Tania Mallet, best known for her role in the 1964 James Bond film “Goldfinger”, has died at the age of 77.
The official James Bond Twitter account shared the news of Mallet’s demise. “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,” the post read.
Model-actor Mallet was born in Blackpool on May 19, 1941. She is the cousin of Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren. Mallet made her foray into films with an audition for the Bond girl Tatiana Romanova in “From Russia with Love”. She did not get the role of Tatiana, but later appeared as Tilly Masterson opposite Sean Connery in the third James Bond film “Goldfinger.” In 1976, she also appeared in TV’s “The New Avengers”.