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First 'Bond Girl' Eunice Grayson Dies Aged 90

Rebecca Shepherd

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First 'Bond Girl' Eunice Grayson Dies Aged 90

The first 'Bond Girl' has died aged 90, it has been confirmed.

Eunice Gayson played Sylvia Trench in 007's 1962 debut, Dr No.

The BBC have reported that during the filming Ms Gayson helped calm Sean Connery's nerves so he could deliver the spy's most famous catchphrase - giving his name as 'Bond, James Bond' - for the first time.

Talking about the iconic scene in 2012 and the struggles they had filming it, she said: "I'd known Sean for years and I'd never seen him so nervous as he was on that day because of all these delays.

"He had to say Bond, James Bond, but he came out with other permutations like Sean Bond, James Connery. 'Cut! Cut! Cut!'"

Apparently she took Connery for a drink and he returned to deliver it perfectly. And just like that history was made.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

The Mirror reported that Ms Gayson went on a round the world tour to promote the 50th anniversary of Dr No aged 84, she said: "I'm always amazed how much the fans spend. I get quite worried about them.

"People often ask me who was my favourite Bond. 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.

"You know what you're going to get with Daniel Craig. He's very macho whereas Roger Moore was 'take me as you find me'. Every one of them brings their own particular quality and I think that's what's kept it fresh."

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

People have started to send their messages of condolence. One fan said: "A Bond girl we shall always remember. RIP Eunice."

Another added: "Timeless beauty. She was the perfect fit for Dr No and the film was better for it. R.I.P"

And a third commented: "RIP The Original Bond Girl Nobody Did It Better".

RIP Eunice.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Topics: TV and Film, News, James Bond

Rebecca Shepherd
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