Claudine Auger

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Claudine Auger
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Auger alongside Adolfo Celi in Thunderball
Born Claudine Oger
(1941-04-26) 26 April 1941 (age 73)
Paris, France
Occupation Actress
Years active 1958–1997
Spouse(s) Pierre Gaspard-Huit (1959-?)
Peter Brent (?–2008) (his death) 1 child
Children Jessica Claudine Brent (b. 1991)

Claudine Auger (born Claudine Oger on 26 April 1941) is a French actress best known for her role as Bond girl Dominique "Domino" Derval in the James Bond film Thunderball (1965). She earned the title of Miss France Monde and was also the first runner-up in the 1958 Miss World contest.

Early life[edit]

She was born in Paris, France. She attended St. Joan of Arc College and later Paris Drama Conservatory, where she performed dramatic roles. She made her film debut when she was still at school.

Career[edit]

Jean Cocteau cast her in an uncredited role as a tall ballerina in The Testament of Orpheus (1960). When she was 18, she married the 41-year-old writer-director Pierre Gaspard-Huit, and he cast her in several films, including Le Masque de fer (1962) and The Vengeance of Kali (1963).

When she was on holiday in Nassau, writer-producer Kevin McClory saw her and recommended that she audition for his film Thunderball (1965). The role of Domino 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.[1] Auger would claim that she related to her character Domino, as she and Domino were involved with older men. The most immediate byproduct 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.

Thunderball launched Auger into a successful European movie career, but did little for her otherwise in the United States.[2]

In 1967, she co-starred with the first Bond girl Ursula Andress in the Italian comedy Anyone Can Play. In 1971, she starred with two other Bond girls, Barbara Bach and Barbara Bouchet, in Black Belly of the Tarantula, a giallo mystery. She had some roles in European films as Triple Cross (1966) (reuniting her with her James Bond director Terence Young) and The Killing Game (1967).[3]

Personal life[edit]

At age 18 she married writer-director Pierre Gaspard-Huit. They would later divorce.

She married British businessman Peter Brent[4] in the 1980s.[2] Brent died in August 2008.

Selected Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1958 Christine uncredited Pierre Gaspard-Huit
1960 Testament of Orpheus Minerva Jean Cocteau
Terrain vague the salesgirl Marcel Carné
1961 Les Moutons de Panurge uncredited Jean Girault
The Seven Deadly Sins (episode L'Envie) the new waitress Edouard Molinaro
1962 Le Masque de fer Isabelle de Saint-Marc Henri Decoin
1963 In the French Style Clio Andropolous Robert Parrish
1965 Yo Yo Isolina Pierre Etaix
Thunderball Dominique Derval ("Domino") Terence Young
1966 Triple Cross Paulette Terence Young
The Devil in Love Maddalena de' Medici Ettore Scola
1967 Jeu de massacre Jacqueline Meyrand Alain Jessua
The Head of the Family Adriana Nanni Loy
Flammes sur l'Adriatique[5] Mirjana Alexandre Astruc and Stjepan Cikes
1968 Escalation Carla Maria Manini Roberto Faenza
1969 Sons of Satan Barbara Duccio Tessari
Listen, Let's Make Love Ida Bernasconi Vittorio Caprioli
1971 Un peu de soleil dans l'eau froide Nathalie Silvener Jacques Deray
Twitch of the Death Nerve Renata Donati Mario Bava
1975 Flic Story Catherine Jacques Deray
L'Intrépide Sophie Jean Girault
1978 Un papillon sur l'épaule the woman in a trenchcoat Jacques Deray
The Bermuda Triangle Sybill René Cardona Jr.
1979 Fantastica Johanna MacPherson Gilles Carle
Lobster for Breakfast Carla Spinosi Giorgio Capitani
1981 Black Jack (aka Asalto al casino) Jill Stradford Max H. Boulois
1986 Les Exploits d'un jeune don Juan the mother Gianfranco Mingozzi
1988 Il frullo del passero Dino's widow Gianfranco Mingozzi
1992 Salt on Our Skin Mrs. McEwan Andrew Birkin

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The secret Bond girl: Unknown artist dubbed the voices of 007's best-known beauties - but now she's banned from the movies spy's 50th birthday party!". Daily Mail (London). 
  2. ^ a b Mann, Roderick (29 November 1986). "Bond Was No Boost For Auger". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Claudine Auger". All Movie Guide (NYTimes.com). 
  4. ^ Riedel, Michael (November 12, 1995). "Kiss of Death". New York Daily News. 
  5. ^ "Flammes sur l'Adriatique". Retrieved 2012-11-09. 

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Preceded by
Honor Blackman
Bond girl
1965
Succeeded by
Mie Hama