The stunning Ursula Andress plays an immortal queen waiting century after century for the reincarnation of her love who bears a striking resemblance to John Richardson, who promptly falls under her spell.
He and companions, archaeologist Peter Cushing and likeable working class valet Bernard Cribbins, travel to her lavishly realised forgotten kingdom where he becomes torn between the coldly beautiful yet cruel “She who must be obeyed” and a warm and compassionate slave girl. All the best scenes are of course between Hammer stalwarts Cushing and Christopher Lee, but Andress is strangely convincing as the irresistible yet heartless Ayesha. The story constantly surprises and despite the rather wooden performance by Richardson, always entertains.
She is a solid old-school adventure yarn, which combined with some great production design, some well executed effects and location camera work makes for one of Hammer Studio’s better moments.