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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 Harold French 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. 
 
Film & TV Credits

2002 Best Ever Bond (Herself)
Directed by Ges D'Souza
Roger Moore presents the ten best sequences ever to have appeared in the James Bond series with cast and crew members recalling their favourite moments.

1995 Behind the Scenes With Goldfinger (Herself)
Directed by John Cork
Documentary on the making of the 3rd James Bond movie - Goldfinger.

1995 Behind the Scenes with Thunderball (Herself)
Directed by John Cork
Documentary on the making of the 4th James Bond movie - Thunderball.

1972 The Adventurer - Thrust and Counter Thrust (Countess Marie)
Directed by Paul Dickson
Gene goes to Nice in the South of France to meet a Countess and rescue a defector. A consulate party in Nice has some unexpected guests - and gives Bradley's romantic interlude with Countess Marie a touch of intrigue.

1967 Beyond The Fringe
A series featuring some of the talent who were in vogue before the new broom of Beyond the Fringe swept through comedy.

1965 The Avengers - The Quick-Quick-Slow Death (Lucille Banks)
A runaway baby carriage rolls to a halt, revealing that it carries a dead body. Following the trail of clues, Steed and Emma wind up at a dancing school, which is actually the headquarters of an organization that enables enemy spies to infiltrate England. Posing respectively as a potential customer and a dance instructor, Steed and Emma bluff their way into the school and of course, nearly end up waltzing into the Next World.

1965 The Saint - Saints Bids Diamonds (Christine Graner)
Directed by Jeremy Summers
The Saint poses as a diamond cutter to recover stolen diamonds.

1964 Dangerman - Man To Be Trusted (Louise Bancroft)
Directed by Peter Maxwell
Drake goes to the West Indies to investigate the murder of two British agents

1964 The Saint - The Invisible Millionaire (Nora Prescot)
Directed by Leslie Norman
Millionaire Marvin Chase is badly injured in an car crash - his whole face has to be bandaged. When he's beginning to sell off all of his property his secretary Nora Prescott becomes sceptical. Just before she contacts the Saint she gets murdered. Simon looks into the Chase case when he is asked for help by daughter Ellen.

1963 From Russia with Love (Sylvia Trench)
Directed by Terence Young
Assigned to the mission of stealing the decoding device are #3, former KGB agent Rosa Klebb, and #5, Kronsteen , an expert chess player who has plotted every move of the mission. Kronsteen's plan requires using Bond's weakness for women as an element in acquiring the decoding device. Once Bond obtains the decoding device from Russian cipher clerk Tatiana Romanova, SPECTRE muscleman Red Grant is to forcibly take it from Bond and kill him. But Bond suspects a trap.

1962 Dr No (Sylvia Trench)
Directed by Terence Young
Bond is sent to Jamaica to investigate the murders of a British agent and his secretary. During his investigation, he comes into contact with the evil and unscrupulous Chinese scientist Dr. No who, living on an island called Crab Key, is hard at work in a nuclear laboratory. Dr. No's scheme is to divert rockets being fired from Cape Canaveral off their charted course and to blackmail the United States to get their rocket launches restored to normal.

1958 London Calling (Herself)
Skating star Sonja Henie plays herself, a rich-as-Croesus ice-show celebrity making a tour of Europe. Michael Wilding and Eunice Gayson contrive to keep Sonja in London long enough so that she'll feel obliged to perform at a charity function.

1958 The Revenge of Frankenstein (Margaret Conrad)
Directed by Terence Fisher
No one seems unduly concerned when the patients in a charity clinic begin losing their arms and legs during Dr. Stein's emergency operations, no one except his young rival, Dr. Kleve

1957 Carry On Admiral (Jane Godfrey)
Directed by Val Guest
Two drunken comrades find out the truth of that saying when they decide to trade places for a while. One of the boozers is a public relations man who knows nothing about sailing, while the other is a captain for the Royal Navy. Riotous comic mayhem ensues as the hapless "captain" tries to run his ship and follow orders. When the bumbling fellow's inadvertence sinks one of the fleet's own ships, he ends up locked in a rubber room until the two manage to extort someone into helping them resume their rightful identities.

1957 Light Fingers (Rose Levenham)
Directed by Terry Bishop
A woman finds herself addicted to auctions and begins bringing the strangest things back to her home. Her husband, ignorant of her passion, begins suspecting her of kleptomania and hires a detective to spy on her. He next sends her to a psychiatrist. After the woman gets wise to the schemes, she reveals the identity of the real thief.

1956 The Last Man To Hang (Elizabeth)
Directed by Terence Fisher
Though his Hollywood career had petered out, Tom Conway continued to star in British films throughout the 1950s. In Last Man to Hang, Conway heads the cast as Roderick, who at present is on trial for his life. Accused of poisoning his wife, Roderick's fate rests in the hands of the jury, who must decide whether or not the death was accidental. The most damning evidence is provided by Roderick's housekeeper Mrs. Tucker (Freda Jackson), who will do anything to see her ex-employer swinging from a gibbet. The title refers to the British Parliament's mid-1950s efforts to outlaw capital punishment; this legislation would in fact not come about until after the miscarriage of justice dramatized in 1972's Ten Rillington Place

1956 Zarak (Cathy Ingram)
Directed by Terence Young
A bandit chieftain roams the northwest deserts of India. Wherever he goes, he leaves a trail of ruin and raped women. A British major is assigned to capture the bandit and his gang. He succeeds, but soon the bandit, with the assistance of a sadistic nomad, escapes. The raiders then head for a British garrison where more bloodshed ensues as they begin slaughtering the hapless soldiers. The nomad captures the colonel and begins torturing him. The bandit, who has grown to respect his British adversary, sacrifices his own life to stop him.

1955 Out of the Clouds (Penny Hanson)
Directed by Basil Dearden Michael Relph
An unusually busy day at London's Heathrow Airport provides the setting for this documentary style drama. Gus Randall is a pilot with a chronic (and potentially fatal) gambling weakness, chief duty officer Nick Milbourne, who yearns to be a pilot himself, American engineer Bill, who finds romance in the form of Jewish girl Leah and Captain Brent, whose doubts about a new aircraft prove to be well-founded. The obligatory romantic triangle involves Gus, Nick and airline hostess Penny Henson.

1955 Dance Little Lady (Adele)
Directed by Val Guest
Prima ballerina Nina Gordon, is exploited by her avaricious husband Mark. During a celebration of Nina's triumphal debut at the Royal Opera House, she discovers that Mark is not only greedy, but unfaithful. She becomes so upset by this that she drives off madly into the night, breaking her leg in a motor accident. Told that she'll never dance again, Nina is callously abandoned by Mark. With the help of a kindly doctor, Nina is able to walk once more and to live her life vicariously through her talented daughter. When Mark re-enters Nina's life, intending to take control of the daughter's dancing career, it is he who emerges the loser.

1955 The Vise : The Bargain
Directed by David Macdonald
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1955 The Vise : Blind Man's Buff (Valerie Dyson)
Directed by David McDonald
A letter, carelessly enclosed in the wrong envelope, marks a turning point in the life of Valerie Dyson, torn between love for her husband and another man

1955 The Vise : Count of Twelve
Directed by Paul Gerrard
The film is divided into two separate but tenuously connected plotlines. In the first, a man tries to avoid being murdered at the stroke of midnight, only to expire from a heart attack. In the second, a doctor's intended adulterous affair comes to an ironic-and tragic-sudden conclusion.

1954 The Vise : Death Pays No Dividends
Directed by David McDonald
A cosmopolitan playboy and his girl friend devise a scheme to defraud an insurance company - with fatal results

1954 The Vise : One Just Man
Directed by David McDonald
A judge takes the law in his own hands when an obviously guilty miscreants get off scot-free

1953 Guess My Story (Resident Panelist)
A weekly game show shown on BBC TV in the UK in 1953/54. Panelists had to guess who various disguised well known guests were. Similar to What's my Line game show

1953 Street Corner (Janet)
Directed by Muriel Box
This marginally realistic docu-drama study of three British policewoman showed a typical day on the Chelsea beat showing that a policewoman's lot is not a happy one, neither is it dull.

1952 Down Among the Z Men
Directed by Maclean Rogers
In this British Goon Show comedy, a group of World War II spies attempt to capture a secret atomic formula and it is up to military-man Harry Jones and Carole Gayley to stop them.

1952 Miss Robin Hood (Pam)
Directed by John Guillermin
A mild-mannered writer of wild adventure novels for young girls finds himself presented with an intriguing proposition from an elderly fan. She suggests that they conspire together to steal the whiskey formula from the distillers who took it from her family many years ago. They do so, and with the recipe find themselves receiving many partnership offers from distillery's. The writer's partner then insures that he has plenty of young fans to inspire him to keep on writing.

1950 Dance Hall (Mona)
Directed by Charles Crichton
A London dance emporium, frequented by the local working girls. Eve, whose marriage to Phil is threatened when she takes a different partner for an upcoming dance contest as she feels Phil is a lousy dancer, but she loves him all the same; Phil, however, is the jealous type, who doesn't quite see things Eve's way.

1950 To Have and to Hold (Peggy Harding)
Directed by Godfrey Grayson
A man is crippled in a horse riding accident and then learns that he does not have long to live. He spends his remaining days taking care of his family and trying to get his wife to find another man.

1948 Melody In The Dark (Pat)
Directed by Robert Jordan Hill
Pat is an actress who inherits a forbidding old mansion. Using her home as a rehearsal hall for herself and her fellow thespians, Pat is scared out of her wits by mysterious sounds emanating from nowhere.

1948 My Brother Johnathan (Young Girl)
Directed By Harold French
A young Englishman dreams of becoming a surgeon, but his father's death means he has the responsibility of supporting his family. He becomes a partner in a small practice, watches the woman he wanted to marry go off with his brother. During World War 1 his brother is tragically killed after which his wife gives birth to his illegitimate son, the doctor marries the woman but she dies during childbirth leaving him to raise his own brothers child.