Eunice Gayson, famous for being the first “Bond girl” in the 007 franchise, just passed away according to Hollywood executives who worked on the film series. On the actresses Twitter page, her family wrote that she was an extraordinary person who always had a tremendous impression on the people she met.
Eunice portrayed Sylvia Trench along with Sean Connery in the movie that began the massively successful 007 movies. Eunice co-starred alongside the legendary actor in 1962’s Dr. No.
The iconic film has since been parodied by an innumerable number of artists, comedians, actors, musicians, and entertainers, including in Mike Myers’ Austin Powers.
For the very first time, Connery spoke his legendary phrase, “Bond, James Bond,” to the character which Gayson portrayed. And in the following year, Eunice played the same Bond girl in From Russia With Love.
Following her stint in the James Bond movies, she appeared in The Revenge Of Frankenstein, as well as The Avengers and The Saint. Eunice died at the age of 90.
In Revenge Of Frankenstein, Gayson portrayed Margaret, in what is considered now to be a classic film. The movie currently holds a 92% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
Regarding her job in Dr. No, interestingly, the casting director wanted her to play Miss Moneypenny, but that role went to Lois Maxwell instead. And decades later, in 1995, Gayson’s daughter appeared in Pierce Brosnan’s Goldeneye, in one of the casino scenes.
Nevertheless, Eunice will always be remembered for kicking off one of the most successful film series in the history of movies and television.
Since the original Bond movie came out, there have been over forty movies produced, with every few years, a new actor coming in to be James Bond.
The latest movies in the installments have Daniel Craig as their leading star following the wildly successful run of Pierce Brosnan.
However, unfortunately for fans of the secret agent movies, the role is often strenuous on the actors, so they don’t stick around for too long.