Goldfinger's Golden Girl, Then And Now: Shirley Eaton Lives!

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Shirley Eaton with Sean Connery on the set of 'Goldfinger' (1964), and on the cover of Life magazine. Source: IMDB; Amazon

In Goldfinger, Shirley Eaton's gold-painted character Jill Masterson is discovered dead by James Bond, played by Sean Connery. It's one of the most memorable screen deaths in 007 movie history (and there have been many) -- but don't believe the urban legend associated with it. Eaton herself did not die; she survived the scene, and is alive and well. Even though her character died 20 minutes into the 1964 film, she's a perennial favorite Bond Girl among fans of the series. She's even said to outshine (sorry) Honor Blackman, who as Pussy Galore is the "main" Bond Girl of Goldfinger

With her blonde good looks and her Cockney English accent, Shirley Eaton was a sex symbol in the ‘50s and ‘60s. She is best known for her role as one of the Bond girls, although she did make a few movies before and after that career-defining role. The fact that Shirley Eaton retired from acting at a young age only fueled the rumors of her exaggerated death.