10 Actresses Whose Careers Didn’t Flourish After They Were Bond Girls

9. Shirley Eaton

Shirley Eaton was romancing British and American audiences with her clean, open good looks in the Doctor (1954-1970) and Carry On (1958-1978 and 1992) film series in the late 1950s and early 1960s.

Her big break, however, came when she was cast as Auric Goldfinger’s (Gert Fröbe’s) assistant, Jill Masterson in Goldfinger (1964).

Although she only appeared for less than five minutes onscreen, she arguably stole the most iconic visual in the film and in the entire franchise when she was painted from head to toe in gold.

Eaton was pivotal to the film’s publicity campaign, even appearing as “The Golden Girl” on the cover of Life Magazine in November 1964 (an event that she recreated for The Daily Mail in October 2015).

Sadly, her wave of success ended quite abruptly. Other than appearing as the female lead in a 1965 adaptation of Dame Agatha Christie’s And Then There Were None, she was relegated to B-movies and ultimately retired from acting in 1969 so that she could focus on raising her family.

Nevertheless, her role as the dazzling Golden Girl of Goldfinger still garners her worldwide fame and attention.


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