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Shirley Eaton (Bond Girl)

By: Anders Frejdh
Shirley Eaton Anders Frejdh
Shirley Eaton Anders Frejdh
Shirley Eaton Anders Frejdh
Jill Masterson in GOLDFINGER 1964

I first met Shirley Eaton, one of the most memorable Bond women after her role in Goldfinger (1964) (1964) and the nude golden photos in the November 1964 issue of Life magazine, at a convention in Basildon, England, in November 2000. Our paths have crossed several times since then; Northampton, Birmingham, and Pinewood Studios.

Shirley is always very sweet, kind and great to her fans. Mrs Eaton has written a very interesting biography of herself and also a book containing her own poems. She very nicely inscribed both of them to me. This meant I could not accept the kindness from a Swedish friend offering me her copy as it turned out she was a real life friend of Shirley.

About Shirley Eaton:
Without doubt, one of the most famous and timeless images of the 1960s is Shirley Eaton painted gold!

Making her film debut in A Day To Remember in 1953, Shirley was then in great demand and starred in films such as Doctor In The House (1954), Doctor At Large, The Naked Truth (both 1957), Carry On Sergeant (1958), Carry On Nurse (1959), Carry On Constable (1960), What A Carve Up (1962) and, of course, Goldfinger in 1964 in which she played the ill-feted Jill Masterson, who died from being painted gold.

Subsequent films include Ten Little Indians (1965), Around the World Under the Sea (1966), The Blood Of Fu Manchu (1968) and The Seven Secrets of Sumuru (1969).

Her many television credits include The Saint (including the very first episode), Great Scott, It’s Maynard and many James Bond and Carry On tribute programmes and documentaries.

In the late 1960s, she gave up acting to raise her family.

In 1999 she wrote her successful autobiography, Golden Girl.

Other people involved in Goldfinger that FSWL has met:
>Burt Kwouk
>Caron Gardner
>Desmond Llewelyn
>Guy Hamilton (director)
>Harold Sakata
>Honor Blackman
>John Barry (soundtrack)
>Ken Adam (production designer)
>Leslie Bricusse (lyricist)
>Lois Maxwell
>Margaret Nolan
>Martin Benson
>Monty Norman (composer of the James Bond theme)
>Nadja Regin
>Norman Wanstall (dubbing editor)
>Rocky Taylor (stuntman)
>Sean Connery
>Shirley Bassey (singer of the title song)
>Tania Mallet
>Terry Richards (stuntman)
>Tricia Muller

Text written and updated by Anders Frejdh in April, 2012.



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