Bond Girl Tania Mallet of “Goldfinger” Fame Is Dead at 77
Mallet left acting behind to return to modeling soon after the Bond flick.
An outpouring of condolence messages from James Bond fans has flooded the internet in the wake of “Goldfinger” actress Tania Mallet’s death.
She was 77-years-old.
Mallet played a fan-favorite Bond Girl, Tilly Masterson, alongside Sean Connery’s Bond in the 1964 film. Her death was announced on the official 007 Twitter account, CNN reported.
We are very sorry to hear that Tania Mallet who played Tilly Masterson in GOLDFINGER has passed away. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time. pic.twitter.com/gMkqqheGJ7
— James Bond (@007) March 31, 2019
“We are very sorry to hear that Tania Mallet who played Tilly Masterson in GOLDFINGER has passed away,” the tweet read. “Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.”
Born in Blackpool, Mallet was working as a model when she was cast as Masterson by producer Albert “Cubby” Broccoli. She went on to become one of the most famous faces of the 1950s and 60s — but decided to trade in her acting career for a return to modeling soon after the release of the blockbuster film.
Fan site Bondstars.com posted a tribute on Twitter, writing: “Unfortunately we must share the very sad news that our dear friend Tania Mallet has sadly passed away.
“She was a very classy and beautiful lady inside and out.”
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