The name’s Bond...er, Sean Bond

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BOND leg­end Sean Con­nery fluffed his open­ing lines when he filmed the first movie Dr No 50 years ago.

On his first day on set he had to say the im­mor­tal line “Bond, James Bond”.

But Con­nery, 82, the first ac­tor to por­tray the leg­endary su­per spy, was so ner­vous he mixed up his words.

Eunice Gayson, who played the first ever Bond girl Sylvia Trench, has lifted the lid on Con­nery’s crip­pling nerves.

And the 84-year-old says it was down to her to re­lax him.

She said: “I’d known Sean for years and I’d never seen him so ner­vous.

“He had to say ‘Bond, James Bond’, but he came out with other per­mu­ta­tions like Sean Bond, James Con­nery.

“The di­rec­tor told me to take him away for a drink – even though he was meant to be on the wagon – so I did. He came back on set and said, ‘Bond, James Bond’. It was so won­der­ful.

The 50th an­niver­sary of the re­lease of Dr No is this Fri­day, 6th Oc­to­ber, and the 23rd Bond film Sky­fall is out at the end of the month.

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