Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973

Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973

by Tom Lisanti
     
 

Sean Connery began the sixties spy movie boom playing James Bond in Dr. No and From Russia with Love. Their success inspired every studio in Hollywood and Europe to release everything from serious knockoffs to spoofs on the genre featuring debonair men, futuristic gadgets, exotic locales, and some of the world's most beautiful actresses whose roles ranged from the

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Sean Connery began the sixties spy movie boom playing James Bond in Dr. No and From Russia with Love. Their success inspired every studio in Hollywood and Europe to release everything from serious knockoffs to spoofs on the genre featuring debonair men, futuristic gadgets, exotic locales, and some of the world's most beautiful actresses whose roles ranged from the innocent caught up in a nefarious plot to the femme fatale.

Profiled herein are 107 dazzling women, well-known and unknown, who had film and television appearances in the spy genre. They include superstars Doris Day in Caprice, Raquel Welch in Fathom, and Ann-Margret in Murderer's Row; international sex symbols Ursula Andress in Dr. No and Casino Royale, Elke Sommer in Deadlier Than the Male, and Senta Berger in The Spy with My Face; and forgotten lovelies Greta Chi in Fathom, Alizia Gur in From Russia with Love, and Maggie Thrett in Out of Sight. Each profile includes a filmography that lists the actresses' more notable films. Some include the actresses' candid comments and anecdotes about their films and television shows, the people they worked with, and their feelings about acting in the spy genre are offered throughout. A list of websites that provide further information on women in spy films and television is also included.

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Lisanti gives 1960s glamour girls something they never had before in film circles: respect. His approach is a mixture of fun with the seriousness of a film historian. The concoction is irresistible, and it's fantastic that these gals get their turn to tell their stories and share their good and bad times in the movie world...valuable...highly recommended...Lisanti is the supreme chronicler of the '60s era...geniune zeal...fascinating...entertaining...this well-done tome stands as the best of it's kind...the [author] is the supreme chronicler of this era...simply amazing...excellent writer
Hitch
damn near covers every one of the genre's noted beauties...you'll want to thumb through all the pages just for the photos alone
Shock Cinema
this terrific hardcover profiles over 100 of these gorgeous actresses
Booknews
From Ursula Andress of film fame to Francine York, featured in TV show, the authors profile 107 sexy actresses who starred in spy movies popular in the 1960s- 70s. Includes an introduction on spies in fact and fiction, and websites. Lisanti is the author of (McFarland, 2001). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786411948
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/10/2002
Pages:
352
Product dimensions:
10.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.90(d)

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