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Linda Christian 1945

Discovered in her native Mexico by the film star Errol Flynn, who reportedly became her lover and convinced her to move to Hollywood when she was barely out of high school, Linda Christian starred as “Valerie Mathis” in a TV adaptation of Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1954 — almost a full decade before Andress starred as Honey Ryder in Dr. No.

Source: Linda Christian 1945 | Linda Christian: The Real ‘First Bond Girl’ | LIFE.com.