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By Chris Robertson, news reporter

Tania Mallet, who played the role of Tilly Masterson in Goldfinger, has died at the age of 77, the film franchise's producers have confirmed.

In a statement on Twitter, they said: "We are very sorry to hear that Tania Mallet who played Tilly Masterson in GOLDFINGER has passed away. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time."

Mallet was born in Blackpool in 1941 and starred in the iconic Bond film opposite Sean Connery in 1964.

Image: Mallet made her name as a model in the 50s and 60s

Mallet started out as a teenage model and became a famous face during the 50s and 60s.

She lost out on appearing in From Russia, With Love, after someone sent her modelling shots to Cubby Brocolli, who produced the films at the time, but was later cast in the part of Tilly in Goldfinger.

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She only ever appeared in Goldfinger in during her movie career
Image: Mallet said the pay she received from Goldfinger was 'dreadful'

Her character was out for revenge after Auric Goldfinger killed her sister by covering her in gold body paint, but later met her fate at the Read More – Source

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