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on 16 January 2013
I bought this book out of curiosity, having read it spills the beans on one of the best kept secrets in Hollywood.

The book has 22 chapters, and one is devoted to dubbing Bond girls. There are other mentions of Bond along the way, but overall the book is much more focussed on the non-film work and life of Miss Van Der Zyl.

There are no great Bond revelations; there is a description of the dubbing (or looping) process and how Miss Van Der Zyl came in for half a day here and half a day there on films to dub actresses she can't remember names of in many cases but beyond that she never met the stars she dubbed, nor has much to reveal about the shooting of the films, as she came in after they'd all been completed. All except GOLDFINGER where she did visit the set to voice coach Gert Frobe, and she talks about the actors and sets and the interesting day to day life shooting a 007 movie.

Much more focus is on her legal life after films, her bitter estrangement from her son and her disappointment she has never received the recognition (and money) she deserved on film feeling the Bond girls are to blame for keeping her down and not acknowledging her. Truth is half of them don't know, and the others probably feel her ungracious PR in the past doesn't warrant her a place at celebrations.

Overall, one feels this is a lady who rather enjoys blowing her own trumpet and she phrases things carefully so as always to be the one in the right. The sun shines on the righteous.
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