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When Shirley Bassey recorded the theme song, she was singing as the opening credits were running on a screen in front of her, so that she could match the vocals. When she hit her final high note, the titles kept running, and she was forced to hold the note, until she almost passed out.
The movie was the fastest grossing picture in film history when it was released and was entered into the Guiness Book of World Records.
Sean Connery never traveled to the United States to film this movie. Every scene in which he appears to be in the USA was filmed in Pinewood Studios outside London. This explains why Bond flips a light switch down to discover the golden corpse of Jill, as English light switches are generally turned on by flicking them down instead of up.
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.
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.
Honor Blackman used to be the oldest ever Bond Girl, being 39 years of age at the time of filming. When Spectre (2015) was released, she lost the title to Monica Bellucci, 50 years old.
The recreation of the Fort Knox repository at Pinewood Studios was incredibly accurate considering no one involved in the film had been allowed inside the real location for security reasons. The set looked so real that a 24-hour guard was placed on the Fort Knox set at Pinewood Studios so that pilferers would not steal the gold bar props. A letter to the production from the Fort Knox Controller congratulated Ken Adam and his team on the recreation. Auric Goldfinger's 3D Model Map used for his Operation Grandslam is now housed as a permanent exhibition at the real Fort Knox.
The producers wanted Orson Welles to play Auric Goldfinger, but Welles was too expensive. Then Gert Fröbe began arguing over his salary (he wanted 10% from the movie's earnings), prompting the producers to wonder whether Welles would have been cheaper after all.
Author Ian Fleming partially based the title character of his original 1959 novel 'Goldfinger' on the controversial Modernist architect Erno Goldfinger. When he learned that Fleming was naming the villain of his new James Bond novel 'Goldfinger,' the architect threatened to file a lawsuit against Fleming's publisher in an effort to stop the book's publication. Fleming's publisher then contacted the author to inquire whether Fleming might consider renaming the character, and the novel. Fleming replied that he'd be delighted to alter the name...if he could change the name of the character--and the novel--to "Goldprick." Fleming's publisher quietly settled the architect's lawsuit out of court.
Steven Spielberg cites this as his personal favorite of all the Bond movies and even owns an Aston Martin DB5 due to the impact Goldfinger had on him.
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.
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.
Gert Fröbe spoke very little English, so Michael Collins dubbed his voice. Director Guy Hamilton instructed Fröbe to speak his lines (in German) quickly which would assist the looping. Reportedly though, Fröbe was speaking English in a few scenes which reduces the awareness of the dubbing. In the film's trailer, Fröbe's own heavily accented voice is heard when Goldfinger tells James, "Choose your next witticism carefully, Mr. Bond, it may be your last". Fröbe dubbed his own voice in the German dubbed version of the film, too.
Oddjob never speaks in the film. His only dialogue is an "Aha!" on the golf course, 2"Aha's!" When ordering men to pick up Jill's sister after being hit with his hat, a grunt when he hands Bond a gas mask at the back of the Army truck, and his scream at the conclusion of his fight with Bond. The source novel explains he is unable to speak due to having a cleft palate.
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.
Honor Blackman quit her role as Cathy Gale on The Avengers (1961) to appear in Goldfinger. A 1965 episode of The Avengers (1961) made sly reference to this by having John Steed receive a Christmas card from Cathy Gale - sent from Fort Knox.
After attending the premiere in Rome, Federico Fellini was asked by a journalist what he thought of the film. His enthusiastic answer was "Questi sono i film che fanno andare avanti il cinema!" ("This is one of those films that make cinema move forward!")
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, Goldfinger 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 (2004).
The role of Oddjob was the first screen role for Japanese-American weightlifter and professional wrestler Harold Sakata. It was such a success that it started a second career in films, television and commercials. For some of these appearances, he would be billed as "Harold 'Oddjob' Sakata". He also later appeared in Danger Grows Wild (1966) which was based on an Ian Fleming story and directed by Bond director Terence Young.
Gert Fröbe once said of his role as Goldfinger: "I am a big man, and I have a laugh to match my size. The ridiculous thing is that since I played Goldfinger in the James Bond film there are some people who still insist on seeing me as a cold, ruthless villain - a man without laughs."
In the original end title credits, which featured the famous "James Bond will return in..." teaser, the next film advertised was On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). However, when the producers began pre-production, they were unable to secure the Swiss locations needed for the film and decided to make Thunderball (1965) instead. The end title teaser was later changed to advertise "Thunderball".
Due to the popularity and success of this movie and its spy car the Aston Martin DB5, the vehicle gained the nickname, "The Most Famous Car in the World". Sales of the Aston Martin DB5 increased by fifty per cent after the release of the movie. The Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) featured the Lotus Esprit and sales would also increase for that car after the movie premiered.
The vault door used in the Fort Knox scene is now located in Bank Of The West in Los Altos, California.
During the opening titles sequence, all excerpts are scenes from this movie except some footage from the From Russia with Love (1963) helicopter chase sequence and the Crab Key explosion from Dr. No (1962). All these scenes in the opening titles are projected onto the gilded body of Margaret Nolan who played Dink in the main film. Here, she appears longer than Shirley Eaton appears in the main film, and wears a blue bikini (also featured on the soundtrack cover) which Eaton does not wear in her scenes.
Sean Connery, who was married to actress Diane Cilento at the time, wore a flesh-colored bandage (clearly seen in some production stills) over his wedding ring while filming.
The first Bond film to be shown on U.S. commercial TV, on Sunday, 17 September 1972, earning the highest Nielsen ratings for a single movie on TV up to that time. 49% of the nation's viewers tuned in that night, and ABC-TV, which showed the film, would retain the exclusive commercial U.S. TV rights to the Bond series for the next 28 years.
As with the first two James Bond movies, creator and author Ian Fleming visited the set during April 1964. He visited D Stage at Pinewood Studios where they were filming the UK set of the Fontainebleu Hotel pool scene. Sadly, he died a little less than a month before the film's release on 12th August 1964.
This was the second most popular Bond movie with paying audiences, racking up 130 million ticket sales. The next Bond film, Thunderball (1965), surpassed it in popularity, with 140 million paid admissions. The success of Goldfinger and Thunderball (1965), propelled Sean Connery to the top of Quigley Publications' annual Top Ten Money Making Stars poll in 1965, the only British male star to be #1.
In the Ian Fleming novel, Pussy Galore is a lesbian, which is why she gives Bond the cold shoulder to start with. Her team are known as the Cement Mixers. Ian Fleming based the character of Pussy Galore on neighbor, friend and lover Blanche Blackwell. The "Pussy" name itself was derived from agent Pussy Deakin aka Livia Stela. The Pussy name is also said to have been named after Fleming's pet octopus. The octopus also inspired the title of the James Bond short story and then film Octopussy (1983). Octopussy was also the name of a coracle given to Ian Fleming by Blanche Blackwell as a present for staying at Goldeneye.
Equipment and gadgetry was developed for the Aston Martin car which was not used in the finished movie. This included: Front and back over-riders for jamming other vehicles; a weapon's tray under the driver's seat; a headlights chamber containing triple-spiked nail clusters for firing at enemies, a radio telephone inside the driver's door paneling, and a thermos with a built-in hand grenade.
For a long time, this film was tied with Dr. No (1962) as the shortest James Bond movie in the EON Productions official series, with a running time of 110 minutes. Quantum of Solace (2008) is now the shortest at 106 minutes.
The exchange between Bond and his caddy about Goldfinger's golf ball ("If that's his original ball, I'm Arnold Palmer.") had the caddy standing on the ball in the novel. This is switched so Bond hid the ball for the film as Harry Saltzman thought it would give Bond a more cheeky image.
In order to simulate the sound of crumpling metal in the car compactor, sound effects editor Norman Wanstall used the sound of crumpling beer cans.
Shirley Eaton, gilded completely in gold, featured on the cover of Life Magazine on 6 November 1964. The headline read: "A Matter for James Bond - Shirley Eaton, Gilded Victim in Goldfinger, Funniest and Money-Makingest of the 007 Movies".
First film to feature a title song that plays over the opening credits. From Russia with Love (1963) had a title song, but it played over the closing credits.
Tilly Masterson's Ford Mustang was supposedly the first appearance by a Mustang in a major motion picture. The Mustang was introduced in April of 1964 and Goldfinger was released in December. Ford supplied many cars to the film including the CIA agents' Thunderbird, all of Goldfinger's goons cars, and the Lincoln Continental that is crushed.
Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli wanted to cast Gert Fröbe after seeing him in a German thriller, It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958). In that film, Frobe played a psychopathic serial killer.
A few scenes in the final cut of the film feature Gert Fröbe's real voice and not Michael Collins' dubbing. The line, "Except crime!" at Auric Stud is one example, but more obvious is the dialogue spoken just after Bond escapes from his cell. Goldfinger's line, "The underworld will rock with applause for centuries" is Fröbe's original voice, as is the line, "It can be, I think the expression is, blown!"
Producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli were so determined to get Honor Blackman for the part of Pussy Galore that they had the actress's ability to perform judo written into the script.
First film in which Bond (not a look-alike we are made to believe is Bond) appears in the pre-credits teaser.
First appearance of the Q-Branch workshop and its gadget testing gags.
The character of Sylvia Trench was originally intended to return in this movie after appearing in Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963). However, this was scrapped when Guy Hamilton became director.
In the original James Bond novel "Goldfinger", the car driven by Bond is not an Aston Martin DB5 but an earlier model, an Aston Martin DB3. There were significantly fewer gadgets and features in this make. All James Bond had were reinforced bumper guards and a secret compartment for a Colt 45 pistol.
This won the first Academy Award for a James Bond movie. It was for Best Sound Effects and it was won by Norman Wanstall. Thunderball (1965) won a Special Visual Effects Oscar the following year and producer Albert R. Broccoli was awarded the Irving Thalberg Award in 1982. Appropriately, the gilded Oscar statuette and the gilded girl in the film have such an uncanny resemblance making Goldfinger fittingly the first Bond movie to receive an Oscar.
The golf scenes in the film were shot at the Stoke Poges Golf Club in England, not far from Pinewood Studios. There is now a James Bond themed bar at the golf course. The interest in golf developed by Sean Connery is said to have spawned during this filming.
As Goldfinger's car is being loaded into the airplane to Geneva, his license plate (Au1) is visible. Au is the elemental symbol for gold.
Sean Connery (James Bond), Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore) and Desmond Llewelyn (Q) all previously appeared in A Night to Remember (1958).
The villain's first name, Auric, is related to the Latin word for gold, 'aurum') and the periodic table code AU for the same. The license plate on Goldfinger's 12 cylinder 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III Sedance de Ville reads AU 1 for the same reason
The most famous of all James Bond cars which first appeared in this Bond film, the 1964 silver birch Aston Martin DB5, was never driven by Roger Moore's James Bond in a Bond movie. The DB5 was made famous by Sean Connery in this film and then in Thunderball (1965) with later models appearing in some subsequent Bond pictures. However, Moore, who played James Bond seven times, has only ever been seen on screen with this make once and that was in The Cannonball Run (1981) where he self-parodies his James Bond persona.
The film's World Premiere was held on Thursday 17th September 1964 at the Odeon Theatre, Leicester Square, London. Sean Connery could not attend due to filming commitments for The Hill (1965). A specially designed "gold finger" piece of jewelery was designed by British Designer Dipples for Honor Blackman for the premiere and the star's promotional tour for the movie. Sean Connery drove an Aston Martin DB5 down the famous Parisian promenade of the Champs-Elysees for the French Premiere of the film. For the occasion, sixty women were gilded in gold like the Shirley Eaton character of the movie. One woman mobbed Connery and got into the car. After this incident, Connery stopped attending James Bond premieres until You Only Live Twice (1967).
Honor Blackman was the first Bond girl actress with a prior acting career.
This 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.
The title song is the first of three title songs sung by Shirley Bassey for Bond movies, the others being title songs for Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Moonraker (1979). The "Goldfinger" song was the first James Bond title song to crack the Billboard Top 10, peaking at #8 in February 1965.
The idea of the Aston Martin's revolving number plates came from director Guy Hamilton who had just been frustrated at receiving a parking ticket. The various revolving license plate numbers for James Bond's Aston Martin DB5 were 4711-EA-62 (France), LU 6789 (Switzerland) and BMT 216A (UK).
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 (2002).
Cec Linder was the only actor from the cast who was actually in Florida for the Miami sequences. Sean Connery was in the midst of shooting of Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie (1964) and was unable to be on the Goldfinger set at the time.
Worried Studio Executives from United Artists considered changing the name of Pussy Galore to Kitty Galore. The name Pussy Galore was not included on any trading cards during the film's original release as they were aimed at youth. However, later released cards such as those as part of the "007 Spy Files" in 2002 do specify the name Pussy Galore.
Terence Young, the director of the first two James Bond movies, worked on the film during the very early stages of pre-production, including early drafts of the screenplay. However, an agreement could not be reached regarding the terms of his contract, and he left the production.
Originally, the end teaser "James Bond will return in..." announced that the next film would be On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). However, there were preproduction issues for OHMSS so the producers decided to make Thunderball (1965) instead. However, by the time that decision was reached, Goldfinger was already in theaters. Eventually, the teaser was altered to advertise "Thunderball". But there are still some prints of the movie with the OHMSS tag. Occasionally, this tag will be seen on some TV prints and early VHS tapes. "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" would not be made until after "Thunderball" and You Only Live Twice (1967), after Sean Connery's first departure from the series.
Jack Lord was approached to return as CIA agent Felix Leiter, but he declined. He had played him in Dr. No (1962). The role was recast, beginning a succession of different actors in the role (only David Hedison and Jeffrey Wright would play the role more than once). In Goldfinger, Austin Willis was originally cast as Felix Leiter and Cec Linder as Simmons. However, they were asked to swap parts shortly before production.
The film earned back its production costs outlay of $3 million in just two weeks.
Despite her impressive film debut as Tilly, this was model Tania Mallet's only major film appearance. She had previously tested for the Tatiana Romanova part in From Russia with Love (1963).
Sean Connery wore a toupee in this and every other James Bond movie that he starred in. He first started going bald at 21.
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Some of Pussy Galore's all-woman Flying Circus were played by men wearing blonde wigs.
The Beatles and James Bond have long had a strange relationship. In Goldfinger, Sean Connery's Bond says that serving Dom Perignon above 38 degrees Fahrenheit would be "almost as bad as listening to the Beatles without ear muffs". Paul McCartney doesn't seem to have been overly offended by this remark, as his later band Wings contributed the theme tune to Live and Let Die (1973). Barbara Bach, who starred in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) ended up marrying Ringo Starr, the Beatles' drummer.
The budget (an estimated US$3,000,000) was more than the budgets for the first two Bond films combined (estimated US$1,100,000 for Dr. No (1962) and US$2,000,000 for From Russia with Love (1963)).
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First opening credits sequence to show the actor playing James Bond. This is by utilizing footage from the first two James Bond films Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963). This technique would be repeated in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The first time an image of the actor playing James Bond would be part of the actual title sequence itself (i.e. not by way of footage edited into it) would not occur until The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
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Albert R. Broccoli once named this film along with The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) and From Russia with Love (1963) as his three favorite James Bond movies, according to an interview with the Hollywood Reporter's Robert Osborne.
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Goldfinger was adapted as a comic strip and published in the English "Daily Express" newspaper from 3 October 1960 to 1 April 1961. It was written by Henry Gammidge and illustrated by John McLusky. It has had world-wide syndication and was reprinted in 2004. The villains Goldfinger and Oddjob also feature in a story in Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentleman comic book. Goldfinger star Sean Connery would later play the lead in the movie adaptation of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003).
The rifle that Tilly Masterson uses is a AR-7 (a .22 rifle) created for pilots as the action, barrel and magazine can all be stored in the stock so the stored the weapon does not take up much room. A modern version can still be bought (2013) as it will easily fit in a backpack for hikers and when stored is waterproof.
Toy car manufacturer Corgi manufactured a special miniature Aston Martin DB 5 car for Prince Charles who was aged 15-16 at the time. Corgi then produced Aston Martin James Bond toy cars for decades after the release of the movie. A 30th Anniversary Edition Aston Martin DB5 toy car was released in 1994 by Corgi.
The Aston Martin DB series cars are named, in part, with the initials of Aston Martin's former owner David Brown.
The revolving numberplate on the Aston Martin derives from a similar invention in Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler (1922), by Fritz Lang. It is also used in Lang's own remake The 1,000 Eyes of Dr. Mabuse (1960), both times on the car of the evil Dr. Mabuse. The latter film stars Gert Fröbe as Inspector Kras.
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Vehicles featured included:
  • the most famous of all the James Bond cars, the silver birch Aston Martin DB5 which would return for Thunderball (1965)


  • Tilly Masterson's white 1964 Ford Mustang convertible, the first appearance of this make in a movie


  • a yellow and black 1937 Rolls Royce Phantom III Sedance de Ville, Goldfinger's 12 cylinder made-of-gold car weighing 7000 lb


  • a white Hiller UH-12E4 helicopter


  • black Mercedes-Benz 180, 190 and 220 models which pursue 007


  • a Ford Country Squire station wagon; Ford military pickup (After leaving the 'canyon' it becomes a Dodge WC-51, but reverts to a pickup as it drives up to the gate)


  • a US Army Dodge WC-54 ambulance


  • a Lockheed JetStar C-140 plane piloted by Pussy Galore & Sydney


  • a Lockheed US VC-140B plane seen at the end of the movie


  • Pussy Galore's Flying Circus being made up of all Piper PA-28 Cherokee planes


  • a blue 1964 Lincoln Continental convertible sedan and a 1964 Ford Falcon Ranchero delivery vehicle, both used by Oddjob


  • Another Lincoln Continental and a white 1964 Ford Thunderbird ridden by Felix Leiter and his CIA partner Johnny in Kentucky.


  • (Note: When Bond refers to the Rolls-Royce as a 'Phantom Three-Thirty-Seven' he was probably referring to it by its type and year, a Phantom 3, '37 (1937). There is no Phantom '337' model, so this type/year reference can be safely assumed, and hence is not a goof.)


The debut of the Aston Martin.
The aircraft (which has a profile similar to a Boeing 747) that transports Goldfinger and his car out of England is actually an Aviation Traders ATL-98 Carvair. This was a heavily modified Douglas DC-4. The 747 didn't make its first flight until 1969 but the Carvair entered service in 1962 (two years before Goldfinger). The flight number for the flight in the movie was British United Air Ferry Flight VS 400 to Geneva, Switzerland.
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This is the only film where Sean Connery's James Bond orders a Martini shaken not stirred.
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While it's generally assumed that Oddjob's hat is a bowler, it is, in fact, a short top hat of the topper variety. The top of it is flat, not rounded, like a bowler, but the flat top is difficult to make out because of camera angles.
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Product placements, brand integrations and promotional tie-ins for this movie include the silver birch Aston Martin DB5; Dom Perignon Champagne, particularly a Dom Perignon '53; Rolex Watches, James Bond wears a Rolex Submariner; Kentucky Fried Chicken; and Corgi Toys, the beginning of their relationship with the series.
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Shirley Eaton was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl, who also worked as dialogue coach to Gert Fröbe.
Operation GRAND SLAM was the actual codename for the Soviet overflight mission by CIA pilot Francis Gary Powers during which his Lockheed U-2C spy plane, serial number 56-6693, Article 360, was shot down by an SA-2 "Guideline" surface-to-air missile on 1 May 1960.
The Masterton surname of Tilly Masterton and Jill Masterton in the Ian Fleming novel was changed to Masterson for the film. Ian Fleming is said to have based the Masterton name on Sir John Masterman, a leading Oxford University academic and former Mi5 agent.
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The sign on Ft. Knox bears the name "Gen. Russhon". Charles Russhon was the technical advisor for the film.
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Slazenger, the manufacturer of Auric Goldfinger's golf balls, is a British sporting goods manufacturer. It is one of the world's oldest such companies.
For the huge, Wagnerian orchestral opening to the title song, John Barry employed five trombones, four trumpets, four French horns and a tuba.
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The Aston Martin crash shot required two takes. The first time, stunt driver George Leech drove too far through the simulated brick wall. This take can be seen in the theatrical trailer.
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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.
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Milton Reid lobbied unsuccessfully for the role of Oddjob. He would later be successful in gaining the part of the henchman Sandor in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), a character based on the hood Slugsy from the novel. His part was similar to that of Oddjob in that they both are stocky and rarely talk. Reid also played a guard in Dr. No (1962), but was uncredited.
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As with many car shots in movies, the sun visors have been removed from Bond's Aston Martin, but the mounting holes were not covered and they are visible on the car in shots above the windscreen.
According to the film's CD Soundtrack sleeve notes, the movie's soundtrack album was a No. #1 hit in the USA charting on 12 December 1964 and staying at No. #1 for three weeks. The title song "Goldfinger" single sung by Shirley Bassey charted in the UK on 15 October 1964 and went to the No. #21 rank. The single entered the charts in the USA on 30 January 1965 and peaked at the No. #8 position.
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The song "Goldfinger", rewritten as "Gold Label", was featured in a long-running series of cigarette commercials.
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Theodore Bikel and Titos Vandis were both screen tested for the title role of the villain Goldfinger. Both their screen tests can be seen on the DVD Ultimate Edition.
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Goldfinger's first name as well as the first name of his company (Auric) can mean either an ion of gold, or of relating to gold.
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In the dinner scene, the butler serves Colonel Smithers a cigar from a 50-cigar "cabinet" box. Cigars packaged in cabinets are usually higher quality than those in the standard 24-cigar box, and are sometimes referred to as "cabinet selection" cigars.
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(27 October 2010) The Aston Martin DB5 used in this movie (and Thunderball (1965)) was sold (fully "loaded") to American classic car collector, Harry Yeaggy, for a reported $4.6 million by London's RM Auctions. The car had only one previous private owner, an American radio station owner named Jerry Lee, who purchased the car directly from the Aston Martin factory for $12,000 in 1969. Lee had kept the car at his Pennsylvania home for over forty years.
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At one point in the film, Bond states that "drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit (equal to 3.5 degrees Celsius) [is] as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!". Shirley Bassey's title theme song was produced by The Beatles producer, George Martin. Additionally, Paul McCartney would later record the theme song for another Bond film, Live and Let Die (1973).
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Shirley Eaton already had an association with the James Bond series before Goldfinger. She made three appearances in The Saint (1962) with future James Bond Roger Moore.
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Nadja Regin (Bonita the nightclub dancer) previously appeared in From Russia with Love (1963) as Kerim Bey's girl.
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Concerned about censors, the producers thought about changing Pussy's name to "Kitty Galore", but they and Guy Hamilton decided "if you were a ten-year old boy and knew what the name meant, you weren't a ten-year old boy, you were a dirty little bitch. The American censor was concerned, but we got round that by inviting him and his wife out to dinner and [told him] we were big supporters of the Republican Party."
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During promotion, Honor Blackman took delight in embarrassing interviewers by repeatedly mentioning her character's name.
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To shoot Pussy Galore's Flying Circus gassing the soldiers, the pilots were only allowed to fly above 3000 feet. Guy Hamilton recalled this was "hopeless", so they flew at about 500 feet, "and the military went absolutely ape".
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The scenes of people fainting involved the same set of soldiers moving to different locations.
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The title sequence was inspired by seeing light projecting on people's bodies as they got up and left a cinema.
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Four of the five Piper PA-28 Cherokee planes used in Pussy Galore's Flying Circus still have current Airworthiness Certificates as of March 1, 2015. The four active plans are housed in states in or around Kentucky. Cherokee N8729W has been inactive since 1990.
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In the dinner scene, Colonel Smithers removes his cigar's band before he lights it. Europeans prefer to smoke their cigars without the band, whereas Americans prefer to keep the band on.
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The main theme was selected by the American Film Institute number 53 on the list of the top 100 from movies of the past 100 years.
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In the golf scene, Bond's sweater bears the Slazenger logo.
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The Piper PA-28 aircraft flown by Pussy and her team did not normally come with the word PIPER in big bold letters on the nose of the aircraft. That was added specifically for this movie to ensure viewers knew the make of the airplanes.
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The film was so popular that some theaters were holding showings 24 hours a day to meet demand.
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Re-released on Blu-ray in a Collector's 50th Anniversary Edition Steelbook for its golden anniversary year in 2014.
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Sean Connery's first day of filming was 19 March 1964 at Stage D, Pinewood Studios for shooting of the South American El Scorpio Nightclub opening sequence.
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The butler cuts the tip of Colonel Smithers' cigar with a v-cutter, which creates an elegant v-shaped notch in the tip.
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With this film, Sean Connery's salary rose, but a pay dispute later broke out during filming. After he suffered a back injury when filming the scene where Oddjob knocks Bond unconscious in Miami, the dispute was settled: Eon and Connery agreed to a deal where the actor would receive 5% of the gross of each Bond film he starred in.
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It is now speculated that Goldfinger is based on a German spy who, amongst other things, once tried to rob the Bank of England during World War I. The story has only recently come to light but Ian Fleming was a fairly high-ranking officer in Naval Intelligence, and would have had access to the records.
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It's in this film that Q's character really clicked. Guy Hamilton advised Desmond Llewelyn to inject humour into the character, thus beginning the friendly antagonism between Q and Bond that became a hallmark of the series.
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The part of Jill Masterson was initially offered to Shirley Anne Field, who turned it down. Wanda Ventham also went up for it.
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Dame Shirley Bassey was the first ever singer for the film's opening sequence. Also the most for signing another two film opening sequences for Diamonds Are Forever (1971) & Moonraker (1979).
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Honor Blackman authored a book entitled "Honor Blackman's Book of Self Defense", published in 1965.
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Fourth James Bond movie made and third in the EON Productions official series. Also third James Bond movie for Sean Connery playing James Bond, Bernard Lee as M and Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny whilst it was the 2nd for Desmond Llewelyn as Q.
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Watch carefully as the two agents in the black sedan drive off from the Kentucky Fried Chicken; before they reach the "Royal Castle" hamburger on the corner and turn left. There's an old-fashion trash truck backed in and people on the street, watching them shoot the scene.
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The only line Shirley Eaton delivers in her real voice is "Not too early".
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The Aston Martin's tyre-shredder was inspired by the scythed chariots in Ben-Hur (1959). The ejector seat was suggested by Guy Hamilton's stepson.
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In Bond Girls Are Forever (2002), Honor Blackman stated that she believed that Pussy only believed she was a lesbian because Goldfinger abused her pretty badly, and Bond's charm got her in touch with her actual heterosexuality.
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After their golf match, 007 follows Goldfinger to the airport. The map on the scanner clearly shows Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.
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This is Pierce Brosnan's favourite Bond film.
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The literal translations of some of this film's foreign language titles include 007 Against Goldfinger (Brazil & Portugal); Mission Goldfinger (Italy); 007 Versus Goldfinger (China) and Agent 007 Against Goldfinger (Spain)
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Whilst the American censors did not interfere with the name in the film, they refused to allow the name "Pussy Galore" to appear on promotional materials and for the U.S. market she was subsequently called "Miss Galore" or "Goldfinger's personal pilot".
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Shirley Eaton was sent by her agent to meet Harry Saltzman and agreed to take the part if the nudity was done tastefully.
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This was chosen as the third film because of the legal issues surrounding "Thunderball".
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Since the release date for the film had been pre-determined and filming had finished close to that date, John Barry received some edits directly from the cutting-room floor, rather than as a finished edit, and scored some sequences from the rough initial prints.
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John Barry described his work on the film as a favourite of his, saying it was "the first time I had complete control, writing the score and the song".
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Varley Thomas, who played the old lady, was only fifty at the time of the filming.
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Gert Fröbe was doubled in scenes where Goldfinger plays golf, as he couldn't get the hang of the game.
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The scene with Bond in the plane's bathroom was originally meant to showcase Gilette shaving products. Guy Hamilton thought this was silly and it was abandoned.
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The original plan for the climax was to have the climactic battle happen on the gates of Fort Knox, but it was decided that it would be much better to actually get to see the vault from the inside.
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Sean Connery and Gert Fröbe previously starred together in The Longest Day (1962).
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Honor Blackman was selected for the role of Pussy Galore because of her role in _The Avengers_ and the script was rewritten to show Blackman's judo abilities.
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Ken Adam was advised on the laser's design by two Harvard scientists who helped design the water reactor in Dr. No (1962).
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Although third in the EON franchise, this was the first Bond movie to be shown on television in the USA. ABC broadcast it in its Sunday Night Movie slot on 17 September 1972. It was not broadcast in the UK until 3 November 1976.
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A handful of villains and henchmen in the James Bond universe have had a "Mr." title moniker. The Mr. Hinx henchman (Dave Bautista) and Mr. White (Jesper Christensen characters both appear in Spectre (2015) but share no scenes together. Spectre (2015) also features a henchman called Mr. Guerra (Benito Sagredo) making the movie have three characters that have a "Mr." title moniker. Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) has appeared in three Daniel Craig James Bond films: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), and Spectre (2015) - the most Bond films for any henchman type character after Jaws who appeared in two Bond movies. In Dr. No (1962), there was a henchman called Mr. Jones (Reggie Carter); in Goldfinger (1964), there was a henchman called Mr. Ling (Burt Kwouk); in You Only Live Twice (1967), there was a villain called Mr. Osato (Teru Shimada); in The World Is Not Enough (1999), there were two: Mr. Bullion (Goldie) and Mr Lachaise (Patrick Malahide); in Die Another Day (2002), there was a henchmen called Mr. Kil (Lawrence Makoare); in Live and Let Die (1973), as with its source 'Ian Fleming novel of the same name, the arch-villain was called Mr. Big, but in the film version he was also known as Dr. Kananga, with the character's real full name in the source novel being Buonaparte Ignace Gallia; in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), there were two henchmen with a Mr. title moniker, Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith), who functioned as a buddy-team henchman double-act; in Ian Fleming's novel of "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1962), the villain's employer was Mr. Sanguinetti, but this character does not appear in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) movie. Moreover, a 1987 James Bond novel by John Gardner was entitled "No Deals, Mr. Bond" which reflects how the iconic spy character himself can also be known using a "Mr" name moniker as well.
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Four of the five Piper PA-28 Cherokee planes used in Pussy Galore's Flying Circus still have current Airworthiness Certificates as of March 1, 2015. The four active planes are housed in states in or around Kentucky. Cherokee N8729W has been inactive since 1990.
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Long before Led Zeppelin ever became a household name, London-based session guitarist Jimmy Page featured as a rhythm player on this film's title song under the direction of composer John Barry. Page revealed this little trivia nugget during an interview with Jeff Koons.
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Felix drives a Ford Thunderbird in this movie. In the Diamonds Are Forever novel, Felix remarks that his Studillac (a Studebaker with a Cadillac engine) is "a damn sight better sports car than those Corvettes and Thunderbirds".
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There were two Aston Martins created for the film. One is owned by a private collector who paid over $4 million in 2010; the other one was purchased by a private collector in 1986 for $250,000. That car was parked at an airport in Boca Raton FL when in June 1997 it was stolen under suspicious circumstances. The thieves broke into the guarded Boca airport. The alarm wires of the hangar were cut and even though the keys were not in the car the car vanished without a trace into the night, Its whereabouts are still unknown as of Dec 13th 2015.
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider.
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Second Bond film where the title is the name of the villain/organisation in the film. The others are Dr No (1962), The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), Quantum of Solace (1962) and Spectre (2015).
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Bond film where the title is the name of the villain/organisation in the film. The others are Dr No (1962), The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), Quantum of Solace (2008) and Spectre (2015).
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Second Bond film where the title is the name of the villain/organisation in the film. The others are Dr No (1962), The Man With the Golden Gun (1974), Quantum of Solace (2008) and Spectre (2015).
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First film in which Bond drives his Aston Martin DB5. The eight films are: Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999) (appears in a deleted scene and visible on the thermal camera near the end of the film), Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015). The DB5 has appeared with three different licence plates; BMT 2164 (Goldfinger (1964), Thunderball (1965), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015)), BMT 2144 (GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World is Not Enough (1999)), and 56526 (Casino Royale (2006)), which was the unique DB5 for being the only left hand drive DB5 Bond drives. Therefore, with 8 films, the DB5 car has appeared in more Bond films than any actor who has played Bond.
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Albert R. Broccoli earned permission to film in the Fort Knox area with the help of his friend, Lt. Colonel Charles Russhon.
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Alfred Hitchcock's favourite scene was when the old lady fires a machine gun.
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An Aston Martin appears in the Anthony Horowitz novel Oblivion, and he writes the Alex Rider series about a teenage spy, influenced by the James Bond series.
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Goldfinger's Rolls Royce is type from movie The Yellow Rolls Royce, same exterior color scheme.
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The scene depicting the tracking of the Cadillac in Kentucky is very realistic. The tracking screen in the car depicts Dixie Highway, the main thoroughfare between Fort Knox and Louisville and also the highway which actually leads to the city's main airport during that time frame.
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Wanda Ventham put herself forward to be considered for the role of Jill Masterson.
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Finnish censorship visa register # 70655 delivered on 2-12-1964.
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French visas # 30079 (original version with subtitles) and 30079/D (dubbed version).
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Harry Saltzman disliked Richard Maibaum's first draft and brought in Paul Dehn to revise it. Guy Hamilton said that Dehn "brought out the British side of things". Sean Connery disliked his draft, so Maibaum returned.
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The model jet used for wide shots of Goldfinger's Lockheed JetStar was refurbished to be used as the presidential plane that crashes at the film's end.
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Pussy and Tilly were both brunette in the book. In the film, they're blonde.
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Two of the Aston Martin's gadgets were not installed in the car: the wheel-destroying spikes, were entirely made in-studio; and the ejector seat used a seat thrown by compressed air, with a dummy sitting atop it.
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Another Aston Martin DB5 without the gadgets was created, which was eventually furnished for publicity purposes. It was reused for Thunderball (1965).
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With Skyfall (2012) and Spectre (2015), Ralph Fiennes became the 007th [= seventh] major actor or actress who has appeared in both the 'James Bond' and 'The Avengers' universes, the latter being the English spy one and not the comic super-heroes one. From the original television series The Avengers (1961), three actors appeared in Bond movies: Honor Blackman played Pussy Galore in Goldfinger (1964), Patrick Macnee portrayed Sir Godfrey Tibbett in A View to a Kill (1985), and Diana Rigg played Tracy Di Vicenzo in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The latter film also featured as The English Girl actress Joanna Lumley who would later appear in The New Avengers (1976) which also starred MacNee. Whilst Nadim Sawalha appeared in both The Avengers (1998) cinema film as well as two Bond movies: The Living Daylights (1987) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). Fiennes actually appeared in The Avengers (1998) cinema movie co-starring with former James Bond Sean Connery who played the villain Sir August de Wynter. Of these seven actors, both Fiennes and Macnee have portrayed The Avengers' character of John Steed, in the theatrical film and television series respectively, with the latter also voicing the Invisible Jones character in The Avengers (1998) cinema movie. In this 1998 cinema film, John Steed (Ralph Fiennes) and Emma Peel (Uma Thurman) get across the frozen river by 'walking' on the surface inside inflatable plastic bubbles which is similar to how James Bond gets aboard Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Charles Gray)'s oil rig in Connery's final official series Bond movie Diamonds Are Forever (1971).
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Cameo 

Michael G. Wilson:  The future Bond producer plays a Korean Soldier at Fort Knox. This is the first of Wilson's now-famous cameos in the series. He has appeared in every film from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) to Skyfall (2012).
Bob Simmons:  The series regular stuntman is the actor appearing as James Bond in the opening gun barrel sequence. The same footage was used in Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963).
Alf Joint:  The stuntman played Capungo, the henchman in the opening sequence due to the original actor not being able to do the role at the last minute. This was because he was a cat-burglar and had just been arrested. Joint was burnt on the leg by a smoldering coil whilst filming this pre-credits sequence.
Garry Marshall:  the successful future producer/director as one of the American gangsters gathered to hear about "Project Grand Slam."
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Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Gert Fröbe had serious reservations about Goldfinger using nerve gas to get rid of his witnesses. Frobe felt that with him being a German, this scene would have Nazi concentration camp implications. Indeed, the film was banned in Israel for many years after Gert Fröbe revealed he had been a member of the Nazi Party. The ban was lifted after a Jewish family came forward to praise Fröbe for protecting them from persecution during World War II.
Harold Sakata (Oddjob) severely burned his hand while reaching for his hat when filming his death scene, but he was determined to do it right, he held on until Guy Hamilton yelled: "Cut!"
Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) dies of "skin suffocation" by being coated in gold, a complication that, despite popular belief, has no basis in fact. The belief depends on the incorrect supposition that respiration occurs, at least in part, through the skin, a fallacy that has been discredited in scientific circles since the Renaissance. Despite periodic debunking in the popular media (especially noteworthy is a 1978 column of the syndicated newspaper feature, "The Straight Dope", and a 2003 episode of the Discovery Channel series, MythBusters (2003)), a widespread belief in the myth of "skin suffocation" still exists. The myth was further bolstered by rumors that Shirley Eaton had actually died on set from asphyxiation due to the gold paint. However, due to the fact that the skin is the main surface for temperature exchange, one can die from heat accumulation if it is locked tightly for too long.
Bond tells Goldfinger that given the tremendous weight of all the gold of Fort Knox, removing it before the US military finds out what happened and stops him would be impossible. Goldfinger then tells him his actual plan is to detonate a radioactive device, multiplying the value of his own gold. In the original novel, Goldfinger's scheme WAS simply to steal the gold, which commentators on the book when it was originally published noted how that could not be done. So, the scheme was changed for the move adaptation with the novel's criticisms being used for Bond to list to the villain.
During the Fort Knox fight, the clock on the bomb was originally intended to stop at the time 003, but then the producers decided to stop it at Bond's ID number, 007. Bond's subsequent dialogue still refers to "three more ticks".
In the novel, Tilly Masterton is captured alive in Switzerland, becomes enamoured of Pussy Galore, and is killed by Odd Job in the battle of Fort Knox. Odd Job survives that confrontation only to be sucked out the plane's window in their next conflict. Bond then kills Goldfinger by strangling him.
The battle aboard Goldfinger's jet was originally a longer sequence where Bond fought both Goldfinger and one of his henchmen. The henchman can be glimpsed when Goldfinger steps into the cabin and his body can be seen tumbling around inside the airplane after the window is shot.
Shirley Eaton underwent two hours of make-up application which involved being gild-painted to become a gold painted corpse. Author Ian Fleming had borrowed the notion of someone being suffocated to death by being covered in gold paint from the horror film Bedlam (1946). However, "skin suffocation" by being coated in gold is a complication that, contrary to popular belief, has no basis in fact. The belief depends on the incorrect supposition that respiration occurs, at least in part, through the skin, a fallacy that has been discredited in scientific circles since the Renaissance. Despite periodic debunking in the popular media (especially noteworthy is a 1978 column of the syndicated newspaper feature, "The Straight Dope", and a 2003 episode of the Discovery Channel series, MythBusters (2003)), a widespread belief in the myth of "skin suffocation" still exists, further bolstered by urban legends that Eaton had actually died on set from skin asphyxiation. In fact, careful precautions were taken during the shoot. A doctor was on set at all times, and Easton's stomach was left bare to allow for 'breathing'. Her shots lasted less than five minutes in the finished film and the filming of them was shot quickly, wrapped in a morning's work. Then she was scrubbed down by the wardrobe mistress and the make-up girl, and sweated off the remaining gold in a number of Turkish baths. Eaton is still very much alive as of 2015. Although skin suffocation is impossible, due to the fact that the skin is the main surface for temperature exchange through its pores, one can die from extreme overheating if the pores of the skin are covered for too long.
Body count: 62
This is the only EON Sean Connery Bond film that doesn't end with Bond at sea.

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