Nikki van der Zyl

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Nikki van der Zyl
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Nikki van der Zyl in 2013
Monica van der Zyl

(1935-04-27) 27 April 1935 (age 83)
Berlin, Germany
OccupationActress, voice-over artist
Years active1956–1980

Monica "Nikki" van der Zyl (born 27 April 1935, Berlin) is a German Jewish voice-over artist based in the United Kingdom, known for her dubbing work on the James Bond film franchise.

Background and Bond films voice work[edit]

Nikki van der Zyl was born 27 April 1935 in Berlin. Her father was Rabbi Dr. Werner van der Zyl.[1]

As a voice-over artist, she provided the voice of the characters of Honey Rider (Ursula Andress) and Sylvia Trench (Eunice Gayson), as well as several other minor female characters, in Dr. No.[2][3] Van der Zyl also worked as a dialogue coach who assisted Gert Fröbe, whose English was limited, for the movie Goldfinger and continued to work as a voice-over artist for the series until Moonraker. She works as an artist, poet and public speaker.

In January 2013, van der Zyl published her book, For Your Ears Only, which was translated into German for a 2015 release in Germany. In November 2013, an exhibition called "Night Flight to Berlin"[4] opened in the Museum Pankow in Berlin and ran until April 2014. The exhibition highlighted stages in van der Zyl's life from her childhood days to the Bond films and her work as a barrister and political correspondent in London.[citation needed]

On 20 September 2014, she was a special guest star at a 50th anniversary screening of Goldfinger in Braunschweig (Germany) where she was awarded an Honorary Membership in the James Bond Club Deutschland e.V. for her contribution to the James Bond film series.[5]


James Bond films[edit]

Other films[edit]


  1. ^ Meaker, Morgan. "For your ears only". Magazine. Kids of Dada. Retrieved 18 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Bond's secret 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!". The Daily Mail. Retrieved 17 April 2014.
  3. ^ Roberts, Andrew (11 October 2015). "Nikki van der Zyl: The Bond girl you've never seen who voiced some of the films' best known heroines". The Independent. Retrieved 2 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Night Flight to Berlin" Exhibition Opening with Nikki van der Zyl; The Bond Bulletin". Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  5. ^ "GOLDFINGER Screening in Braunschweig – A glamorous Anniversary Event; The Bond Bulletin". Retrieved 21 September 2014.

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