The first cinematic Bond girl, Eunice Gayson, has died.
The English actor, who played Bond girl Sylvia Trench in 1962’s Dr. No opposite Sean Connery, died yesterday at the age of 90 as confirmed by her official Twitter account.
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. James Bond.”
Gayson had originally been cast as Miss Moneypenny before the producers decided to replace her with Lois Maxwell and recast Gayson as a femme fatale character. The actress briefly reprised her role as Trench the following year in 1963’s From Russia with Love.
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Before her performance in the James Bond films, Gayson appeared in 1958’s The Revenge of Frankenstein, Hammer Films’ second horror installment featuring Mary Shelley’s titular monster. 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. Additionally, Gayson would appear with future Bond girl Diana Rigg in an episode of the British spy series The Avengers in 1966.
Eunice Gayson leaves behind a daughter, Kate, who had a brief cameo in the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye.