Fans of classic horror films will love the next London Film Memorabilia Convention with its mix of dealers from all over the world specialising in vintage and modern film and television memorabilia – film stills, monster magazines, rare dvds, movie posters, autographs and more! There will also be special appearances from Carry On Screaming star Fenella Fielding and seventies British sex siren Valerie Leon! To celebrate this extremely special event we thought we’d take a look at five fangtastic facts about Hammer glamour girl Valerie Leon!
- Valerie Leon became a familiar face on British television during the 1970s for her regular appearences in the “Hai Karate” aftershave commercials.
- Despite being a favourite amongst classic horror film fans, Valerie has only had one starring role in a horror movie – Hammer Films’ Blood From The Mummy’s Tomb (1971).
- Sci-fi fans may recognise the lovely Ms. Leon from the cult television show Space:1999. She appeared in the Year One episode Death’s Other Dominion, a creepy story set on an eerie ice-bound planet with a horrifying secret…
- Valerie Leon was one of the stars of the cult British King Kong parody called Queen Kong (1976). This monster movie spoof also starred Robin Askwith and Rula Lenska and was the subject of legal action from King Kong producer Dino De Laurentiis resulting in it never being released theatrically in the UK.
- As well as appearances in two James Bond films and sixties sci-fi comedy Zeta One (1969) Valerie also starred in six of the legendary Carry On film series!
The next London Film Memorabilia Convention takes place place at Central Hall, Westminster, London on Saturday 14th July from 10am – 4pm admission is just £4 (early admission from 8am £10) this is the perfect place for meeting fellow fans of cult film and television nostalgia as well as for stocking up on all those amazing collectibles! These world renowned events have been running since the early seventies and I was lucky enough to meet the late Ingrid Pitt here as well as British fantasy film stars David Warner (The Omen) and Vera Day (Quatermass II).