Caroline Munro was born in Berskshire, England on January 16th, 1949. Her father was a lawyer and her other a housewife. She grew up in Rottingdean near Brighton where she attended a Catholic Convent School. Munro had difficulty in school due to the fact that she suffered from dyslexia. The only subject that she performed decently in was art.
In 1966 her mundane life changed forever when a male student who studied photography took some pictures of her. On a whim he sent one of the photos into a newspaper contest in London to find “the face of the year” judged renowned fashion photographer David Bailey. Her picture won the contest.
Fashion Model and Early Movies
Munro moved to London at 17 and appeared in a variety of fashion magazines, including Vogue. The following year she was cast in a minor role the movie Casino Royale (the terrible one with Woody Allen). In 1969 she was cast in Where’s Jack about an 18th century criminal named Jack Sheppard and A Talent For Loving starring Richard Widmark.
In 1971 she began to appear in horror movies. Her first role in this genre was as Victoria Regina Phibes in The Abominable Dr. Phibes opposite Vincent Price. A year later they reteamed for the sequel Dr. Phibes Rises Again.
Around this time she was signed to a 1-year contract by Hammer Films. For Hammer, she appeared in Dracula A.D. 1972 and Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter. She turned down roles in Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde, Vampirella (unproduced), and Frankenstein And The Monster From Hell as the roles required nudity, which went against her Christian beliefs.
Harryhausen Comes Calling
In 1973 she was cast in The Golden Voyage Of Sinbad, which features great stop motion effects by Ray Harryhausen.
“I got the part – I had been signed by Hammer, for one year, for a contract, out of which I did two films, one being Dracula A.D. 1972, and the second one being Captain Kronos – Vampire Hunter, which, kind of, would come full-circle, to Sinbad. It was written and directed by Brian Clemens, who wrote the screenplay for The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, so, I was lucky enough to be chosen for Captain Kronos, and they were searching for somebody to do Sinbad, and they wanted a big name, somebody American, or well-known, but Brian said “No”. He kept lobbying Charles Schneer (producer) and Ray Harryhausen — saying: ‘I think you should come and look at the rushes, and see what you think, because I think she’s right’. So, they said “No”, but, eventually, Brian persuaded them to do that, and they saw the rushes, and that was how I got the part. So, it was lovely, like work-out-of-work. I was very lucky to have done that.”
Munro Hassles 007, “The Hoff” and Adam Ant
In 1977 she played a villainous henchman in the James Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me and in 1978 she starred opposite David Hasselhoff in some godawful Star Wars knockoff called Starcrash.
Munro appeared in several other projects in the early 80s but the one only one that is truly memorable; the hot chick in the glasses in the Adam Ant video for “Goody Two Shoes”.
Munro has appeared sporadically in movies over the past few decades. Her most recent role in 2017’s 315 Wicked Way.
Munro also attends various conventions in both the UK and the US.