FIRST BOND GIRL DEAD

Published on: July 23, 2011
Photography by: Hulton Archives/Getty Images
FIRST BOND GIRL DEAD
The very first James Bond girl, LINDA CHRISTIAN, who was married to Hollywood heartthrob TYRONE POWER, has passed at age 87.
 
Linda and Tyrone’s daughter, Romina Power, confirmed she died yesterday in Palm Desert after a battle with colon cancer.
 
Born in Mexico as Blanca Rosa Welter, the daughter of an oil exec, after Linda won a beauty contest, she pursued acting.
 
 Linda made her film debut with Danny Kaye in 1944 in “Up In Arms” for MGM.
 
The sultry beauty was offically "introduced" in 1948's “Tarzan and the Mermaids” opposite ape-man Johnny Weissmuller.
 
Life magazine dubbed the curvy cutie the "anatomic bomb."
 
Tyrone Power then wooed and won Linda in 1949. They divorced in 1956.
 
In 1954 she starred as James Bond's first love interest in the Climax Television show of Ian Fleming’s “Casino Royale” which starred Barry Nelson as CIA agent Bond and Peter Lorre as “Le Chiffre”.
 
Linda is survived by daughters, Romina Power and sister Taryn Power (who starred in “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger” with John’s Wayne’s son Patrick) AND eight grandchildren.