Tania Mallet, Bond girl in 'Goldfinger,' dies aged 77

"Goldfinger" actress Tania Mallet has died aged 77, prompting messages of condolence from James Bond fans.

There has been no official confirmation from Bond bosses, but Daily Star Online has contacted Eon Productions for a comment.

A cousin of Dame Helen Mirren, Mallet played Tilly Masterson alongside Sir Sean Connery's James Bond in the 1964 classic.

"We are very sorry to hear that Tania Mallet who played Tilly Masterson in GOLDFINGER has passed away", the tweet said.

"She was a very classy and lovely lady inside and out". Her character was ultimately killed off in the film, and Mallet continued to model.

Tania was born in Blackpool to father Henry Mallet, and Russian mother Olga Mironoff.

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After being spotted by Bond producer Alfred "Cubby" Broccoli in a photoshoot, Mallet was auditioned for From Russia With Love, and then cast in Goldfinger, though she later said she thought the money on offer - £50 a week - was "dreadful", far less than she would earn per day as a model, so she demanded and received a threefold increase.

The role of Tatiana Romanov was given to Italian beauty Daniela Bianchi, who was also a famous model.

Mallet - whom her cousin Helen Mirren, 73, once described as "impossibly attractive and kind" - rose to fame as a model in the 1950s and '60s and is best known for appearing as Bond girl Tilly Masterson in 1964's Goldfinger opposite Sean Connery, 88.

She is said to have initially been paid £50 a day for the film, but negotiated up to £150, which was nearly equal to her pay as a model.

She is the cousin of Academy Award-winning actress Helen Mirren.

Dame Helen wrote about Tania in her 2007 memoir, revealing the model used her showbiz earnings on her family.

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