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|12 NOVEMBER 2012
A CELEBRATION OF ACTRESS VALERIE LEON
|Valerie Leon, gorgeous British actress who appeared as Bond girl in two James Bond films, first in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) opposite Roger Moore and then in Never Say Never Again (1983) opposite Sean Connery. Today is her birthday.
With this page, we would like to send our personal wishes to Miss Leon on this special day.
"Valerie, happy birthday, all good wishes with love from Sweden."
About Valerie Leon - official biography published with all rights reserved:
Valerie Leon made her West End debut in FUNNY GIRL with Barbra Streisand at London's Prince of Wales Theatre.
This was followed by many TV appearances which included THE SAINT (1967) and THE PERSUADERS (1971), both with Roger Moore. THE BARON, RANDALL AND HOPKIRK DECEASED, THE AVENGERS (1968), UP POMPEII, NOBODY IS NORMAN WISDOM, THE GOODIES, ROY'S RAIDERS and THE MORECAMBE AND WISE SHOW.
After various pantomimes and summer seasons she appeared in six of the now classic comedy Carry On films, notably as ‘Leda' the leader of an all women tribe desperately seeking men in CARRY ON UP THE JUNGLE and as a frumpy secretary who turns into a glamour girl in CARRY ON GIRLS. Other film roles include THE MAN WHO HAD POWER OVER WOMEN, ALL THE WAY UP with Warren Mitchell, THE RISE AND RISE OF MICHAEL RIMMER with the late Peter Cook, THE ITALIAN JOB (1969) with Michael Caine, NO SEX PLEASE, WE'RE BRITISH with Ronnie Corbett, QUEEN KONG and a dual starring role in a Hammer Horror entitled BLOOD FROM THE MUMMY'S TOMB (1971) - this has now become a cult movie. She also appeared with Peter Sellers as ‘Tanya The Lotus Eater' in THE REVENGE OF THE PINK PANTHER (1978) and with Roger Moore in THE WILD GEESE (1978).
Valerie has appeared in two Bond movies, THE SPY WHO LOVED ME (1977) with Roger Moore and as ‘The Lady In The Bahamas' in NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN (1983) with Sean Connery.
In the theatre she has appeared in SHE'S DONE IT AGAIN with Brian Rix, PLAY IT AGAIN SAM, DON'T TELL THE WIFE with the late great Les Dawson, DARLING MR. LONDON with David Jason, Agatha Christie's BLACK COFFEE,
ON THE TWENTIETH CENTURY at Her Majesty's Theatre and DRACULA at the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith.
Valerie has also made several TV commercials but is best remembered for the famous Hai Karate After Shave commercial which ran every Christmas for about seven years. She recently returned from South Africa where she was filming a commercial for Right Guard to be shown in Germany, Russia, The Ukraine and hopefully the UK.
Recent work includes a singing role as The Madam called ‘Mother Goose' in Stravinsky's opera THE RAKE'S PROGRESS at Spittlefield's Market Opera, a film called GAS based on a unpublished short story by Hitchcock , an episode of LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE and a short film called A NEUTRAL CORNER, winner of the 2007 Kodak Short Film Award. In addition to that, she has taken part in many chat shows and made personal appearances throughout Europe.
In 2009 she put together an illustrated talk about her life and career which she premiered in Almeria, Spain.
Valerie Leon and editor Anders Frejdh at an event in Birmingham, November, 2003.
Birthdays for other Bond girls on From Sweden With Love:
>Anne Lönnberg: February 17
>Britt Ekland: October 6
>Caroline Munro: January 16
>Eva Green: July 5
>Gloria Hendry: March 3
>Izabella Scorupco: June 4
>Jane Seymour: February 15
>Kristina Wayborn: September 24
>Lana Wood: March 1
>Lois Chiles: April 15
>Margaret Nolan: October 29
>Martine Beswicke: September 26
>Mary Stavin: August 20
>Maryam d'Abo: December 27
>Maud Adams: February 12
>Rachel Grant: November 25
>Talisa Soto: March 27
>Tanya Roberts: October 15
>Trina Parks: December 26
>Ursula Andress: March 19
For more information about Valerie Leon's career and current projects, visit her website: