Claudine Auger

Claudine Auger (born Claudine Oger; 26 April 1941 – 18 December 2019) was 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.[1]

Claudine Auger
Claudine Oger

(1941-04-26)26 April 1941
Died18 December 2019(2019-12-18) (aged 78)
Years active1958–1997
Spouse(s)Pierre Gaspard-Huit
(m. 1959; div. ????)
Peter Brent
(m. ????; his death 2008)

Early life

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


Jean Cocteau cast Auger in an uncredited role as a tall ballerina in Testament of Orpheus (1960). When she was 18, she married the 43-year-old writer-director Pierre Gaspard-Huit, and he cast her in several films, including Le Masque de fer (1962) and Kali Yug: Goddess of Vengeance (1963).[2] In 1966 she co-starred in the World War II drama Triple Cross with Yul Brynner and Christopher Plummer.

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 rewrote 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.[3] 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.

Thunderball launched Auger into a successful European movie career, but did little for her otherwise in the United States.[4] She did however star in a Danny Thomas Special called ‘The Road to Lebanon’ with Bing Crosby which was shown on NBC on 20 April 1966.[5]

In 1968, she co-starred with another Bond girl, Ursula Andress, in the Italian comedy Anyone Can Play. In 1971, she starred with one and one future Bond girls, Barbara Bouchet and Barbara Bach, in Black Belly of the Tarantula, a giallo mystery. She had some roles in European films such as Triple Cross (1966) (reuniting her with her James Bond director Terence Young), and The Killing Game (1967).[6]

In 1994, Auger appeared in the British television series The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes, in "The Three Gables" as Isadora Klein, in one of the last episodes of that series starring Jeremy Brett.

Personal life

In 1959, at age 18 she married writer-director Pierre Gaspard-Huit. They would later divorce.

She married British businessman Peter Brent[7] in the 1980s.[4] The couple had one child, Jessica Claudine Brent (b. 1991). Brent died in August 2008.

Selected filmography

Year Title Role Director
1958 Christine uncredited Pierre Gaspard-Huit
1960 Testament of Orpheus Minerva Jean Cocteau
Terrain vague the salesgirl Marcel Carné
1961 Les Moutons de Panurge uncredited Jean Girault
The Seven Deadly Sins (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
1964 Die Lady Elektra Tzanou Hans Albin, Peter Berneis
1965 Yo Yo Isolina Pierre Étaix
Thunderball Dominique Derval ("Domino") Terence Young
1966 That Man George Lila Jacques Deray
Treasure of San Gennaro Concettina Dino Risi
Triple Cross Paulette Terence Young
The Devil in Love Maddalena de' Medici Ettore Scola
1967 Jeu de massacre Jacqueline Meyrand Alain Jessua
The Head of the Family Adriana Nanni Loy
1968 Escalation Carla Maria Manini Roberto Faenza
Flammes sur l'Adriatique[8] Mirjana Alexandre Astruc and Stjepan Cikes
Listen, Let's Make Love Ida Bernasconi Vittorio Caprioli
The Cats Barbara Duccio Tessari
1969 Love Birds Marina Mario Caiano
1971 Un peu de soleil dans l'eau froide Nathalie Silvener Jacques Deray
Twitch of the Death Nerve Renata Donati Mario Bava
1972 Ricatto alla mala .. Antonio Isasi-Isasmendi
1975 Flic Story Catherine Jacques Deray
L'Intrépide Sophie Jean Girault
1977 Pane, burro e marmellata Betty Giorgio Capitani
1978 Butterfly on the Shoulder The coat's Woman Jacques Deray
The Bermuda Triangle Sybill René Cardona Jr.
1979 Lobster for Breakfast Carla Spinosi Giorgio Capitani
Lovers and Liars Elisa Massacesi Mario Monicelli
Fantastica Johanna MacPherson Gilles Carle
1981 Black Jack (aka Asalto al casino) Jill Stradford Max H. Boulois
1984 Secret Places Sophie Meister Zelda Barron
1986 Exploits of a Young Don Juan the mother Gianfranco Mingozzi
1988 Il frullo del passero Dino's widow Gianfranco Mingozzi
1992 Salt on Our Skin Mrs. McEwan Andrew Birkin
1995 Los hombres siempre mienten Isabelle Antonio del Real


  1. Auger 'Thunderball' Bond girl, dies aged 78
  2. Tom Lisanti and Louis Paul, Film Fatales: Women in Espionage Films and Television, 1962-1973. McFarland and Company, Inc. Publishers (2002), p. 46
  3. "The secret Bond girl: Unknown artist dubbed the voices of 007's best-known beauties - but now she's banned from the movies spy's 50th birthday party!". Daily Mail. London.
  4. Mann, Roderick (29 November 1986). "Bond Was No Boost For Auger". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 21 July 2012.
  5. Pairpoint, Lionel. "The Chronological Bing Crosby on Television". BING magazine. Retrieved February 22, 2016.
  6. Erickson, Hal. "Claudine Auger". All Movie Guide.
  7. Riedel, Michael (November 12, 1995). "Kiss of Death". New York Daily News.
  8. "Flammes sur l'Adriatique". Retrieved 2012-11-09.
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