Release Details - Credits - Music - Cast - Notes
Date of release: 17 September 1964 (UK), 22 December 1964 (US)|
Running time: 111 mins
Aspect ratio: 1.66 : 1
Classification: PG (UK)
Alternative titles: Mission Goldfinger (Italy), Agent 007 Vs Goldfinger (Spain).
Directed by: Guy Hamilton|
Produced by: Harry Saltzman and Albert R Broccoli
Screenplay by: Richard Maibaum and Paul Dehn
Production designed by: Ken Adam
Director of photography: Ted Moore BSC
Editor: Peter Hunt
Special effects by: John Stears
Stunt work arranged by: Peter Perkins
Main title designed by: Robert Brownjohn
Music composed and conducted by: John Barry|
Main theme: "Goldfinger"
Musical notes: Although the theme song is now inextricably linked with
Shirley Bassey there also exits a demo version performed by the actor Anthony
Newley, who co-wrote the lyrics.
James Bond: Sean Connery|
Pussy Galore: Honor Blackman
Auric Goldfinger: Gert Frobe (dubbed by Michael Collins)
Jill Masterson: Shirley Eaton
Tilly Masterson: Tania Mallet
Oddjob: Harold Sakata (Tosh Togo)
M: Bernard Lee
Solo: Martin Benson
Felix Leiter: Cec Linder
Simmons: Austin Willis
Miss Moneypenny: Lois Maxwell
Midnight: Bill Nagy
Kirsch: Michael Mellinger
Johnny: Peter Cranwell
Bonita: Nadja Regin
Colonel Smithers Richard Vernon
Mr Ling: Burt Kwouk
Q: Desmond Llewelyn
Mai Lei: Mai Ling
Swiss Gatekeeper: Varley Thomas
Dink: Margaret Nolan
Brigadier: John McLaren
Atomic Specialist: Robert Macleod
Blacking: Victor Brooks
Capungo: Alf Joint
Hawker: Gerry Dugan
The footage of Bob Simmons seen at the start of the first two films is
used again, but the arrangement of the music is slightly quicker.
Using the title: As with the first Bond film, Goldfinger takes its title from the name of its villain. As if you didn't already know that.
The novel approach:
Compared with the first two films, Goldfinger makes a few changes
from the novel. However, this is entirely justified since the novel
is probably one of the weaker entries in the Fleming canon.
The literary Goldfinger intends
to steal the gold from Fort Knox (compared with the more ingenious scheme
of the film version), and in the novel the character of Tilly Masterson
features far more heavily. She doesn't really do much before meeting the same
fate of her movie counterpart at the end of the book.
It's also notable that Fleming's Tilly and Pussy Galore (who is a gangster rather
than a pilot) are both clearly lesbians, rather than being slightly butch as on film.
Of course, when Pussy meets Bond she changes her allegiances (in more ways than one),
resulting in a somewhat disturbing subtext.
On Her Majesty's Secret Service: Goldfinger is notable for properly establishing the character of Q, compared with Desmond Llewelyn's debut appearance as Major Boothroyd, the Equipment Officer in From Russia With Love. Q Branch itself also appears for the first time, with the whole sequence setting the trend for how subsequent films would treat Bond/Q scenes.
The Double 0 Section: This is the first film to acknowledge any other members of the Double 0 Section when M threatens to give the mission of investigating Goldfinger to 008 when he thinks that Bond may turn it into a personal vendetta to avenge Jill Masterson. Later, when Bond is having a close encounter with a laser beam he says that if he is killed he will be replaced by 008.
Locations: An un-named Latin American country (Mexico in the novel); Miami Beach, Florida, USA; various UK locations (the usual MI6 headquarters sequences in London, the airport from where Goldfinger flies to Geneva, and presumably the golf course, is near Southend-on-Sea in Essex according to the scanner map); the Swiss countryside and the Auric Enterprises factory near Geneva; 35,000 feet above Newfoundland; Friendship Airport, Batimore, USA; Auric Stud, Kentucky; Fort Knox, Kentucky. There's also a brief sequence with Felix Leiter in Washington.
The villain: Auric Goldfinger, a British bullion dealer and international jeweller.
He is completely obsessed with gold, which is handy given his name (even his first name is
derived from the Latin name for the metal). Goldfinger is wealthy man with many interests,
owning a private jet, a 1937 Rolls Royce Silver Phantom 3 (registration AU1),
an English golf club and a stud farm in Kentucky. His company, Auric Enterprises, has
metallurgical facility in Kent, England, and a factory in Switzerland.
The girl: Pussy Galore, Goldfinger's personal pilot. She is initially somewhat butch and "immune" to Bond's charms (the nearest the movie gets to confirming the lesbian origins of the character in the novel). However, Bond succeeds in persuading her to help him defeat Goldfinger. Pussy has judo skills and has trained her own all-female flying circus. It is implied that she is English; as well as Honor Blackman's accent, Goldfinger thinks that she may retire to England after Operation Grandslam.
Bond's conquests: Definitely Jill Masterson and Pussy Galore, but it is also implied that he slept with Bonita (the Latino woman in the pre-credits sequence) and Dink (the masseuse at the hotel).
Gadgets: Goldfinger introduces one of the most famous Bond gadgets in
the shape of the silver Aston Martin DB5 "with modifications" as follows:
machine guns behind the left and right front indicators; bullet proof glass; oil slick deployer
from the rear light assembly (the first gadget used in the chase scene); smoke screen
from the rear; rotating number plates, apparently "valid all countries"
but we only see three - BMT 216A (UK), 4711-EA-62 (France) and LU 6789 (Switzerland);
rear bullet proof screen; extending tyre slasher from the centre of the rear offside
wheel; passenger eject seat operated by a red button in the gear stick. Apart from the last
of these the gadgets are operated from a control panel in the armrest between the front
seats of the car.
Recurring characters: The movie features the return of Felix Leiter, Bond's CIA colleague, introduced in Dr No and a semi-regular in Fleming's novels. Jack Lord, who played the role in the first movie, wanted equal billing with Connery in order to return so the part was recast with an older actor, Cec Linder. Linder was originally cast as Simmons, the card player whom Goldfinger cheats in Miami, and Leiter was to be played by Austin Willis, but their roles were switched.
Continuity: Bond notes that the opposition got close to Leiter in Jamaica, a reference to Dr No. He later asks Q about his Bentley, which he was seen with in From Russia With Love. Finally, when held captive on board Goldfinger's private jet he enquires about his attache case (which he used to good effect in the previous movie), only to be told that it was found to be damaged.
Oscars: This was the first Bond movie to gain an Acadamy Award when Norman Wanstall won the award for Sound Effects in 1964 for his work on the film.
I didn't catch the name?: 007 uses his trademark introduction (accompanied by a burst of the Bond theme) when he interrupts Jill Masterson when she is assisting Goldfinger to cheat at cards. He later attempts to introduce himself to Tilly Masterson but she interrupts him before he can complete his name.
Vodka Martinis: On board Goldfinger's jet Bond orders a "Martini, shaken not stirred" for the first time in the series. He also drinks Dom Perignon 53 with Jill, a disappointing brandy with Colonel Smithers and a Mint Juliep with Goldfinger at his ranch in Kentucky.
Gambling: While Goldfinger is staying in Miami he regular plays gin with a fellow guest called Simmons, although he cheats by using Jill Masterson to spy on the game and radio him details of his opponent's hand. Bond discovers the ruse and forces Goldfinger to lose ten thousand dollars. Later, Bond and Goldfinger play golf. The stake is initially a shilling a hole but things are soon raised to the gold bar that Bond has borrowed from the Bank of England (or its equivalent value, five thousand pounds). Bond wins by out-cheating his opponent.
Bond bits: Bond dislikes the Beatles (a rare topical reference in the movies). He uses a Penfold Hearts golf ball.
Other trivia: Tilly Masterson was Jill's sister who wants to kill Goldfinger
in revenge. She initially tells Bond that her name is Tilly Soames.
The opening credits feature clips from the film (and from its
predecessor) projected on to some "golden girls", one
of whom is Margaret Nolan, who plays Dink in the film.
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