Contributed by: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin

(January 1, 1925–July 10, 2009): Sultry British leading lady with French ancestry who portrayed the seductive half-Chinese enemy agent Miss Taro in Dr. No. Her appearance fresh from the bath, wrapped in a towel in the hallway of her Blue Mountains cottage, was certainly one of the film’s highlights.

Born in Nairobi, Kenya, Marshall grew up in Leicestershire, England, and made her motion picture debut as an Egyptian handmaiden in director Gabriel Pascal’s 1945 production of Caesar and Cleopatra, which starred Claude Rains, Vivien Leigh, and Stewart Granger, and featured a young Roger Moore as a Roman soldier. Director Terence Young remembered her from a bit part as an Italian woman in David MacDonald’s period drama The Bad Lord Byron, on which Young did uncredited writing work.


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