James Bond star Sue Vanner has finally filed for divorce, after her husband of 32 years, businessman Warren Todd, left her for a younger woman in 2019.
The actress, 71, famously starred in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me alongside Sir Roger Moore, in which she made love to secret agent James Bond under a pile of fur coats.
Despite declaring herself a “fighter” she told Richard Eden of the Daily Mail that she found the breakdown of her marriage “really hard”.
She has now hired Payne Hicks Beach, the law firm Baroness Shackleton is involved with, who has represented both King Charles and Paul McCartney in their high-profile divorces.
Todd, who is the 62-year-old step-son of reality star Lisa Vanderpump, left his wife, with whom he shares a son, to start a relationship with his pregnant girlfriend during what friends of the actress describe as a “serious midlife crisis.”
BOND GIRL: James Bond star Sue Vanner, 71, finally filed for divorce after 32-year-old billionaire businessman Warren Todd left her for a younger woman in 2019 (pictured in 2012)
Heartbreak: Despite declaring herself a ‘fighter’, she told the Daily Mail’s Richard Eden that she found the breakdown of her marriage ‘really hard’
Bond: Sue, actress, pictured in 1980. Her most notable role was as a Bond girl opposite Roger Moore in The Spy Who Loved Me
New flame: He moved out of the £10m family mansion near David Beckham’s Victoria and Holland Park home and has since welcomed two children with new partner ‘Anya’ (pictured, in 2019)
He moved out of the family’s £10 million mansion near Victoria and Holland Park home owned by David Beckham, and has since welcomed two children with his new partner, Anya.
A friend of Bond Girl told Richard Eden in 2019: “Sue is devastated, after 32 years of happy marriage, Warren made decisions, during a very serious midlife crisis, that led to the breakup of their family. ”
Appearing on ITV’s Lorraine in 2019, Sue told how she found solace in music after her bitter split.
Lauren said, “It’s such a sad reason to go back into the music world… 32 years and go off with someone else, and it’s really hard.”
Suzy replied, “It’s really hard, but I’m a fighter so I decided to get back into my music.”
Lauren continued, “So instead of sitting in the corner crying because your husband ran off with someone younger than him, and now they have a baby I guess…”
It’s different, there’s more special effects, less tongue in cheek. But I think it’s great. It moves with the times.
Lauren added salt to the wound: “So instead of sitting in the corner crying because your husband ran off with someone younger than him, and now they have a baby I think…”
Tough as nails: She’s since hired Payne Hicks Beach, the law firm in which Baroness Shackleton (pictured), who represented both King Charles and Paul McCartney in their high-profile divorce, is involved.
“Not really younger, but never mind,” patient Susie quipped.
Lauren quipped, “This is almost worse. I know we’re laughing at that but it’s really hard.”
After an awkward moment, the conversation then leads to Bond, with Suzy comparing Bond of today to the Bond of when she starred in the franchise.
“They’re different, and there are more special effects, less tongue in cheek,” she said. But I think it’s great. It moves with the times.
Warren is now believed to be living in a smaller property around the corner with his new girlfriend, who I thought was Eastern European.
Step mom: Warren’s stepmother, US TV star Lisa Vanderpump, previously admitted to the 16-year age difference between the couple that initially worried her and his father, Ken Todd
Back on screen: Sue (second right) also appeared on The Real Housewives alongside Lisa (third right) estranged husband Warren (center) and son Ryan (far left)
Movie magic: The actress rose to fame in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me alongside Sir Roger Moore (pictured)
His sweetheart, who is believed to be in her thirties, is an elegant wardrobe who is regularly seen with Warren at trendy restaurants around the capital.
Warren’s stepmother, American TV star Lisa, previously admitted that the 16-year age gap between the couple was initially a concern for her and his father, Ken Todd.
Lisa said: When he first met Warren Sue, the age difference, and the secrecy that came out, wasn’t something we supported.
“But I learned a very valuable lesson – when our children make a choice, remember that our opinions and influence are largely redundant.”
After a few years, she added, “we have to admit we were wrong.”