Harold Jack Bloom
Born this day in 1924
Additional Story Material for You Only Live Twice
Harold Jack Bloom was a screenwriter for the small screen for a majority of his career. He wrote for Climax! the same CBS series that televised the first TV James Bond as well as The Man from U.N.C.L.E. and Emergency!
Bloom was hired to work on the You Only Live Twice script when Richard Maibaum was unavailable. Ultimately, Bloom’s script wasn’t used, but his ideas were incorporated into Roald Dahl’s script, hence his “additional story material” credit.
Born this day in 1941
Domino in Thunderball
The role of Domino was originally going to go to an Italian actress, however Kevin McClory asked Claudine Auger to audition for the role when their paths cross when Auger was on holiday in Nassau. She got the part and it was rewritten to better suit Auger. While she did take English lessons, ultimately her voice was dubbed by Nikki van der Zyl who had often dubbed other Bond women.
Auger’s career took off in Europe; she did do a Playboy spread shortly after playing Domino, but little else came her in the U.S. market. She did work with some of the Bond alums: Ursula Andress in Anyone Can Play, Barbara Bach and Barbara Bouchet in Black Belly of the Tarantula, and Terence Young in Triple Cross and The Killing Game.
Born this day in 1974
Valenka in Casino Royale
Her family emigrated to the U.S. from Sarajevo, Bosnia, and Ivana Milicevic grew up in Michigan. During high school, she worked as a model, however after she graduated, she move Los Angeles to pursue an acting career. Interestingly, she did stand-up and her routine centered on her experiences on being a model.
She made one-shot guest appearances on several television series and got a break in 2006 with her role as Julia on Love Monkey. The same year, she got a meaty role as Mila Yurgorsky in Running Scared and of course as Valenka in Casino Royale.
More recently, she can be seen on Banshee as Carrie Hopewell / Anastasia.
Passed away this day in 1984
Dr. Tynan in Diamonds Are Forever
While Henry Rowland, born Wolfram Von Bock, had almost 200 acting credits throughout his career, there was not much written about him. Looking over his credits, he acted in quite a few westerns and war genre films and television shows. Rowland is probably best known for his collaboration with Russ Meyer in three of his films: Beyond the Valley of the Dolls, Supervixens and Beneath the Valley of the Ultra-Vixens.
Passed away this day in 1986
American Guest in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service
Bessie Love enjoyed a lengthy acting career that started during the silent era. She was originally from Texas, but the family moved to Hollywood where her cowboy father became a chiropractor. The family needed money, so her mother sent Love to Biograph Studios. Legendary director D.W. Griffith saw her and put her in several of his films. She became a popular actress and did well in the 1920s. She was even nominated for an Academy Award for her role in The Broadway Melody (1929).
While Love appeared to be able to make the transition from silent to sound films, her IMDB profiles states that her career was over by the early 1930s. She moved to England during the mid 30s. During World War II, she worked for the Red Cross and entertained the troops. By the early 50s, she was cast in acting roles once again, mostly small guest appearances. Her last role was in the 1983 film The Hunger in which she played Lillybelle. She had about 150 credits.
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