Roberts played the love interest of Roger Moore in “A View to a Kill” and starred in a variety of cult fantasy movies and the hit television series.
At the age of 65, Tanya Roberts, the glamorous actress who appeared in the 1985 Bond film “A View to a Kill” alongside Roger Moore and also took on one of the lead roles in the final season of the hit TV series “Charlie’s Angels,” died. The news was confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter by her lawyer, claiming she collapsed while walking near her home in Los Angeles.
Roberts landed an important role in A View to a Kill as geologist Stacey Sutton, Bond’s primary love interest and a main ally in the battle against Max Zorin, the villainous industrialist of Christopher Walken.
By this time, by featuring in the 1980-81 season of the mystery series Charlie’s Angels, she had already solidified her on-screen appeal, taking on the part of one of Shelley Hack’s three title characters.
Born Victoria Leigh Blum, before moving to Hollywood with her partner, the screenwriter Barry Roberts, Roberts had a career as a model.
She secured a variety of smaller roles, including Fingers, the 1978 drama by James Toback, and Tourist Trap, the waxwork slasher.
Her popularity rose after winning the role in Charlie’s Angels and she was cast as slave girl Kiri in the cult fantasy horror The Beastmaster (1982) and as the title character in the Tarzan-like adventure Sheena: Queen of the Jungle (1984), which, despite its disastrous initial reception, also became a cult film.
Roberts didn’t like the “Bond girl,” name, telling the Daily Mail that it pigeonholed her as a “silly, glamorous broad” and that “the reason most Bond girls don’t have careers is that people just don’t take them seriously.”
“I didn’t know then what I know now, and to be honest, who would turn down this role, really? Nobody would … I was very young and I did what I thought was the right thing to do.”I didn’t know what I now know then, and to be honest, who would really turn this role down? No one would… I was very young and I did what I thought was right to do.
“As Roberts correctly believed, A View to a Kill did not lead to a career change: she appeared in “erotic thrillers” such as Night Eyes, Inner Sanctum and Sins of Lust, as well as TV series such as Hot Line (also with an “erotic” twist).
However, in 1998, as the dimwitted Midge Pinciotti, in which she starred in more than 80 episodes, she was cast for a permanent part in the retro sitcom The ’70s Show. The terminal disease of her husband and his 2006 death forced her to retire from acting.