. – Martine Beswick – Photo Source: chic and yous hall find
On September 26, 1941 actress and model Martine Beswick, best known for her roles in the two James Bond movies From Russia with Love, and Thunderball, was born in Port Antonio, Jamaica. Although she auditioned for the first Bond film Dr. No, she was cast in the second film From Russia with Love as the fiery gypsy girl, Zora. Beswick then appeared as the ill-fated Paula Caplan in Thunderball. She had been away from Jamaica so long that she was required to sunbathe constantly for two weeks before filming, in order to look like a local.
Martine Beswick’s career was active well into the 1990s. In recent years, she has mainly participated in film documentaries, providing commentary and relating her experiences on the many films in which she has appeared. She owned a removals business in London, but is now semi-retired except for her guest appearances at international Bond conventions.
In April 2013, she was one of 12 Bond Girl celebrity guests in an episode of the BBC’s Masterchef.