Eunice Gayson, 90, the first ever actress to star in the James Bond movies, died on Friday, as reported in a tweet by the James Bond franchise.
The tweet said, “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 tweet was written by Michael G. Wilson, American producer and screenwriter, and Barbara Broccoli, American film producer, both known for their association with the James Bond series.
According to Eunice’s Twitter page, the British actress died on Friday.
It was captioned, “We are very sad to learn that our dear Eunice passed away on June 8th. An amazing lady who left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She will be very much missed.”
The cause of death is still unknown.
The first film that started the James Bond series was ‘Dr. No’. It was released in 1962 with Scottish actor, Sean Connery, as James Bond Agent 007, and Eunice Gayson as Sylvia Trench, Bond’s girlfriend. Sean was the first James Bond character to utter the most iconic introduction of all times, “Bond, James Bond,” to Eunice’s character, Sylvia, during a game of poker.
In 1963, in the second part of the James Bond movie, ‘From Russia With Love’, Eunice played the same character.
Before the Bond series, the British actress took part in the 1958 film, ‘The Revenge of Frankenstein’, a Hammer horror film. Eunice acted alongside English actor, Peter Cushing. After that, she acted in numerous British TV series such as ‘The Saint’ and ‘The Avengers’.