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.
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.