According to Fox News, Molly Peters, who played the blonde bombshell Pat Fearing in Thunderball (1965), died on May 30th at the age of 75. The cause of death is unknown.
Peters, who played Bond's physical therapist early on in the film, co-starred alongside Sean Connery (his fourth time as 007), and is the first Bond Girl from Thunderball to go, leaving behind Claudine Auger (Domino), Luciana Paluzzi (Fiona Volpe), and Martine Beswick (Paula). She began her career as a model, but she only appeared in a few films and episodes of TV shows after she started acting. Thunderball was her first feature film; the most well-known other highlight was when she starred in the Jerry Lewis comedy, Don't Raise the Bridge, Lower the River (1968) with Terry-Thomas and Jacqueline Pearce. As you would expect, she was most known for her role as a Bond Girl, and that was no small deal in the 60s.
This has been a tough couple of months for Bond fans. In April we lost Clifton James, character actor who played Sheriff J.W. Pepper in Roger Moore's first two Bond films: Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), and just a little over a week ago we lost a Bond too, Sir Roger Moore himself.
Actors and actresses who star in the James Bond films become so immortalized, especially the Bond Girls, that it catches us off guard when they leave us. Molly Peters was no exception, but we will always have the classic film Thunderball to fall back on to watch her endearing performance and chemistry with Sean Connery. Even though she eventually succumbs to Bond's charms, she doesn't give in easily, returning Connery's sass and sarcasm right back at him. And of course, she does save his life.
Thank you, Ms. Peters, for adding your memorable contribution to the 007 legacy in arguably one of the best Bond films ever. Rest in peace.
Bond: "Do I seem healthy to you?"
Pat: "Too healthy, by far."