Tuesday, 18 February 2014

THE VOLUPTUOUS VALERIE...



Remember HAI KARATE aftershave from back
in the '70s?  (I've still got a practically full bottle in my
bathroom cabinet.)  The voluptuous goddess in the TV
ads was VALERIE LEON, who appeared in quite a few
well-known movies and TV shows over the years.  Let's
be honest 'though - we're not really interested in her
acting career, are we, lads?  We only want to ad-
mire her stunning and intoxicating beauty.

Okay then, admire away.

11 comments:

Colin Jones said...

I well remember those aftershave adverts - Kid, you must be the only man in Britain who still has a bottle of that aftershave, is there anything you DON'T save or collect?! I can only recall Valerie Leon in 2 films - "Blood From The Mummy's Tomb" and "Carry On Girls" - in the latter she spends the first part of the film with her hair in a bun and wearing specs trying to look dull and ordinary but of course she's the type who can't ever look dull and ordinary whatever she's wearing !

Kid said...

I don't save my belly-fluff or other bodily-wastes, Col. Valerie also appeared in Never Say Never Again, and TV programmes like The Saint.

John Pitt said...

I actually tried a bottle of this to see if it would have the same effect on me and let me tell you it's a CON! - It DOES N'T work!!

Gey Blabby said...

One of the advantages of having an older brother was that when he went to the pictures in the 70's he would bring back one or other of the two film magazines that were on sale at the time - either Photoplay or Film Review - and usually they would contain a good few photos of the actresses that were appearing in British horror and comedy films. Valerie Leon was a regular in them, of course, along with Julie Ege, Britt Ekland, and the awesome (to my 12-year-old eyes) Madeleine Smith. (Just as I typed this, I realised that all those actresses appeared in James Bond films.)
Those Hai Karate ads were indeed memorable. I certainly preferred watching Valerie Leon to Henry Cooper or Kevin Keegan.

Kid said...

JP, one of the reasons I've still got a nearly full bottle is because I never needed it - women used to fall at my feet. (I should've changed my socks more often.)

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GB, now you're talking - Madeleine Smith. WOW! Valerie actually appeared in a spoof ad mocking Hai Karate in the Goodies TV show - it was very funny.

Paul McScotty -Muir said...

Oh I did like Madeleine Smith and had a bit of a crush on her as a kid. The Hai Karate ad brings back a lot of memories wasn't the strap line "be careful how you use it " I always recall the Denim ads with the girl trying to put her down the man's (denim) shirt only for him to grab it and the ad line "Denim,the mark of a man" I don't think many of the old aftershaves are still on sale now and of those I have seen I would only pick up Old Spice (ok I still do from time to time. )There used to be loads of these on sale like Brut, Denim, Tabac, Censored, Bay Rum, English Leather, Burley , Pagan Man, Jovan & Blue Stratos think some are still on sale , mind you some of them stank to high heaven. Nice change of pace post, I liked that wee memory jogger

Kid said...

I believe that was indeed the line, McScotty - I seem to hear it in William Franklin's voice (the Schweppes man), but I could just be imagining that. I used to use Brut at one time, but I quite liked Blue Stratos and didn't mind Old Spice. Now I don't bother with anything.

Gey Blabby said...

Schhh!

Kid said...

You know who!

TC said...

IIRC, Valerie was in a couple of "Carry On" films, and was a semi-regular on Morecambe & Wise.

She also played the S&M dominatrix in "Revenge of the Pink Panther," in the sequence when Inspector Clouseau (who has been missing and presumed dead) returns to his apartment and finds that his valet has turned the place into a house of ill repute.

Kid said...

And she was also in Never Say Never Again. She sure gets around, TC.

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