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In Memoriam of voice-over artist Nikki van der Zyl (1935-2021)

By: Anders Frejdh
Nikki van der Zyl Anders Frejdh
The FSWL team is sad to note the passing of German voice-over artist Nikki van der Zyl at age 85. She is one of the unsung heroes behind the James Bond films having dubbed many of the girls from 1962 to 1979 including Ursula Andress in the first film, Dr. No and Claudine Auger in 1965's Thunderball.

We first met Nikki at Pinewood Studios in 2007. A lovely person in real life who supported FSWL for many years. Our sincere condolences to her family and friends.

Actresses that Nikki van der Zyl dubbed in the James Bond films from 1962 to 1979

- Dr. No - Ursula Andress, Eunice Gayson and all other female roles except Lois Maxwell, Zena Marshall, Yvonne Shima and Michel Mok

- From Russia with Love (1963) - Eunice Gayson and female hotel employee in Istanbul

- Goldfinger (1964) - Shirley Eaton and Nadja Regin, also English "Vocal Coach" for Gert Fröbe

Gert Frobe and Nikki van der Zyl during the production of Goldfinger
Gert Frobe and Nikki van der Zyl during the production of Goldfinger. Copyright © 1964 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation.. All rights reserved.

- Thunderball - Claudine Auger

- You Only Live Twice (1967) - Mie Hama

- On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) - Virginia North

- Diamonds Are Forever (1971) - Denise Perrier

- Live and Let Die (1973) - Jane Seymour [in part]

- The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) - Francoise Therry

- Moonraker (1979) - Corinne Cléry and Leila Shenna

More about Nikki van der Zyl's life and career can be found in her autobiography, For My Ears Only, published in 2011.



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