Iconic 'Goldfinger' Bond girl Margaret Nolan dies at 76


Nolan played the iconic gold-painted model in the title sequence for the 1964 James Bond film 'Goldfinger'. Photo: Edgar Wright/Twitter

Margaret Nolan, an actress and artist known as the gold-painted model in the title sequence for the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, died Oct 5, her son, Oscar Deeks, confirmed to Variety. She was 76.

Director Edgar Wright first announced the news of Nolan's death on Twitter. In a touching tribute, Wright wrote: "She was the middle of Venn diagram of everything cool in the 60's; having appeared with the Beatles, been beyond iconic in Bond and been part of the Carry On cast too."

Nolan was born on Oct 29,1943 in Somerset, England and grew up in London. She began her career in the arts as a glamour model, going by the name Vicky Kennedy in the early 1960s, but switched back to her birth name once she began acting.

She appeared in The Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night in July of 1964, and played Dink, Bond's masseuse, in Goldfinger the same year. Though her small acting role in Goldfinger was memorable, Nolan also appeared in the title sequence and advertisements for Goldfinger, painted gold from head to toe and sporting a gold bikini.

Shirley Eaton played the gold-painted Bond girl in the film. Nolan's Goldfinger campaign led to a photoshoot with Playboy magazine as well as roles in Gerry and the Pacemakers' film Ferry Cross the Mersey and Marcel Carne's Three Rooms in Manhattan in 1965. That same year, Nolan was cast as Miss Jones in Carry On Cowboy, her first appearance in the Carry On franchise.

Nolan took a break from acting after the mid-'80s, returning only in 2011 as Dame Margaret in Yvonne Deutschman's The Power of Three.

She turned her attention to the visual arts, and her photo montages were exhibited in galleries throughout London. In 2019, Wright cast her in a small role in his upcoming film Last Night in Soho.

Nolan is survived by her two sons, Oscar Deeks and Luke O'Sullivan. – Reuters

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