Def by Temptation (1990)

35mm film, Technicolor

An American horror film directed by James Bond III.

Plot Summary

A succubus sets her sights on young theology student Joel and tries to possess him through seduction. She works her way through his friends, finally leaving Joel alone with only his faith to ward of her evil attentions.


Directed by: James Bond III
© MCMXC [1990] Bonded Enterprises Inc.
Orpheus Pictures oresents a Bonded Filmworks production. A James Bond III motion picture
Executive Producer: Charles Huggins, Kevin Harewood, Nelson George
Produced by: James Bond III
Co-producers: Kervin Simms, Hajna O. Moss
Written by: James Bond III
Photographed by: Ernest Dickerson
Edited by: Li-Shin Yu
Film Score Composed and Performed by: Paul Laurence
Sound Mixer: Charles R. Hunt
Stylist: John Michael Reefer
Hair & Make-up: Matki Anoff
Special Make-up and Visual Effects Created by: Rob Benevides
Special Effects Make-up: Christina Bone
Special Effects: Rob Benevides
Production Designer: David Carrington
Casting by: Bonded Enterprises Inc., Hush Management

James Bond III (Joel)
Kadeem Hardison (‘K')
Bill Nunn (Dougy)
Samuel L. Jackson (Minister Garth)
Minnie Gentry (Grandma)
Rony Clanton (married man)
Steven Van Cleef (Jonathan)
Guy Davis (bartender #2)
John Canada Terrell (bartender #1)
Cynthia Bond (temptress)
Freddie Jackson (himself)
Najee (himself)
Melba Moore (Madam Sonya)
Z. Wright (young Joel)
Michael Rivera (gay guy)
Sundra Jean Williams (Mrs Garth)
Beth Latty (lady #2)
Angela Stokes (lady #3)
Lahana Kameha (lady #5)
Ellis Williams (demon limo driver)
Michael Michele (lady #6)
Robin Harmon (lady #4)
Starlina Young (lady #1)

Alternative Titles

Succube – France
Surmansuu – Finland
Temptation – working title
Tentación diabólica – Spain



  • The Dark Side August 1992 p.29 – review
  • Samhain no.33 (July/August 1992) p.34 – review (by Andrew Black)


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.460
  • The Films of the Nineties: A Complete, Qualitative Filmography of Over 3000 Feature-Length English Language Films, Theatrical and Video-Only, Released Between January 1, 1990, and December 31, 1999 by Robert A. Nowlan and Gwendolyn L. Nowlan p.143
  • Hoffman's Guide to SF, Horror and Fantasy Movie 1991-1992 p.97 – credits, review
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films IV by Donald C. Willis p.123
  • Horror Films of the 1990s by John Kenneth Muir pp.73-75
  • The Illustrated Vampire Movie Guide by Stephen Jones p.125 – credits, review

Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide August 2019 p.44 – illustrated listing