12 October 2020 14:33
London (CNN) Margaret Nolan, an actress and model who famously featured covered in gold paint in the title sequence for the James Bond movie "Goldfinger," has died at the age of 76. Director Edgar Wright, who worked with Nolan on his upcoming movie "Last Night in Soho," announced the news on Twitter. "It's my sad duty to report that actress and artist, the magnificent Margaret Nolan has passed away," Wright tweeted As well as appearing in the "Goldfinger" title sequence, Nolan also played Bond's masseuse, Dink. In addition to appearing in the "Goldfinger" title sequence she also played the character Dink, a masseuse, in the 1964 film. Tributes are being paid to the "beyond iconic" Margaret Nolan, who starred in Goldfinger and danced as the gold-painted model in the film's title sequence, following her death at the age of 76.
As well as her famous James Bond role, the actress also appeared in several Carry On movies and alongside The Beatles in A Hard Day's Night. Her son, Oscar Deeks, said she died on 5 October, according to US entertainment magazine Variety. Image: The actress is probably best remembered as the woman painted gold in the film's opening sequence. Pic: Moviestore/Shutterstock 1964 Image: She also starred with Bernard Bresslaw in Carry On Girls. Director Edgar Wright, who worked with Nolan in 2019 for his upcoming horror film Last Night In Soho, announced news of her death on social media, describing the star as "the middle of [the] Venn diagram of everything cool in the 60s".
After the role, she appeared in Playboy and continued to act, with Carry On credits including Carry On Dick, Carry On Girls, Carry On Matron, Carry On At Your Convenience, Carry On Henry and Carry On Cowboy. RIP Margaret Nolan, 76. Forever iconic as the gold-painted body in the title sequence of GOLDFINGER. Clips of all previous Bond films were projected onto her body, in a sequence designed by Robert Brownjohn pic.twitter.com/WYld4AnwQn — Rhett Bartlett (@dialmformovies) October 12, 2020 Earlier this year, Bond fans paid tribute to Honor Blackman, who also starred in Goldfinger as Pussy Galore, following her death at the age of 94. Diana Rigg, who starred alongside George Lazenby's Bond in On Her Majesty's Secret Service, died in September.
Bond girl Margaret Nolan has died aged 76. The actress was the gold-painted model in the Goldfinger title sequence, the movie in which she also played Bond's masseuse Dink. She also appeared in the Carry On productions and in the Beatles' film, A Hard Day's Night. 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. 1/4 pic.twitter.com/YaEaWDmLt2 — edgarwright (@edgarwright) October 11, 2020 Film director Edgar Wright paid tribute, saying she was the epitome of "everything cool in the Sixties". He wrote on Twitter: "It is 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." He added: "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. 4/4 pic.twitter.com/6NpGYcHIgJ — edgarwright (@edgarwright) October 11, 2020 Nolan also appeared in Spike Milligan's Q series as well as Steptoe & Son. Wright worked with the actress last year, when she had a small role in his film Last Night In Soho. "She was so funny, sharp and, as you might imagine, full of the most amazing stories. During production on 1964's Goldfinger, model and actress Margaret Nolan spent weeks being photographed and filmed by designer Robert Brownjohn for the film's legendary title sequence. "As I say, I've never been able to live it down," Nolan, who died on October 5 at age 76, said in a 2007 interview. Born in England in 1943, Nolan worked as a model in the early stages of her career before landing small acting roles in films such as A Hard Day's Night (where she was credited as "Girl at Casino") and Saturday Night Out. But at 20 years old, it was Goldfinger that put Nolan permanently on the map and helped launch her career. "Eon films had wanted me to be the body for the iconic titles sequence, and I agreed if they gave me a part in the film," she explained on her website. They did: she played Dink, a masseuse who is infatuated with Bond (Sean Connery) and appears early in the film before making a quick exit. In return, Nolan was photographed as the gold-covered model that appeared on the Goldfinger poster, title sequence, album artwork, and more. (In the film itself, actress Shirley Eaton is covered in gold as part of the narrative.) In addition to the role, producers offered her a two-year contract to travel around the world as part of a promotional tour. Nolan turned it down, hoping instead to be taken seriously as an actress. She continued to get mail from Bond fans for years after the appearance. "They were quite pissed off because they'd already spent loads of money on me," Nolan said in that same 2007 interview, a rare conversation with the press. "It was because of what was going on politically at the time, and I wanted to do more serious stuff and be taken as a serious actress. Also, my husband didn't want me to go away for two years as well; it meant touring the world." Nolan worked consistently for years on television and in films—most notably in the BBC franchise Carry On—but stopped acting after 1986's Time Bandits and moved to Spain to live with her family and focus on permaculture design and her artwork. She resurfaced in the 2011 film The Power of Three and was later cast in Edgar Wright's forthcoming Last Night in Soho. The film, which would have been released this year were it not for the coronavirus pandemic, is now scheduled to arrive sometime in 2021. "She was the middle of Venn diagram of everything cool in the '60s; having appeared with the Beatles, been beyond iconic in Bond and been part of the Carry On cast too," Wright wrote on Twitter, adding, "She became deeply involved in political theatre and more recently created visual art; deconstructed her own glamour modeling in a series of photomontages." Of his colleague, Wright wrote, "She was so funny, sharp and, as you might imagine, full of the most amazing stories. — The Best Shows and Movies Streaming This October Join Vanity Fair to receive full access to VF.com and the complete online archive now.