Shirley Eaton, Golden Girl of GoldfingerShirley Eaton had a fine career as an actress, and later as a writer. Regardless of her other achievements, she always will be remembered opposite Sean Connery as James Bond 007 in her brief portrayal of the golden girl Jill Masterson in "Goldfinger."
Paul Rabafer was the makeup artist on "Goldfinger" (1964) who painted her. "He was as impersonal about gilding me as if he was painting a ham." Which, Shirley being an actress, in a sense he was. Shirley had a thick cockney accent, and while she could speak just fine, thank you very much, the producers decided that her somewhat husky voice did not quite match her character's sexiness. So, they turned to go-to voice girl Nikki van der Zyl, who overdubbed Shirley's few lines.
Herewith, a collection of photographs of the marvelous Miss Eaton in all her golden glory. The photos are self-explanatory. That is Mr. Rabafer with her in several of them. She looks as though she was enjoying the process. Note the cameras set up behind them in the first shot. Many of the pictures were taken from that position.
|Paul Rabafer aplying makeup in position on the bed|
|Paul Rabafer probably enjoyed his job|
|Sean Connery enjoying his job|
|Shirley Eaton would later be in gold on that bed|
|"I think I 'll pour some Dom Perignon '55"|
|Shirley Eaton in position as Goldfinger's hidden assistant|
|A nice dorsal view of the lovely Shirley Eaton|
|Shirley Eaton in gold, with Sean Connery|
|Shirley Eaton kicking up her legs in bed|
|Shirley Eaton still waiting for that call!|
|Shirley Eaton at the Fontainebleau Hotel|
|Shirley Eaton, full shot, lying in bed, dead|
|They had to cover all of Shirley Eaton|
|Shirley Eaton with an impish grin|
|Shirley Eaton sure forgot about Goldfinger's card game in a hurry|
|Paul Rabafer, still at work on Shirley Eaton|
|Shirley Eaton with "bed head"|
|Shirley Eaton leaning over the balcony|
|Shirley Eaton relaxing outside in her bikini|