Sean Connery's James Bond is distracted by Nadja Regin as would-be assassin Alf Joint approaches in "Goldfinger".
Actress Nadja Regin has passed away at age 87. She became famous for two small roles in early James Bond films. In the second entry in the series, From Russia with Love in 1963, Regin played the sultry mistress of Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendariz), the head of local Turkish intelligence in Istanbul. In the film, she chronically demands that Bey make love to her only to have their encounter interrupted by a bomb explosion. The following year she appeared in the memorable pre-credits sequence in Goldfinger playing Bonita, a sexy but deceitful belly dancer who uses seduction as a way to distract Sean Connery's 007 as an assassin sneaks up on him. Bond sees his reflection in Bonita's eye and twirls her around in time for her to take a blackjack to the head that was intended for him. Serbian by birth, Regin had a relatively brief career in films and television. She appeared opposite Patrick McGoohan in Danger Man (aka Secret Agent) and Roger Moore in The Saint. She later worked behind the scenes in the movie industry vetting scripts and eventually became a novelist. For more click here.
Tania Mallet, who played one of the ill-fated Masterson sisters in the 1964 James Bond blockbuster "Goldfinger", has passed away at age 77. Mallet was the cousin of Helen Mirren and began her modeling career as a teenager. She auditioned for the female lead in the second Bond film "From Russia with Love". Although the role went to Daniela Bianchi, the producers cast Mallet in the pivotal role of Tilly Masterson in "Goldfinger". In the part, Mallet played a young woman obsessed with avenging the murder of her sister Jill (Shirley Eaton) by the villain Auric Goldfinger. She has a tense, chance encounter with Sean Connery's James Bond, who is also on the trail of Goldfinger. Tragically, Tilly dies at the hands of Goldfinger's murderous man servant Oddjob (Harold Sakata).
Despite the success of the film and the attention paid to her role, Mallet had no desire to pursue a career in acting, preferring to return to modeling, and appeared on screen only once more in a 1976 TV episode of "The New Avengers". No details regarding cause of death have been released at this time. For more click here.