There’s a kind of magic in stories of discovery. We often hear about musicians being discovered in subway stations, authors getting their big break from a happenstance manuscript find, and, in the case of Maud Adams, a photographer chancing upon a young woman in a shop and seeing a star.
Born in 1945 as Maud Solveig Christina Wikström, this Swedish beauty wasn’t scouting for film roles or magazine covers when she was discovered in 1963. She was just living her life, unaware of the fame that was soon to follow. Thanks to that fortuitous day and a single photo submission, Adams was ushered into the prestigious world of the Miss Sweden contest, marking the genesis of a successful modeling career.
Duality in 007
While Adams’ modeling career was a force to be reckoned with, it was her transition to the silver screen that cemented her iconic status. The James Bond franchise is celebrated for its sharp tuxedos, death-defying stunts, and memorable Bond girls. However, few actresses can boast the distinction of playing not one but two different Bond girls, a feat accomplished by Adams.
Her first appearance was alongside Roger Moore in “The Man with the Golden Gun” in 1974, where she played the mysterious Andrea Anders. Nearly a decade later, Adams returned to the 007 fold, this time as the enigmatic title character in “Octopussy” (1983). Her dual roles made her one of the most unforgettable faces in Bond history.
While the Bond films might have catapulted her to international stardom, Adams wasn’t just a one-trick pony. She graced screens with performances in “The Christian Licorice Store” (1971), showcased her action chops in “Rollerball” (1975), and delivered thrilling performances in “Killer Force” (1976) and “The Kill Reflex” (1989) among others.
A Woman of Many Hats
Adams’ ambitions weren’t restricted to acting. As the president of Scandinavian Biocosmetics, she ventured into the world of beauty, proving her mettle as an entrepreneur.
Maud’s personal life has also seen its fair share of ebbs and flows. Her marriage to photographer Roy Adams in 1966, with whom she shares her surname, ended in 1975. But love was destined to find its way back to her. In 1999, she found companionship with Charles Rubin, a private mediator and retired judge.