Margaret Nolan death: ‘Beyond iconic’ Goldfinger Bond girl dies aged 76

Margaret Nolan in the poster for ‘Goldfinger’ (left) and photographed in 1971 (right) (Rex/Getty)
Margaret Nolan in the poster for ‘Goldfinger’ (left) and photographed in 1971 (right) (Rex/Getty)

Margaret Nolan, the actor and artist known for her appearance in the 1964 James Bond film Goldfinger, has died at the age of 76.

In Goldfinger, Nolan appeared in the title sequence and famous poster painted entirely in gold, also playing the character of Dink in the movie.

Her death on 5 October was confirmed by her son, Oscar Deeks.

Born in Somerset in 1943, Nolan started out as a model, before moving into acting with roles in film, TV and theatre.

As well as Goldfinger, Nolan was also known for her roles in the Carry On films, and had appeared in the iconic Beatles movie A Hard Day’s Night.

After taking a break from acting in the late 1980s, Nolan returned to screens in 2011 in Yvonne Deutschman’s The Power of Three. As well as acting, Nolan also enjoyed a successful career as a visual artist.

The news was first announced by Hot Fuzz director Edgar Wright on social media. Wright recently worked with Nolan on the forthcoming film Last Night in Soho.

In a post on Twitter, the filmmaker wrote: “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.”

“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 is survived by her two children, Deeks and Luke O’Sullivan.

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