Monday, November 30, 2009

Spy Vixen Week - Day #1: Daliah Lavi

Due to a variety of factors, I haven't had time lately to really put together any interesting posts for this blog, or at least, not write anything of any weight or significance. But, I also didn't want the site to continue to go neglected, so I tried to think of a "theme" that I'd be able to keep up with for a week or so.

Fellow COBRAS Paul Bishop has been devoting a fair amount of space to "Spy Girls" in his blog over the last couple of weeks, and that gave me an idea. For the next seven days, I'll be showcasing a different lovely actress from the heyday of the 60s spy film, actresses that I primarily associate with the genre. But whereas Paul threw his spotlight on the catsuit-clad heroines, I'm going to instead feature some of the most devious and delicious femme fatales of espionage cinema.

To begin, I've chosen Daliah Lavi, the raven-haired Israeli beauty who shared the screen with Dean Martin's Matt Helm in The Silencers (1966), Woody Allen's Jimmy Bond alias Doctor Noah in Casino Royale (1967) and Richard Johnson's Hugh Drummond in Some Girls Do (1968), among other memorable roles.

Beautiful and exotic, with a flair for comic menace, Miss Lavi is one of my favorite fatimas of the Sixties. Unfortunately for fans of cinematic sirens, she retired from acting early and went on to a successful singing career in Europe.


bish8 said...

Very cool! What a great picture. I'm looking forward to the rest of your choices!

Armstrong Sabian said...

I already know which six I'D pick for the rest of the week. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of the ladies that you pick!

Jason Whiton said...


Anonymous said...

Daliah Lavi was also in The High Commissioner, starring Rod Taylor and Christopher Plummer, and co-starring Camilla Sparv, who, like Daliah, had previously played a femme fatale in a Matt Helm movie (Murderers' Row).