Actor who played first ever Bond girl dies aged 90

Eunice Gayson starred as Sylvia Trench alongside Sean Connery in ‘ Dr No’ and ‘From Russia With Love’

Actor Eunice Gayson (pictured in 2012) also starred in the 1960 TV series The Avengers and The Saint. File photograph: Ian West/PA

Actor Eunice Gayson (pictured in 2012) also starred in the 1960 TV series The Avengers and The Saint. File photograph: Ian West/PA

 

Actress Eunice Gayson, who played the first Bond girl, has died at the age of 90.

Gayson starred as James Bond’s love interest Sylvia Trench alongside Sir Sean Connery in the films Dr No and From Russia With Love.

A post on her official Twitter profile read: “We are very sad to learn that our dear Eunice passed away on June 8.

“An amazing lady who left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She will be very much missed.”

The James Bond franchise producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli paid tribute to Gayson in a comment posted on the official James Bond Twitter account.

It read: “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.”

The message from the daughter and stepson of original Bond producer Albert R Broccoli appeared alongside a picture of Gayson in character as Trench.

Born in Croydon, Surrey on March 17th, 1928, Gayson was the first female seen on screen with Connery during 1962’s Dr No.

She was introduced in the film when Trench and Bond take part in a card game.

During her appearance Connery delivered one of the franchise’s most famous quotes to Gayson’s character when she asked him for his name — “Bond, James Bond”.

Gayson’s voice was dubbed in the two Bond films by German voice actress Nikki Van Der Zyl.

Other notable film roles came in the 1958 Hammer horror film The Revenge of Frankenstein in which she starred opposite Peter Cushing.

She also appeared in episodes of 1960 TV series The Avengers and The Saint, which starred future Bond actor Sir Roger Moore.

In 2017 Gayson was pictured at Moore’s memorial service following his death at the age of 89.

When asked in an interview in 2012 who her favourite actor to play the British spy was, Gayson replied: “Obviously my loyalty is with Sean.

“The British film industry was in the doldrums and Sean and James Bond pulled it up by its shoestrings.”–PA