A birthday rumination on what might have been …
UPDATED 1/16/19: Caroline Munro turns 70 today. This piece first ran in 2016 but it’s as fitting now as it was then. Enjoy. — Dan
When I was a kid in the ’70s I’d write to DC Comics — not quite understanding how such decisions were made — pleading with them that Lee be cast as the Demon’s Head. Ideally, the movie would be based on this Denny O’Neil/Neal Adams/Dick Giordano/Irv Novick masterpiece:
But if Christopher Lee were the perfect Ra’s al Ghul, then Caroline Munro was the perfect Talia.
I knew Caroline Munro from The Golden Voyage of Sinbad and The Spy Who Loved Me. She was not just beautiful, she was magnifcently sexy and, like Talia, had an appearance of exotic, if nonspecific ethnicity.
Lee and Munro acted together in Dracula A.D. 1972. If only they could have been reunited.
The British sci-fi/horror actress’ birthday is this week (she was born Jan. 16, 1949) and usually we do a 13 COVERS salute to our favorites here at 13th Dimension. But that’s not really fitting in this case.
Instead, just ponder these pix and imagine the ideal casting that was, sadly, never meant to be:
So did Neal Adams base Talia on Caroline Munro? We asked him. Click here to see what he had to say.
— Rob Kelly’s REEL RETRO CINEMA column on The Golden Voyage of Sinbad. Click here.