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First Bond girl Linda Christian dies, aged 87

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Linda Christian - the first bond girl.

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The first ever 'Bond Girl' Linda Christian has died at the age of 87.

The AP confirms that Christian passed away on Friday in Palm Desert, California, following a battle with colon cancer.

The actress was best known for starring in the 1954 TV adaptation of Casino Royale, as primary love interest Valerie Mathis opposite Barry Nelson as James 'Jimmy' Bond.

Christian's performance paved the way for future Bond girls like Ursula Andress, Denise Richards and Halle Berry.

She will also be remembered for starring in 1944 Danny Kaye musical Up In Arms and in the 1948 film Tarzan and the Mermaids.

Christian is survived by her daughters Romina and Taryn Power, as well as eight grandchildren.

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