London: Original Bond girl Eunice Gayson has revealed that Sean Connery was so nervous on his first day as 007, that he needed a stiff drink to calm his nerves.
The Scottish actor became a screen legend after being cast as James Bond in the 1962 movie ‘Dr No.’
But co-star Gayson, now 84, revealed that he was stricken with nerves on his first day in the studio, and struggled repeatedly to deliver his immortal introduction “Bond, James Bond.”
“Sean was very nervous. It was ‘The name’s Sean Bond - cut - James Connery – cut,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying on ITV’s ‘This Morning.’
“In the end it just got so bad that Terence Young, our director, decided to call an early lunch. He said ‘there’s only one thing to do, get Sean to have a drink in the restaurant.’
“I went in, said I need you to drink and Sean downed his drink in one. We went back on the set and beautifully he did it in the first take. I asked him who he was, and he said ‘the name’s Bond, James Bond’,” she said.