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Maud Adams
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Adams at the LA Press Club's First Annual National Entertainment Awards, February 2008
Born
Maud Solveig Christina Wikström

(1945-02-12) 12 February 1945 (age 74)
Luleå, Sweden
OccupationActress, model
Years active1970–2006
Spouse(s)
Roy Adams
(m. 1966;Div. 1975)

Charles Rubin(m. 1999)

Maud Solveig Christina Adams (née Wikström; born 12 February 1945), is a Swedish actress, known for her roles as two different Bond girls, first in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) and then as the eponymous character in Octopussy (1983), as well as making a brief uncredited appearance in A View to a Kill (1985).

Bond girl Female character who is a love interest and/or female sidekick of James Bond

A Bond girl is a character who is an attractive love interest or female sidekick of James Bond in a novel, film, or video game. Bond girls occasionally have names that are double entendres or puns, such as Pussy Galore, Plenty O'Toole, Xenia Onatopp, or Holly Goodhead.

<i>The Man with the Golden Gun</i> (film) 1974 James Bond film by Guy Hamilton

The Man with the Golden Gun is a 1974 British spy film and the ninth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, and the second to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. A loose adaptation of Ian Fleming's novel of the same name, the film has Bond sent after the Solex Agitator, a device that can harness the power of the sun, while facing the assassin Francisco Scaramanga, the "Man with the Golden Gun". The action culminates in a duel between them that settles the fate of the Solex.

<i>Octopussy</i> 1983 James Bond film by John Glen

Octopussy is a 1983 British spy film and the thirteenth in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, and the sixth to star Roger Moore as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond.

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Early life

Adams was born Maud Solveig Christina Wikström in Luleå, Sweden, the daughter of Thyra, a government tax inspector, and Gustav Wikström, a comptroller. [1] She had once wanted to work as an interpreter as she is fluent in five languages. [2] She was discovered in 1963 in a shop by a photographer who asked to take her picture, a picture he submitted to the Miss Sweden contest arranged by the magazine Allers ; from there her modeling career took off.

Luleå Place in Norrbotten, Sweden

Luleå is a city on the coast of northern Sweden, and the capital of Norrbotten County, the northernmost county in Sweden. Luleå has about 75,000 inhabitants and is the seat of Luleå Municipality.

A comptroller is a management-level position responsible for supervising the quality of accounting and financial reporting of an organization. A financial comptroller is a senior-level executive who acts as the head of accounting, and oversees the preparation of financial reports, such as balance sheets and income statements.

Miss Sweden beauty contest

Miss Sweden, is the title of the Swedish beauty pageant, which ran from 1949 to 2003, by the female magazine VeckoRevyn and production company Strix in partnership with MTG. The competition qualified delegates to the global contest Miss World. As the competition stopped running, it was replaced by separate pageants with various franchises.

Career

Adams moved to Paris and later to New York City to work for Eileen Ford. At this time she was one of the highest paid and most exposed models in the world.[ citation needed ] Her acting career started when she was asked to appear in the 1970 movie The Boys in the Band , in which she played a photo-shoot model in the opening credits. In the 1970s, she guest-starred in such American TV series as Hawaii Five-O and Kojak .

Eileen Ford Fashion model agency co-founder/executive

Eileen Cecile Ford was an American model agency executive and co-founder of Ford Models with her husband, Gerard "Jerry" Ford, in 1946. Ford Models was one of the earliest and internationally recognized modelling agencies in the world.

<i>The Boys in the Band</i> (1970 film) 1970 film by William Friedkin

The Boys in the Band is a 1970 American drama film directed by William Friedkin. The screenplay by Mart Crowley is based on his Off-Broadway play The Boys in the Band. It is among the first major American motion pictures to revolve around gay characters and is often cited as a milestone in the history of queer cinema, and is also thought to be the first mainstream American film to use the swear word cunt.

Adams was catapulted to international fame as the doomed mistress of the villain in The Man with the Golden Gun (1975) with Roger Moore and Christopher Lee, where her performance was reviewed as "tough but haunted". [3] In short order, she appeared in Norman Jewison's futuristic Rollerball (1975), and several European films, and she starred in the obsession thriller Tattoo (1981) with Bruce Dern. She was so well regarded by James Bond film series producer Albert Broccoli that she was asked to return as the title character in Octopussy in 1983, this time as the lead—an exotic and mysterious smuggler, also opposite Roger Moore. Adams had Swedish co-stars on her three Bond films, Britt Ekland as Mary Goodnight in The Man with the Golden Gun, in Octopussy both Kristina Wayborn as Magda and Mary Stävin as an Octopussy girl, she was also an extra in A View to a Kill (1985) and there played with Mary Stävin as agent Kimberley Jones and Dolph Lundgren as Venz. [4] While portraying a Bond girl has not always indicated continued success as an actress, Adams comments, "Looking back on it, how can you not really enjoy the fact that you were a Bond Girl? It's pop culture and to be part of that is very nice." [5]

Roger Moore British actor

Sir Roger George Moore was an English actor best known for playing British secret agent James Bond in seven feature films from 1973 to 1985, beginning with Live and Let Die. He also played the main character, Simon Templar, in the British television series The Saint from 1962 to 1969 and had significant roles in some American television shows and films in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including replacing James Garner and portraying Beau Maverick in the Maverick series in 1960 to 61. Moore starred with Tony Curtis in The Persuaders television series in 1971 to 1972, and had roles in numerous theatrical films in the 1970s and 1980s.

Christopher Lee British actor

Sir Christopher Frank Carandini Lee was an English actor, singer and author. With a career spanning nearly 70 years, Lee was well known for portraying villains and became best known for his role as Count Dracula in a sequence of Hammer Horror films, a typecasting he always lamented. His other film roles include Francisco Scaramanga in the James Bond film The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Count Dooku in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, and Saruman in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy (2001–2003) and the Hobbit film trilogy (2012–2014).

Norman Jewison Canadian director, producer, and actor

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Adams parlayed her performance to a US television series Emerald Point NAS in 1983 and 1984, but was unable to sustain her high profile, falling back on second rate material such as Jane and the Lost City in 1987. In September of that year she also appeared in Playboy in an issue on the Bond Girls.

Jane and the Lost City was a 1987 UK film, based on the British newspaper strip Jane by Norman Pett. An adventure comedy set during World War II, the film was directed by Terry Marcel, and stars Kirsten Hughes in the title role, Sam Jones, Maud Adams, Jasper Carrott and Robin Bailey.

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She hosted the Swedish TV show Kafé Luleå in 1994 and played a guest role in the Swedish soap opera Vita lögner in 1998.

Vita lögner is a Swedish soap opera that aired on TV3, (1997–2002). The plot focused on the social life of the hospital staff and families in the fictional town of Strömsvik. Vita lögner was TV3's first big soap opera hit after Kanal5 bought Vänner och fiender from them in 1997. Many big stars in Sweden have done roles in the show, among them Alexander Skarsgård, Petra Hultgren, Anna Järphammar, Maud Adams and Per Moberg. Charlotte Perrelli had a bigger role as Milla Svensson during 1997-1998. It was after Kanal5 bought the rights to Vänner och fiender and TV3 saw what a huge success the show was for the channel that they decided to produce Vita lögner to compete over the same time slot.

She guest-starred on That '70s Show in 2000, appearing as a bridesmaid to Tanya Roberts, along with Kristina Wayborn (her Octopussy co-star) and Barbara Carrera; all four share the title of Bond girl. Adams has remained close to the Bond producers, often attending Bond premieres and other events associated with the series.[ citation needed ]

She also was the president of a cosmetics company called Scandinavian Biocosmetics. [6]

Personal life

Adams's first marriage, from 1966–1975 to photographer Roy Adams, ended in divorce. She married her current husband, private mediator and retired judge, Charles Rubin, [7] in 1999. She does not have any children.

Filmography

Films

Television

As director

As herself

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