Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Eunice Gayson, first James Bond girl, dead at 90

Eunice Gayson, first James Bond girl, dead at 90

When Gayson's character first meets Bond at the club, it became the first instance where his character introduces himself with the iconic line.

Gayson is known for eliciting one of Bond's most famous catchphrases.

"I admire your courage, Miss ...?"

"The British film industry was in the doldrums and Sean and James Bond pulled it up by its shoestrings".

Eunice Gayson, who portrayed James Bond's love interest in the series' first two films, Dr. No and From Russia with Love, died Friday, June 8, at age 90. Despite this, she will be forever associated with her unique place in cinema history as the first Bond girl.

Gayson's Twitter account posted the news, writing that she was "an awesome lady who left a lasting impression on everyone she met".

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Originally, Gayson was meant to play M's secretary, Miss Moneypenny, but Lois Maxwell landed that role instead. I admire your luck, Mr'.

Chatting in 2012, Eunice revealed that Sean was extremely nervous during their scenes. "'Cut! Cut! Cut!'" Director Terence Young suggested Gayson take Connery for a drink, and when they returned the Bond actor said it smoothly.

She played the same part in the second Bond film, "From Russia With Love", in 1963.

In fact, she explained how he struggled to get his lines out on occasion. Like other Bond girls in the 60s and 70s, however, Gayson's voice was never heard in the films. She might have had a different slice of Bond movie immortality had the original plan - that she play the recurring role of Miss Moneypenny - gone ahead.

Gayson, born in Surrey, England in 1928, had a 60-year career on stage and screen that began in the late 1940s.

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