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January 18, 2022

The First “Bond Girl”: Vintage Photos of Eunice Gayson in the 1950s and ’60s

Born 1928 in Croydon, London, English actress Eunice Gayson played a major role in the Hammer horror film The Revenge of Frankenstein and appeared on television in series such as The Saint and The Avengers. She played the Baroness Elsa Schraeder in the 1962 London stage production of The Sound of Music, during which time she also filmed scenes for the first two Bond films, Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963).

Gayson remained a regular in London theatre, appearing in, among other productions, the comedy The Grass Is Greener (1971). In the early 1990s, Gayson appeared in Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods in the role of the grandmother.

Gayson was probably best known for playing Sylvia Trench, James Bond’s love interest in the first two Bond films (Dr. No and From Russia with Love) and is therefore considered to have been the first “Bond girl.”

Gayson died in 2018 at the age of 90. Take a look at these vintage photos to see the beauty of young Eunice Gayson in the 1950s and 1960s.


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