Claudine Auger

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Claudine Auger
Auger alongside Adolfo Celi in Thunderball
Born Claudine Oger
(1941-04-26) 26 April 1941 (age 72)
Paris, France
Years active 1958–1997
Spouse(s) Pierre Gaspard-Huit (1959-?)
Peter Brent (?–2008) (his death) 1 child
Children Jessica Claudine Brent (b. 1991}

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.

Early life[edit]

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.


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 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. 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.[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[edit]

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[edit]

Year Title Role Director
1958 Christine uncredited Pierre Gaspard-Huit
1960 Le Testament d'Orphée Minerva Jean Cocteau
Terrain vague the salesgirl Marcel Carné
1961 Les Moutons de Panurge uncredited Jean Girault
Les Sept Péchés capitaux (episode L'Envie) the new waitress Edouard Molinaro
1962 Le Masque de fer Isabelle de Saint-Marc Henri Decoin
1963 In the French Style Clio Andropolous Robert Parrish
1965 Yo Yo Isolina Pierre Etaix
Thunderball Dominique Derval ("Domino") Terence Young
1966 Triple Cross Paulette Terence Young
L'arcidiavolo Maddalena de' Medici Ettore Scola
1967 Il padre di famiglia Adriana Nanni Loy
1967 Jeu de massacre Jacqueline Meyrand Alain Jessua
Flammes sur l'Adriatique[4] Mirjana Alexandre Astruc and Stjepan Cikes
1969 I Bastardi Barbara Duccio Tessari
1971 Un peu de soleil dans l'eau froide Nathalie Jacques Deray
La Baie Sanglante Renata Mario Bava
1975 Flic Story Catherine Jacques Deray
L'Intrépide Sophie Jean Girault
1978 Un papillon sur l'épaule the woman in a trenchcoat Jacques Deray
1979 Fantastica Johanna MacPherson Gilles Carle
1986 Les Exploits d'un jeune don Juan the mother Gianfranco Mingozzi


  1. ^ a b Mann, Roderick (29 November 1986). "Bond Was No Boost For Auger". Retrieved 21 July 2012. 
  2. ^ Erickson, Hal. "Claudine Auger". All Movie Guide. 
  3. ^ Riedel, Michael (November 12, 1995). "Kiss of Death". New York Daily News. 
  4. ^ "Flammes sur l'Adriatique". Retrieved 2012-11-09. 

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Preceded by
Honor Blackman
Bond girl
Succeeded by
Mie Hama