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Thunderball Bond Girl Mollie Peters (1942-2017)

By: Mark Cerulli
Published:
2017-05-30
Mollie Peters Thunderball
FSWL is very sad to report that our friend Mollie Peters, the classic British beauty who so memorably gave James Bond (Sean Connery) his spa treatment in Thunderball, has passed away at age 75. Our thoughts are with her family.

Luciana Paluzzi (Fiona Volpe in Thunderball) remembers Mollie:

"It is with immense sorrow that I am learning about Mollie’s death.
Although we did not keep in touch in the recent years, I always felt deep affection for her, right from the first moment I met her on the set of Thunderball…she was a humble, sunny, kind, beautiful soul, whose life was devastated by the loss of her son!
I am deeply, deeply sorry."

Mollie Peters and Luciana Paluzzi at the Thunderball premiere in London 1965
Martine Beswicke (Paula Caplan in Thunderball) has also sent us a note on Mollie:

"I am so sad to lose my darling friend Mollie. We met on Thunderball and became instant sisters. She was warm, kind, sweet and had a wicked sense of humour. Even when we had not seen each other for years, when we met again, the laughter would just bubble up between us. I shall miss her terribly."

Mollie Peters and Martine Beswicke at a Thunderball premiere in 1965
Thunderball’s Mollie Peters Passes Away:
Although beautiful and talented, Peters’ career was surprisingly brief – she was part of the biggest Bond film of the 1960s, the mega-smash, Thunderball, but as she told this writer in 1995 during interviews for the DVD documentary The Making of Thunderball, she had a dispute with her agent and decided to take some time away from the industry, losing whatever career momentum she had. Jobs after that were few and far between, although she did appear in 1966’s German/Austrian/Italian spy thriller, Target For Killing alongside Thunderball’s Adolfo Celi, Karin Dor (You Only Live Twice) and future Bond villain, Curt Jurgens (The Spy Who Loved Me). She also made the 1968 Jerry Lewis comedy, Don’t Raise the Bridge, Lower the River which was set in London.

In person, Mollie Peters very was kind and generous with her time, happy to share her stories about being part of Thunderball, her first film. In 1995, she had aged gracefully and was living quietly with her husband and a son. She still had a sense of humor and an unflappable British air about her. Ms. Peters had only compliments for Terence Young, Sean Connery and others she worked with and even thirty years after Thunderball, she seemed amazed to have been part of the Bond whirlwind which accompanied that epic film. For Bond fans around the world, Mollie Peters was an indelible part of one of the best Bonds ever made and will be missed. One hopes she is having a glass of champagne with Terence Young, Roger Moore and Adolfo Celi in the Shrublands in the sky. RIP, dear "Patricia Fearing"…

Terence Young, Mollie Peters and Sean Connery on the set of Thunderball
Photos. Copyright © 1965 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and Danjaq, LLC. All rights reserved.

Obituary by FSWL contributor Mark Cerulli.

Other obituaries of Mollie:
>Molly Peters Dead: ‘Thunderball’ Bond Girl Dies at 75 (Heavy.com)
>Bond girl Molly Peters dies aged 75 (Williston Herald)

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