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Goldfinger (1964)


Written by Tim Dirks

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Goldfinger (1964)

In director Guy Hamilton's first Bond action film - the third James Bond film in the long-running series:

  • the pre-title credits opening scene in which non-chalant 007 agent James Bond (Sean Connery) removed his wet-suit gear (after setting charges along a set of NITRO tanks) and was revealed to be wearing a white dinner jacket with a red flower
  • the striking image of the naked corpse of Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) lying on Bond's hotel suite bed; she was the mistress-escort of the film's gold-obsessed villain Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe); she had become an unfortunate victim of skin asphyxiation or suffocation by gold paint as retaliation for her betrayal of Auric - ("She's covered in paint. Gold paint")
  • Bond's amazing Aston-Martin DB5 vehicle with oil slick, machine guns and passenger ejection seat
  • Oriental henchman Oddjob's (Harold Sakata) razor-sharp, lethal boomeranging bowler hat demonstration at the golf club
  • the sequence leading to the death of Tilly (Tania Mallet), the ill-fated sister of Jill Masterson, who went on a killing spree to avenge her sibling's death; she eventually admitted to Bond that she sought vengeance against Auric: "I want him dead. He killed my sister"; as Bond and Tilly fled from Auric's Korean henchmen and she ran for cover in the woods, she was hit in the neck by Oddjob's lethal-rimmed bowler hat and instantly killed
  • the sequence of a captured Bond lying spread-eagled on a gold tabletop with an industrial red laser beam inching towards his crotch as Bond quipped about the torture: "Do you expect me to talk?" and Goldfinger's famed reply: "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!"
  • Bond's introduction to Goldfinger's improbably-named personal jet pilot Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), who made a memorable entrance by blurringly appearing above him - he had been tranquilized, but awakened on Goldfinger's jet on its way from Europe to Baltimore enroute to Kentucky:

    - Bond: "Who are you?"
    - Pussy: (purring) "My name is Pussy Galore."
    - Bond: "I must be dreaming. (pause) I thought I'd wake up dead."

  • Goldfinger's plan was to have Pussy and her five-person fleet of planes (all-female pilots in Pussy Galore's Flying Circus) spray deadly, invisible Delta-9 nerve gas (in gas canisters) over Fort Knox (a life-sized replica of the real thing) to induce unconsciousness for 24 hours
  • the scene of Bond - during a tour of Goldfinger's Kentucky stud farm compound, wrestling with Pussy in the hay in one of the horse stables, eventually she succumbed and he was able to lower himself down on her and kiss her
  • the climactic Fort Knox assault and the one-on-one fight between Bond and Oddjob in the locked gold vault inside of the depository
  • the shocking demise of Oddjob inside Fort Knox's vault when he grabbed for his bowler hat stuck in metal bars and was electrocuted ("He blew a fuse")
Two Demises
  • the final sequence of Goldfinger's death when he was sucked out of a shot-out airplane window in the depressurized jet cabin; in the cockpit, Bond joked with Pussy that gold-obsessed Goldfinger was "playing his golden harp"
  • in the predictable conclusion, after Goldfinger died in a hijacked plane piloted by Pussy, she couldn't bring the plane under control, so the two parachuted together to safety before it crashed due to rapid decompression; on a tropical island, Bond told her that she shouldn't signal for help from a search helicopter as he pulled her onto the ground: "Oh no, you don't! This is no time to be rescued" - he covered the two of them with the parachute - for privacy's sake, for more kisses

The Naked Gold-Painted Corpse of Jill Masterson

Demonstrating Oddjob's Lethal Bowler Hat

The Death of Tilly

Bond's Laser Torture

Pussy Galore (Bond: "I must be dreaming")

Wrestling with Pussy and Kissing Her in the Hay in the Horse Stables

Bond Parachuting to Safety with Pussy


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