Margaret Nolan, ‘Goldfinger’ Model and Actress in ‘A Hard Day’s Night,’ Dies at 76
Margaret Nolan, an actress and artist best known as the gold-painted model in the title sequence of the 1964 James Bond film "Goldfinger", died on October 5th. Her son Oscar Deeks confirmed this to Variety. She was 76 years old.
Director Edgar Wright first announced the news of Nolan's death on Twitter. In a touching tribute, Wright wrote, “She was the middle of the Venn diagram of everything that was cool in the 1960s. After performing with The Beatles, I was more than an icon in Bond and part of the "Carry On" cast. "
Nolan was born in Somerset, England on October 29, 1943 and grew up in London. She began her career in the arts as a glamor model under the name Vicky Kennedy in the early 1960s, but switched back to her maiden name when she first started acting. She appeared in the Beatles film "A Hard Day's Night" in July 1964 and played Dink, Bond's masseuse, in "Goldfinger" that year.
Although her small acting role in "Goldfinger" was unforgettable, Nolan appeared mostly in the title sequence "Goldfinger", posters, records and books that were painted head to toe in gold and wore a gold bikini. Shirley Eaton played the gold-painted Bond girl in the Sean Connery film.
She declined to travel the world as a Goldfinger model for two years to pursue her acting career.
The "Goldfinger" campaign in 1965 resulted in a photo shoot with Playboy magazine and roles in Gerry and the Pacemakers film "Ferry Cross the Mersey" and Marcel Carné's "Three Rooms in Manhattan".
She also performed on stage with her ex-husband, actor Tom Kempinski, performing fringe theater and political drama.
That same year, Nolan was cast as Miss Jones in "Carry On Cowboy," her first appearance in the "Carry On" franchise. In 1971 she portrayed a "Buxom Lass" in "Carry on Henry VIII" and Popsy in "Carry On at Your Convenience" and in 1972 "Carry On Matron". She starred in "Carry On Girls" as Dawn Brakes in 1973 and "Carry On Dick" as Lady Daley in 1974. She also appeared on multiple Spike Milligan's "Q" series and appeared on television shows such as "Steptoe and Son" .
Nolan took a break from acting after the mid-80s and did not return until 2011 as Dame Margaret in Yvonne Deutschman's "The Power of Three". She moved to Spain to focus on permaculture and then focused on creating photomontages, often using manipulated photos of her vintage photos that were displayed in galleries across London. "So I made some of them pretty grotesque, really ... the idea that I was there as that passive woman who was being looked at, but behind that, behind my eyes, of course, I knew what was going on," she said Den of Geek in 2007.
In 2019 Wright played her in a small role in his upcoming film, Last Night in Soho.
Nolan is survived by her two sons, Oscar Deeks, a cameraman, and Luke O’Sullivan.
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