Eunice Gayson
Sylvia Trench in Dr No and From Russia With Love

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Eunice Gayson was born in Surrey, England in 1931. She first studied singing and dancing as a teenager and then went into rep for a year to gain acting experience. She was auditioned for a television show and this then led to a series of TV revues. She toured in Born Yesterday, The Little Hut and No, No, No Nanette and she has also appeared in pantomime and on television, appearing in over 75 shows, playing everything from Shaw to farce.

Her big screen acting career began in 1948 age 17 playing the role of a young girl in the Val Guest directed My Brother Johnathan. This led to a string of film appearances including The Goon Show movie Down Amongst the Z Men in 1952 and Hammer's Revenge of Frankenstein in 1958 with Peter Cushing.

In 1962 Eunice starred in the first of the James Bond adventures Dr No playing the part of Sylvia Trench, the role she is perhaps best known for. In the casino scene she gives James Bond (Sean Connery) the opportunity to introduce himself with what is considered to be the most famous line in cinema History, "I admire your luck Mr...", to which 007 replies "Bond, James Bond". She was also the first Bond girl to make a return to the franchise when in 1963 she briefly reprised her role in From Russia With Love sharing an intimate scene with 007 on the riverbank. Initially the character was to have made an appearance in subsequent movies however this idea was dropped when director Guy Hamilton came onboard.

Eunice has also made several notable appearances in classic British 60's & 70's TV serials such as The Saint, Dangerman, The Adventurer and The Avengers. She returned to the stage in 1990 to play the part of Little Red Hood's grandmother in a production of the musical Into The Woods at the Phoenix Theatre, London.

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