Linda Christian: First Bond Girl Dies at 87
Linda Christian Dies on July 22, 2011
Linda Christian, the very first Bond Girl, has passed away at her Palm Springs, California home following a battle with colon cancer. She was 87.
Did you know that the first Bond Girl was Mexican? True. Linda Christian, born Blanca Rosa Welter in Tampico, Mexico, played Valerie Mathis in the 1954 television production of Casino Royale, which starred Barry nelson as Bond and Peter Lorre as Le Chiffre.
Linda Christian made over 35 TV and film appearances. She was married to Tyrone Power for seven years.
A year after appearing in 1948's Tarzan and the Mermaids, Christian married Power, one of Hollywood's most popular leading men. They divorced in 1956.
Christian's famous curves led Life magazine to nickname her the "anatomic bomb."