On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, 1969
Bond rescues this depressed damsel in distress on a beach in Portugal as she prepares to commit suicide to escape her life as a mobster’s daughter. But the Countess, a.k.a. Tracy, isn’t your ordinary Bond babe; she and 007 forge a relationship beyond the usual one-night stand. After the spy escapes assassins in Switzerland, she ultimately wins Bond’s heart, and the lovebirds marry. But sadly, the new Mrs. Bond is gunned down by Irma Bunt, Blofeld’s henchwoman, just minutes after the ceremony. Happily, her real life was far from tragic. Diana — an alumna of the U.K.’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art — landed her iconic role of Emma Peel in the cult TV show The Avengers before being a Bond Girl. She will also appear on the next season of HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, as Lady Olenna Tyrell, a sharp-tongued political matriarch known as the Queen of Thorns.
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