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Eunice Gayson Dies: The First "Bond Girl" Was 90

Eunice Gayson Dies: The First

No, curvy Sylvia Trench, threw the first James Bond, Sean Connery, a line that caused him to respond famously.

Eunice Gayson, who's perhaps best known to viewers as the very first "Bond Girl" in the James Bond film franchise, has died at the age of 90.

"Our honest thoughts are with her family", the pair said.

The news of Ms Gayson's passing was confirmed on the actress's Twitter feed. She was described as "An fantastic lady who left a lasting impression on everyone she met". "Sean was very nervous", Eunice Gayson recalled of how her leading man was shaken and stirred.

We send our thoughts and condolences to Eunice's loved ones during this hard time.

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Unlike the other women on the Bond girl list, Gayson played the same character in more than one of the extremely successful franchise's films.

Gayson said in 2012 that filming the scene had not been easy as Sean Connery struggled with the line. The day took off from that moment. Trench turns up again in From Russia With Love (1963), when her afternoon punting with 007 has to be curtailed when he gets a call from headquarters.

She was the only woman to ever appear in two Bond films as the same character. A striking presence, Gayson's voice was nevertheless dubbed over by another actress in both films.

Gayson was originally to be cast as Miss Moneypenny, but the part went to Lois Maxwell instead.

Born in 1928 in Surrey, England, Gayson made stage appearances in "Born Yesterday", "No, No Nanette", "The Sound of Music", and in British TV revues.