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Linda Christian, TV's First Bond Girl, Dies at 87

by Alex Moaba, posted Jul 25th 2011 11:40AM
Linda Christian, the Hollywood bombshell who became the first-ever Bond Girl in the 1954 TV adaptation of 'Casino Royale,' has died. According to a report in People, the actress lost her battle with colon cancer over the weekend at the age of 87.

Christian, born in Mexico as Blanca Rosa Welter in 1924, was discovered by Errol Flynn, and later married Hollywood leading man Tyrone Power in 1949. The couple had two children before their divorce in 1956.

The 'Casino Royale' TV adaptation aired on CBS as part of the drama anthology 'Climax!' In it, Christian starred as Valerie Mathis, the romantic interest of Barry Nelson, who played an early incarnation of the iconic British spy.

Ian Fleming's series was then in such an early stage of development that the 007 character went by the name of 'Jimmy.'

Christian also appeared on the 'Alfred Hitchock Hour' in an episode entitled 'An Out for Oscar' in 1963 as Eva Ashley. Her last credit was 'Cambiamento d'aria,' a 1988 Italian TV Movie. In addition to her TV work, Christian had an extensive film career, including 'Tarzan and the Mermaids' and 'The V.I.P.s,' which starred Elizabeth Taylor.

Here's a short clip of Christian acting in 1954's TV adaptation of 'Casino Royale':

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Delyn

A beautiful woman in any time. Proof that a woman can be real and natural and be beyond attractive, She will be missed.

July 25 2011 at 11:50 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
murkystarlight

My favorite Bond girl of all time is Ursula Andress. Who is your favorite Bond girl of all time?

July 25 2011 at 10:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Janis/Brian

She has to be in the top 2 or 3 at the very least. She also starred with Elvis in "Fun in Alcapulco". She was fantastic in it also.

July 26 2011 at 5:36 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
tanjarine219

back when woman had class...

July 25 2011 at 9:42 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
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murkystarlight

I think women were more natural in character and appearance in the early times of Bond compared to the current times of Bond, and that's what made them beautiful.

July 25 2011 at 10:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hanrobecowen

Wow...that was.....not good. Thank goodness acting has gotten better. Shame about her, though. She is in a better place now, hopefully.

July 25 2011 at 7:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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cafebeege

That was just a short clip from a particular movie. Acting WAS good in the past. They didn't depend on special effects and violence. And most plots actually revolved around relationships between people not blowing things up, etc. Thank God we still do have some great actors like Tom Hanks actually depicting the human experience, ie Forrest Gump, Philadelphia, etc.

July 26 2011 at 12:23 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rayle105

life goes on for us untill its a shame for us and will all be gone too what a shame what a shame

July 25 2011 at 5:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
iceburner911

She is an ideal image of what a Bond girl should look like. Whoever signed on the actress to be the next Bond girl in 'Bond 23' should take a lesson from this; instead of picking who he did...

July 25 2011 at 4:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
coljr

so, the FIRST JB was an American and the FIRST "Felix' was a Brit? too funny!
learn something new everyday?

July 25 2011 at 4:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bill48m

just as 'jimmy' bond exits casino, peter lorre enters on left

July 25 2011 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
swhopedev2008

Such a shame.... the entire cast of "Casino Royale" is gone now. (Barry Nelson passed away a couple years ago.) Also a shame that it's mostly become 'the forgotten first Bond movie' - it's an amazing little piece of film, especially considering it was performed in one take!

July 25 2011 at 2:29 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

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