The Very First Bond Girl Has Died at 87

July 26, 2011

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An episode of the CBS dramatic playhouse series Climax! gets credit for broadcasting the first James Bond film. Their 1952 production of Ian Fleming's debut Bond novel Casino Royale starring actor Barry Nelson as 007 and Christian as Bond's old flame Valerie Mathis, a character based on Vesper Lynd and Rene Mathis who were the two original Bond girl characters from Fleming's book.

Hopefully, aspiring and subsequent Bond girls across the nation will lower their skimpy outfits to "half mast" in honor of her memory.

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