Tanya Roberts, the glamorous actor who starred reverse Roger Moore within the 1985 Bond movie A View to A Kill in addition to taking on one of many principal roles within the ultimate sequence of hit TV present Charlie’s Angels, has died aged 65. Her consultant confirmed the information to the Hollywood Reporter, saying she had collapsed whereas strolling close to her dwelling in Los Angeles.
In A View to a Kill, Roberts was given a considerable position as geologist Stacey Sutton, Bond’s principal love curiosity and a key ally within the battle towards Christopher Walken’s villainous industrialist Max Zorin. By then she had already consolidated her on-screen enchantment by showing within the 1980-81 season of detective sequence Charlie’s Angels, taking on from Shelley Hack as one of many three title characters.
Born Victoria Leigh Blum, Roberts carved out a profession as a mannequin earlier than shifting to Hollywood along with her screenwriter husband, Barry Roberts. She secured a string of small roles, together with James Toback’s 1978 drama Fingers and waxwork slasher Vacationer Entice. After successful the Charlie’s Angels position her profile elevated, and he or she was forged as slave woman Kiri in cult fantasy-horror The Beastmaster (1982) and because the title position within the Tarzan-style journey Sheena: Queen of the Jungle, launched in 1984 and which has additionally develop into a cult movie regardless of its disastrous preliminary reception.
Roberts disliked the “Bond girl” label, telling the Every day Mail that it pigeonholed her as a “dumb, glamorous broad” and that “the reason most Bond girls don’t go on to have careers [is] because people just don’t take them seriously”. However she stated she didn’t remorse taking the position: “At the time I didn’t know what I know now, and to be honest, who would turn that role down, really? Nobody would … I was very young and I did what I felt was the right choice to make.”
A View to a Kill didn’t, as Roberts accurately urged, result in a profession transformation: she discovered herself taking part in in “erotic thrillers” akin to Night time Eyes, Interior Sanctum, and Sins of Want, and TV sequence akin to Sizzling Line (additionally with an “erotic” slant).
Nevertheless, in 1998 she was forged in a long-running position in retro sitcom That ’70s Present, as dim-bulb Midge Pinciotti, showing in additional than 80 episodes. Her husband’s terminal sickness, and subsequent demise in 2006, led her to retire from performing.