Bond girl Madeline Smith heads to Buxton

Madeline Smith was in Live and Let Die in 1973 and will be appearing at the Buxton Opera House in August.
Madeline Smith was in Live and Let Die in 1973 and will be appearing at the Buxton Opera House in August.

Roger Moore’s first Bond girl will be taking to the stage at Buxton Opera House next month.

Roger Moore’s very first Bond girl will be taking to the stage at Buxton Opera House next month.

Madeline Smith, whose rich and varied career has involved working with the Two Ronnies as well as featuring in Steptoe and Son and playing the female lead in Agatha Christie’s The Mousetrap for two years, will compère The James Bond Concert Spectacular on Sunday August 12.

She said: “I have never been to Buxton before but have heard it is glorious and can’t wait to get onto the stage at the opera house.”

Madeline was the first Bond girl to work with Roger Moore in his debut film Live and Let Die, starring as Miss Caruso in the post-opening title sequence.

Madeline, 68, says her time on the Bond set was probably one of her favourite jobs.

“We spent so much time laughing,” she said.

“In the iconic scene where Roger unzips my dress as if by magic, it didn’t quite work like that in real life. I had three people under my dress trying to get me out!

“Rolling around on the bed with Roger was just like being on set with a best friend.”

It was Roger who secured Madeline her role in the 1973 film as he had previously directed an episode of The Persuaders! on which she was working. He put her forward and she landed the role without an audition.

She said: “I filmed my part but had already landed a one-year contract on a play, so I never got to enjoy the hype of being a Bond girl. I even missed the premier of the film as I was on stage, and when the play run had ended I had to start all over again.

“I love the franchise and Roger Moore will always have a place in my heart for how he portrayed the role. The ridiculous story lines require humour and I think he pulled it off so well, but each Bond has gone on and made the role their own.”

Although she says that, now with the Bond resurgence and the old films receiving more prominence, she feels this is more her time.

Madeline added: “But there is so much more to me than Bond. I have an English degree and I try and use that in aspects of my work, and I aim to make each day a new adventure.”

Madeline’s acting career began with writing plays as a seven-year-old and playing dress-up in her parent’s attic.

She said her childhood was tinged with sadness as her dad dealt with mental health issues, but that she always put on a brave face for her mum.

“I love making people laugh and having that connection with people,” she says.

Madeline will be acting as compère for the music show in Buxton, bringing her own personality to the stage.

“I’m honoured to have been asked to take part and I like to have a spark with people,” she adds. “There is so much heavy news in the world that we all need a little light relief and I enjoy being a part of that.”

Tickets for The James Bond Concert Spectacular are £22.50.