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Jill Masterton (Literary)

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Jill Masterton is a fictional character in Ian Fleming's James Bond novel Goldfinger. For the film adaptation both her and her sister Tilly had their surname changed to Masterson.

Novel biography

In the novel, Jill plays a slightly larger part. After Auric Goldfinger's humiliation, Jill and James Bond make love as they take an overnight train up the coast. Bond does not learn of her death until he meets Tilly Masterton, Jill's sister, in Switzerland. The film's version of events allows Goldfinger to exact revenge quicker, and dramatically, Bond gets to discover the striking image of a woman covered in gold paint.

Behind the scenes

The bizarre nature of her death is explained as skin suffocation. Although attributed to have happened to cabaret dancers, the validity of actually dying from this method has been questioned.

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