Few film franchises have achieved the legendary status of agent 007, and we all have our favorite actors who have portrayed the thrilling and ever-romantic James Bond. One actress who captivated audiences alongside Bond was the Swedish star Maud Adams, who turns 79 today.

Octopussy: A Bond Girl for the Ages

Maud Adams as Octopussy

There is no shortage of iconic Bond women, but Maud Adams’ portrayal of Octopussy in the eponymous film cemented her place in history. Not only did she star in “The Man with the Golden Gun,” but she also took on the leading role in “Octopussy,” alongside the dashing Roger Moore. However, after these cinematic successes, Maud stepped away from the limelight.

So, how does the Swedish Bond beauty look after all these years?

The Timeless Appeal of James Bond

Roger Moore as James Bond

Whether you’re a fan of the British spy series or not, James Bond holds a special place in our hearts. Depending on which actor portrayed Bond during our formative years, that star becomes our quintessential Bond. For me, it was the debonair Roger Moore, who captured my imagination in seven films between 1973 and 1985.

During her time with Roger Moore, Maud Adams got to experience his charm and professionalism firsthand. She describes him as a supportive and humorous team player, keeping everyone in good spirits during filming.

From Model to Hollywood Star

Maud Adams’ journey to Hollywood stardom began when she was discovered by a photographer in her hometown of Sweden. This led to a successful modeling career and eventually to acting. She made appearances in notable American TV series such as “Hawaii Five-O” and “Kojak” while pursuing her dreams.

However, her true breakthrough came with her role as the ill-fated mistress of the villain in “The Man with the Golden Gun” in 1974. Maud’s mesmerizing performance alongside Christopher Lee, known for his award-winning and critically acclaimed roles, set the stage for her future success.

The Rise and Legacy of Octopussy

Maud Adams with Christopher Lee in The Man with the Golden Gun

After her standout performance in “The Man with the Golden Gun,” Maud Adams’ career skyrocketed. She returned in “Octopussy” in 1983, taking on the title role of the exotic and mysterious smuggler. Once again, she shared the screen with Roger Moore, a collaboration she cherished. Maud even had a minor role in “A View to a Kill,” making her the only woman to appear in three James Bond movies.

Despite her appearances in over 40 films, Maud became primarily associated with her Bond girl roles. However, she continued to pursue her acting career, featuring in several Swedish soap operas and various projects.

Life and Love Beyond the Screen

Maud Adams has been living in sunny Beverly Hills for nearly 60 years. While she enjoys the glamorous lifestyle in the States, she maintains a strong connection with her native Sweden, with an apartment in her hometown of Luleå.

Maud has been happily married to Charles Rubin, a private mediator and retired judge, for over 24 years. Though they have no children together, their dogs Teddy and Boomer fill their lives with joy.

The Enduring Legacy of Maud Adams

Maud’s portrayal of captivating characters has left an indelible mark on cinema. Despite her decreased presence on the silver screen, she remains proud of her status as a Bond girl, recognizing the significance of being part of pop culture.

As Maud celebrates her 79th birthday, we can’t help but admire her timeless beauty and appreciate her contributions to the world of film.

Maud Adams Today

Happy Birthday, Maud! You are as beautiful now as ever!