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Margaret Nolan, the actor in ‘Goldfinger’, has died aged 76

Margaret Nolan, the actor and model most commonly recognised for her role in the now-iconic 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, has passed away at the age of 76.

While Nolan’s son, Oscar Deeks, confirmed that the actor had died on October 5th, filmmaker Edgar Wright was the first the publicly announce the news: “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 ’60s; having appeared with the Beatles, been beyond iconic in Bond and been part of the Carry On cast too,” Wright said in a statement issued to social media.

“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,” Wright continued.

“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.”

Nolan, who was born in Norton Radstock, Somerset in 1943, first began her career as a successful and highly popular model before turning her attention to television work where she landed a part in the A Hard Day’s Night with The Beatles and, from there, she didn’t look back.

While Nolan worked prolifically for years, she will be fondly remembered by Bond fans around the world after she famously played the role of Dink, Bond’s masseuse, in the James Bond film Goldfinger. While the part wasn’t a particularly large one, she became the face of the movie after she was painted entirely in gold while wearing a bikini. “It does celebrate the physical form,” she once said. “If I’d been nude it might have been about liberation because up to that point you wouldn’t have seen a nude woman in a publicly visible thing like that. I could have been very pretentious and said this is liberating. But because I was dressed-up anyway I didn’t get that sense.”

See some of the images in Wright’s tribute, below.

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