Bella Cortez as a lusciously evil ancient queen!

07 Apr

In my considered opinion, what we need in modern cinema are more evil temptresses as in the epics of long ago…ladies like Bella Cortez as “Queen Akiba” in 1963’s Taur the Mighty

The Cuban-born actress plays a very bad girl in this movie!


…sexy tyrants who can tempt heroes like Taur (Joe Robinson), which Bella did in this mix of sci-fi and sword-and-sandals…

The queen takes time out from villainy to snare, she hopes, the beefcake she craves!


…and inadvertently give sidekicks like Taur’s pal Ubaratutu (Harry Baird) some peeks at their sexy legs and feet!

Little do Taur and the queen know that sidekick Ubaratutu is hiding under the bed! Any room down there for me? 😉


I love these ancient history flicks from the 1960s. I guess my fondness for them is analogous to the fondness the generations of the 70s and 80s have toward the original Star Wars movies, films which I enjoyed as an adult but never felt particularly entranced by as I did by these gladiator movies in my adolescence, flicks brimming with gorgeous femmes fatale (and “nice girls” too, one of which Bella Cortez played in a similar sci-fi sword-and-sandals film called The Giant of Metropolis).

Back in the 90s when I was writing a lot of feature length porn films, I always wanted to write an X-rated movie taking place in ancient Rome or Greece, but alas, it never came to pass! Needless to say, I find these 60s films very erotic today.

Queen Akiba with one of her henchwomen.


I made these screencaps from the Sinister Cinema DVD of Taur the Mighty, available here!

“You will watch more sword-and-sandal movies…slave!


Posted by on April 7, 2017 in Femmes Fatale


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2 responses to “Bella Cortez as a lusciously evil ancient queen!

  1. Declan Heyse

    April 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Love this series of posts you’ve been making lately, Irv. Somehow, I totally missed Bella Cortez in my growing-up movie-watching days. That TV station of my youth clearly needed a better Saturday afternoon movie programmer!

    • irvoneil

      April 8, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Glad you like, Declan! I actually never discovered Bella Cortez until recently, when I viewed The Giant of Metropolis a few years ago, wherein she plays a demure damsel-in-distress. It’s a bizarre film well-worth seeing, and it’s on YouTube. Then I saw her 180-degree turn in Taur the Mighty and was mightily impressed from a femdom POV! Here’s a link to a YouTube video showing her dancing in yet another film, which I think (but not 100% sure) might be Vulcan, Son of Jupiter which I haven’t seen although I believe it’s on YouTube as well in its entirety.


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