From Russia With Love: Bond girls entertain on a cruise to the Baltic

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James Bond’s first girlfriend has been on a special mission – entertaining passengers aboard a cruise ship.
Eunice Jackson – who as actress Eunice Gayson played the part of Sylvia Trench in Dr No and From Russia With Love – travelled on Discovery and was joined by Jenny Hanley who appeared in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.
Appropriately enough, they sailed on a cruise to the Baltic and visited Russia’s second city, St Petersburg. Each took part in Q&A sessions with cruise director Richard Sykes, keeping passengers enthralled with their stories of their acting careers.
Eunice was originally offered the part of Miss Moneypenny, but became Sean Connery’s girlfriend for the first two Bond films – the very first Bond girl. She went on to appear in Hammer Horror films and in TV’s The Saint and The Avengers.
Sykes said: “It’s been such a thrill to be joined by Eunice and Jenny on this cruise. I interviewed them separately because they have such diverse careers away from the Bond world.
“Eunice is a link back to Hollywood’s golden age. I chatted to her in her cabin to prepare for the interview and had planned to be there for 10 minutes but she kept me enthralled for two hours.
“She had great stories about Sean Connery, Charlie Chaplin, Julie Andrews and Elizabeth Taylor. All I needed to do was fire names at her and she had worked alongside them. She was a remarkable interview.
“Jenny threw herself into the cruise. She seemed to love every minute and was massively popular with passengers even before they knew who she was.
“She has Russian blood in her ancestry and relatives left a tatty black and whte photo of her family home in St Petersburg during the Russian revolution. She was able to get a tour diverted to look for it and when they got to the place the building looked exactly the same.”
During the cruise, Jenny – who is also remembered for her role as a presenter of children’s TV series Magpie – triumphed in a shipboard version of radio panel game Just a Minute.
Sykes added: “Both Jenny and Eunice were superb guests and very well-received by our passengers. I hope they can fit us into their schedules again in the future because they certainly returned from Russia with love.”

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