CAROLINE MUNRO: The Greatest TALIA There Never Was

A birthday rumination of what might have been …

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When Sir Christopher Lee died, I wrote that the one great villain he never got to play was Ra’s al Ghul, Batman’s megalomaniacal adversary (click here).

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:

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Adams, of course…

But if Christopher Lee were the perfect Ra’s al Ghul, then Caroline Munro was the perfect Talia.

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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.

Adams, from Batman #244, reprinted in the special edition above.

Adams, from Batman #244, reprinted in the special edition above.

Lee and Munro acted together in Dracula A.D. 1972. If only they could have been reunited.

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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:

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THE GOLDEN VOYAGE OF SINBAD, Caroline Munro, 1974

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So did Neal Adams base Talia on Caroline Munro? We asked him. Click here to see what he had to say.

PLUS: For Rob Kelly’s REEL RETRO CINEMA column on The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, click here.

Author: Dan Greenfield

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  1. Who would you have cast for Batman back then?

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    • Y’know, I always had trouble on that front. I think I probably would have looked for an unknown. Thinking back, I suppose it’d be someone athletic but not bulky. Batman was a lot leaner then. Steve McQueen would have probably been a good choice in retrospect. But he would have been too old by the mid-late ’70s.

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    • I couldn’t agree more on your two choices. And oh my Lord the memories thus kid had of Caroline Munro. But for batman during this time period, Tom Selleck. 🙂

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  2. If Caroline Munro is in the movie, who cares who is playing Batman.

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  3. Caroline Munro would have been the perfect superspy Baroness Penelope St John-Orsini, back in the late ’70s!

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