co-star in this sci-fi shocker laced with comedy. 85 min. Standard; Soundtrack: English Dolby Digital stereo.
Critters 4 [DVD](1992) DVD
It's "Critters"-mania as those ferocious, furry creatures return, only this time they're genetically mutated "super-critters" made to take over the universe. This sci-fi-horror-thriller features Don Opper, Angela Bassett and Brad Dourif. 94 min. Widescreen (Enhanced) and Standard; Soundtracks: English Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Surround; theatrical trailer.
Invasion Of The Scream Queens [DVD](1992) DVD
They became famous for looking hot, shedding their clothes, and fleeing in terror from monsters and serial killers. Now, in an affectionate documentary tribute, legendary horror/sci-fi movie actresses Michelle Bauer, Monique Gabrielle, Brinke Stevens, Mary Woronov, and others talk about their careers and the making of such films as "The Hills Have Eyes" and "The Slumber Party Massacre" while offering insights into the "scream queen" phenomenon. 85 min. Soundtrack: English; interviews; photo gallery.
Night Of The Scarecrow [Blu-ray](1995)
That's "scarecrow" with a capital "SCARE," as the residents of a small farm town with a dark secret reap a harvest of terror when the Scarecrow comes out of the fields, looking for a few good souls to claim. Spellbinding shocker stars Elizabeth Barondes, Bruce Glover, Stephen Root, and Gary Lockwood. 85 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.
Night Of The Scarecrow [DVD](1995) DVD
That's "scarecrow" with a capital "SCARE," as the residents of a small farm town with a dark secret reap a harvest of terror when the Scarecrow comes out of the fields, looking for a few good souls to claim. Spellbinding shocker stars Elizabeth Barondes, Bruce Glover, Stephen Root, and Gary Lockwood. 85 min. Widescreen (Enhanced); Soundtrack: English.

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filmography

FILM
Night of the Scarecrow (1995) with Bruce Glover, Dirk Blocker, and Gary Lockwood
Wide Sargasso Sea (1993) with Rachel Ward and Michael York
Life on the Edge (1992) with Andrew Prine
Critters 4 (1991) with Angela Bassett, Brad Dourif, and Eric DaRe
Trancers II (1991) with Helen Hunt, Telma Hopkins, and Richard Lynch
Evil Spirits (1990) with Michael Berryman, Karen Black, Anthony Eisley, Arte Johnson, Virginia Mayo, and Yvette Vickers
Miami Blues (1990) with Alec Baldwin and Jennifer Jason Leigh
Cyclone (1987) with Heather Thomas, Robert Quarry, Martin Landau, Huntz Hall, and Troy Donahue
From a Whisper to a Scream (1987) with Vincent Price, Clu Gulager, Rosalind Cash, Cameron Mitchell, and Susan Tyrrell
Balboa (1986) with Tony Curtis, Sonny Bono, Chuck Connors, Steve Kanaly, Carol Lynley, and Cassandra Peterson
Melvin and Howard (1980) with Jason Robards, Paul Le Mat, Mary Steenburgen, and Michael J. Pollard
The Happy Hooker Goes Hollywood (1980) with Chris Lemmon, Adam West, Richard Deacon, Phil Silvers, and Susan Kiger
The Tenth Month (1979) with Carol Burnett and Dina Merrill
My Husband Is Missing (1978) with Sally Struthers and Tony Musante
Devil Dog: The Hound of Hell (1978) with Richard Crenna, Yvette Mimieux, Victor Jory, and Ken Kercheval
Strange New World (1975) with John Saxon, Reb Brown, Ford Rainey, Bill McKinney, Gerrit Graham, and Catherine Bach
Crime Club (1975) wiht Robert Lansing, Barbara Rhoades, and M. Emmet Walsh
Seizure (1974) with Jonathan Frid, Christina Pickles, Herve Villechaize, Troy Donahue, and Mary Woronov
The Kiss (1974)
Last Tango in Zagarolo (1973) with Franco Franchi
Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde (1971) with Ralph Bates
Longstreet (1971) with James Franciscus, Bradford Dillman, Jeanette Nolan, and Bruce Lee
John the Bastard (1967) with John Richardson and Gordon Mitchell
A Bullet for the General (1967) with Klaus Kinski
The Penthouse (1967) with Suzy Kendall and Terence Morgan
Prehistoric Women (1967) with Michael Latimer
One Million Years B.C. (1966) with Raquel Welch and John Richardson
Thunderball (1965) with Sean Connery, Claudine Auger, Adolfo Celi, Luciana Paluzzi, Bernard Lee, Desmond Llewelyn, and Lois Maxwell
Saturday Night Out (1963) with Bernard Lee
From Russia with Love (1963) with Sean Connery, Daniela Bianchi, Pedro Armendariz, Lotte Lenya, Robert Shaw, Bernard Lee, and Lois Maxwell
Dr. No (1962) with Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Jack Lord, Bernard Lee, Anthony Dawson, and Lois Maxwell

TELEVISION SERIES
Days of Our Lives, 1965-present NBC Daytime TV series. Beswick portrayed Abigail Abernathy during the 1984 season
Aspen, 1977 NBC TV miniseries. Beswick portrayed Joan Carolinian

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Bondstars.com: Martine Beswick
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