The actress and model Margaret Nolan, known for appearing in movies like Goldfinger and A Hard Day’s Night, passed away last week at the age of 76.
Nolan’s death was confirmed in a lengthy Twitter thread by filmmaker Edgar Wright, who worked with her on the upcoming movie Last Night in Soho.
“It’s my sad duty to report that actress and artist, the magnificent Margaret Nolan has passed away,” Wright began. “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.”
“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,” he added.
“She also appeared in five Spike Milligan Q series, Steptoe & Son, The Likely Lads, Morecambe & Wise and The Sweeney,” Wright wrote. “She became deeply involved in political theatre and more recently created visual art; deconstructed her own glamour modelling in a series of photomontages.”
The filmmaker concluded by opening up about his own experience working with Nolan.
“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,” Write 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.”
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. 1/4 pic.twitter.com/YaEaWDmLt2
— edgarwright (@edgarwright) October 11, 2020
Variety reported that Nolan first started modeling in the early 1960s under the name Vicky Kennedy before she went back to her birth name when she decided to pursue acting. Her big break came in 1964, when she was cast in The Beatles’ movie A Hard Day’s Night. That same year, Nolan won the role of Dink, James Bond’s masseuse, in Goldfinger.
In that classic Bond movie, Nolan was also featured in the title sequence and subsequent posters and promotional material as the woman painted from head-to-toe in gold. This ad campaign became so famous that Nolan was asked to pose for Playboy Magazine, which then led to roles in the Gerry and the Pacemakers’ film Ferry Cross the Mersey and Marcel Carne’s Three Rooms in Manhattan the next year.
Nolan took a break from acting in the 1980s before returning to the big screen in 2011, when she portrayed Dame Margaret in Yvonne Deutschman’s The Power of Three.
Later in life, Nolan moved to Spain, where she focused her attention on creating photo montages, often using manipulated photos of her vintage photos.
“That’s why I made some of them quite grotesque, really…the idea that I was there as this passive woman, being looked at, but behind it all, behind my eyes, of course I knew what was going on,” she told the Den of Geek back in 2007.
Nolan is survived by two sons.