Hugh Hudson, the film director who directed the best picture Oscar winner Chariots of Fire, has died aged following a short illness.

“Hugh Hudson, 86, beloved husband and father, died at Charing Cross hospital on 10 February after a short illness,” read a statement on behalf of his family.

Hudson is survived by his wife, Maryam d’Abo, his son, Thomas, and his first wife, Sue.

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Who is Maryam d’Abo?

Maryam d’Abo is a British actor, best known as Bond girl Kara Milovy in the 1987 James Bond film The Living Daylights. She was born on December 27, 1960, in Hammersmith, London, England. Her mother Nino Kvinitadze was a Georgian and her father Peter Claude Holland d’Abo was an Anglo-Dutch.

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At the age of 13, d’Abo joined an amateur theatre company while at school in Geneva. She attended a foundation course at the London College of Printing at 18 but abandoned the course to go to drama school at Drama Centre London. She dropped out after one term to make her film debut. In 1982, she made her screen debut in the low-budget science fiction horror film Xtro.

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She appeared consistently throughout the mid-1980s in several films, including two mini-series based on novels of author Sidney Sheldon’s Master of the Game and If Tomorrow Comes.

Maryam’s big break came in the form of the James Bond film, The Living Daylights. She played bond girl Kara Milovy, opposite Timothy Dalton’s James Bond.

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She appeared in several feature films through the mid-1990s including Double Obsession (1992), a remake: The Browning Version (1994), a romantic comedy called Solitaire for 2 (1994), and thrillers such as Timelock (1996), and An American Affair (1997).

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Maryam also worked on films with her husband director Hugh Hudson, who she married in November 2003. In 2007, d’Abo had surgery for a brain hemorrhage from which she recovered.