Eunice Elizabeth Sargaison
17 March 1928
|Died||8 June 2018 (aged 90)|
|Bond girl Sylvia Trench in Dr. No and From Russia with Love|
|Spouse(s)||Leigh Vance |
(m. 1953; div. 1959)
(m. 1968; div. 1977)
Eunice Elizabeth Sargaison (17 March 1928 – 8 June 2018), known professionally as Eunice Gayson, was an English actress best known for playing Sylvia Trench, James Bond's love interest in the first two Bond films (Dr. No and From Russia with Love) and is therefore considered to have been the first 'Bond girl.'
Trench hit Galen harder this time and from the opposite direction as Galen faced the direction he was struck, unmoving. 'I am Admiral Trench!' Trench roared at the man he thought was a young Jedi. 'I am one of the galaxies, greatest military minds.
Admiral Trench, a Harch male, was a feared and legendary commander for the Corporate Alliance and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, whose extensive naval career spanned several decades. A veteran of countless conflicts, Trench gained fame during the Andoan Wars, first defending his homeworld of Secundus Ando and then spearheading a counteroffensive against the Andoan Free Colonies. Admiral Trench chuckled, his insectoid mandibles producing an eerie chittering sound. Dressed in a dark grey uniform with an unfamiliar insignia and several medallions, the Harch was shorter than Grievous, yet he seemed to have little fear as he prodded the glowing walls of the ray shield with his cane. Pardon my French, but how the F.k did Admiral Trench survive the Christophsis Blockade incident, in “Cat and Mouse?” We see that once his ship is about to be devastated by torpedos at the hands of Anakin, Trench accepts his defeat, and makes no attempt to run to an escape pod. Presumably, Trench should have died right then and there. Admiral Trench is a villain from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. He is a Harch who serves the Confederacy of Independent Systems. Early Life edit edit source At one time in his military career, he fought in the Battle of Malastare Narrows. Trench and his fleet tore each ship apart until the Jedi Task force arrived.
Gayson was born in 1928 in Streatham, London, to John and Maria Sargaison (née Gammon). Her father was a civil servant. The family moved to Purley, Surrey and later Glasgow, before settling in Edinburgh. There she attended the Edinburgh Academy and studied operatic singing.
Gayson played a major role in the Hammer horror film The Revenge of Frankenstein and appeared on television in series such as The Saint (which starred a future James Bond, Roger Moore) and The Avengers. She played the Baroness Elsa Schraeder in the 1962 London stage production of The Sound of Music, during which time she also filmed scenes for the first two Bond films, Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963). She remained a regular in London theatre, appearing in, among other productions, the comedy The Grass Is Greener (1971). In the early 1990s, Gayson appeared in Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods in the role of the grandmother.
In the first two James Bond films, Dr. No and From Russia with Love, Gayson played James Bond's love interest in London, Sylvia Trench. In early scenes, Bond attempts to set up a liaison with her but gets called away on a mission before anything serious can develop. This was intended to be a running motif in multiple films, but the character was dropped after the second film. The character is responsible for Bond's iconic introductory catchphrase, 'Bond, James Bond'; when Trench introduces herself to Bond as 'Trench, Sylvia Trench' during a game of baccarat in Dr. No, Bond replies in kind, mimicking Trench's own cadence, after she inquires of him 'Mister?'.
Gayson had initially been cast in Dr. No as Miss Moneypenny, M's secretary, while the actress who played Moneypenny, Lois Maxwell, had been cast as Sylvia Trench. However, Maxwell found the Trench character too immodest, and their roles were switched. Gayson is therefore considered the first 'Bond girl.'
Gayson's voice was overdubbed in German by Nikki van der Zyl, who also provided the voices recorded for other female characters in both films.
Gayson married the writer Leigh Vance in 1953, a marriage that was featured on the American daytime television series Bride and Groom. They divorced in 1959, and in 1968 she married the film and stage actor Brian Jackson. She and Jackson had a daughter before divorcing after ten years of marriage. Their daughter Kate would later appear in the casino scene in the 1995 Bond film GoldenEye. Gayson died on 8 June 2018, aged 90.
|1948||My Brother Jonathan||A Young Girl|
|1948||It Happened in Soho||Julie|
|1949||The Huggetts Abroad||Peggy||Uncredited|
|1949||Melody in the Dark||Pat Evans|
|1951||To Have and to Hold||Peggy|
|1952||Down Among the Z Men||Officer's Wife||Uncredited|
|1952||Miss Robin Hood||Pam|
|1954||Dance, Little Lady||Adele|
|1954||One Just Man|
|1955||Out of the Clouds||Penny Henson|
|1956||The Last Man to Hang?||Elizabeth Anders|
|1957||Carry On Admiral||Jane Godfrey|
|1957||Light Fingers||Rose Levenham|
|1958||The Revenge of Frankenstein||Margaret|
|1962||Dr. No||Sylvia Trench|
|1963||From Russia with Love|
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Admiral Trench Wookieepedia
- Eunice Gayson at the British Film Institute
- Eunice Gayson on IMDb