Angela Scoular (Ruby Bartlett)

Angela Scoular as Ruby Bartlett  

Actress: Angela Scoular
Character: Ruby Bartlett
Movie: On Her Majesty's Secret Service
Date of Birth: 8th November 1945
Place of Birth: London, UK
Trivia: Made a cameo in the '67 spoof "Casino Royale"

Pleased To Meet You
Bond and the enthusiastic farm girl, Ruby, meet when 007 joins the stunning patients of Piz Gloria's clinic - who all turn out to be young and gorgeous ladies. Over dinner Bond does his best to resist the temptations, whilst the girls do their best to engage him in conversation.

"I used to hate chicken. Used to make me break out. It was all over. You'd be surprised where."

Caught In The Act
Quick to befriend the handsome newcomer - the standoffish but seemingly jovial 'Sir Hillary Bray' - Ruby sits close to Bond-in-disguise and is scolded by Irma Bunt for her flirtatious manor. She derives a plan for Bond and herself to rendezvous - by writing her room number on his leg in lipstick - and it is in her room that Bond discovers the power of Blofeld's hypnosis techniques. The next night Bond returns to Ruby's room again, only to discover that Blofeld and Bunt are aware of his true identity and rather than finding Ruby waiting in bed, Bond uncovers Bunt instead!

Ruby Bartlett is the bubbly and enthusiastic English patient at Blofeld's Piz Gloria. She is the daughter of a wealthy chicken farmer, born in Lancashire and has been sent away to the remote allergy therapy clinic to cure her anaphylaxis to chicken feathers.

The character of Ruby, who is given the name Bartlett in the film, is adapted from Ian Fleming's novel. Much of the details remain the same, save the name is changed from Ruby Windsor to Ruby Bartlett.


Bond (George Lazenby) gets into bed with Ruby Bartlett

Scoular began her on-screen career in the mid '60s, appearing in the long-running police drama, "No Hiding Place" alongside its regular stars Sean Caffrey and Johnny Briggs. She won a bit part on the acclaimed Ian McKellen adaptation of the Dickens classic, "David Copperfield" before going on to appear in her first feature films before the end of the 1960s: "A Countess from Hong Kong" (1967) and "Casino Royale" (1967).

Lazenby and Scoular between a take  

Two years later, she crossed paths with the official 007 movie series when Peter Hunt cast Scoular in his one-time Bond film "On Her Majesty's Secret Service". The role was the largest of all those offered to Blofeld's pretty 'Angels of Death'. Throughout the '70s, Angela took gust-starring roles in UK television from classic soap "Coronation Street" to small-town drama "Penmarric". By the 1980s, Scoular had a recurring role in "You Rang M'Lord?" as Lady Agatha Shawcross and most recently appeared with Judi Dench, who has played the current MI6 chief since the 1990s, in romantic comedy "As Time Goes By".

In 1982 Scoular married acclaimed British actor Leslie Phillips, famous for the "Carry On" films and later, appeared in "The Jackal" and "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider". Scoular passed away in April 2011. She is survived by Phillips and her son Daniel.

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