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Julie Ege/ Jenny Hanley/ Anouska Hempel/ Joanna Lumley: James Bond’s Jingle Belles

December 10, 2014

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Talent…

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… These are the lovely ladies and gorgeous girls of eras gone by whose beauty, ability, electricity and all-round x-appeal deserve celebration and – ahem – salivation here at George’s Journal

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It’s December. It’s getting proper dark outside. And proper cold. But the big Crimbo is still two weeks off. And yet surely not one of us has been able to escape all the Holidays hooplah and hype, thus, getting in on the act, George Journal’s first big gift to every one of you this season is a pictorial tribute to a quartet – yes, that’s right, four fantastic fillies – from among master villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld’s ‘Angels of Death’ in the absolutely cracking Christmas-set Bond flick On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969). Oh yes. So, following (if not hot, but eventually) on the heels of both Angela Scoular and Catherine Schell’s inductions, the brilliant, beautiful and beasent-tastic Julie Ege, Jenny Hanley, Anouska Hempel and Joanna Lumley are verily the latest inductees into this blog’s Talent corner

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Name: Julie Ege

Nationality: Norwegian

Professions: Actress, author and model

Born: November 12 1943, Høyland, Rogaland, Norway (Died: April 28 2008, Oslo, Norway)

Known for: Playing sexiful glamour puss roles in bawdy British comedies such as the big-screen adaption (1971) of the Frankie Howerd-starring, Roman era-set sitcom Up Pompeii (1969-75), Percy’s Progress (1974) and The Amorous Milkman (1975), the Hammer horrors and adventures The Legend Of The 7 Golden Vampires (1974) and Creatures The World Forgot (1971) and, of course, playing the ‘Scandinavian Girl’ in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Initially a model, she competed in both the Miss Norway and Miss Universe (1962) competitions and was a Penthouse Pet (1967).

Strange but true: Before she died from breast cancer at just 64, Julie had for some time been working as a nurse

Peak of fitness: Revealing practically an entire half of her ample décolletage in her red, just-about-can-be-called dress in Up Pompeii

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Name: Jenny Hanley

Nationality: English

Professions: TV presenter, actress and model

Born: August 15 1947, Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire, England

Known for: From 1974-80, presenting ITV’s trendy answer to Blue Peter, kids’ magazine show Magpie (1968-80), in addition to cinema roles as the ‘Irish Girl’ in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969), in Billy Wilder’s The Private Life Of Sherlock Holmes (1970), in sexy comedies Percy’s Progress (1974) and Alfie Darling (1976) and in the Hammer horror Scars Of Dracula (1970), in addition to appearances in TV dramas and comedies including The Persuaders! (1971-72), Man About The House (1973-76) and Return Of The Saint (1978-79)

Strange but true: Noted as the daughter of famed actress Dinah Sheridan, Jenny’s grandmother was, in fact, a top society photographer whom regularly took shots of Royal family members and launched the early modelling career of one Roger Moore

Peak of fitness: Putting Valerie Singleton and Lesley Judd very much in the shade as the female face of Magpie for much of the ’70s, in so doing making her a fantasy figure of adolescent boys’ dreams up and down the country

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Name: Anouska Hempel (born: Anne Geissler)

Nationality: New Zealander/ British

Professions: Actress, hotelier, interior designer and clothes designer

Born: December 13 1941, apparently at sea between Papau New Guinea and New Zealand

Known for: Starring in the Hammer horrors The Kiss Of The Vampire (1963) and Scars Of Dracula (1970) and the comedies The Magnificent Seven Deadly Sins (1971) and Tiffany Jones (1973), as well as Russ Meyer’s blaxpoitation effort Black Snake (1973) and roles in TV’s UFO (1970-71) and Space 1999 (1975-77). Eventually, she went on to become a highly successful boutique hotel, interior and clothes designer to British high society. Her character in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is often referred to as the ‘Australian Girl’.

Strange but true: Before she was born, Anouska’s father emigrated to New Zealand to become a sheep farmer; when she moved to the UK in the early ’60s, she reckons she only had £10 to her name

Peak of fitness: Taking lead duties as the fox-to-trot protagonist in Black Snake. Why? A little research will put you in the picture… although, if you live in Britain you’ll do well to actually see it – Anouska’s bought its UK rights so nobody can

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Name: Joanna Lamond Lumley

Nationality: English

Professions: Actress, model, writer, TV presenter and campaigner

Born: May 1 1946, Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, India

Known for: A national institution in her native UK, mostly for playing bowl-bobbed action heroine Purdey in TV adventure drama The New Avengers (1976-77) and female Keith Richards equivalent Patsy Stone in sitcom Absolutely Fabulous (1992-2012), Joanna started out as a Swinging Sixties London model, often snapped by Brian Duffy. Other acting credits include, notably, alongside David McCallum in TV fantasy drama Sapphire & Steel (1979-82) and in the films The Satanic Rites Of Dracula (1973), Trail Of The Pink Panther (1982), Curse Of The Pink Panther (1983) and Shirley Valentine (1989). In recent years, she has fronted television travel and nature programmes and famously campaigned on behalf of retired Gurkha soldiers. Her role as the ‘English Girl’ in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service was one of her very first.

Strange but true: Joanna ‘enjoyed’ a literal May-to-December romance in 1970, being married between those months that year to Jeremy Lloyd, co-creator of the BBC sitcoms Are You Being Served? (1972-85) and ’Allo, ’Allo (1982-92)

Peak of fitness: Kicking ass, taking names and looking sexy as hell as Purdey in every episode of The New Avengers

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