Posts Tagged ‘films’

James Bond and the modest beauty queen

At the age of about 24, Marguerite LeWars played an associate of Dr No in the movie of the same name.

I have referred previously to this scene, in which she plays a “freelance photographer”. She is seen here licking the bottom of a flash bulb to improve the electrical connection:



LeWars had been Miss Jamaica. She was working at Kingston Airport when she was given the role in Dr No. She refused another role:

“She was first offered the role of Miss Taro but she was reluctant because of the sexual theme involved. She was then offered the small role of Annabel Chung.”

She married well and she writes a bit.

Here is an autograph photo of her in her role in the James Bond movie, Dr No:

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A girl with brains


Kim Parker in Fiend Without A Face (1958).

Janine Turner in Northern Exposure

Apparently Rolling Stone magazine has just named “Northern Exposure” in a list of worst TV series ever. I must say I always thought it was quite entertaining and memorable.

Janine Turner appeared as “Maggie O’Connell” in the show, which ran from 1990 to 1995. She played a “feisty” bush pilot. Be that as it may, she was quite easy on the eye; especially if you are like me and fancy short-haired brunettes.


Irish and North Carolina dancers together

Following on from a couple of my recent posts, here are Irish and North Carolina clogging dancers performing side-by-side:

“No, that’s not a Sargent painting — it’s Carolyn Farina in Metropolitan.”

In all my obsessive interest in the film “Metropolitan” and its leading lady (I even wrote a “book” on her career) I somehow missed this review:

Whit Stillman’s ‘Metropolitan’ Enjoys Its Second Coming-Out Gala


As with many reviews of this film, the reviewer had trouble getting his mind around the movie. For example, I cannot see much resemblance between the character of Charlie Black and the kind of character associated with Woody Allen. Apart from anything else, Charlie is not trying to be funny or even wry.

I give the review in The Village Voice credit however for including this shot of Carolyn Farina playing pretty ingenue Audrey Rouget sulking in her boudoir. The scene appears in the movie, but this particular still appears to be a “production shot.”

The caption reads: “No, that’s not a Sargent painting — it’s Carolyn Farina in Metropolitan.


This is an actual painting by Sargent, of Elizabeth Winthrop Chanler:


That image appears on the cover of my copy of “East Side Story” by Louis Auchincloss. Which is appropriate because “Audrey Rouget” in the film “Metropolitan” is seen reading another of his books at one point in the movie, namely “The Rector of Justin”:

Audrey clasping the book to her bosom on the right:


I predicted this … only more like a real wife

A virtual wife is now commercially available:

You can watch a “trailer” at that site.

This version is innocent enough. But it is not hard to imagine something more “adult”.

Golshifteh Farahani

This is coming to a local cinema. It looks good, and Jim Jarmusch is a well-respected director.


I don’t know anything about the actress, Golshifteh Farahani. But she is an interesting looking girl. Apparently she is Iranian, or as we used to say, Persian.