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.
We are very sad to learn that our dear Eunice passed away on June 8th. An amazing lady who left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She will be very much missed. pic.twitter.com/c5kVHs256Y— Eunice Gayson (@EuniceGayson) June 9, 2018
Gayson featured in 1962’s “Dr No” as Sylvia Trench and again in 1963’s “From Russian with Love” alongside Sean Connery.
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.
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.
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.
So very sad, I knew Eunice most of my life, so many wonderful, funny memories of such a lovely lady, she will be greatly missed x— lesley auger (@lesleyauger) June 10, 2018
My youth... A beautiful Bond lady.— Fabien Cousteau (@FCousteau) June 10, 2018
@EuniceGayson I am so sorry to learn of the news that Eunice has transitioned. A style icon, brilliant actress, and a remarkable sense of humor. RIP dear lady,— Rob Quest (@RikRacer) June 10, 2018
Eunice my Aunty, was a kind & amazing woman. Her stories of life on stage and screen always filled me with wonder at the richness of experience which was her life. I arrived in the UK straight from the colonies and she gave me a home and showed me her world. Sadly missed by all.— Brisbane Headshots (@AUS_Headshots) June 9, 2018
Comment from Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli: “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.” pic.twitter.com/W0UOcDEuZq— James Bond (@007) June 9, 2018
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.