Nadja Regin Bio
Nadja Regin was a Serbian actress, who appeared alongside 007 in From Russia With Love and Goldfinger dies aged 87.
Born: December 2, 1931 (age 87 years), Niš, Serbia
Died: 8 April 2019
Siblings: Jelena Poderegin-Harley
Nadja Regin was born on 2 December 1931 and died on 8 April 2019. She has died at the age of 87. She is best known for her roles in several British films and TV programmes in the 1960s, and the 1964 New Zealand film Runaway
She graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade and also the University of Belgrade’s Faculty of Philosophy. Her acting career began during her student years and expanded through Yugoslav-German co-productions to Germany, and later, to the UK, Austria and New Zealand.
She is best known for her roles in several British films and TV programmes in the 1960s, and the 1964 New Zealand film Runaway.
She acted in two James Bond films; From Russia with Love, as the mistress of Kerim Bey, and a smaller appearance in the pre-credit sequence of Goldfinger. Her TV roles included Danger Man, The Saint, and Dixon of Dock Green. She also rehearsed for episode “Girl on the Trapeze” of the series Avengers, but ultimately the role on the recording went to actress Mia Karam.
In the 1970s her work included reading and selecting film scripts for production by film companies including Rank Films and Hammer Films.
In 1980, she and her sister Jelena formed Honeyglen Publishing Ltd, a small publishing company, specializing in philosophy of history, belles lettres, biography, and some fiction.
Nadja later devoted her time to writing. Her novel, The Victims and the Fools, was published as an ebook under her full name Nadja Poderegin. She also wrote a children’s story, The Puppet Planet, and worked on her memoirs, titled Recollections.
Death Cause and Personal Life
Bond girl Nadja Regin has died at the age of 87.
The Serbian born actress starred in two James Bond films during her career From Russia with Love and Goldfinger.
Movie bosses paid tribute to Nadja with a statement on Twitter on Monday morning.
“We are very sorry to learn that Nadja Regin has passed away at the age of 87. Nadja appeared in two Bond films, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and GOLDFINGER. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time.”
We are very sorry to learn that Nadja Regin has passed away at the age of 87. Nadja appeared in two Bond films, FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE and GOLDFINGER. Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this sad time. pic.twitter.com/PVriNun3MY
— James Bond (@007) April 8, 2019
Nadja also appeared in in several British TV programmes in the 1960s, including The Avengers, Danger Man and The Saint.
But she was best known for her role as the mistress of Kerim Bey in From Russia with Love, 1963.
Nadja also appeared as belly dancer Bonita in 1964’s Goldfinger opposite Sean Connery.
In the pre-title sequence, Nadja seduces Bond while sitting in the bath before double-crossing him.
Nadja previously revealed that she’d been initially reluctant to take a role in the British spy films.
“To be honest, in the beginning I was very embarrassed, because they were such tiny little roles.
“But once The Queen had a tiny role as a Bond girl [in Danny Boyle’s 2012 London Olympics opening ceremony], I thought, well, if it’s good enough for Her Majesty I shouldn’t be so embarrassed!”
In the 1980s Nadja gave up acting altogether and embarked on a career in publishing and started her own company with her sister, specialising in philosophy of history and biography.
She later worked on her own novel, The Victims and the Fools, published under her full name Nadja Poderegin.