Thursday, 23 May, 2019

Eunice Gayson, First Bond Girl, Dead at 90

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Adrian Cunningham | 10 June, 2018, 01:57

They said: "We are so sad to learn that Eunice Gayson, our very first "Bond girl" who played Sylvia Trench in DR". She was "an fantastic lady who left a lasting impression on everyone she met", her feed says.

After losing a few hands she suggests raising the stakes, to which Bond replies: 'I admire your courage, Miss, er?'

Speaking about the scene in 2012, Gayson recalled how she helped calm Connery's nerves by taking him for a drink so he could deliver the line correctly. Following From Russia with Love, Gayson appeared opposite future James Bond actor Roger Moore in two episodes of the British TV series The Saint in 1964 and 1965.

Her passing was noted on her official Twitter account, which stated: "We are very sad to learn that our dear Eunice passed away on 8 June. She will be very much missed", read a statement on her Twitter account, as James Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli also expressed their condolences.

She played Bond's love interest Sylvia Trench having originally being cast as Miss Moneypenny. She played a series of screen roles, including in Hammer Horror's 1958 movie The Revenge of Frankenstein, before becoming the first Bond girl.

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"Bond, James Bond", Connery replies.

The actress starred as Sylvia Trench in 1962's Dr No, becoming the first official Bond Girl.

Originally, Gayson was meant to play M's secretary, Miss Moneypenny, but Lois Maxwell landed that role instead. This concept was scrapped by director Guy Hamilton when he took the helm for 1964's Goldfinger.

Gayson was born in Surrey in 1928. Another tidbit: Gayson's voice isn't heard in either of her Bond films because, like many Bond girls of that era, her words were voiced over by voice actor Nikki van der Zyl.