Christian, Linda Christian, The First “Bond Girl,” Dies At 87

Linda Christian

Linda Christian

Palm Desert, CA—Actress Linda Christian, noted for playing the first Bond girl, died Friday after battling colon cancer. She was 87.

She made her film debut in 1944’s “Up in Arms.” She also played Mara in Johnny Weissmuller’s last “Tarzan” film, “Tarzan and the Mermaids.”

She played Valerie Mathis in 1954 in the first adaptation of a James Bond book in the TV film “Casino Royale” on CBS.

She also appeared in “Holiday in Mexico,” “Green Dolpin Street,” “RECOiL,” “The Devil’s Hand,” and “The Boy and the Ball and the Hole in the Wall.”

She was married to actor Tyrone Power fron 1949-1956. They had two daughters, Romina Power and Taryn Power. She was married to British actor Edmund Perdom from 1962-1963. 

She is survived by both her daughters and eight grandchildren.

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