Eunice Gayson, who created an empire of iconic roles when she inhabited the first-ever Bond Girl, Sylvia Trench, in the 1962 James Bond film Dr. No, died Friday at the age of 90. Her death was first announced on her own Twitter page, and was quickly followed by a tribute from Bond producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, who said:
"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."
She reprised her role in 1963's From Russia With Love, and was originally intended to be a recurring character in all of the Sean Connery Bond films, but Goldfinger's director, Guy Hamliton, nixed the idea in 1964.
Gayson went on, however, to star in such films as Hammer Horror's The Revenge of Frankenstein and to carve out a spy genre niche with roles on TV shows such as The Avengers, The Saint, and Secret Agent.
But even if she had not, she would have left an indelible mark on the world of high-rolling espionage drama even with just her two iconic Bond roles. It was she to whom Bond first said his character's most famous line, "Bond, James Bond," and Bond superfans might already know that he said it, in fact, in response to her character introducing herself with "Trench, Sylvia Trench."
Gayson was born in Surrey, England, in 1928.