Linda Christian, original Bond girl, dead at 87

linda-christian.jpgLinda Christian -- the first Bond girl once dubbed the "anatomic bomb" by LIFE magazine and married (for a time) to swashbuckling mega-star Tyrone Power -- is dead at 87. The veteran actress died in Palm Desert, Calif., according to People magazine.

Christian played James Bond's love interest in a 1954 CBS TV adaptation of Ian Fleming's "Casino Royale," with Barry Nelson as a 007 called "Jimmy" and Peter Lorre as heavy Le Chiffre. Christian's character was named Valerie Mathis; the role was most recently updated by Eva Green in 2006's Daniel Craig-led "Casino Royale" reboot and reverted to Fleming's original name for the character, Vesper Lynd.

Born in Mexico as Blanca Rosa Welter, Christian's father was an oil company executive whose job took his family around the world -- South Africa, Romania, Germany, France, Switzerland, England, Palestine.

She also co-starred in Johnny Weismuller's last "Tarzan" film ("Tarzan and the Mermaids").

The actress is survived by two daughters and eight grandchildren.


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