Eunice Gayson, the first Bond girl, dies

Eunice Gayson Bond Girl Sean Connery Sylvia Trench James Bond age

Eunice Gayson Bond Girl Sean Connery Sylvia Trench James Bond age

Eunice Gayson, the actress who played the first Bond Girl, has passed away at the age of 90.

Appearing as Trench in Connery's first film as iconic British superspy James Bond, Gayson set the standard for the film's leading ladies and prompted Connery's Bond to deliver the immortal introduction: "Bond. Our honest thoughts are with her family", James Bond movie producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli added today. On the actresses Twitter page, her family wrote that she was an extraordinary person who always had a tremendous impression on the people she met. She appeared in 1958's horror film The Revenge of Frankenstein before landing the role of Trench on 1962's Dr. No opposite Sean Connery.

From left, Tania Mallet, Eunice Gayson and Britt Ekland at a photocall for Bond 50 on Friday, Sept. 21, 2012 in London, UK. No, interestingly, the casting director wanted her to play Miss Moneypenny, but that role went to Lois Maxwell instead.

As Ms Trench and 007 played cards at the Le Cercle Club casino, Bond says: 'I admire your courage, Miss, er...?', to which Sylvia says: 'Trench, Sylvia Trench.


For the very first time, Connery spoke his legendary phrase, "Bond, James Bond", to the character which Gayson portrayed.

The Bond films saw her lines re-recorded by voiceover artist Nikki van der Zyl and she was meant to be a recurring character but the idea was dropped.

Gayson was born in Surrey, U.K.in 1928, and had a number of roles before making it big in "Dr".

"The British film industry was in the doldrums and Sean and James Bond pulled it up by its shoestrings".

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