Exclusive Interview With Caroline Munro

Recently "ye olde editor" had the opportunity of interviewing English actress Caroline Munro, covering everything from her background and films to her faith. We were especially struck by her strong family values and decided to run the interview as given.

Ed: Caroline, one thing we have noted about you at conventions is that your fans are all treated as personal friends.

CM: They are personal friends. They are people who come to see me. That's wonderful. I'm very touched and very honored that they bother to do that. They are very supportive and very sweet. I can't help but count them as my friends.

Ed: You seem to be continually busy with media conventions.

CM: I've had quite a few. I was recently in Los Angeles and it was wonderful. I took my children, they loved it and want to go back. Then I went to Philadelphia last week, and this Thursday I'm off with Martine Beswick to Toronto. Then I'm back for a while. I don't have to be away for a while, which is great as I can be with my babies.

Ed: Didn't you receive an honor while in Los Angeles?

CM: It was at the Egyptian Theater on Hollywood Boulevard and they showed five of my films. They showed At The Earth's Core, Captain Kronos, The Golden Voyage of Sinbad, Star Crash and the Bond film (The Spy Who Loved Me). I was honored which was wonderful. My co-stars from the Sinbad film were there among others.

Ed: Where are you originally from?

CM: I was born opposite Windsor Castle in England and I could see the castle from my home. Then I lived down by the seaside, actually outside of Brighton. It was rather a nice childhood. I was lucky, very lucky. Not a lot of money, but I had very supportive parents. It made for a very contented me. I was an only child.

Ed: Was there anything in your childhood that shaped your current career choice?

CM: My dad was a solicitor, a lawyer, and my mum was a housewife. She did a lot of charity work in hospitals. I thought I'd do something in that line or art. I'm very dyslexic, but I was a bit artistic. I thought I'd have something to do with art or window dressing. I didn't really have very good grades in school except art; but I could do that. I actually did go to an art school, and there was a chap who studied photography. He wanted to take a picture of me, some head shots. With my mother's blessing he sent them off to a newspaper. They had a competition in the newspaper to find the "face of the year." A famous English fashion photographer judged the contest and this picture won. That was my destiny. My destiny was sealed.

Ed: So being a film star was not in your plans?

CM: I never dreamed I'd be in films and I didn't particularly want to be. Not until I started to do it. I absolutely loved the work once I was in it. It kind of enabled me, because I'm basically quite shy, to become somebody else. That helped me in a way. It's a funny career to have chosen really. I loved it and I still love it. I've had a lot of great travel and have met a lot of wonderful people.

Ed: What have been your favorite performances?

CM: The Golden Voyage of Sinbad was lovely, a very family, a very charming film, with Ray Harryhausen's special effects. It was wonderful to work with American actor John Phillip Law and English actor Tom Baker. That was great. The Bond film was wonderful because I got to work with Lewis Gilbert and Roger Moore. It was very different in that I went from not really large budget films to a big budget film. There was a Hammer film in the '70s that I'm particularly fond of, Captain Kronos. I worked quite a bit in Europe in the '80s before I had the children. I was urged to come to America, but I chose to stay at home with my family. It was the right choice for me. It was the only choice. Hollywood didn't "call me" so to speak. I did a television show over here (In England) that may have been a bit lazy for me to do, but it was regular work.

Ed: How do you like films made today compared to past ones?

CM: They make fantastic films, but it has gotten so huge. All the special effects have taken away the naturalness, though it has added a lot too. The charm a lot of the old films had is gone. It's become so technical. To me the whole thing about film is the magic of what man can do.

Ed: What films, that you have not been in, have you most enjoyed?

CM: I love films from the fifties and sixties. In the early sixties there was a film titled Carve Her Name With Pride that was very special. I managed to get ahold of a copy. It was a story about a French resistance leader, a woman. It was a wonderful story, and I saw it when I was very young, and it struck me as a great vehicle. The '60s films really rather attracted me. There were great films with Liz Taylor and Richard Burton. I tend to like the old style of films. Having said that, they do make some great films today, the performances are outstanding. (There was a cute interruption as Caroline helped one of her daughters with her homework.)

Ed: You certainly are dedicated to your children. When you can't take them on your travels, you make it a point to be home on school days, even if it means extra flight time.

CM: My kids are wonderful. My best production in life. I can't imagine my life without my kids. Georgina is just 14 and Iona is just 10. (She took time to ask about our oldest grandson who assisted her last spring at a convention.) What's William now? 14? He's not far behind Georgina. It's a difficult age isn't it? Iona is a Scottish name, Celtic. It's from a magical mystery island off the western wilds of Scotland. It's the burial place of many Scottish kings. It's very historic and very spiritual. I do like the Arthurian legends. I am absolutely fascinated by them.

Ed: When you visited us last year for Point North † 2, you talked about your faith. Would you like to add to your comments here?

CM: I'm quite simplistic in my faith really. My dad was the most extraordinary spiritual man, I would say. The most spiritual man I ever met. How you treated people was very important to him. I believe in prayer, I'm a great believer in prayer. One doesn't have to be in church to pray. One can pray anywhere. I go to church because I like the feeling of being with other people at prayer. Prayer is a continual thing. I like the idea of churches in the home, it's lovely. It's kind of like what you're doing with Point North †. It's different and unusual for me, but it's lovely. It was such a blessing to be asked as I learned so much. My friend Jayne and I would love to come back to another Christian media convention. Please get us back there. It was really an enchanting time.

Ed: We appreciate all you did for us at that convention, we'd love to see you over here for similar ones. Thank you for letting us feature you in this magazine.

CM: I think yours is a very unique magazine, it's wonderful and hopefully it will get out to more people. We can advertise in on our web site. You need to get it out to more people. Spread the word!