Linda Christian, who became the first ‘Bond Girl’ after landing the role of Vesper Lynd on the TV adaptation of Casino Royale in 1954, has died. Christian lost her battle with colon cancer last Friday in Palm Desert, California. She was 87.
Christian, who was nicknamed “anatomic bomb” for her curvy figure, made her film debut in the 1944 musical Up In Arms. She went on to star in numerous films; her most notable credits being The V.I.P.’s and Tarzan and the Mermaids. Christian also made guest appearances on many TV shows, including The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, The Lloyd Bridges Show and The Dick Powell Theatre.
The actress was married to actor Tyrone Power from 1949 to 1956. They had two children – actress Taryn Power and singer Romina Power. Shortly after her divorce form Power, Christian was briefly married to actor Edmund Purdom.
Christian is survived by her daughters and 8 grandchildren.