Durra (1965)

This scene is from a 1965 film ‘Where the Spies Are’ which starred David Niven as a doctor turned unwilling spy. The bellydancer in this scene is Durra. The male dancer at the end of the clip is Durra’s brother, Edmund.   Originally from Baghdad, Durra was self-taught. After moving from Iraq she was UK-based and appeared in the Beatles movie ‘Help’ and in an episode of the series ‘The Sweeney’, in Cockney rhyming slang Sweeney Todd = police flying squad.

Many thanks to Theresa, who is Durra’s granddaughter, for supplying the information on her grandmother who was one of the pioneers of Middle Eastern dance in the UK.

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