Monday, 15 August 2011

Valerie Leon

To me, Valerie Leon is a living legend! 
In a career spanning more than forty years, she has appeared in six 'Carry On' films, (Up the Khyber, Doctor, Camping, Up the Jungle, Matron and Girls), Two James Bond films, (The Spy Who Loved Me and Never Say Never Again), Revenge of the Pink Panther, Zeta One, Can You Keep it Up for A Week, The Ups and Down's of a Handyman, Queen Kong, The Wild Geese, The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer, No Sex Please We're British, The Italian Job, and the lead role in Hammer's Blood From The Mummy's Tomb. 

Anyone who grew up in the 1970's will probably remember her  series of advertisements for 'Hai Karate' aftershave that ran each Christmas between 1969 and 1975. 
Indeed, it was in these ad's for the awful smelling product that I first saw her myself whilst still a small boy. She made a great impression on me then and continues to do so today whenever I see her pop up in one of many classic TV shows of the era. 
Her staggering amount of small screen appearances easily equals her Film output, and reads like a roll call of classic British Cult TV...The Saint, The Avengers, The Persuaders, Randall & Hopkirk Deceased, Up Pompeii, Space:1999, The Goodies, The Morcambe & Wise Christmas Show, and many more...Her presence has graced many a screen and left millions of teen-aged boys and men quivering with her statuesque beauty. 
Valerie still occasionally makes TV appearances, although not anywhere near the number of her 1970's heyday, and it's great to see her busy with other projects. More information on Valerie, past and present, is available from her website. Where you can also pick yourself up an autographed photo for a few pounds. 

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