17 November 2014

Nadja Regin

Serbian actress Nadja Regin (1931) started her career in Yugoslav-German co-productions and later she worked in Germany, Austria and New Zealand. In England, she guest-starred in many classic TV series of the 1960s and she appeared opposite Sean Connery in two James Bond films.

Nadja Regin
German postcard by Kunst und Bild, Berlin-Charlottenburg, no. I 240. Photo: A. Grimm / CCC / Constantin. Publicity stll for Die Unschuld vom Lande/The babe in the woods (Rudolf Schündler, 1957).

The Man without a Body

Nadja Regin was born as Nadezda Poderegin in Niš, Serbia in 1931. She graduated from the Academy of Dramatic Arts in Belgrade and also the University of Belgrade's Faculty of Philosophy.

Her acting career began during her student years with small parts in Yugoslavian films like Prica o fabrici/The Factory Story (Vladimir Pogacic, 1949). She also appeared in the first film ever made in Macedonia, Frosina (Vojislav Nanovic, 1952) with Meri Boskova.

Her career expanded through such Yugoslav-German co-productions as Das Haus an der Küste/The House on the Coast (Bosko Kosanovic, 1954) with René Deltgen, to Germany.

There she played supporting parts in films like the drama Roman eines Frauenarztes/Novel of a woman doctor (Falk Harnack, 1954) with Rudolf Prack, and the romance Auf Wiedersehen, Franziska!/Goodbye, Franziska (Wolfgang Liebeneiner, 1957) starring Ruth Leuwerik and Carlos Thompson.

Later, she moved to England, where she appeared in the horror film The Man without a Body (Charles Saunders, W. Lee Wilder, 1957). A scientist resuscitates the head of 16th-century seer Nostradamus by transplanting it onto the body of a man suffering from a brain tumour. He does it for the benefit of an avaricious financier who wants the prophet to give him the power of prediction in business...

In Don't Panic Chaps! (George Pollock, 1959), a British comedy set in WW II, she played an attractive young woman who set some forgotten soldiers on an Adriatic island back into a competitive, hostile attitude.

Nadja Regin
German postcard by Kolibri-Verlag, Minden/Westf., no. 2588. Photo: A. Grimm / CCC / Constantin. Publicity stll for Die Unschuld vom Lande/The babe in the woods (Rudolf Schündler, 1957).

Nadja Regin
German postcard by Kunst und Bild, Berlin, no. A 1262. Photo: A. Grimm / CCC / Gloria.

Two James Bond films

Nadja Regin played the female lead in the thriller The Fur Collar (Lawrence Huntington, 1962) about an espionage ring.

She then acted in two James Bond films featuring Sean Connery. In the second James Bond film, From Russia with Love (Terence Young, 1963), she was the lonely mistress of Kerim Bey (Pedro Armendáriz).

She also appeared in a smaller but still notable appearance in the pre-credit sequence of the next James Bond film, Goldfinger (Guy Hamilton, 1964).

Her TV roles included The Invisible man (Peter Maxwell, 1959), Danger Man (1961-1964) featuring Patrick McGoohan, Maigret (1961) starring Rupert Davies, The Avengers (1961), The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre (1962-1964), The Third Man (1965), and The Saint (1967) with Roger Moore.

Notable was also her role in the New Zealand thriller Runaway/Runaway Killer (John O’Shea, 1964) with Colin Broadley and Kiri Te Kanawa. It was the first locally produced New Zealand film in 12 years.

In Austria she appeared in the TV series Donaug'schichten/Stories of the Danube (1966) with Willy Millowitsch and Christiane Hörbiger.

At the end of the 1960s her film acting career halted. In the 1970s she moved to Australia. Her work included reading and selecting film scripts for production by film companies including Rank Films and Hammer Films.

In 1980, she and her sister Jelena formed Honeyglen Publishing Ltd, a small publishing company, specializing in philosophy of history, belles lettres, biography and some fiction.

Nadja Regin now devotes her time to writing and has written a novel, The Victims and the Fools, a children's story, The Puppet Planet, and has begun working on her memoirs.

Trailer From Russia with Love (1963). Source: 86BillieJean (YouTube).

Official trailer Goldfinger (1964). Source: MOVIECLIPS Classic Trailers (YouTube).

Sources: AllMovie, Wikipedia and IMDb.


Bunched Undies said...

I don't know how you discover all these lesser known, but interesting talents. I vaguely remember her in From Russia with Love, but I had no idea of her multi-faceted career. Thank you.

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