English actress and former Bond Girl Molly Peters of Thunderball fame has died at the age of seventy-five, as of May 30, 2017. Born on March 15, 1942, Peters was a lifelong resident of Suffolk who found her way into the world that is the entertainment industry by way of director Terence Young – who discovered a young Peters then working as a model in the mid-twentieth century.
Shortly thereafter, Peters secured the role of Patricia “Pat” Fearing in the Sean Connery-starring James Bond movie that is Thunderball, released back in 1965. Under the direction of Young, Peters went on to portray the first Bond Girl to be seen taking her clothes off onscreen in the 007 films – a salacious turn of events that prompted talks of an “X” rating for Thunderball, at the time of its original release.
Following the tragic passing of James Bond actor Roger Moore last week, the official James Bond feature franchise Twitter account has confirmed that Peters is the latest silver screen alum of the series to pass away. You can check out the Twitter post below:
We are sad to hear that Molly Peters has passed away at the age of 75. Our thoughts are with her family. pic.twitter.com/6k3Ifs2gpY— James Bond (@007) May 30, 2017
Following Peters’ work as Patricia “Pat” Fearing in Thunderball – a role that saw the former model taking on the role of a nurse tasked with coming to the aid of Connery as Bond while the secret agent was on holiday at her health clinic – the former Bond Girl went on to appear in Playboy magazine as part of a featured article on the emergence of the Bond Girl, titled, “James Bond’s Girls”, published in November 1965. Unfortunately, Peters career as an actor was cut short due to disagreements with her agent, who retained the rights to representation at the cost of the young starlet’s chances of becoming a movie star in her own right.
Peters’ personal life was also one marked by several small tragedies and personal setbacks. While still a young woman, Peters gave birth to a daughter whom she was forced to give up for adoption. Later, Peters married and lived with her then husband in Ipswich, Suffolk, with whom she had a son who subsequently died.
After spending the majority of what might have been a burgeoning career tied down due to an agent who proved disagreeable to her own ambitions, Peters will forever be a Bond Girl in the eyes of history and 007 fans the world over. On that note, may she rest in peace.
Source: James Bond Franchise Twitter