James Bond as a franchise released many films throughout the ’60s. Perhaps one of the most memorable was 1964’s Goldfinger. The film focussed on Bond (played by Sean Connery) tracking down the titular villain, Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), and investigating how he was smuggling large quantities of gold across country borders. This weekend it was announced one of the film’s stars, Margaret Nolan, had sadly passed away.
Goldfinger is iconic for a number of reasons, including some well-placed one-liners, and indeed some incredible set pieces.
Who could forget the scene involving Bond strapped to a table with a laser slowly making its way up between his legs?
Or perhaps the memorable visual quality of seeing one of Bond’s girls lay dead in his bed, painted in gold.
It is also important to note that Goldfinger saw the first appearance of Bond’s best-known cinematic car: the Aston Martin DB5.
The first instance of historic cinema started as soon as the credits rolled at the beginning of the feature.
With Shirley Bassey’s unbelievable theme song – Goldfinger – playing over the credits, viewers watched images from the film being projected onto the gold-sprayed body of Margaret Nolan – which you can watch at the top of the article.
Although Margaret was sprayed gold in the title sequence, she did not play Jill Masterson, who was killed in the beginning of the film.
Jill was played by Shirley Eaton, another star from the ’60s who made her presence well-known in franchises such as Carry On, and Three Men in a Boat, as well as James Bond.
Instead, Margaret was signed on to just work on the title sequence of Goldfinger.
But the star revealed on her personal website that she only agreed to do it on one condition.
Margaret negotiated that she would only act as the canvas for the title sequence if she was given a role in the film as well.
Thankfully, Bond’s production company, Eon Films, were eager to appease Margaret, so they cast her in the film as Dink.
Dink was a masseuse, and can be seen early on in the film giving Bond a back rub.
Shortly into the scene, it becomes clear Bond is needed to discuss secret spy business, prompting Connery to announce it was time for “man talk”, before slapping her bottom, and ushering her away.
On top of her short appearance in the film, Margaret also featured on the theatrical poster, which saw her body being used as a display for the film’s scenes.
Margaret’s passing was announced by director Edgar Wright, who recently worked with the star on his upcoming film Last Night in Soho.
The director wrote a lengthy, heartfelt post on Twitter, which read: “It’s my sad duty to report that actress and artist, the magnificent Margaret Nolan has passed away. 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.
“She was the gold painted model in the iconic Goldfinger title sequence and poster (she also played Dink in the movie), she appeared in the classic A Hard Day’s Night, Carry On Girls, No Sex Please We’re British & many others, frequently sending up her own glamourpuss image.
“She also appeared in five Spike Milligan Q series, Steptoe & Son, The Likely Lads, Morecambe & Wise and The Sweeney. She became deeply involved in political theatre and more recently created visual art; deconstructed her own glamour modelling in a series of photomontages.
“I worked with her last year as she plays a small role in Last Night In Soho. She was so funny, sharp and, as you might imagine, full of the most amazing stories. I’m so glad I got to know her. My heart goes out to her family and all that loved her. She will be much missed.”