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Claudine Auger as Domino in Thunderball (1965)
26 April 1941
|Died||18 December 2019 (aged 78)|
(m. 1959; div. ????)
(m. ????; his death 2008)
Claudine Auger (born Claudine Oger; 26 April 1941 – 18 December 2019) was 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 (the French representative of Miss World) and was also the first runner-up in the 1958 Miss World contest.
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). 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. Auger would claim that she related to her character Domino, as she and Domino were both involved with older men. 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. 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.
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).
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
In 1959, she married writer-director Pierre Gaspard-Huit. They later divorced.
|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||Die Lady||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||Mirjana||Alexandre Astruc and Stjepan Cikes|
|Listen, Let's Make Love||Ida Bernasconi||Vittorio Caprioli|
|The Cats||Barbara||Duccio Tessari|
|1969||Love Birds||Marina||Mario Caiano|
|Come ti chiami, amore mio?||Umberto Silva|
|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|
|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|
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