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Right / Right?: James Bond is wrong

That's not true. Probably the most famous production of this misconception is the James Bond film "Goldfinger". In a scene that was featured on the cover of Time magazine at the time, 007, played by Sean Connery, finds secretary Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) dead on her bed. Her boss, the evil Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), had "gilded" the unfaithful lady as a punishment. James Bond explains the death of his playmate as follows: "The skin could no longer breathe. You have heard of such accidents in dancers. The gold coating is not dangerous if you leave a certain point on the back, then the skin can still breathe. "

The makers of the film must also have been convinced of this theory. In any case, they were very careful with actress Shirley Eaton: she is not completely undressed in the scene (we are in 1964) and, as a precaution, an area about fifteen by fifteen centimeters was left ungilded on her back. A team of doctors monitored the entire operation.

Nevertheless, the rumor persists to this day that the actress died during the shooting in exactly the same way as the character she played. Which, however, is refuted by the fact that Shirley Eaton was still perky in eight other films before she retired into private life.

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Science has made tremendous advances since the 1960s. Today we know: In contrast to lower animals such as worms or sponges, humans breathe through their mouths and noses, even if the opposite is sometimes still being claimed (for example on a notice in a Hamburg sauna that says that we are doing sixty percent of what is vital Absorb oxygen through the skin). In fact, the proportion of skin respiration is only one percent, so a clogging of the pores would hardly be of importance in terms of respiratory technology.

Of course, this does not mean that Actions Ö la Goldfinger are completely harmless to health: Toxic ingredients in the paint could get into the body, and in addition, a seal on the skin prevents sweating, so there is a risk of overheating. However, the procedure is definitely out of the question as a murder method. Christoph Drösser

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