Zena Marshall (1925-2009)
British actress Zena Moyra Marshall was born on New Year's day in 1925
in Nairobi, Kenya. After appearances in a number of films including
Caesar and Cleopatra, Three Cases Of Murder, Helter Skelter and The
Lost People, Marshall secured an enduring spot in film and 007 history
in 1962 by playing the role of Chinese SPECTRE agent Miss Taro
alongside Sean Connery in the first ever James Bond film Dr No.
Marshall's femme fatal performance as the scheming Miss Taro made for
some memorable moments with Sean Connery and the subsequent incredible
success of the Bond series meant that this enjoyable role would never
be forgotten by fans, both old and new alike.
Later roles for the exotic actress included parts in Those Magnificent
Men in Their Flying Machines, The Switch, television work in the likes
of Danger Man, and a big screen farewell in the sci-fi film The
Terrornauts. Marshall retired from acting in the late sixties to
concentrate on her family and private life but remained a big
participant and supporter of James Bond events and celebrations.
She passed away on Friday 10th July 2009 at the age of 84.