Cinematic Tag

"Trench, Sylvia Trench"
― Sylvia Trench.[src]

Sylvia Trench is a recurring love interest of James Bond. She appeared in the first two official James Bond films, Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963) and was portrayed by the late Eunice Gayson. As with many characters in Dr. No, she was dubbed by Nikki van der Zyl.

Film biography

Dr. No

At a classy casino in London, James Bond plays Baccarat with a crowd of people. Sylvia 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.

When he receives a message from M and excuses himself, she follows him. He gives her his card and invites her to lunch the next day. After meeting with M, Bond returns to his apartment. There, he finds Sylvia 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

Sylvia picnics with James Bond and notices the scar on his back, before he is paged by Miss Moneypenny.

Behind the scenes

Originally, Trench was to be a recurring woman character in the films, with the running gag of Bond being called away just as things were becoming interesting, however the idea was scrapped from Goldfinger. Sylvia Trench was supposed to have appeared in the first six films, becoming the principal Bond Girl in her last one. Not including photographs and other such references, Sylvia remains one of the two Bond Girls to make a return appearance in a second film (the second being Rubelvitch).

Lois Maxwell was given the choice of both Sylvia Trench and Miss Moneypenny, and picked the latter (whom she would portray for 14 movies), considering that Trench's role, which included appearing in immodest dress, was too sexual. Eunice Gayson was invited by Terence Young as they worked together in Zarak and he stated that "You always bring me luck in my films."