Claudine Auger “Thunderball”

Largo: “You’ve given me much pleasure Domino, but unless you tell me how much Bond knows I will be forced to cause you great pain.”

The role of Domino in Thunderball was originally to be an Italian woman: Dominetta Petacchi. Auger impressed the producers so much that they re-wrote the part to that of a French woman to better suit Auger. Although she took lessons to perfect her English, her voice was eventually dubbed by Nikki van der Zyl in this movie. Claudine would claim that she related to her character Domino, as she and Domino were involved with older men. The most immediate by-product of Claudine’s stardom was a semi-nude Playboy spread and a guest shot on an American TV special starring Danny Thomas and Bob Hope.

When she was 18, she married the 41-year-old writer-director Pierre Gaspard-Huit, and he cast her in several films:The Iron Mask (1962); The Vengeance of Kali (1963). Later, She was married to a businessman Peter Brent until his death in August 2008.

In 1971, she starred with two other Bond girls, Barbara Bach and Barbara Bouchet, in Black Belly of the Tarantula, a giallo mystery.

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