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Shirley Eaton - Jill Masterson

James Bond: She died of skin suffocation. It's been known to happen to cabaret dancers. It's alright so long as you leave a small bare patch at the base of the spine to allow the skin to breathe.

Shirley Eaton had only a very short appearance as Jill Masterson in Goldfinger. She works for Auric Goldfinger, peeping into his opponent's card when he plays and informing him by radio about his hand, until she is uncovered and seduced by James Bond. She is killed by Auric's hitman Oddjob for betraying Goldfinger. Oddjob covers her skin in gold so she suffocates.

Although her appearance was very short, the picture of Jill Masterson covered in gold is one of the most iconic in the Bond movies and in cinema history. It also helped to spread the then popular myth that you could die by skin suffocation when covered totally in paint. In reality, you wouldn't die of "skin suffocation", that's an urban legend.


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