59 Photos Capture The Art Of Cool – Did you know Linda Christian was the first Bond girl to appear on screen, playing Valerie Mathis in the 1954 TV adaptation of Casino Royale?

While it’s true the voluptuous actress Ursula Andress played Honey Ryder in the first James Bond film, she technically isn’t the the “first Bond Girl,” as she is often cited as. We’ll give her credit as the first Bond girl on the big screen but the title of the originating Bond girl personal goes to Linda Christian who starred as “Valerie Mathis” in a television adaptation of Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale, back in 1954. That’s almost a full decade before Bond made the jump to film and Andress starred as Honey Ryder.

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