First 'Bond Girl' Eunice Gayson Dies At Age 90

Jun. 9 2018, Updated 3:47 p.m. ET

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The first ever Bond girl, Eunice Gayson, has died at age 90.

Bond producer Barbara Broccoli announced Gayson's passing on the official film Twitter account, writing, "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. Our sincere thoughts are with her family."

A post on Gayson's official Twitter feed read, "She will be very much missed."

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The actress' character in Dr. No, curvy Sylvia Trench, threw the first James Bond, Sean Connery, a line that caused him to respond famously.

Connery asks her for her name in a scene, saying, "I admire your courage, Miss, er?"

Gayson as Trench replies, "Trench, Sylvia Trench. I admire your luck, Mr..."

"Bond, James Bond," Connery says in a line that has gone down in movie history.

Years later, Gayson recalled how anxious Connery, now 87, was to recite the line.

"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.

"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 noted.

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The actress was originally offered the part of Miss Moneypenny, but instead portrayed Connery's girlfriend in the first two Bond films.

She blazed a sexy trail for numerous other Bond girls, including Jane Seymour and Barbara Bach.

Gayson, who was married and divorced twice and had a daughter, also appeared in the Bond movie Golden Eye.

She promoted the 50th anniversary on Dr. No in 2012, when she was 84.

James Bond is now played by Daniel Craig.

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