The Mythos of David Goodis
Monday, September 28, 2015
Noir's Golden Girl
How they Painted Bond’s Golden Girl
Actress Shirley Eaton is cast as a gold-painted corpse in
Miss Eaton is assured that death from “skin suffocation”, (although probably not entirely certain about it in 1964), is not a likely outcome.
Just in case, a doctor is hired to be on set at all times in fear of possible skin suffocation and her stomach is left bare for the same reason.
Miss Eaton spends two hours in make-up … (two hours that the painter will never forget as long as he lives).
Although the myth of skin suffocation is based mainly on the incorrect belief that ‘respiration occurs, at least in part, through the skin’,
there is the worry that skin is the main surface for temperature exchange, and if heat accumulates for too long, locked under the skin, death is a very real possibility.
The crew films Miss Eaton’s scenes very, very quickly. It’s a wrap in a morning’s work.
After filming, Miss Eaton is scrubbed down by the wardrobe mistress and the make-up girl, and sweated off the remaining gold in a number of Turkish baths…
… (You’re probably wondering where
Presumably for good publicity, a rumor is spread that Shirley Eaton tragically died on set from asphyxiation due to the gold paint,
(just like in the movie plot).
Despite the urban myth following the release of
in 1964, Eaton is very much alive today and appeared in a 2003 episode of the series
to debunk the myth once and for all.
/ Movie trivia from
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