I met Maryam d'Abo in July 2006 at Pinewood Studios, when they held their special 'Bond Girls' day.
She signed my progamme, my Jeff Marshall lithograph and also my 'Bond Girls Are Forever' book, which she co-wrote with Bond expert, John Cork.
Other film roles followed, including The Browning Version (1994) with Sir Albert Finney, and Solitaire For 2 (1996). More recently, she has appeared in a number of TV dramas.
Although her name is unusual, Maryam d'Abo was born in London. Her father is English but her mother is Georgian.
For The Living Daylights, Maryam had to learn to play the cello "...without making any sound, otherwise I would have driven everyone crazy. The secret? We used soap on the bow."
Maryam did some of her own stunts, including skidding down the snow in a cello case, with Timothy Dalton. She said of this, "It took three days to film our escape in the cello case. It was scariest for me because I felt out of control, and I was the one steering and controllling the speed!"
Her first film role was in a forgettable horror film called Xtra, but in 1986 she met Cubby Broccoli who offered her the part of cello-playing Kara Milovy in The Living Daylights (1987).
Like a number of Bond girls, she first started working as a model, but this was really to pay for her studies at drama school.
She is married to film director Hugh Hudson, famous for Chariots Of Fire (1981) and Greystoke: The Legend of Tarzan, Lord of the Apes (1984)
Escape by Cello Case!
Maryam d'Abo signed this page of
my Bond Girls Are Forever book for me
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