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Steven Jay Rubin remembering Nadja Regin on her birthday

By: Steven Jay Rubin
Nadja Regin Goldfinger
The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia presents This Day in James Bond Movie History - remembering the late Yugoslavian actress Nadja Regin (1931-2019) who was born on this day in 1931.

The curvy Nadja made her James Bond debut in From Russia with Love (1963) as the comely mistress of Ali Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendariz), head of Station T in Istanbul, Turkey. It Is Nadja’s cooing for Kerim Bey to come make love to her on his office settee that saves him from a deadly limpet mine blast set behind his desk.

The producers liked Nadja’s presentation and invited her back in Goldfinger (1964), as the fiery flamenco dancer Bonita, who is bathing when James Bond (Sean Connery) walks in, takes her in his arms – soap bubbles and all – and notices the approach of a hit man (played by stunt man Alf Joint) in her eye pupils. For her trouble, Bonita takes a blackjack blow to the head as Bond proceeds to eventually fry the villain with a tossed electric heater in her bathtub. Staring down at the dead killer, and the groaning Bonita, Bond walks out of the room, uttering “Shocking, positively shocking.”

Sean Connery and Nadja Regin in Goldfinger
Sean Connery and Nadja Regin in Goldfinger. Copyright © 1964 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

So let’s raise a glass of Raki to the very enticing Nadja, an attractive product of the Balkans, and a very memorable presence in the world of James Bond.

All text. Copyright © 2020 Steven Jay Rubin. All rights reserved.



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