Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton)
Jill Masterson played by Shirley Eaton
Born in London, England on 12th January 1937
Starred In Goldfinger (1964)
007 meets Jill when he enters Goldfinger's suite. She hastily remarks, "who are you?!" to which Bond replies rather smoothly "Bond, James Bond". After introductions, Bond threatens Goldfinger with the Miami beach police unless he looses $15,000. Pleased with his new find, Bond and Jill then retire to the bedroom for the evening.
Later that evening whilst getting another Dom Pérignon '53 from the fridge, Oddjob knocks Bond unconscious. When 007 wakes he discovers Jill dead, suffocated after being painted completely in gold.
Jill Masterson is employed by Goldfinger to help him win at cards and to be 'seen' with him. She can see Goldfinger's opponent's cards through her pair of binoculars, so communicates with Goldfinger telling him what cards his opponent has and what is going on in the game.
She is an intelligent, very beautiful woman who Bond thinks is too nice to be involved with Goldfinger. She enjoys humiliating Goldfinger, but pays the ultimate price when Goldfinger gets his revenge.
Even though Shirley Eaton only appears in the film for less than five minutes, the scene with her painted in gold remains one of the most striking in the whole Bond series. In November 1964 this image caused a sensation when it was recreated on the front cover of Life magazine. §