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Hammer Glamour Hardcover – 25 Sep 2009

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books Ltd; First Edition edition (25 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848562292
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848562295
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 2 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,544 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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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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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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For fans of the Hammer movies, this book is a treat. It presents a collection of glossy photos as well as detailed information on each of the lovely ladies who starred in the films. These women provided a distinctive 'glamourous' feel to each movie - often in a slightly provocative, alluring manner (and occasionally in a more overtly sexualised fashion).

Drawing of the Hammer achieves, dozens of both colour and black & white photos have been found and assembled. And each actress has, whenever possible, been interviewed - and provided with an opportunity to recollect what it was like taking part in these famous British films.

This is a well-presented book, and it's obvious that a great deal of care and attention has gone into producing it. Typically it's the male protagonists - such as Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee - who get all the attention. This book rightly seeks to redress that situation. Now we can once again admire the 'glamour' that was an essential part of Hammer!
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A fantastic collection of photos many of which I hadn't seen before all on excellent quality glossy paper. There is also plenty of writing but it could be some time before I get around to that!
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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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Well, this has to be the best book purchase of the year. A glorious trip down memory lane, visiting old imaginary girlfriends, brought vividly to life in a selection of fabulous colour portraits, many of which I had never seen before. The layout of the book is appealing to the senses and the mini biogs are clear, concise and interesting. To hear about their lives, kinda spoiled my shallow lusting-after vision of each, because just like us all, they had warts and all. Seriously, its made for fascinating reading, for I knew little about these femme fatales.
I've been having breakfast with at least two ladies from the book's contents, each morning for a couple of weeks, and still got Ingrid Pitt and Madeline Smith to go. Life just doesnt get any better...
It is a fantastic book, which has awakened my interest in Hammer films, and I will be aquiring Marcus Hearn's other book on the subject this Christmas.
Now, if the author would just kindly supply me with the telephone numbers of each, 2009 will be the year of the decade.
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