Eunice Gayson, first 'James Bond' girl, has died at age 90

Junie Sihlangu
Jun 11, 2018
07:47 A.M.

The very first James Bond girl died on last week on Friday. The sad news was announced on social media on the following day.


The star’s Twitter page confirmed the news, presumably from her family. Her cause of death hasn’t yet been revealed.

Eunice Gayson was a British actress with a long and successful acting career. The statement that announced her passing read, ‘An amazing lady who left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She will be very much missed.’

Social media didn’t take long to receive tributes for the late actress. A few hours after her death was announced, Gayson's Twitter account retweeted a memorial from her nephew.


The nephew wrote, ‘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.’

‘We are very sad to learn that our dear Eunice passed away on June 8th.’

Eunice Gayson Page, Twitter, June 9, 2018

He explained that he had arrived in the UK straight from the colonies when she gave him a home. Her nephew added that she’d shown him her world.


Gayson had played Sylvia Trench in two James Bond films, Dr. No and From Russia With Love. When she took the role, she was already an established actress with her appearance in The Revenge of Frankenstein a few years before.


Originally, the writers had intended for Trench to be a recurring character throughout the 007 franchise. She was meant to appear in at least six movies as James Bond's love interest.


However, director Guy Hamilton decided otherwise for Goldfinger. Despite this, Gayson still remains one of only two Bond Girls to appear in more than one movie, the other one was Rubavitch, portrayed by Virginia Hey.


Trench was also responsible for one of the most iconic lines in action movie history. In Dr. No, when she first meets Bond (Sean Connery) he asks for her name.


"Trench. Sylvia Trench," she says. Bond mimics her when giving his own name by replying, "Bond. James Bond."

After her role in the Bond movies, the actress appeared in two TV series, The Saint and The Avengers.

In 2012, she published an autobiography titled The First Lady of Bond: My Autobiography. The book detailed her high-profile career but also her low points, including divorces and an arrest for shoplifting in the book.

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