Madeline Smith played Italian agent Miss Caruso in "Live And Let Die" (1973). She has the unique distinction of being the first Bond girl of the Roger Moore era. She only had a bit part in the pre-titles, but her scene offered a rare look inside James Bond's home.
|This is the classic shot.|
Unfortunately, Madeline wasn't credited as Miss Caruso in the credits, but rather as "Beautiful Girl." That actually sounds a bit more appropriate. Those who recall the scene may remember how Miss Caruso's zipper met its match with James' magnetic watch. Now that's how you tell time!
Madeline had a long career, mostly in Hammer horror films such as "The Vampire Lovers" and "Taste the Blood of Dracula." You might wonder how an obscure Hammer girl nailed such a prominent film role - the answer is that Roger Moore is a really nice guy. He worked with Madeline on an early television show and recommended her for the part of Miss Caruso.
The still photo of the the two in Bond's bedroom, as seen above, became one of the iconic shots from the entire James Bond series and was often used to identify Moore himself. I recall seeing it in one of the New York City papers deep in the '80s, for instance. To crop a Beatles lyric from "Polythene Pam":
She's killer-diller when she's dressed to the hilt
She's the kind of a girl that makes the "News of the World"
Yes you could say she was attractively built
You might think that Madeline came and went with the '70s, but you'd be wrong. Madeline continued acting, primarily in British television series, deep into the 1980s, and since also has popped up in 2000 and 2011. She thus has film/television roles in the '60s, '70s, '80s, 2000s, and 2010s - and that ain't half bad for a blink-and-you-miss-her Bond girl.