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|12 FEBRUARY 2014
MAUD ADAMS' BIRTHDAY
|Birthday for our friend Maud Adams, Swedish super-model and international actress (two times "James Bond girl"), born just below the Arctic Circle in Luleå.
With this special page, From Sweden With Love would like to extend our sincere best wishes for her birthday. We love you, Maud!
"Kramar och grattis på din födelsedag Maud, FSWL älskar dig och Sverige mycket stolta över ditt bidrag på den internationella arenan."
About Maud Adams:
Maud started her career as a model but turned to acting in 1970 with The Boys In The Band in which – appropriately – she played a model.
A few years later, she was cast as Andrea Anders in The Man With The Golden Gun (1974), the first of her Bond films. Her character was both “vulnerable” and a “victim” at the hands of her lover, Francisco Scaramanga, the titular villain played by legendary actor Sir Christopher Lee.
Further features followed, such as Rollerball (the 1975 original), The Hostage Tower (1980) (along with Britt Ekland), Playing For Time (1980) and episodic tv such as Kojak (1977) and Emerald Point NAS (1983-1984) before producer Albert R. Broccoli offered her the title role in the James Bond film Octopussy (1983).
Whilst a couple of other actresses had made a second appearance in a James Bond film (aside from regular Miss Moneypenny) it was quite something for a supporting actress in one film to return as one of the leads in a future 007 adventure.
Both director John Glen, and Bond actor Roger Moore, were unanimous in their praise for the casting decision in Octopussy.
Post-Bond, Maud continued acting in both large screen and small screen projects: Jane and the Lost City (1987), The Women’s Club (1987), Hell Hunters (1986), Ringer (1996), Perry Mason (1993) as well as appearing in many episodes of the Swedish television series Radioskugga (1995-1997) and Vita Lögner (1998). In 1994 she hosted Café Luleå – a Swedish talk show series.
In 2006, Maud appeared on Swedish TV in SVT's portrait series, Stjärnorna på slottet. (Britt Ekland appeared in the same series a year later.)
Maud is a brilliant linguist speaking Swedish, French, German, Italian and English.
She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Charles Rubin, but often returns to her native Sweden. She is ambassador for Norrbotten, the Northern Province where Luleå is situated.
Maud remains a firm favourite with Bond fans and enjoys travelling to conventions and autograph shows. One question often asked of her is whether she appeared in A View to a Kill (1985), a story John Glen confirmed as being fact in his autobiography. Whilst it is true that Maud visited the set of the film in San Francisco, she did not (knowingly) make a cameo in the film. Many people insist she is on one of the trams in the film, but even studying frame-by-frame on DVDs it is impossible to confirm her being there.
It is a question (or rather myth) that will no doubt circulate for many more years!
Later this year, Maud Adams will star in the Swedish version of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’
Maud wrote the foreword Titan Books comic book version of Octopussy in 2004 and the afterword to Mark O'Connell's excellent book Catching Bullets: Memoirs of a Bond Fan in 2012. She has also kindly agreed to write the foreword to Anders Frejdh's book on Bond, From Sweden with Love.
For other posts covering Maud Adams featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.
Birthdays for more Swedish James Bond related people on From Sweden With Love:
>Anne Lönnberg (February 17)
>Britt Ekland (October 6)
>Dolph Lundgren (November 3)
>Eva Green (July 5)
>Izabella Scorupco (June 4)
>Jens Hultén (December 6)
>Kristina Wayborn (September 24)
>Lars Lundgren (May 6)
>Mary Stavin (August 20)
>Max von Sydow (April 10)
>Ola Rapace (December 3)
Advertisement of Maud Adams promoting Lux soaps in Sweden during 1977. Part of From Sweden with Love's private collection.
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