Bond Girl: Sylvia Trench

Sylvia Trench was a fictional patron of the Le Cercle casino at Les Ambassadeurs in London. A recurring love interest portrayed by the late British actress Eunice Gayson, the character appeared in EON Productions’ first two James Bond films, Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963).

Dr. No

James Bond plays Baccarat with a crowd of people at the classy Le Cercle casino in London. Trench sits across the table. It should be noted that Trench can be credited with giving the cinematic Bond his most iconic catchphrase; at the Chemin table, when Bond asks her name, she replies: “Trench, Sylvia Trench,” and when she asks Bond his, he replies in the now-familiar style, mimicking (perhaps playfully mocking) Trench’s own cadence.

She follows him when he receives a message from M and excuses himself. He gives her his card and invites her to lunch the next day. After meeting with M, Bond returns to his flat. There, he finds Trench putting golf balls into a hat wearing only a button-up shirt of his. Although he must run to the airport, he spends a quick amount of time with her.

From Russia with Love

Six months later, Trench has a picnic with Bond beside a river in his car and notices the scar on his back. Much to her disappointment, Bond is called by Miss Moneypenny for his next mission, to retrieve a coding device from the Russians. Annoyed as this happened the last time she and Bond were sharing a romantic moment, Trench attempts to woo Bond into staying with her for a little longer before he leaves but fails as he departs on his mission shortly afterward.