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      Eunice Gayson

      Eunice Gayson

      Highest Rated: 95% Dr. No (1962)

      Lowest Rated: 87% The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)

      Birthday: Mar 17, 1928

      Birthplace: Surrey, England, UK

      British actress Eunice Gayson was forever enshrined in film history as the first "Bond Girl," Sylvia Trench, James Bond's initial love interest in "Dr. No" (1962) and "From Russia With Love" (1963). Born March 17, 1928 in Surrey, England, she was the daughter of a civil servant and moved throughout the United Kingdom during her childhood before settling in Edinburgh, Scotland. After studying opera at the Edinburgh Academy, Gayson worked steadily, if anonymously, in British film and television, beginning in 1948 with the BBC TV film "Between Ourselves." She played minor roles for directors like Charles Crichton in Ealing Studios' "Dance Hall" (1950) and Val Guest in "Dance Little Lady" (1954) before vaulting to female supporting lead in "Revenge of Frankenstein" (1958), Hammer Films' second entry in its "Frankenstein" horror franchise, with Gayson as assistant to Peter Cushing's determined doctor. She was initially cast as the faithful Miss Moneypenny in the first Bond film, "Dr. No," while Lois Maxwell was cast as Sylvia Trench, Bond's love interest in London. However, the actresses switched roles prior to filming, and while Maxwell would go on to play Moneypenny opposite Sean Connery, George Lazenby and Roger Moore as Bond, Gayson would only appear as Trench in "Dr. No" and the second Bond adventure, "From Russia with Love" (1963), though she was briefly considered as a recurring character. Despite the limited exposure, Gayson made the most of her role, which was enshrined in film history for prompting Connery to introduce one of Bond's signature catchphrases: Trench introduces herself to the spy as "Trench, Sylvia Trench," to which Connery replies, "Bond. James Bond." After "Russia," Gayson worked in television and on the British stage before making her final screen appearance in a 1972 episode of "The Adventurer" (ITC, 1972-74). She penned a memoir, "The First Lady of Bond," in 2012, and remained a diehard Bond fan favorite until her death at the age of 90 on June 8, 2018.

      Highest rated movies

      95% Dr. No
      87% The Revenge of Frankenstein

      Photos

      FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, Eunice Gayson, Sean Connery, 1963 DR. NO, Eunice Gayson, Sean Connery, 1962. MISS ROBIN HOOD, Eunice Gayson, Suzanne Gibbs, Richard Hearne, Frances Rowe, 1952 DR. NO, from left: Eunice Gayson, Zena Marshall, Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, 1962 THE LAST MAN TO HANG?, Eunice Gayson, 1956 FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE, Eunice Gayson, Sean Connery, 1963 DR. NO, Eunice Gayson (red dress), Sean Connery, 1962.

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      95% 82% Dr. No Sylvia Trench (Character) - 1962
      87% 68% The Revenge of Frankenstein Margaret Conrad (Character) - 1958
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Out of the Clouds Penny Henson (Character) - 1957
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Zarak Cathy Ingram (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet 0% The Ship Was Loaded Jane Godfrey (Character) - 1956
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dance Little Lady Adele (Character) - 1954
      No Score Yet 30% Down Among the Z Men Unknown (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet 25% Miss Robin Hood Pam (Character) - 1952
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Dance Hall Mona (Character) - 1950
      No Score Yet No Score Yet It Happened in Soho Julie (Character) - 1948

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 86% The Avengers Unknown (Guest Star) 1966
      No Score Yet No Score Yet El Santo Nora Prescott (Guest Star) 1964-1965
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Rheingold Theatre Louisa (Character) 1957