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Those who dare to fail miserably can achieve greatly.

—John F. Kennedy

Synopsis: Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.

Reaction: Classic in the Bond series. A little dated, but still fun.

Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Guy Hamilton => Director
Paul Dehn => Writer
Richard Maibaum => Writer
John Barry => Composer
Ian Fleming => Novel
Alf Joint => Capungo
Austin Willis => Simmons
Bernard Lee => 'M'
Bill Nagy => Midnight
Bob Simmons => James Bond in Gunbarrel Sequence (uncredited)
Burt Kwouk => Mr. Ling
Cec Linder => Felix Leiter
Desmond Llewelyn => 'Q'
Gert Fröbe => Auric Goldfinger (as Gert Frobe)
Hal Galili => Mr. Strap (uncredited)
Harold Sakata => Oddjob (as Harold Sakata 'Tosh Togo')
Honor Blackman => Pussy Galore
Lois Maxwell => Moneypenny
Mai Ling => Mei-Lei
Margaret Nolan => Dink
Martin Benson => Solo
Michael Collins => Auric Goldfinger (voice) (uncredited)
Michael Mellinger => Kisch
Nadja Regin => Bonita
Peter Cranwell => Johnny
Richard Vernon => Smithers
Sean Connery => James Bond
Shirley Eaton => Jill Masterson
Tania Mallet => Tilly Masterson
Victor Brooks => Blacking

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Aston Martin were initially reluctant to part with two of their cars for the production. The producers had to pay for the Aston Martin, but after the success of the film, both at the box office and for the company, they never had to spend money on a car again.
  • Goldfinger wears yellow or a golden item of clothing in virtually every scene. In the one that he appears not to - in which he wears a US Army Colonel's uniform - he carries a golden revolver.
  • The original choice for the spy car of the film was not the Aston Martin DB5 but an E-Type Jaguar, which cost half as much. The E-Type Jaguar was a car model actually driven by production designer [?] Ken Adam. Jaguar declined and the producers went to Aston Martin's David Brown. He supplied them two production prototypes of the newly released Aston Martin DB5. One was used for straight driving and the other was for adding various gadgets and features by [?] Ken Adam. A Jaguar-based spy car is seen in Die Another Day.
  • The Ford Motor Company happily supplied a Lincoln Continental for the car compactor scene in exchange for featuring their new model Ford Mustang in the Swiss mountain driving sequence. During the crushing of the Lincoln, the crew remained totally silent, in awe of what they were doing.
  • Honor Blackman is the oldest ever Bond Girl, being 37 years of age at the time of filming.
  • Goldfinger was intended to be lighter in tone and less political than the first two Bond films. It was released in the UK and USA the same year.
  • Honor Blackman quit her role as Cathy Gale on [The Avengers] to appear in Goldfinger. A 1965 episode of [The Avengers] made sly reference to this by having John Steed receive a Christmas card from Cathy Gale - sent from Fort Knox.
  • Some of Pussy Galore's all-woman Flying Circus were played by men wearing blonde wigs.
  • This is the only Sean Connery-era Bond film without the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld or explicit reference to his organization SPECTRE (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion). However, Golfinger appears to be wearing a gold SPECTRE ring during the card game in Miami beach. Additionally, in retroactive continuity, Goldfinger is linked to SPECTRE in the video-game GoldenEye: Rogue Agent.
  • Pussy Galore introduces herself to Bond, who replies "I must be dreaming." The original script had Bond replying "I know you are, but what's your name?" This was deemed too suggestive.
  • Sean Connery hurt his back during the fight sequence with Oddjob in Fort Knox. The incident delayed filming and some say that Connery used the injury to get a better deal out of the producers for the next 007 film.
  • First appearance of a laser beam in a movie. In the original script, the scene had a spinning buzzsaw (as in the novel) until it was decided that such an image had become commonplace and unoriginal.