Claudine Auger

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Claudine Auger
Domino Vitali by Claudine Auger.jpg
Claudine Auger as Domino in Thunderball (1965)
Claudine Oger

(1941-04-26)26 April 1941
Paris, France
Died18 December 2019(2019-12-18) (aged 78)
Paris, France
Years active1958–1995
Spouse(s)Pierre Gaspard-Huit
(m. 1959; div. 1969)
Peter Brent
(m. 1984; his death 2008)

Claudine Auger (born Claudine Oger; 26 April 1941 – 18 December 2019) was a French actress best known for her role as a Bond girl, Dominique "Domino" Derval, in the James Bond film Thunderball (1965). She earned the title of Miss France Monde (the French representative to the Miss World beauty pageant) and was also the first runner-up in the 1958 Miss World contest.

Early life[edit]

Auger was born in Paris, France. She attended St. Joan of Arc College and later the Conservatoire de Paris, where she performed dramatic roles. She made her film debut when she was still in school.[citation needed]


Jean Cocteau cast Auger in an uncredited role as a tall ballerina in Testament of Orpheus (1960). When she was 18, she married the 43-year-old writer-director Pierre Gaspard-Huit, and he cast her in several films, including Le Masque de fer (1962) and Kali Yug: Goddess of Vengeance (1963).[1] In 1966 she co-starred in the World War II drama Triple Cross with Yul Brynner and Christopher Plummer.

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 rewrote 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.[citation needed] Auger would claim that she related to her character Domino, as she and Domino were both involved with older men.[citation needed] The most immediate byproduct of Claudine's stardom was a semi-nude Playboy spread.

Thunderball launched Auger into a successful European movie career, but did little for her otherwise in the United States.[2] She did, however, star in a Danny Thomas special called The Road to Lebanon with Bing Crosby, which was shown on NBC on 20 April 1966.[3]

Auger co-starred with another Bond girl, Ursula Andress, in the Italian comedy Anyone Can Play (1968). She starred with two future Bond girls, Barbara Bouchet and Barbara Bach, in Black Belly of the Tarantula (1971), a giallo mystery. She had some roles in European films such as Triple Cross (1966, reuniting her with her James Bond director Terence Young), and The Killing Game (1967).[4]

Auger appeared in the British television series The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, in "The Three Gables" (1994), as Isadora Klein, in one of the last episodes of the series.

Personal life and death[edit]

In 1959, she married writer-director Pierre Gaspard-Huit. They later divorced.

She married British businessman Peter Brent[5] in the 1980s.[2] The couple had one child, Jessica Claudine Brent (b. 1991). Peter Brent died in August 2008.

Auger died in Paris on 18 December 2019 following a lengthy illness.[6][7][8][9]


Year Title Role Director Notes
1958 Christine Pierre Gaspard-Huit Uncredited
1960 Testament of Orpheus Minerva Jean Cocteau
Terrain vague the salesgirl Marcel Carné
1961 Les Moutons de Panurge Monique Jean Girault Uncredited
1962 The Seven Deadly Sins the new waitress Édouard Molinaro (segment "Envie, L'"), Uncredited
Le Masque de fer Isabelle de Saint-Marc Henri Decoin
1963 In the French Style Clio Andropolous Robert Parrish
Kali Yug: Goddess of Vengeance Amrita Mario Camerini
Il mistero del tempio indiano Mario Camerini
1964 Games of Desire Elektra Tzanou Hans Albin, Peter Berneis
1965 Yo Yo Isolina Pierre Étaix
The Reckless Giuliano Montaldo Uncredited
Thunderball Dominique Derval ("Domino") Terence Young
1966 That Man George Lila Jacques Deray
Treasure of San Gennaro Concettina Dino Risi
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
1968 Anyone Can Play Esmeralda Luigi Zampa
Escalation Carla Maria Manini Roberto Faenza
Adriatic Sea of Fire[10] Mirjana Alexandre Astruc and Stjepan Cikes
Listen, Let's Make Love Ida Bernasconi Vittorio Caprioli
The Cats Barbara Duccio Tessari
1969 Love Birds [de] Marina Mario Caiano
Come ti chiami, amore mio? Umberto Silva
1971 Equinozio Maurizio Ponzi
Black Belly of the Tarantula Laura
Twitch of the Death Nerve Renata Donati Mario Bava
Un peu de soleil dans l'eau froide Nathalie Silvener Jacques Deray
1972 Gli ordini sono ordini Giorgia's friend Franco Giraldi
Ricatto alla mala Michèle Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi
1974 Borsalino & Co. Une passagère sur le paquebot Jacques Deray Uncredited
La dynamite est bonne à boire Consuelo Aldo Sambrell
1975 L'Intrépide Sophie Jean Girault
Flic Story Catherine Jacques Deray
1976 Il colpaccio Bruno Paolinelli
Cuando los maridos se iban a la guerra Sol Tito Fernández
1977 Pane, burro e marmellata Betty Giorgio Capitani
1978 The Bermuda Triangle Sybill René Cardona Jr.
Butterfly on the Shoulder The coat's Woman Jacques Deray
1979 Lovers and Liars Elisa Massacesi Mario Monicelli
Lobster for Breakfast Carla Spinosi Giorgio Capitani
The Associate Agnès Pardot René Gainville
1980 Fantastica Johanna MacPherson Gilles Carle
Prestami tua moglie Diana Giuliano Carnimeo
1981 Black Jack (a.k.a. Asalto al casino) Jill Stradford Max H. Boulois
1984 Secret Places Sophie Meister Zelda Barron
1985 The Repenter Rosa Ragusa Pasquale Squitieri
1986 Exploits of a Young Don Juan the mother Gianfranco Mingozzi
1988 Un amore di donna Gabriella's mother Nelo Risi
Il frullo del passero Dino's widow Gianfranco Mingozzi
1991 La bocca Countess Veronica Rospigliosi Mara Bronzoni and Luca Verdone
1992 Salt on Our Skin Mrs. McEwan Andrew Birkin
1995 Los hombres siempre mienten Isabelle Antonio del Real


  1. ^ Tom Lisanti and Louis Paul, Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973. McFarland and Company, Inc. Publishers (2002), p. 46
  2. ^ a b Mann, Roderick (29 November 1986). "Bond Was No Boost For Auger". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  3. ^ Pairpoint, Lionel. "The Chronological Bing Crosby on Television". BING magazine. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  4. ^ Erickson, Hal (2012). "Claudine Auger". Movies & TV Dept. The New York Times. Archived from the original on 2012-10-20.
  5. ^ Riedel, Michael (November 12, 1995). "Kiss of Death". New York Daily News.
  6. ^ "Claudine Auger: French actress known for James Bond role dies aged 78". BBC News. 20 December 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  7. ^ "Thunderball actress Claudine Auger has died aged 78". RTE. 20 December 2019. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  8. ^ Milkelbank, Peter (19 December 2019). "Claudine Auger, First French Actress to Star as a Bond Girl, Dies at 78". People. Retrieved 20 December 2019.
  9. ^ "Claudine Auger, Bond Girl in 'Thunderball,' Dies at 78 | Hollywood Reporter". 20 December 2019.
  10. ^ "Flammes sur l'Adriatique". Retrieved 2012-11-09.

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