Actress and model Margaret Nolan, who was the gold-painted model in the iconic Bond opening sequence for ‘Goldfinger’, has died aged 76.
She also appeared in the Beatles movie Hard Day's Night and the Carry On films. Her son, cinematographer Oscar Deeks confirmed the news to Variety.
Margaret began a career in modelling in the early 60s, snaring a role in the Richard Lester-directed Beatles comedy caper Hard Day's Night in 1964 as the girl at the casino.
That same year, she played Dink, James Bond's masseuse in Goldfinger, and was later painted gold for the movie's posters, soundtrack cover and title sequence (though Shirley Eaton played the role of the slain Jill Masterson, who is painted gold and suffocates in the movie).
A year later, she starred again in a second movie for a Merseyside band, Ferry Across The Mersey, made by Gerry and the Pacemakers, set in and around the Liverpool beat scene, and then in French director Marcel Carné's Three Rooms In Manhattan, which featured a young Robert De Niro in an uncredited scene.
Many roles followed in the Carry On movie series, first in 1965 in Carry On Cowboy, and then in movies like Carry On At Your Convenience, Carry On Matron, Carry On Dick, Carry On Henry and Carry On Girls, in which she famously fought with Barbara Windsor.
She also frequently appeared alongside Spike Milligan in his influential series Q, while her other TV work included the likes of Last Of The Summer Wine, The Persuaders!, Steptoe And Son, Brideshead Revisited, and The Sweeney.
She used her career onscreen in her later work as a visual artist, bringing together her publicity shots to make graphic, often disturbing photo montages as a comment on how women are viewed, and showed her work at a number of high-profile galleries.
Her last appearance on screen was in a small role for Edgar Wright's forthcoming Last Night In Soho, with Edgar taking to Twitter to pay tribute to her.
“It's my sad duty to report that actress and artist, the magnificent Margaret Nolan has passed away,” she wrote in a series of tweets. “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.”
“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.”
Reporting by Ben Arnold.