Shaken or stirred Original Bond girl Eunice Gayson reveals that 007 star Sean Connery needed a stiff drink to calm his nerves on his first day playing the infamous British spy
17:54 GMT, 1 October 2012
Sean Connery was so nervous on his first day as 007 that he had to have a stiff drink to deliver his famous onscreen introduction, according to the original Bond girl.
The Scottish actor became a screen legend after being cast as James Bond in the 1962 movie Dr No.
But co-star Eunice Gayson revealed today that he was stricken with nerves on his first day in the studio, and struggled repeatedly to deliver his immortal introduction 'Bond, James Bond'.
Original Bond girl Eunice Gayson has revealed that actor Sean Connery was made to down a stiff drink to prevent him fluffing James Bond's infamous introduction in Dr No, the first ever Bond film
Eunice, now 84, who played Bond girl Sylvia Trench in the first two 007 films, said the Scot eventually overcame his nerves with alcohol.
She said: 'Sean was very nervous. It was ‘The name’s Sean Bond – cut – James Connery – cut.
'In the end it just got so bad that Terence Young, our director, decided to call an early lunch.
'He said “there’s only one thing to do, get Sean to have a drink in the restaurant”.
Goldfinger Bond girl Tania Mallet posing as a fashion model in the 1960s
'I went in, said I need you to drink and Sean downed his drink in one.
'We went back on the set and beautifully he did it in the first take.
'I asked him who he was, and he said “the name’s Bond, James Bond”.'
Connery – who famously ordered his vodka martinis ‘shaken not stirred’ as the spy character – went on to star in a record seven Bond films, becoming a global screen icon and a Scottish national treasure.
Gayson was speaking on ITV’s This Morning to celebrate 50 years of Bond.
The English actress was the first female to be seen in Dr No, and therefore the original Bond girl.
She was originally to have been a regular in the Bond film series, but her character was dropped.
She was later seen on TV in series including The Saint and The Avengers.
Connery’s co-star in 1964 Bond film Goldfinger, Tania Mallet, who played Tilly Mallet in the movie, has also spoken about her time as a Bond girl, revealing that she was bored in the iconic role.
Mallet, 71, a top model in her day, said: 'It was my only movie role, I preferred modeling. I was earning three times as much money to start with – that’s always a good excuse.
'And – I just didn’t like the whole palaver. I was bored to tears.
'Bond wasn’t Bond in those days, it was just beginning. The first clue that anybody got that it was really of a success that it was, was at the premiere.
'There was virtually no crowd control because nobody thought that anybody would turn up.
'The crowd surged – at the cinema in Leicester Square – they stampeded and broke the plate-glass window.'
She said she had no regrets that she never made another film.
She added: 'Come on, if you have to have one film in your life what better than Goldfinger'
Connery also won a This Morning poll to find the nation’s favourite Bond.
The Scot, who polled 39 per cent of votes, pushed Daniel Craig in to second, with Pierce Brosnan in third place.
Britt Ekland (left) pictured with fellow Bond girls Eunice Gayson (centre) and Tania Mallet (right) to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond film earlier this year