Tuesday, October 30, 2012

50 Years of James Bond Films - Eunice Gayson

50 Years of James Bond Films - Eunice Gayson:

It's the fiftieth anniversary of the release of the first James Bond film, Dr No (1962), today and what better way to commemorate it than this superb shot of Eunice Gayson as the original Bond girl, Sylvia Trench, in that film.  Her two best assets are very well accentuated in this photo.  She was a comparatively old thirty four when she appeared in Dr No and was, of course, due to appear in the first six films as Bond's ongoing girlfriend but was dropped after From Russia with Love (1963).  

The leggy Rank Charm School actress was born in Croydon in 1928 (or 1931 as she claims) and she originally trained to be an opera singer before going into films in the 1948 production My Brother Jonathan.  She used her singing voice when appearing as the Baroness in the Sound of Music on stage in London but, ironically, she was, like many of the early Bond girls, dubbed by Nikki van der Zyl for the films.

Her daughter, Kate, appeared briefly in the casino scene in GoldenEye (1995).

Despite not coming back for Bond she added to her spy credentials by appearing in the sixties series, The Saint, Dangerman, The Adventurer and The Avengers.  She had finished with acting by 1972.

Eunice in the dress she wore for the scene that introduces Bond for the very first time  in the Casino in Dr No

She now lives, like Agent Triple P himself, in Surrey England.