First ‘Bond’ girl Linda Christian dies at 87

Last Updated: Jul 25, 2011, 17:48 PM IST

London: The first-ever ‘Bond’ girl, Linda Christian, has passed away in Palm Desert, California, following a battle with colon cancer. She was 87.

Christian was born to a Dutch oil executive and his German-Mexican wife in 1923. According to reports, Christian who travelled the world with her parents was fluent in seven languages.

She made her film debut in the 1944 musical ‘Up In Arms’.

She starred as James Bond’s love interest in the television production of ‘Casino Royale’ in 1954 starring Barry Nelson as James Bond.

She married Hollywood heartthrob Tyrone Power in 1949 but the couple divorced in 1956.

The actress later married English actor Edmund Purdom and is survived by daughters Romina and Taryn Power and eight grandchildren.

ANI