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on 22 January 2010
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.