SHE was the first Bond girl and set up the line that introduced the famous spy to millions of moviegoers around the world.
Veteran actress Eunice Gayson played Sylvia Trench, Bond’s on-off girlfriend in the first two 007 adventures, Dr No and From Russia With Love.
They meet for the first time in a London casino in a scene that became one of the most famous in movie history.
Sylvia strikes up a conversation with the mysterious stranger sitting opposite and asks him his name.
Casually lighting a cigarette, he replies: “Bond. James Bond.”
But the relatively inexperienced Sean Connery was not quite as self-assured as the character he was playing.
Eunice, who is due to visit the National Motor Museum, Beaulieu, today to promote her new autobiography, The First Lady of Bond, has revealed that he was slightly on edge and needed a couple of drinks to steady his nerves.
In an exclusive interview with the Daily Echo, Eunice told how he repeatedly fluffed his opening line on the first day of shooting.
She said: “In the end the director, Terence Young, asked me to take him to the studio restaurant and get him a drink. The waiter didn’t know that Sean had been on the wagon for three months and said, ‘Your usual, Mr Connery?’ “It was difficult for Sean to say no.
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