Nadja Regin, a Serbian actress known for her starring roles in two early James Bond films of the Sean Connery era, has passed away at the age of 87, the official 007 Twitter account confirmed today. “We are very sorry to learn that Nadja Regin has passed away at the age of 87. Nadja appeared in two Bond films, From Russia with Love and Goldfinger. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time,” reads the post, which was accompanied by a still of Regin as a lover of Bond’s Istanbul-based ally, Kerim Bey, in From Russia with Love. When it comes to Goldfinger, Regin played femme fatale Bonita in the pre-title sequence, attempting to seduce Bond, so that he can be subdued by an enemy. Goldfinger was the first Bond movie to feature an original song played during its opening titles – in this case, it was sung by Shirley Bassey, in the first of three collaborations with the franchise. Born in Serbia in the early 1930s as Nadezda Poderegin, Regin kicked off her acting career at home and in Germany before moving to the U.K. in the 1950s. Having also appeared in genre TV shows like The Saint, she’ll always be best-known for her turns in back-to-back Bond films. Sadly, Regin is the second Bond girl in a week to have passed away.
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