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Goldfinger (1964)

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While investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.

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Guy Hamilton

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Paul Dehn (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... James Bond
Gert Fröbe ... Goldfinger (as Gert Frobe)
Honor Blackman ... Pussy Galore
Shirley Eaton ... Jill Masterson
Tania Mallet ... Tilly Masterson
Harold Sakata ... Oddjob (as Harold Sakata {Tosh Togo})
Bernard Lee ... 'M'
Martin Benson ... Solo
Cec Linder ... Felix Leiter
Austin Willis Austin Willis ... Simmons
Lois Maxwell ... Moneypenny
Bill Nagy ... Midnight
Michael Mellinger ... Kisch
Peter Cranwell Peter Cranwell ... Johnny
Nadja Regin ... Bonita
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Storyline

James Bond (Sir Sean Connery) is back and his next mission takes him to Fort Knox, where Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) and his henchman are planning to raid Fort Knox and obliterate the world economy. To save the world once again, Bond will need to become friends with Goldfinger, dodge killer hats, and avoid Goldfinger's personal pilot, the sexy Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman). She might not have feelings for Bond, but will 007 help her change her mind? Written by simon_hrdng

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007 is paid to take risks. YOU ARE NOT (1964 British Safety Council poster) See more »


Certificate:

PG | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English | Chinese | Spanish

Release Date:

9 January 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goldfinger See more »

Filming Locations:

Realp, Uri, Switzerland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£42,113 (United Kingdom), 26 September 1964, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$51,081,062

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,900,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The original choice for the spy car of this movie was not the Aston Martin DB5, but an E-Type Jaguar, which cost half as much. The E-Type Jaguar was a car model 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). See more »

Goofs

Pussy Galore's aircraft depart to Fort Knox. Lead aircraft reports "Speed 2-2-0,wind check, westerly". Piper Cherokees have never been capable of any speed 220 mph, 220 kts or 220 kph. in level flight. 130 mph is typical cruise speed. However, it is possible that the pilot was stating the speed in kilometers per hour, 220 kmph would be approximately 136 mph See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Sierra: Congratulations.
James Bond: Thank you.
Sierra: Mr. Ramirez and his friends will be out of business.
James Bond: At least they won't be using heroin flavored bananas to finance revolutions.
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Crazy Credits

The opening credits include footage from Goldfinger, as well as an unused cut of a helicopter scene in From Russia with Love (1963) (helicopter). One of the Goldfinger scenes shown (Bond visiting Q Branch) isn't actually in the movie. Additionally, a putt shown is from a different POV than actually used. See more »

Alternate Versions

West German theatrical version was edited for violence (ie. Goldfinger kills Mr. Ling, Oddjob gets electrocuted) to secure a "Not under 12" rating. See more »

Connections

Followed by Octopussy (1983) See more »

Soundtracks

James Bond Theme
Music by Monty Norman
Arrangement by John Barry
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User Reviews

 
24 carat Bond...even Pussy went down Well
26 November 2012 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

Almost sublime - this James Bond film had it all, from adventure to romance to thrills. It starts with a shocking electrocution and then into the classic saucy gold credits before the scene is set with Goldfinger himself.

Bond, played by dashing Sean Connery for the third time, has to find out what unpleasant gold-smuggling chap named Auric Goldfinger is up to and put a stop to it. He tracks him down first to Geneva then Kentucky in a sparkling sequence of adventures, occasionally involving bumping into Goldfinger's memorable Korean hatchet-man Oddjob with the odd hat. Favourite bits from so many: short-lived girlfriend Shirley Eaton going for gold; polished Bond being dismissive of the brandy at the Bank Of England much to M's pleb puzzlement; the debut of the special Aston Martin and Q's workshop; the narky golf match between Bond and Goldfinger; Bond's close but rather unnecessary laser shave at Goldfinger's HQ; his various encounters with feisty Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman); the gangster with the pressing engagement; and Shirley Bassey's title song was by miles the best Bond song ever.

The whole film is still a joy, maybe improbable and even ludicrous at times yet I watched it rapt all these years later. It portrays back to us a simpler world though we didn't know it at the time, a world I can sometimes relate to better than the beautiful perfect world we have now. You don't need cgi cartoonery, strong sex, extreme violence, so-called realism – or even a sensible story – if you've got the right mix of escapism and personality put together by people who enjoy what they're doing instead of only being in the middle of a franchise.


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