Eunice Gayson, the actress who played the first “Bond girl”, has died at the age of 90. She played Sylvia Trench in 007’s 1962 debut, Dr No.
During the filming 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.
A post on her official Twitter feed said: “She will be very much missed.”
Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, producers of the Bond series, said in a statement: “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.