Friday, January 9, 2009

Nerd Girl of Note #18

Who is it? Valerie Leon
Websites Official Site
Why do nerds love her?
Horror, Carry On, Bond Girl, Britsploitation©
Valerie Leon is one of the great Hammer Horror beuaties, staring as Margaret Fuchs/Queen Tera in Blood From the Mummy's Tomb (1971), but also appeared in several Carry On films, Never Say Never Again, and notably as Tanya the dominatrix in Revenge of the Pink Panther (1978).

Several oddities surround at least two roles; In Carry On Girls (1973), I believe her voice was dubbed (it certainly looks dubbed, and does not really sound like her); in Blood From the Mummy's Tomb, they had her wear a wig which looked identical to her real hair. There is also a feigned nude scene where, as Margaret, she runs across a dark room. Leon says it was a body double, as she refused to ever appear nude (IIRC).

She is in a handful of Britsploitation© films (my term for British Sex Comedies that are not Carry On films) including Zeta One (1969) and No Sex Please: We're British (1973), among others. She also appears in an episode of The Avengers ("Whoever Shot Poor George Oblique Stroke XR40?" 1968,a Tara King season) and The Saint ("To Kill a Saint" 1967).

Everything I have seen her in was fun, and she is still very active, doing a lecture on her Carry On days in March of this year (see here site for details, my UK friends). Also, if she does the commentary on a DVD it is always fun to listen to as Ms Leon is both charming and funny.

I wonder why it took me so long to feature her?

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Valerie Leon
In the Queen Tera costume.

Valerie Leon
In the Queen Tera costume.

Valerie Leon

Valerie Leon
With Vicky Kennedy(?) in Carry On Girls

Valerie Leon
Lousy quality, but a bikini shot.

Valerie Leon
Carry On Up the Jungle

Valerie Leon
Perhaps 2007?


Tenebrous Kate said...

I want to BE Queen Tera when I grow up. The amount of class on display there is almost impossible for me to express using the written word. AMAZING!

Darius Whiteplume said...

The book that movie is from (more of a story, perhaps) is Jewel of the Seven Stars (IIRC) by Bram Stoker.

Sometimes after too much Stoli I dress up like Queen Tera and... wait, am I typing this?


Tim Knight said...

Thanks for the memory jog!

Darius Whiteplume said...


I wish we could get more Carry On stuff in the states, but I think in the end you only need to see so many, as I understand there are a lot of the same gags. Perhaps similar to what Americans call "dick and fart jokes." There are only so many to go around :-)

Video Zeta One said...

I'd love to see more Carry On films, but as you said they're not available in the US. Carry On Screaming (the horror movie spoof) is supposed to be very good. But, alas, we are kept waiting on the DVD release.

I just can't get enough of those cheeky Brit comedies. The world today could use some more Benny Hills (i.e. perverted old Englishmen who like to film the ladies).

Darius Whiteplume said...

Don't know if you watched the video clip, but seeing Margaret Nolan's top almost come off was more exciting than seeing it actually come off!

Leon says something similar in an interview (IIRC). She figured once you showed the goods, that was pretty much it for you. Keep us hoping and we'll keep coming back. Denise Milani seems to have taken that page from her book.

I had no idea Valerie Leon was so popular. Glad you are all enjoying the post.

Keith said...

Wow! Those are some great pictures of her. I had been thinking about her recently. It's cool then to see all these wonderful images of her in one place. Thanks for doing this post.

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