'Dr. No' actress Marguerite Gordon kicks off Bond festival in Vancouver
Event: Bond vs Bond screening & Marguerite Gordon appearance
Location: VanCity Theatre, Vancouver, Canada
Date: Friday 23rd August 2013
Time: 19:15 PST
Taking centre stage Friday night (August 23) at a gala fundraiser at VIFFâs Vancity Theatre, Marguerite Gordon will help launch the societyâs new Bond retrospective, 007 Reloaded: Bond vs. Bond. A 20-film program running until September 5, the series features 19 of the 23 official EON Productions films, as well as the non-canonical Never Say Never Again, featuring Sean Conneryâs 1983 return to the role.
Marguerite Gordon, who appeared with Sean Connery in the very first Bond film, Dr. No (1962), holds a rarified place in the pantheon of Bond Girls. âI really was the first evil woman that James Bond ever met,â she told Straight.com
over the phone from a local hotel.
âI was checking in first-class passengers to London,â she recalls, âand Terence Young came up to me and said, âWould you like to be in the movies?ââ Gordon, as would anyone, thought it was a line. âHe said, âIâm going to make a series which will become the most famous in the whole world,â and I said âHave a nice trip.ââ About three months later, Young reappeared at Gordonâs desk with a bottle of Miss Dior perfume and a contract. âYou donât know who I am, or if I can act,â she told him. âTake back your contract and take back your perfume, I do not accept gifts from strange men!â
The 73-year-old Gordon laughs as she tells the tale, noting that she was still living a sheltered life with her parents at the time. But she later thought about Youngâs offer, and decided to go in and meet with casting.
Slated to read for the risquÃ© part of Dr. Noâs henchwoman Miss Taro, the young Gordon was not impressed. âIâm looking at the script, and it said Iâm to be wrapped in a towel lying on a bed, kissing this strange man, and I said, âIâm not reading for this part, my parents wouldnât like it.'â
Of course, Gordonâlike most peopleâhad no idea who Sean Connery was at the time (âIâve never heard of him,â she told Young, âYou soon will,â he replied), and she now regrets not taking the Miss Taro role. But before she could walk out, Young offered her another role, which, although smaller, still had prominent screen timeâthe Afro-Asian freelance photographer (and Dr. No operative) Annabelle Chung.
âIan Fleming always had a thing for the mixtures in Jamaica, so they decided to make me half-Chinese. They taped back my eyes with Durafix,â Gordon recalls, noting that they put two elastics behind her head to change the shape of her eyelids. âIt was odd to put on but I got accustomed to it.â
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