Published by Anders Frejdh: 15-8-2012

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AUGUST 2012
AN INTERVIEW WITH LYNN-HOLLY JOHNSON
For the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the big screen, From Sweden with Love (Anders Frejdh) caught up with Lynn-Holly Johnson, the American actress from For Your Eyes Only (1981).

>READ OUR INTERVIEW WITH LYNN-HOLLY JOHNSON HERE

About Lynn-Holly Johnson:
Lynn-Holly Johnson was born in Chicago, Illinois, in 1958 to Margaret, a housewife, and Alan Johnson, a general contractor. She has a brother, Gregg, and an older sister, Kimberlee. Johnson added the hyphen to her name after her roommate signed Johnson's name that way.

In 1974 Johnson was the United States National Figure Skating Silver Medalist and the National Freestyle Champion. She turned professional in 1977 and joined Ice Capades and subsequently began an acting career, making her film debut in Ice Castles (1978), where she played a figure skater. The film, a romantic drama co-starring Robby Benson, was a minor success in December 1978, grossing $18 million domestically. Johnson, who was described as "an appealing young woman who actually happens to be a good skater who can act" by film critic Roger Ebert, was nominated for a Golden Globe as "New Star of the Year in a Motion Picture - Female" for her performance in the film.

Johnson was subsequently cast in the lead role of the Disney horror drama, The Watcher in the Woods. The film received a limited release in April 1980, but was pulled from theatres and not given a wider release until October 1981. Also in 1981, Johnson starred as "Bibi Dahl" in the James Bond movie For Your Eyes Only. In that movie she played yet another ice-skater who unsuccessfully yet comically attempts to seduce an unwilling and much older James Bond (played by Roger Moore).

In 1996, Johnson quit acting to concentrate on her family; her last acting role at that time was a made-for-television film, Fugitive X: Innocent Target.

Johnson currently lives in the Los Angeles, California area with her husband and their two children. In the fall of 2007 she returned to acting in a community theatre production of It's a Wonderful Life.

Finally, and most importantly, she is a spokesperson for American Heart Association, doing speeches, with hopes of trying to save lives. She is also an ambassador for The Neurosciences Institute in Newport Beach, California.

Editor's note:
If you wish to have Lynn-Holly Johnson's autograph, go to Bondstars.

Other interviews with people from the world of Bond on From Sweden with Love:
>Albert Moses (October 2006)
>Andreas Wisniewski (April 2012)
>Anne Lönnberg (Mars 2012)
>Béatrice Libert (November 2011)
>Belle Williams (July 2013)
>Bettine Le Beau (April 2011)
>Bob Dix (August 2009)
>Britt Ekland (June 2009)
>Christopher Wood (May 2012)
>David Hedison (June 2008)
>Dolph Lundgren (June 2006)
>Doug Redenius (May 2011)
>Doug Robinson (May 2001)
>Earl Cameron (August 2012)
>Eight James Bond film directors (Winter 2009)
>Eunice Huthart (May 2000)
>Greg Powell (May 2001)
>Guy Hamilton (March 2006)
>Hilary Saltzman (January 2006)
>Jeffery Deaver (April 2011)
>Jens Hultén (February 2013)
>John Glen (September 2007)
>Keith Hamshere (December 2012)
>Lana Wood (August 2012)
>Martin Grace (January 2010)
>Martine Beswicke (October 2012)
>Neal Purvis & Robert Wade (September 2012)
>Nic Raine (March 2006)
>Nick Wilkinson (May 2000)
>Ola Rapace (July 2013)
>Papillon Soo Soo (September 2004)
>Richard Kiel (March 2006)
>Robert Davi (December 2011)
>Roger Moore (March 2006)
>Roger Spottiswoode (April 2004)
>Roy Alon (May 2000)
>Sarah Donohue (May 2000)
>Sean Connery (April 2008)
>Sean Connery (January 2009)
>Shane Rimmer (June 2012)
>Stanley Morgan (April 2007)
>Terence Mountain (April 2007)
>Terry Bamber (September 2012)
>Vic Armstrong (October 2011)
>Virginia Hey (October 2006)

Photo below:
A personal portrait of actor Lynn-Holly Johnson. Photo by Jon Kopaloff – Image courtesy of Getty Images.

For a full listing of Lynn-Holly Johnson's career in films, check out her profile on IMDB:
www.imdb.com
AN INTERVIEW WITH LYNN-HOLLY JOHNSON
 
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