Claudine Auger, from France, died at the age of 78 earlier this week, said a new Page Six report. Auger is perhaps most famous for her role in the James Bond film, Thunderball, in which she played the role of Dominique “Domino” Derval.
Her agency, Time Art, announced the tragic news and said that she died in Paris, France, on December 19. The cause of death has not yet been officially revealed. Claudine fans know that her acting career started when she was cast in the 1960 film, Testament Of Orpheus.
When she was 18, she made the link with Pierre Gaspard-Huit, a French director, who was then 43 years old. She worked with him in several films including Christine of 1958, in which she shared the star with Alain Delon and Romy Schneider.
However, Auger’s career began in earnest when she got the role of Domino in Thunderball, the fourth film in the James Bond franchise in which she played the character alongside James Bond, played by Sean Connery.
Domino played the mistress of Bond’s enemy, Emilio Largo (Adolfo Celi). Initially, the script was written for an Italian actress, but due to her exceptional performance, the casting directors rewrote it for a Frenchwoman instead.
It is with great sadness that we learned that Claudine Auger, who played Domino Derval in THUNDERBALL (1965), died at the age of 78. Our thoughts are with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/pnH9rE8F69
– James Bond (@ 007) December 20, 2019
Even though her career never took off in the United States, she starred in other spy movies, including Triple Cross. Christopher Plummer and Yul Brynner also played there. In Europe, Auger’s career continued to climb. She also found work in European TV shows and in films.
Later in life, Auger worked on the British television show, The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, with Jeremy Brett. She divorced Gaspard-Huit and later married Peter Brent in the 1980s until he finally died in 2008.
In a statement posted on James Bond’s Twitter page, they announced, unfortunately, that Auger died at the age of 78. “Our thoughts are with his family and friends.”