Eunice Gayson, who played the James Bond franchise’s first ever “Bond girl,” died on Friday at the age of 90.
The news was announced first on the actress’s official Twitter page and later confirmed through a statement from Bond movie producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
“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,” the statement, posted on Twitter Saturday, read. “Our sincere thoughts are with her family.”
Gayson first appeared as Sylvia Trench in 1962’s Dr. No. In one scene opposite Sean Connery’s agent 007, she helped create what is now arguably the most iconic line from the entire franchise.
“I admire your courage, Miss, uh… ?” James begins.
She replies, “Trench, Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mr. …”
“Bond, James Bond,” the international man of mystery declares.
Gayson said in a 2012 interview with BBC News that she had a wardrobe malfunction that day which caused her to wear her famous red dress held together with clothes pegs.
“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,” she said of this scene. “He had to say ‘Bond, James Bond,’ but he came out with other permutations like Sean Bond, James Connery. ‘Cut! Cut! Cut!’ [Director] Terence Young told me to take him away for a drink — even though he was meant to be on the wagon — so I took him off for a drink or two and he came back on set and said, ‘Bond, James Bond.’ It was so wonderful. The day took off from that moment — he was so relaxed.”
Gayson began the legacy of the Bond girl, which has come to include Ursula Andress as Honey Rider (also in Dr. No), Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore (Goldfinger), Jane Seymour as Solitaire (Live and Let Die), Carey Lowell as Pam Bouvier (License to Kill), Eva Green as Vesper Lynd (Casino Royale), and, more recently, Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann (Spectre).
Gayson went on to reprise Sylvia Trench in 1963’s From Russia With Love with the idea that she would become a recurring player in the franchise. “The running gag was that he would always be whisked away just as we were getting to the nitty-gritty,” she said to BBC News. This concept was scrapped by director Guy Hamilton when he took the helm for 1964’s Goldfinger.
Aside from Bond, Gayson also appeared in films like The Revenge of Frankenstein and Melody in the Dark, as well as television shows like The Avengers, The Saint, and Secret Agent.
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