Claudine Auger

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Claudine Auger
BornClaudine Oger
(1941-04-26) 26 April 1941 (age 71)
Paris, France
Years active1958–1997
SpousePierre Gaspard-Huit (divorced)
Peter Brent (?–2008) (his death)
 
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Claudine Auger
BornClaudine Oger
(1941-04-26) 26 April 1941 (age 71)
Paris, France
Years active1958–1997
SpousePierre Gaspard-Huit (divorced)
Peter Brent (?–2008) (his death)

Claudine Auger (born Claudine Oger on 26 April 1941) is 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 and was also the first runner-up in the 1958 Miss World contest.

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Early life

She was born in Paris, France. She attended St. Joan of Arc College and later Paris Drama Conservatory, where she performed dramatic roles. She made her film debut when she was still at school.

Career

Jean Cocteau cast her in an uncredited role as a tall ballerina in The Testament of Orpheus (1960). When she was 18, she married the 41-year-old writer-director Pierre Gaspard-Huit, and he cast her in several films, including Le Masque de fer (1962) and The Vengeance of Kali (1963).

When she was on holiday in Nassau, writer-producer Kevin McClory who was also on holiday there, 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 re-wrote 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 in this movie. Auger would claim that she related to her character Domino, as she and Domino were involved with older men. The most immediate byproduct of Claudine's stardom was a semi-nude Playboy spread and a guest shot on an American TV special starring Danny Thomas and Bob Hope.

Thunderball launched Auger into a successful European movie career, but did little for her otherwise in the United States, although she appeared in The Eiger Sanction with Clint Eastwood.[1]

In 1971, she starred with two other Bond girls, Barbara Bach and Barbara Bouchet, in Black Belly of the Tarantula, a giallo mystery. She had some roles in European films as Triple Cross (1966) (reuniting her with her James Bond director Terence Young) and The Killing Game (1967).[2]

Personal life

At age 18 she married writer-director Pierre Gaspard-Huit. They would later divorce.

She married British businessman Peter Brent[3] in the 1980s.[1] Brent died in August 2008.

Selected Filmography

YearTitleRoleDirector
1958ChristineuncreditedPierre Gaspard-Huit
1960Le Testament d'OrphéeMinervaJean Cocteau
Terrain vaguethe salesgirlMarcel Carné
1961Les Moutons de PanurgeuncreditedJean Girault
Les Sept Péchés capitaux (episode L'Envie)the new waitressEdouard Molinaro
1962Le Masque de ferIsabelle de Saint-MarcHenri Decoin
1963In the French StyleClio AndropolousRobert Parrish
1965Yo YoIsolinaPierre Etaix
ThunderballDominique Derval ("Domino")Terence Young
1966Triple CrossPauletteTerence Young
L'arcidiavoloMaddalena de' MediciEttore Scola
1967Il padre di famigliaAdrianaNanni Loy
1967Jeu de massacreJacqueline MeyrandAlain Jessua
Flammes sur l'Adriatique[4]MirjanaAlexandre Astruc and Stjepan Cikes
1969I BastardiBarbaraDuccio Tessari
1971Un peu de soleil dans l'eau froideNathalieJacques Deray
La Baie SanglanteRenataMario Bava
1975Flic StoryCatherineJacques Deray
L'IntrépideSophieJean Girault
1978Un papillon sur l'épaulethe woman in a trenchcoatJacques Deray
1979FantasticaJohanna MacPhersonGilles Carle

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Preceded by
Honor Blackman
Bond girl
1965
Succeeded by
Mie Hama