PRODUCTION DIARY #6: Valerie Leon, Hammer Films, James Bond and the Carry Ons

Valerie Leon has been at the heart of iconic British film and television since the 1960s. She has appeared in no less than four major film series, all of which have become cult classics, namely Hammer Films, the Carry On films, the Pink Panther film series and the record-breaking James Bond franchise.

Her impressive film credits include the co-lead in Hammer Films’ Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb, appearances in seven Carry On films, as well as No Sex Please, We’re British, The Revenge of the Pink Panther, The Italian Job and The Wild Geese. She also has the unique claim of having appeared opposite two James Bonds, Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me and Sean Connery in Never Say Never Again.

Valerie’s television career is equally rich and includes the iconic High Karate commercials as well as some of Britain’s most highly acclaimed cult TV series, in particular The Avengers, The Saint, The Persuaders, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased), Up Pompeii, Last of the Summer Wine, Space 1999, The Morecambe & Wise Show and Mike Yarwood in Persons.

On 7th November, Valerie will be appearing in her own show, Forever Carrying On, an illustrated tribute to several of the Carry On stars that celebrates the 60th anniversary of the world-famous Carry On film series. The show takes place at 7pm, at Brasserie Zedel’s The Crazy Coqs at 20 Sherwood Street, London. Here’s a link to the Live at Zedel website, where you can find out about tickets. Live at Zedel

Valerie has recorded an interview for our new documentary, PETER CUSHING: In His Own Words. The film is currently in production and our weekly PRODUCTION DIARIES help to provide updates on progress and insights into the workings behind the scenes. Other PRODUCTION DIARIES include Madeline Smith, Derek Fowlds, The Hammer Runners, Phil Campbell and Brian Reynolds, as well as two special editions with Elstree Studios’ chairman, Morris Bright.