Linda Christian reported dead
Blanca Welter wanted to be a doctor.
Instead, she met screen idol Errol Flynn…and went to Hollywood.
While she didn’t marry Flynn, she take his name…or rather, the name of his character in the movie In the Wake of the Bounty. She became Linda Christian, as he had played Fletcher Christian.
“Linda” is Spanish for beautiful, and she was born in Mexico (her father was a Dutch engineer there). She did speak Spanish…along with several other languages.
You are going to hear her referred to as the first “Bond girl”, but it wasn’t in Dr. No…it was in an episode of the anthology TV series, Climax! That episode (based on Casino Royale) aired in 1954…eight years before Sean Connery played Bond. This episode (available on streaming Netflix) stars Barry Nelson as a disconcertingly American James Bond…Christian’s character (and it is a starring role) calls him “Jimmy”.
While that role may be her headline, it wasn’t her first genre role…nor would it be her last.
In 1948, she appeared opposite another iconic character: Tarzan. She appeared in the last of the Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan movies, Tarzan and the Mermaids. It was a starring role…her character’s troubles are what motivate Tarzan and the movie.
She was also first-billed opposite Robert Alda (Alan’s father) in the supernatural thriller, The Devil’s Hand. That one has a demonic cult and creepy dolls. It shows up in horror collections, and you can watch it here:
This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the The Measured Circle blog.