Molly Peters, who played Bond girl Patricia Fearing in Thunderball with Sean Connery, has died at age 75. Her death was announced on the official James Bond Twitter page, but no cause of death was revealed.
Peters was born in Walsham-le-Willows, Suffolk, England and began her career as a model. Director Terence Young is credited with discovering her and cast her as Patricia Fearing, the sexy nurse who takes care of 007, played by Sean Connery, in the 1965 hit Thunderball. In the film, she famously became the first Bond girl to appear nude, albeit with strategically placed bed sheets covering her. Still, it was enough for the British Board of Film Certification (BBFC) to consider slapping an “X” certificate on Thunderball if changes weren’t made to the script.
The Daily Mail noted that the BBC wrote a letter to co-producer Harry Saltzman, insisting that several changes be made to 32 specific scenes that dealt with “sex and sadism.” That included Connery’s love scenes with Peters. The board even thought that Peters’ costumes were close to “semi-nudity” and were not happy with the scene where Bond massaged her back with a glove. It was even cut from the initial British release of the film.
Thunderball was a big hit, but it didn’t launch Peters’ career. Her IMDb page lists just two more movies – 1966’s Target for Killing and 1968’s Don’t Raise The Bridge, Lower The Water. She also made a couple of TV appearances, but she never worked again after 1968, aside from appearing in a couple of Bond documentaries.
Peters said in a DVD featurette that her career was derailed because of a disagreement with her agent and she declined to go into specifics. She was married and lived in Ispwich. She had a son, who is deceased.
Peters’ death comes just days after Roger Moore’s death on May 23. Moore played Bond in seven films and died at age 89.