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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd (25 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848562292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848562295
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 1.9 x 29.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,592 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A fascinating trawl through the stuck-together pages of British horror history' --- Bizarre

'A celebration in words and daring pictures of when fangs were fun.' --- Mail on Sunday

'The interviews are as revealing as the photography' ---The Independent on Sunday

About the Author

Marcus Hearn was the editor of Hammer Horror magazine, and with co-author Alan Barnes, he has written The Hammer Story, Tarantino A-Zed, and Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang. Hearn is also the author of The Cinema of George Lucas.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Prelati on 22 Jan 2010
Format: Hardcover
A lavish coffee (or should that be coffin?) table book on the actresses that helped make Hammer's low budget British genre pictures so successful, 'Hammer Glamour' is certainly a must-buy for the studio's legion of devotees. For less devoted readers, it offers a fascinating peek at the pin-ups of yesteryear - the 'dollybirds' and 'crumpet' that raised more than a smile in the 60s and 70s.

As so many reviews have (rightly) focused on the book's strengths, I'll suggest a few provisos. I suspect many might have preferred more focus on Hammer's 'Scream Queens' (Shelley, Pitt and Court perhaps) and less on some of the actresses whose career with the studio was brief at best. Many of the shots clearly have little do with Hammer (I understand the cover shot of Madeline Smith, charming as it is, was nothing to do with the studio). The text is secondary to the visuals (as it should be, perhaps), but anybody expecting an in-depth read will be disappointed. To take the opposite position, this is also pretty tame stuff - the author clearly favours the more suggestive approach of Hammer's earlier era.

All of which is nit-picking really. You may not learn much from this colourful volume, but if you want a beautifully produced tribute to the many talented and lovely ladies that graced the screens courtesy of Hammer films, this is difficult to fault.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Robster on 9 Jan 2010
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A well researched fine read. With obvious attractions to all us chaps, the book is good on biographical content and it's interesting to find out about all those lovely ladies. Who they were, where they came from and how the career blossmed etc or as in some cases simply didn't. It's a fine tribute to female beauty too. I do note Martin Beswick surprisingly disliked her 1 or 2 second nude glimpse shot in Doctor Jekyll and Sister Hyde but later happily made a couple of soft sex films elsewhere.

As no one seems to knock say Sean Connery, Brad Pit or other leading men for their looks and where it got them so I don't see why women shouldn't be equally proud or worry at all either. The book could even benefit from more saurcy shots than there are, as many fine portaits appear. The best hammer movies very vastly underated and made many happy. The books a collectable gem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Donnelly on 30 Dec 2009
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A lovely little trawl through Hammer Film's bevvy of female stars.

The point of this sort of coffee-table book is the pictures. And this book does not disappoint - from the stunning cover shot of Madeline Smith through to the last glossy page there are delights to be seen here. Very much in a burlesque style, not too rude (though there are a couple of shots that might be considered NSFW), and if you love that sort of 50s/60s/70s cheesecake style as much as I do then you will love this.

Featuring women who simply are not made like that any more, the text adds up to a pretty decent history of one of the great UK movie studios.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By S. P. Ridley on 28 Sep 2009
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I really enjoyed this book and if you have any love for the Hammer starlets of the past so will you.
It's a good sized volume every page has glossy well produced photo's of the girl with well laid out text on her(usually)brief career with Hammer and any information the author has sourced,interview excerpts etc on their life afterwards.It's all put together well and although i've read some of the stories on a fair number of the actresses before alot of them i haven't.Theres a few pages at the back dedicated to the actresses that didn't make the cut to the main part of the book which i wish was longer.
Amazon have this at half the publishers price at time of writing so i recommend not hanging about and pick this up now...
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JediFineTricks on 24 Nov 2010
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OK I'm exaggerating a little bit with the title of my review but there's some truth in it. To be honest, I bought this book guessing that I'll turn every single page of the book looking at the beautiful pictures, than put it on my shelf. Here's how it really went for me: I open the amazon package, Madeline Smith greets me with the lovely cover photo of hers, I lift the jacket to see what's inside and to my surprise, I see there's the photo of Yutte Stensgaard all over the front case cover (Barbara Shelley on the back case) very well printed. Then I begin to "look" at the first pages (Introduction) and guess what? I'm still reading... The book is very well written, the respect the Hammer Studios have for their actresses is clearly seen on the artwork design, there are a lot of interviews and informations on every actress figuring in the book. There are 50 leading actresses and in that regard, I can say the book is divided into 50 parts, at least 3 pages for every Hammer Queen. This book pays respect to all the glamourous ladies that helped Hammer grow into an internationally acclaimed film studio. To buy this book thinking there are a bunch of pictures of beautiful women in it is nothing but disrespect to the Hammer spirit. If you think the Hammer Studios brought the magic touch to the horror on screen, if the Hammer films are more than just guilty pleasures for you, then like any other Marcus Hearn book, this is a must-have. The Hammer Horror is undead.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Phil Smith on 24 Feb 2010
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As J.R.Knott put in a previous review: You're over 40? You like Hammers? You're a man?

I qualify for all three and my wife bought me this book for Christmas. She was a little young to remember the Hammer movies but did recall the TV series and we have the Complete Collection DVDs too and have enjoyed them immensely.

This book is just a heavenly coffee table tome featuring the gorgeous girls who adorned the movies with their nubile charms. For me there were Ursula Andress, Valerie Leon, Caroline Munro, Kate O'Mara, Jacqueline Pearce, Ingrid Pitt, Madeline Smith, Yutte Stensgaard, and Raquel Welch. I also was intrigued by the others I recognised less easily or names which were familiar from other TV shows (Catherine Schell from "Space: 1999). Glorious pictures and a neat precis of their career made this easy reading and brought back many memories of the great days of Hammer movies. Mind you it also proved that The Complete Collection isn't complete by any means. Maybe a second collection could be released to compliment the first and contain more of these movie classics, both good and bad.

Have to say that, apart from the amazing Raquel, it is, like many other reviewers, Madeline Smith who really got my attention back in my younger day; a cute, innocent looking, busty and gorgeous young girl. And even she acknowledges that despite her feelings at the time she was "a lucky little bunny". Madeline, so were lots of men then and now, and I'm sure in the future young men who see your films will think the same, Corrrr!

All in all a phenomenal book which is (as far as I can tell) far more a complete collection of the beauties from Hammer than the DVD collection is proved to be by the listed movies beside each actress's name.

So back to the quote Like Hammers? Buy it!
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