Friday, December 21, 2012

Margaret Nolan: A "Goldfinger" Tribute

Margaret Nolan, James Bond Cover Girl for Goldfinger

Margaret Nolan in Goldfinger 1964
Margaret Nolan being made up as the Golden Girl.
Margaret Nolan is famous for having starred in the 1964 James Bond film "Goldfinger." These shots are just from her Goldfinger work, but Margaret was in a number of British classic films during the 1960s. Margaret specialized in quick comic bits, such as in "A Hard Day's Night" and the "Carry On" films.

Cec Linder plays Felix Leiter in "Goldfinger." He is sort of the "forgotten" man of the entire series - virtually nobody ever mentions Cec Linder. However, he plays this key role extremely realistically, as a cynical gumshoe with no illusions and seeing the artifice behind everything. He and Nolan are in a memorable scene with Sean Connery at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Florida.

Margaret Nolan went on to many other famous roles, including the famous "sneeze the bikini open" shot from "Carry On, Girls."

In 1970, after "On Her Majesty's Secret Service," they were unsure how to proceed with the James Bond series. The first concept was to bring Gert Frobe back as Goldfinger's evil twin. The script later changed, and instead, they focused on James Bond's other main nemesis from the previous films, Blofeld. If they had gone with the former idea, it would have been awesome if they also had brought Margaret back for a quick cameo. Unfortunately, it came to naught.

Margaret Nolan in Goldfinger 1964

Incidentally, Margaret Nolan still acts occasionally in the 21st Century. She is one of the last actors from "Goldfinger" still in the business, along with Honor Blackman (whether Sean Connery still acts seems like an on-again, off-again matter depending upon whether some project catches his fancy).


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