Snapshot, 1964: “She’s covered in paint – gold paint”

On the set of ‘Goldfinger’, Shirley Eaton, playing the role of James Bond’s playmate Jill Masterson, receives the final touches of gold body-paint, before her iconic moment in the spotlight…

James Bond is too chivalrous for his own good. During a brief excursion from the bedroom to the fridge to grab (another) bottle of champagne, Bond is knocked out by Oddjob, villain Auric Goldfinger’s bowler-hat-clad henchman, who then proceeds to murder Masterson in the cruellest way imaginable: ‘epidermal suffocation’. An iconic moment in cinema history, the Midas touch proved effective in another respect ­– the £3m flick generated over $125m worldwide, a mighty sum that would cement Bond’s place in cinema to this day. Eaton might have enjoyed only a fleeting appearance in the film, but she soon earned fame as the ‘Golden Bond Girl’ – the first of many… 

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