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Bond Girl 'Kicked Max Clifford Between Legs'
A woman who appeared in the James Bond film Octopussy has told a court how she kicked Max Clifford ''really hard between the legs'' after he lunged at her and tried to kiss her.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, described how she fought Clifford off after he had taken pictures of her posing in stockings and suspenders.
Publicist Clifford had told the woman he needed the pictures to send to actor Charles Bronson so he could secure her a part in his next film, but he then tried to grab her and pushed her onto a sofa in his office.
She told the jury at Southwark Crown Court: ''He lunged towards me and tried to kiss me. He was on top of me, his hands were all over the place. He was trying to kiss me.
''Then I got very frightened and I kicked him between the legs really hard.''
When asked by prosecutor Rosina Cottage QC if Clifford had said anything, she replied: ''I just remember his smelly breath.''
Earlier the woman told the court how she had secured a part in the 1983 film Octopussy and had gone to see Clifford in his central London office where he wanted to talk about representing her.
She said he told her he could get her a part in a Bronson film but he would have to take pictures of her in her underwear to send him as ''photographic evidence''.
The woman said Clifford gave her money to buy lingerie and she bought a ''peach coloured bra, knickers, suspender belt and stockings,'' adding they were ''pretty but not too skimpy.''
She then explained how Clifford asked her to ''do the James Bond pose'' with her fingers in the shape of a gun and he took several pictures of her sat down and standing up.
The woman said: ''I had my legs apart but my hands were covering my private parts. He asked me to take my hands away...I felt things weren't quite right at all.''
She then added how she realised Clifford was not using a professional camera but an "instamatic one you wind forward.
"I think he didn't have a film in the camera and he was pretending to take photographs of me."
She said she confronted him, got dressed and left the room.
Minutes later Clifford lunged at her after telling her he had spoken with Bronson on the telephone telling the late actor she was "fantastic".
The woman said she told a number of people what happened, including a photographer friend, other cast members from the Bond film, the film's producer and gymnast Susanne Dando.
Jurors were also told of a contract she had signed with the producers which originally had Clifford's name on it as her agent, but was then crossed out.
During her evidence, Clifford, dressed in a white open-neck shirt and dark suit, passed several notes to his defence team.
The jury was reduced to 11 after a woman revealed she knew one of the witnesses, Bond casting producer Deborah McWilliams.
She told the court she contacted Clifford with a view to hiring extras for Octopussy and in particular how they used him to negotiate for Olympic gymnast Susanne Dando.
Barbara Broccoli, daughter of legendary Bond producer Albert 'Cubby' Broccoli, also testified, describing how her father had been involved in making the 007 films since 1962 when Dr No was released.
She told the court she did not know Clifford, and her role in 1982 in Octopussy had been as an executive assistant to recruit ''incidental and background parts'' for the film.
Clifford, 70, from Hersham, Surrey, denies 11 counts of indecent assault between 1966 and 1984 on seven girls and women.
The trial was adjourned until Tuesday morning.