Eunice Gayson

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Eunice Gayson
Born (1931-03-17) 17 March 1931 (age 85)[1]
Croydon, London, England, UK
Years active 1948-present
Spouse(s) Leigh Vance 19?? - 1994) (divorced)
Brian Jackson (???? - ????) (divorced)

Eunice Gayson (born 17 March 1931[2]) is an English actress[1] best known for playing Sylvia Trench, James Bond's girlfriend in the first two Bond films (Dr. No and From Russia with Love). Originally, Gayson was to be cast as Miss Moneypenny, but that part went to Lois Maxwell instead. She is the first official Bond girl.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

She was born in Croydon, South London.


For a number of years she played the part of Frau Schrader (The Baroness) in the London production of The Sound Of Music at the Palace Theatre, singing two songs which were cut from the film version.

Gayson was originally to have been a regular in the Bond film series, but her character was dropped. Gayson's voice in Dr. No and From Russia with Love was overdubbed by voice actress Nikki van der Zyl,[5] as were the voices of nearly all the actresses appearing in the first two Bond films, though Gayson's real voice can still be heard in original trailers for Dr. No.

As the first female to be seen in Dr. No together with James Bond (Sean Connery), she is officially the very first actress to play a Bond girl.[6]

Gayson also played a major role in the Hammer horror film The Revenge of Frankenstein and was seen on TV in series such as The Saint and The Avengers.

Personal life[edit]

Decades later, Gayson's daughter appeared in a casino scene in the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye.

Film and television appearances[edit]


  1. ^ a b England & Wales, Birth Index: 1916-2005 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations Inc, 2008. Original data: General Register Office. England and Wales Civil Registration Indexes. London, England: General Register Office.
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  3. ^ Masters, Tim. "James Bond: How Dr No's Eunice Gayson made film history". BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
  4. ^ Hendry, Steve. "First Bond girl Eunice Gayson reveals how she helped Sean Connery overcome nerves with stiff drink". Daily Record. Retrieved 25 July 2015. 
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