First Bond girl Eunice Gayson dies aged 90

The first-ever Bond girl Eunice Gayson has died at the age of 90.

The sad news was confirmed via the actress’s official Twitter page today (June 9) in a tweet announcing that Gayson passed away yesterday.

“We are very sad to learn that our dear Eunice passed away on June 8th,” the tweet read. “An amazing lady who left a lasting impression on everyone she met. She will be very much missed.”

James Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli also confirmed her passing in a joint statement shared by the official 007 Twitter account.

They 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.”

Gayson – who spoke to Digital Spy back in 2012 in celebration of 50 years of the spy franchise – played Sylvia Trench in the first ever bond film, Dr. No, back in 1962. She then reprised her role a year later in From Russia with Love.

The actress also enjoyed roles in a number of other productions in a career that spanned multiple decades, playing Lucille Banks in the 1966 TV series The Avengers (not to be confused with The Avengers we know today) as well as starring in 1958’s The Revenge of Frankenstein.

Tributes have been pouring in for the actress since the sad news of her death was confirmed:

Our thoughts are with her family and friends.

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