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A Note Regarding Spoilers

The following FAQ entries may contain spoilers. Only the biggest ones (if any) will be covered with spoiler tags. Spoiler tags have been used sparingly in order to make the page more readable.

For detailed information about the amounts and types of (a) sex and nudity, (b) violence and gore, (c) profanity, (d) alcohol, drugs, and smoking, and (e) frightening and intense scenes in this movie, consult the IMDb Parents Guide for this movie. The Parents Guide for Goldfinger can be found here.

Most of the James Bond movies are based in some part on the novels of Ian Fleming [1909-1964]. Goldfinger is based on Fleming's 1959 novel of the same name. It was adapted for the screen by Richard Maibaum and Paul Dehn. It is the third film in the James Bond series, and the third to star Sean Connery as James Bond.

Goldfinger is sung by Welsh singer Shirley Bassey. This was her debut in the series and to date, she is the only performer who has sung more than one Bond theme, a total of 3: she also sang the themes for Diamonds are Forever & Moonraker.

In the opening precredit scenes, Bond is shown infiltrating and destroying the house of a drug lord in Mexico. The story then moves to Miami Beach where Bond's holiday is interrupted by Felix Leiter (Cec Linder) with orders from M (Bernard Lee) that he should keep his eye on Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe), horse-breeder and international jeweller. After catching Goldfinger cheating at gin rummy, Bond returns to London where M briefs him on his next assignment...find out how Goldfinger transports his gold internationally. After catching Goldfinger cheating at golf, Bond follows him to Geneva, Switzerland. While there, he infiltrates Auric Enterprises, hears about Operation Grand Slam, and twice foils attempts to assassinate Goldfinger by Tilly Masterson (Tania Mallet), sister of Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton), who Goldfinger murdered back in Miami Beach by having her covered in gold paint. Unfortunately, both Bond and Tilly are captured, and Tilly has her neck broken by Oddjob (Harold Sakata)'s hat. Goldfinger spares Bond's life when Bond informs him that he knows all about Operation Grand Slam. Bond is flown to Baltimore, Maryland and then on to Auric Stud Farm near Bluegrass Fields, Kentucky where he discovers that Operation Grand Slam involves an attempt to irradiate the U.S. gold supply in Fort Knox, making the gold radioactive for 58 years, thereby increasing the value of Goldfinger's gold and plunging the U.S. into economic chaos.

Of course not! The myth goes that Eaton, who played Bond's love interest Jill Masterson, died from asphyxiation after her body was covered with gold paint, because the body "breathes" through the skin. So long as a person is breathing through his or her nose or mouth, s/he will not die from asphyxiation, no matter how much the body is covered in paint (or any other substance). Shirley Eaton is still alive. The full story is seen here. For the effect in the film, the producers and makeup people must have taken into account that even though a person can't die from the process, the amount of time they'd need to film the scene & probably did it as quickly as possible to avoid any harmful effects.

The Mythbusters did an experiment where Jamie Hineman was painted in gold paint. Though there was no evidence that he was suffering any effects of skin asphyxiation, the paramedics on the show did measure his blood pressure following a short run on a treadmill & found it was quite high.

Bond's Bentley from From Russia with Love (1963) is replaced with a silver 1964 Aston Martin DB5. It comes equipped with bullet-proof windows, revolving license plates, and a homing device with a range of 150 miles. For defense mechanisms, it has a smokescreen, oil slick, rear bullet-proof screen, left and right front wing machine guns, and a passenger ejector seat.

Yes. While the left rear tail-light cluster dispensed oil, the right rear tail-light cluster would have dispensed calthrops (three-pronged spikes for puncturing an enemy's tires). The front and rear bumpers could extend to act as overriders. Inside the car, there was a telephone built into secret compartment in the door. Finally, augmenting the twin machine guns, Bond had a weapons tray beneath the driver's seat containing a Mauser machine pistol, an AR7 folding rifle, a telescopic sight, a silencer, a hand grenade, and a throwing knife. There have been suggestions that the calthrops were dropped from the script as they might have encouraged kids to puncture tires, though the idea was resurrected for Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) 33 years later.

Felix Leiter's line about Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) "switching the gas canisters" has led many people to think that the poison gas was switched for knockout gas. In fact, Pussy has just swapped the deadly gas canisters for the practice canisters she and her girls used in training. The soldiers have been told to pretend to fall over when the planes pass overhead. When the Geiger counter tells Felix and his men that the bomb has arrived at Fort Knox and, therefore, can be recovered during the battle and not used to blow up another target, the order is given for the soldiers to stop pretending and get into position for the assault. Interestingly, if the guards had been gassed for real, they wouldn't have fallen over nearly as fast as they pretended to, i.e., it would take some time for the gas to take effect.

No, because Goldfinger is not using an actual nuclear bomb but a "dirty bomb" - a standard explosive which disperses radioactive materials over a wide area without any actual nuclear fission taking place. Goldfinger just wanted to make the gold inaccessible to the US government, rather than destroying it completely. It's probably GF's obsessive love of gold itself that keeps him from destroying it.

The Korean soldier helped Goldfinger hijack the plane. He can be seen in four shots: standing behind Goldfinger when he first appears; waving his hands in the air when the fight breaks out; lying still on the ground as Goldfinger is sucked out of the plane; and lying still on the ground as James Bond gets up and goes to the cockpit. The rest of his role in the scene (including being knocked out/killed) appears to have been edited out.

How does the movie end?

Goldfinger and his crew blow their way through the front gate of Fort Knox and laser through the steel-barricaded front door. The U.S. military forces suddenly jump into action and overtake Goldfinger's men. Goldfinger removes his coat to reveal himself in the uniform of a brigadier general and escapes the Fort. Goldfinger had previously had Bond handcuffed to the ticking bomb, but Bond manages to get the keys off the body of one of Goldfinger's henchmen who had been tossed off a balcony by Oddjob when he (the henchman) tried to disarm the bomb. Bond attempts to disarm the bomb, but Oddjob attacks him. In the fight that ensues, Bond ducks and catches Oddjob's lethal hat. He tries to throw it at Oddjob but misses, the hat lodging in the bars of the vault. When Oddjob goes to retrieve his hat, Bond leaps at the bars with a high voltage cable, electrocuting Oddjob. Returning to the bomb, Bond tries again to disarm it, but he can't figure out how. Just as the timer reaches "007", an atomic specialist reaches over and turns off the switch. Felix informs Bond that it was Pussy's call to Washington that got them to switch the gas in the canisters. Bond is invited to the White House by the president. When he gets on the jet, however, he finds that Goldfinger has hijacked it and that Pussy is at the controls. Bond and Goldfinger struggle for a revolver that goes off, blowing out a window and sucking Goldfinger out of the cabin. Unfortunately, the decompression has made it so that Pussy cannot control the jet. In the final scenes, Bond and Pussy eject themselves from the jet and parachute to the ground, where they cover themselves with a parachute so that they won't get picked up too soon.

Bond's mission to Mexico is a little different, he only kills a drug crazed Mexican bandit. Later, Junius DuPont from "Casino Royale" approaches Bond and asks him to expose Goldfinger as a card cheat. Jill and Tilly's last name is Masterton. Bond and Jill don't make love in Miami but on a train going to New York. Jill isn't killed immediately after the love making scene. Goldfinger isn't working for the Chinese but for SMERSH, of whom he is the treasurer. After the golf game, Goldfinger invites Bond to his house. Bond snoops around and finds Goldfinger is filming him. He exposes the film and makes it look like Goldfinger's pet cat is to blame. Goldfinger is wise to this and lets Oddjob have the cat for supper. In Switzerland, Bond witnesses Goldfinger making a gold bar drop for SMERSH, which he intercepts. Tilly only tries to kill Goldfinger outside his factory at night, there we learn about Jill's demise. The two are caught outside. Once inside, Bond repeatedly head butts Goldfinger but is knocked out by Oddjob. The laser is a table saw. While it gets closer, Oddjob works Bond's pressure points. After Bond says he'll work for Goldfinger, he's knocked out again. Once in America, Bond is put in a small room next to Tilly, who is still alive at this point. They are told to do secretarial work for "Operation Grand Slam". The plan is to actually rob the U.S. Gold Depository while beforehand poisoning Fort Knox's water supply. Pussy Galore is a straight-out lesbian and Tilly has a crush on her. Pussy does not work directly for Goldfinger, she is another gangster hired for the job. The gangsters are not gassed, they are merely a way to find groups to pin the crime on while Goldfinger gets away with his share of the bullion. While on a reconnaissance flight, Bond tapes a distress message to the inside seat of the plane's toilet. The first part of the plan appears to be a success and all of Goldfinger's team, dressed as doctors and nurses, go through the town in a train. The entire town appears to have died as bodies have littered the streets. The gang never enters the depository, a helicopter sounds an alarm that signals the soldiers to spring to life just as the bomb placing unit begins to move in. During the shootout, Tilly is killed by Oddjob's hat and the gang escapes in the train. Felix Leiter shows up, having gotten Bond's message, and hands Bond a missile launcher. Bond fires but only hits the back of the train. Before Bond gets on a plane for home, he is forced to get a typhus inoculation which knocks him out. He wakes up tied to a seat in the plane, Goldfinger and his crew having taken it over. Pussy Galore, dressed as a stewardess, tells Bond she's with him. After Bond notes Oddjob is relaxed, he punctures the window next to him with a knife which sucks Oddjob out of the plane. Goldfinger then attacks Bond, but Bond strangles him to death. He has the pilots crash the plane and only he and Pussy survive. On the trip home, Pussy tells Bond she is only a lesbian and a criminal because, as a child, her uncle raped her. The two then make love.

Including Goldfinger, Connery made seven movies in which he played James Bond: Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), and, Never Say Never Again (1983), which is not an official film of the series.

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