According to Fox News, Karin Dor, who played Blofeld's (Donald Pleasence) mysterious and devious red-haired henchwoman Helga Brandt in You Only Live Twice (1967), died on November 6th at the age of 79. She passed away in Munich, Bavaria, Germany. The cause of death is unknown at this time.
Karin Dor was born in Wiesbaden, Hesse, Germany, and made quite a memorable impression in Sean Connery's fifth James Bond film of the '60s, with her scheming wit and banter with the classy 007. While she worked for the elusive Japanese industrialist Mr. Osato (Teru Shimada), she reported to someone higher up by the name of Ernst Stavro Blofeld, who unfortunately in an especially memorable and unsettling scene, executed her with his man-eating piranhas when she failed to get rid of Bond (but who ever can?).
The German actress starred in mostly her native films and television shows, and her last role on screen was as Rosa in Die abhandene Welt in 2015. However, she also starred as Juanita de Cordoba in Alfred Hitchcock's Topaz (1969), and made appearances as Jeanine Duvalier in the Ironside (1967-75) TV series, as well as Maria Chernoff in The F.B.I. (1965-74) TV series.
This makes the fourth death from a performer in the James Bond franchise this year, the first being the character actor Clifton James, who portrayed the goofy Sheriff J.W. Pepper in both Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), then third Bond actor Sir Roger Moore (who played 007 himself from Live and Let Die (1973) to A View to a Kill (1985)), and most recently Bond girl Molly Peters from Sean Connery's Thunderball (1965).
Thank you, Ms. Dor, for adding your memorable contribution to the 007 legacy as arguably one of the best Bond villainesses ever. Rest in peace.
Helga: "I've got you now."
Bond: "Well enjoy yourself!"