Legendary ‘James Bond’ Actress Found Dead at 90: Cause Unclear

June 11, 2018 Updated: June 11, 2018

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The first “Bond girl” Eunice Gayson, who appeared Sylvia Trench opposing Sean Connery’s James Bond in the 1962 film “Dr. No,” died at 90, it was reported.

“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,” producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli wrote on Twitter. “Our sincere thoughts are with her family.”

According to her Twitter page, she was an “amazing lady who left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She will be very much missed.”

The cause of death is not clear.

Connery, playing James Bond, uttered the iconic lines, “Bond, James Bond” to Gayson’s character in “Dr. No,” according to the BBC. Before, she had said to him: “Trench, Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mr… ?”

In 2012, she told the BBC that Connery had trouble saying the line.

She said: “He had to say Bond, James Bond, but he came out with other permutations like Sean Bond, James Connery. ‘Cut! Cut! Cut!'”

After a drink, Connery returned and was able to deliver the line, she said.

She played the same part in the second film, “From Russia With Love,” in 1963.

The Internet Movie Database says she also played in British TV shows such as “The Saint” and “The Avengers.”

Later, she appeared in a casino scene in the Pierce Brosnan Bond film “GoldenEye” in 1995.

As The Guardian wrote in an obituary: “She was born in Purley, Surrey, the daughter of John Sargaison, a civil servant, and his wife Maria (nee Gammon).”

“A gifted soprano, Eunice trained as an opera singer and in 1946, aged 18, was playing Princess Luv-Lee in Aladdin (Grand theatre, Derby) with the Stage describing her as a ‘vivacious’ performer ‘who sings, dances and acts extremely well,’” the obituary says.

By the end of the 1940s, Gayson “was appearing regularly on television in music shows, revues, and television pantomimes.”

Other details about her death are not yet clear.

She is survived by a daughter.


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