French actress Claudine Auger, best known for starring alongside Sean Connery in the 1965 James Bond film Thunderball, has died aged 78.

Her agent announced on Thursday that she passed away in Paris, according to AFP.

The actress became the first French Bond girl when she appeared as Domino in Thunderball, the fourth in the Bond franchise.

Sean Connery and Claudine Auger in 1965's Thunderball

Born in Paris in 1941, she began her career as a model before representing France and becoming runner-up in the 1958 Miss World competition.

She became known internationally after being cast as Domino in the Bond franchise.

The film's trailer introduced her character as: "Young. Beautiful. Trapped. Could be dangerous".

After the 1960s, Auger continued her acting career in French film and television. 

Tributes to the late actress have poured in on Twitter.