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Bond movie assassin Karin Dor dies at 79

German actress Karin Dor, who played an assassin sent to kill James Bond in You Only Live Twice, has died at the age of 79.

The dpa news agency, citing a Munich theatre where Dor had worked for a long time, reported that she died on Monday in a care home.

Dor appeared in in dozens of films, TV productions and theatre plays during a career that began in her German homeland when she was 17.

Aside from would-be Bond assassin Helga Brandt - who ended up being fed to piranhas in the 1967 film - Dor also appeared in Alfred Hitchcock's 1969 thriller Topaz and US TV crime series Ironside.

Dor was married three times, most recently to American stuntman and actor George Robotham, who died in 2007.

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