Claudine Auger, French actress best known for 1965 James Bond film Thunderball, passes away aged 78

Agence France-Presse

Dec 21, 2019 10:36:34 IST

French actress Claudine Auger, best known to international audiences playing alongside Sean Connery in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball, has died aged 78, her agent said Thursday.

She died in Paris, the Time Art agency announced.

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Born in April 1941 in Paris, Auger began her career as a model and represented France at the 1958 Miss World competition.

On the side she was taking acting lessons, winning small cinema parts to gradually earn a reputation as an actress in France, including the 1962 Three Musketeers film The Iron Mask.

But it was Thunderball that made her name as the first French Bond Girl.

The film's trailer introduced Auger as: "Young. Beautiful. Trapped. Could be dangerous".

She played the character Domino in the film, the fourth in the Bond franchise, which was set in the Bahamas providing ample opportunity for swimsuit action scenes.

In a 1965 television interview, she said starring alongside 007 or "playing Moliere" was "a game, the same thing".

After the 1960s, Auger continued her acting career in French film and television.

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Updated Date: Dec 21, 2019 10:36:34 IST