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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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JAMES BOND BACK IN ACTION! (British quad poster, Style A) See more »


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PG | See all certifications »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Some of Pussy Galore's all-woman Flying Circus were played by men wearing blonde wigs. See more »

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When Bond is getting a rubdown from Dink, his back is perfectly shaved. When he wakes up the next morning with Jill, he has apparently grown a good deal of back hair. See more »

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James Bond: Thank you.
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James Bond: At least they won't be using heroin flavored bananas to finance revolutions.
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Alternate Versions

The English mono track on the Blu-ray fades the end credits version of the Goldfinger theme about 5 seconds early, around the same time as the picture goes to black. All other audio tracks keep the long version. As well, the Blu-ray includes a few restoration credits right after the fade to black, but these do not replace anything or alter the timing. See more »

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Soundtracks

Goldfinger
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Performed by Shirley Bassey
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'64 Classic Elevates 007 to Pop Phenomena!
5 May 2004 | by cariartSee all my reviews

Forty years after it's initial release, the third 'James Bond' film, GOLDFINGER, remains the quintessential 007 film for many fans, with a level of hysteria upon it's initial release that younger fans may not fully appreciate. It set records at that time as the fastest-grossing film in history (making back it's $3,000,000 production cost in a mere 2 weeks, on only 67 screens), spawned the first massive 007 merchandising 'blitz' (with everything from jigsaw puzzles, dolls, and lunchboxes, to shoes and cologne, and even Aston Martin DB5 automobiles offered as 'collectibles'), launched a whole new genre of 'spy thrillers' to TV and film (with the debut of the Ian Fleming-approved TV series, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E." in America, and the increased popularity "Danger Man" and "The Avengers" would enjoy in Britain), and gave the franchise it's first worldwide #1 hit song, sung by Shirley Bassey. Everyone was crazy about 007, with a resulting pandemonium that rivaled the adoration of the Beatles in it's intensity!

The story, pitting the British secret agent against a megalomaniac whose master plan was to explode a 'dirty' nuclear device at Fort Knox, thus poisoning the American gold supply, and making his own gold reserves infinitely more valuable, would benefit from 'perfect' casting. German actor Gert Frobe (his voice dubbed, as he barely spoke English), was an ideal Goldfinger, a rotund, piggish monster who always 'cheated' to win, at cards, golf, or dealing with adversaries. His 'right-hand man', Oddjob, played by Hawaiian wrestler Harold Sakata, became the prototype of every subsequent villainous henchman; silent, nearly invulnerable, with an evil grin and a steel-edged bowler hat he would toss that could cut the head off a marble statue.

Bond's women were never sexier; Shirley Eaton, 27, created a sensation in a 5-minute appearance as 'Jill Masterson', who betrays Goldfinger for a tryst with 007, and ends up a nude corpse covered in gold paint; and 27-year old "Avengers" alumni Honor Blackman, as the lesbian pilot 'Pussy Galore' (yes, the name DID cause problems with American censors), who discovers the joys of male lovers after Bond pins her in a fight. Sean Connery, at 34, was simply irresistible in his third outing as 007!

Director Guy Hamilton, making his first Bond movie, said that the character of 007 only needed a 'push' to become a Superman, and he provided it, by increasing the humor and ever-present gadgets, most memorably the prototype Aston Martin DB5, complete with armor plating, machine-gun turrets, rotating license plates, and an ejector seat.

Unforgettable moments abound, from the "shocking" pre-title sequence, to the golf match between Goldfinger and Bond (introducing Connery to the sport that would become his lifelong passion), to the famous laser torture scene ("Do you expect me to talk?" "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to DIE!"), to the climactic fight between Bond and Oddjob (during which Connery was actually injured, and Sakata burned his hand, badly).

007 author Ian Fleming passed away during production, after a last visit to the Pinewood set (although the story takes place in Florida, Switzerland, and Kentucky, nearly all of the film was shot in England). He was very pleased at the success his creation had achieved, thus far, thought Connery made an ideal Bond, and was confident in the future of the series, in the hands of producers Albert Broccoli and Harry Saltzman.

And speaking of the future...A few months later, in Ireland, twelve-year old Pierce Brosnan would view GOLDFINGER (the first Bond film he'd ever seen), and decide to become an actor, fantasizing about playing the spy, someday...


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