Karin Dor in a scene from the James Bond 1967 film “You Only Live Twice.” (AP

Karin Dor, Actress Who Played James Bond Assassin, Dies at 79

Karin Dor, a titian-haired German actress who played an assassin sent by James Bond’s nemesis Blofeld to kill the British agent in 1967’s “You Only Live Twice,” died Nov. 6 in Munich. She was 79.

The German news agency DPA, citing a Munich theater where Ms. Dor had worked for a long time, reported the death.

She was born Kätherose Derr in Wiesbaden on Feb. 22, 1938. After studying ballet, she began working in movies as an extra before drawing the notice of Austrian-born director Harald Reinl, who was 30 years her senior and whom she married in 1954.

He gave her starring roles in several films that displayed her sensual appeal, none more than a series of westerns co-starring the former Tarzan actor Lex Barker and based on stories by Karl May.

Established as a bankable star in Germany, she ventured into international productions of widely ranging quality, including “The Face of Fu Manchu” (1965) starring Christopher Lee and “You Only Live Twice” with Sean Connery as Bond. As would-be Bond assassin Helga Brandt, she ended up being fed to piranhas by the cat-stroking Blofeld (Donald Pleasence).

Legendary?German actress, Karin Dor dies at 79
Famous German actress Karin Dor, best known internationally for her role as Bond girl Helga Brandt in the film “You Only Live Twice,” has died at the age of 79. Born Kaetherose Derr in 1938, she began her film career early with a speaking role in 1954 in the movie “Rosen-Resli” (“Rose-Girl Resli”) and later became known for her portrayal of innocent characters in need of protection. International recognition came when she acted alongside Sean Connery as an enemy agent who falls for the British super-spy.
Karin Dor in a scene from the James Bond 1967 film “You Only Live Twice.” (AP)

Ms. Dor met a similarly unpleasant fate as an anti-Castro Cuban resistance leader in Alfred Hitchcock’s espionage thriller “Topaz” (1969), based on a Leon Uris novel about a Russian spy ring that infiltrates the French government.

The film, a rare commercial flop for Hitchcock, caused her promising career to plunge. She co-starred with David Janssen in the middling thriller “Warhead” (1977) and had cameos the American-made crime series “Ironside” and “The F.B.I.” in addition to her prolific TV and stage career in Germany.

Her marriages to Reinl and Günther Schmucker ended in divorce. Her third husband, American stuntman and actor George Robotham, died in 2007. She had a son with her first husband, actor Andreas Renell.

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