PRODUCTION DIARY #8: Madeline Smith on Peter Cushing, James Bond, Carry On and Hammer Films

This week’s PRODUCTION DIARY features an interview with the wonderful Madeline Smith, star of so many iconic British films and TV series. She has appeared in the three classic British film series;  the James Bond film Live and Let Die, with Roger Moore, in Carry On Matron, part of Peter Rogers’ legendary Carry-On series and no less than three of Hammer Films’ gothic horrors from the late 60s and early 70s, Taste the Blood of Dracula, The Vampire Lovers and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell.

During the interview Madeline spoke about her many film and TV appearances, as well as acting with Alec Guinness in Alan Bennett’s Habeas Corpus on the stage, working with Frankie Howerd in Up the Front and her affection for Roger Moore, who recommended her for the role in Live and Let Die having worked with her on an episode of The Persuaders.

Madeline has recorded an extended interview for our documentary, PETER CUSHING: In His Own Words, which is currently in production. She worked with Peter in two films, The Vampire Lovers and Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell, and witnessed Peter’s decline after his wife Helen passed away.

Afterwards she recorded a separate interview for our weekly PRODUCTION DIARIES that provide updates on the documentary and take a peek behind the scenes. Other PRODUCTION DIARIES include Valerie Leon, Derek Fowlds, The Hammer Runners, Phil Campbell and Brian Reynolds, as well as two special editions with Elstree Studios’ chairman, Morris Bright MBE.