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 Post subject: Eunice Gayson RIP
PostPosted: Sun Jun 10, 2018 4:54 pm 
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British actress Eunice Gayson has died, aged 90. She held a unique place in movie history as the first Bond girl. In Dr. No, her character Sylvia Trench appears in Sean Connery's first scene (we actually see her before we see him) and she later becomes 007's first on-screen conquest, when Bond returns to his apartment to find Trench already inside (having persuaded the building's caretaker to let her in) practicing her golf putting skills in his living room, having stripped out of her clothes and wearing one of his shirts. Personally speaking, I consider that scene to be the defining image of the film - forget Ursula Address's bikini-clad emergence from the sea later in the proceedings.

It was originally intended for Trench to be a recurring character in the Bond series as 007's permanent girlfriend, and this can be seen in Dr. No where she is portrayed as Bond's equal in regards to sexual mores, attitudes and confidence. It is she who pursues him. Having met Bond for the first time earlier that evening, she likes what she sees, finds out where he lives, talks her way into his apartment, and is so sure of her attractiveness and appeal that he arrives to find her already undressed - the two of them sleeping together is such a forgone conclusion, why waste time? She's also - crucially - completely calm & unfazed when Bond (believing her to be an intruder) bursts into the room brandishing his revolver, not even batting an eyelid. Yep, you can see why 007 realised she was a keeper.

Trench appears again in second Bond film From Russia From Love, but the producers of the series then had a rethink, believing that audiences might disapprove of 007 bedding countless women around the globe when he had a girlfriend faithfully waiting for him at home. And so Sylvia Trench was dropped. Even so, she remains one of only five female characters to appear in more than one Bond film, the others being Miss Moneypenny, Judi Dench's M, KGB General Gogol's secretary Rublevitch (played by Eva Reuber-Staier in three movies) and Pola Ivanola - played by Sue Vanner in The Spy Who Loved Me and Fiona Fullerton in A View To A Kill (in Spy she's identified in the credits as 'Log Cabin Girl' but the Bond producers have confirmed it's the same character).

Eunice Gayson's other credits included Hammer's The Revenge of Frankenstein and episodes of The Saint and The Avengers, in a career that stretched back to the 1940s.


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 Post subject: Re: Eunice Gayson RIP
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RIP, and great eulogy there Fenris.


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