Tania Mallet, who has died aged 77, was a top fashion model of the 1950s and 1960s who achieved wider fame as the Bond girl Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger (1964); but it was to be her only major role.

Many Bond aficionados regard Goldfinger as the best in the series, not least because, in addition to Sean Connery, it featured the unbeatable hat-trick of the fresh-faced Tania Mallet as Tilly, Shirley Eaton as her sister Jill (murdered early on by Auric Goldfinger, played by Gert Fröbe, with a pot of gold paint) and Honor Blackman as the filthily named Pussy Galore.

Tania Mallet’s character is introduced in a dramatic car chase in which Bond in his Aston Martin duels with her Mustang convertible…



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