Margaret Nolan, Iconic ‘Goldfinger’ Model And Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ Star, Dies At 76 – Margaret Nolan, who was known as the gold-painted model in the title sequence for the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, has died.
Margaret Nolan, Iconic ‘Goldfinger’ Model And Beatles’ ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ Star, Dies At 76:
Margaret Nolan, the actress and model best known for her role in the 1964 Bond film “Goldfinger” and The Beatles classic “A Hard Days Night,” has died. She was 76.
Director Edgar Wright said on Sunday it was his “sad duty” to announce the passing of the “magnificent” Nolan, his friend and recent collaborator.
“She was the middle of Venn diagram of everything cool in the 60’s; having appeared with the Beatles, been beyond iconic in Bond,” Wright tweeted.
Wright tweeted a current picture with Nolan, who will appear in a “small role” in his upcoming film “Last Night in Soho.”
“She was so funny, sharp and, as you might imagine, full of the most amazing stories,” Wright wrote. “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.”
Margaret Nolan was born on Oct. 29, 1943 in Somerset, England, and grew up in London. She got her start as a model before landing roles in TV shows, theater production and films including A Hard Day’s Night with the Beatles, Ferry Cross the Mersey with Gerry and the Pacemakers and Marcel Carné’s Three Rooms in Manhattan in the early ’60s.
‘Goldfinger’ Actress Margaret Nolan Dead:
In 1964, she rose to prominence as the gold-painted model in the famed title sequence of 007 movie “Goldfinger.”
In Goldfinger, Margaret Nolan played the role of Dink, Bond’s masseuse, opposite Sean Connery, in addition to being painted gold for the iconic title sequence. That led to her being photographed for a “James Bond’s Girls” edition of Playboy magazine in 1965.
She went on to feature in “Ferry Cross the Mersey”, the movie musical starring rock band Gerry and the Pacemakers, and joined the “Carry On” comedy franchise with her first of many parts in “Carry On Cowboy”.
Nolan’s other acting credits included series like “Steptoe and Son”, and Spike Milligan’s “Q…”, and movies such as “The Great St Trinian’s Train Robbery”, “No Sex Please”, “We’re British.”
She took a break from acting in the mid-’80s before returning for a role in the 2011 British film “The Power of Three.” Wright’s “Last Night in Soho” is scheduled for a 2021 release.
Nolan was married to actor Tom Kempinski from 1967-72.
Margaret Nolan is survived by sons Luke O’Sullivan and Oscar Deeks, who is a cinematographer.