Bond girl Karin Dor has died aged 79
German actress Karin Dor, best known for playing Bond villain Helga Brandt in You Only Live Twice, has died aged 79.
Dor's son confirmed her death to the Bild newspaper. The actress died on Monday (November 6) in a nursing home in Munich, a year after suffering a fall at home which caused health complications.
In her most famous role, Dor starred alongside Sean Connery as 007 in 1967's You Only Live Twice.
Her character Helga Brandt worked for the evil Blofeld (Donald Pleasence) but couldn't resist the charm of Connery's Bond.
After she is outed as an undercover Spectre agent, she meets her end by being dropped into a pool of piranhas.
She went on to work with legendary film director Alfred Hitchock in his 1969 Cuban missile crisis thriller Topaz, in which she starred alongside John Forsythe and Frederick Stafford.
Other notable film roles included The Invisible Dr. Mabuse in 1962, The Face of Fu Manchu in 1965 and Warhead in 1977.
Dor was married to German filmmaker Harald Reinl who directed her in more than a dozen films including the 1955 war movie As Long as You Live and 1960 crime drama The Terrible People before they divorced in 1968.
She was married American actor George Robotham until his death in 2007. Dor is survived by her only child, her son named Andreas.
Fans have paid tribute to the late actress on Twitter.
One of the most under rated Bond ladies , rest in peace @007 #karindor pic.twitter.com/KwDoewVnNR— roberto (@robertredfern75) November 8, 2017
RIP #KarinDor who played the wickedly seductive villainess Helga Brandt opposite Sean Connery in 'You Only Live Twice'. pic.twitter.com/ANmjOqLIsO— Chris (@GelNerd) November 9, 2017
Sad to learn #KarinDor has died. She was superb as Helga Brandt in #YouOnlyLiveTwice— Martin Sterling (@streetworker01) November 8, 2017
R.I.P., #KarinDor! What a marvellous, great and beautiful actor and human you were among us. pic.twitter.com/fEDLkhpHbE— Orlando Noor (@OrlandoNoor) November 8, 2017
The great Karin Dor passed away at the age of 79. Most people knew her as the only German Bond-Girl, but she also starred in many wonderful genre classics like "The Pit And The Pendulum". Thank you for everything!— Franticville (@franticville) November 8, 2017