Eunice Gayson, First Ever 'Bond Girl', Is Dead At 90

Iconic actress Eunice Gayson has passed on at the age of 90. She occupies a special place in television history by being the first person to play a Bond girl in the 007 franchise.

Gayson featured in 1962’s “Dr No” as Sylvia Trench and again in 1963’s “From Russian with Love” alongside Sean Connery.

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Sources familiar with the movie reveal that during filming, Connery was quite nervous on set. Gayson is said to have helped calm him down, so he could deliver that legendary catchphrase: 'Bond, James Bond'.

Producers of the series, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, expressed their sadness on behalf of the franchise in an official statement.

We are so sad to learn that Eunice Gayson, our very first "Bond girl", who played Sylvia Trench in Dr No and “From Russia With Love”, has passed away. Our sincere thoughts are with her family.

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Gayson was born in Surrey, England. Before she snagged the role alongside Connery, she had appeared in several other movies, including 1954’s "One Just Man" and “Carry on Admiral” in 1957.

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Fans of the show and friends of the late star have been sharing their condolences on social media since the news of her death went public.

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Although her role was meant to be a recurring one in the Bond series, the plan was truncated after two instalments. Still, she remains forever memorable as she paved the way for future Bond girls.

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