With the holidays fast approaching, what 60s movie fan would not love to unwrap a bevy of spy girls. Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973 (my most popular book co-written with Louis Paul) is now available in a semi-updated soft cover edition from Amazon. Chock full of profiles (some with interviews) on 60s/70s spy girls including from the James Bond movies cover girl Karin Dor, Diana Rigg, Honor Blackman, Urusla Andress, Daniela Bianchi, Luciana Paluzzi, Tsai Chin, Mie Hama, Lana Wood, Gloria Hendry, Trina Parks, Lois Maxwell; from the Matt Helm movies Stella Stevens, Dahlia Lavi, Nancy Kovack, Beverly Adams, Ann-Margret, Senta Berger, Elke Sommer, Sharon Tate, Nancy Kwan, Tina Louise; from the Derek Flint movies Gila Golan, Jean Hale, Yvonne Craig, Thordis Brant, Shelby Grant, Sigrid Valdis. Plus a bevy of international spy girls including Monica Vitti, Rosella Falk, Sylvia Solar, Beba Loncar, Sylva Koscina. Helga Line, Marisa Mell and more American beauties such as Raquel Welch, Carol Lynley, and Andrea Dromm.
The book is highlighted with interviews with Barbara Bouchet, Jean Hale, Gloria Hendry, Sharyn Hillyer, Kathy Kersh, Sue Ane Langdon, BarBara Luna, Deanna Lund, Marlyn Mason, Arlene Martel, Diane McBain, Eileen O’Neill, Salli Sachse, Tura Satana, Irene Tsu, Lana Wood, Celeste Yarnall, and Francine York.
Pair Film Fatales with my most recent book Pamela Tiffin: Hollywood to Rome, 1961-1974 a 2016 “Best Book Awards” Finalist in the Performing Arts Category. The cult pop icon awed moviegoers with her beauty in her film debut in Summer and Smoke (1961) and then wowed them with her hilarious performance as a Southern fried belle in Billy Wilder’s frenetic satire One, Two, Three (1961). She then became “the favorite airhead of the sixties” and the darling of teenage drive-in movies with State Fair (1962), Come Fly with Me (1963), For Those Who Think Young (1964), The Lively Set (1964), and The Pleasure Seekers (1965). She finally shook off the ingenue image to vamp Paul Newman in the gritty detective mystery Harper (1966) and then took it one step further dying her hair blonde to play a not-so-dumb blonde sexpot opposite Marcello Mastroianni in the Italian 3-part comedy Oggi, domani, dopodomani (19966). She remained blonde and ran off to Italy to escape an unhappy marriage cementing her cult status in America since most of her films did not reach these shores. She did return for one film the very funny comedy Viva Max (1969) with Peter Ustinov and her two movies with Franco Nero the giallo The Fifth Cord (1971) and the spaghetti western Deaf Smith & Johnny Ears (1973) are highlights from her time in Rome.