When Dame 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. (This echoes the experience of Tom Jones when recording the Thunderball (1965) theme.) She has told the story that she only managed to hold the note after removing a restricting bustier she was wearing.
Sir Sean Connery never travelled to the United States to film this movie. Every scene in which he appears to be in the U.S. was filmed at Pinewood Studios outside London. This explains why Bond flips a light switch down to discover the golden corpse of Jill, as British light switches are generally turned on by flicking them down instead of up. According to Director Guy Hamilton, Cec Linder (Felix) was the only main actor in the Miami sequence who was actually there. Connery, Gert Fröbe, Shirley Eaton, Margaret Nolan, and Austin Wallis, who played Goldfinger's card victim, all filmed their parts when filming started in Britain, with rear projections used, and in the case of Fröbe and Wallis, stand-ins used for the long shots.
The re-creation of the Fort Knox repository at Pinewood Studios was incredibly accurate, considering no one involved in this movie had been allowed inside the real location for security reasons. The set looked so real that a twenty-four-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 re-creation. Auric Goldfinger's 3-D model map used for his "Operation Grand Slam" is now housed as a permanent exhibition at the real Fort Knox.
Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) introduces herself to James Bond (Sir Sean Connery), 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, and was changed or bleeped in some markets around the world, especially for the country of India.
Gert Fröbe spoke very little English, so British actor Michael Collins dubbed his voice. Director Guy Hamilton instructed Fröbe to speak his lines (in German) quickly, which would assist the dubbing. Reportedly though, Fröbe was speaking English in a few scenes which reduces the awareness of the dubbing. In the 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 movie, too.
The producers wanted Orson Welles to play Auric Goldfinger, but Welles was too expensive. Then Gert Fröbe began arguing over his salary (he wanted ten percent from the movie's earnings), prompting the producers to wonder whether Welles would have been cheaper after all.
Aston Martin was 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 movie, both at the box-office and for the company, they never had to spend money on a car again.
The first Bond film where sir Sean Connery wore a toupee, his hair getting too thin to be covered up by various techniques like in his first two Bond outings. He first started going bald at twenty-one.
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 U.S. Army Colonel's uniform, he carries a golden revolver. Thus, in the chronology of James Bond films, he is the first "man with a golden gun".
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.
Sir Sean Connery hurt his back during the fight sequence with Harold Sakata (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 movie.
As with the first two James Bond movies, Ian Fleming visited the set during April 1964. He visited D Stage at Pinewood Studios where they were filming the U.K. set of the Fontainebleu Hotel pool scene. Sadly, he died a little less than a month before the movie's release on August 12, 1964.
Honor Blackman quit her role as Cathy Gale on The Avengers (1961) to appear in this movie. A 1965 episode of The Avengers (1961) made a sly reference to this by having John Steed receive a Christmas card from Cathy Gale, sent from Fort Knox, Kentucky.
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 movies, television, and commercials. For some of these appearances, he would be billed as "Harold "Oddjob" Sakata". He also appeared in The Poppy Is Also a Flower (1966) which was based on an Ian Fleming story and directed by Bond Director Terence Young.
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 percent after the release of the movie. The Bond movie The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) featured the Lotus Esprit, and sales also increased for that car after the movie premiered.
Though he had been considered for, but never appeared in a Bond movie, Sir Michael Caine was the first person to hear the completed score for this movie. After he and roommate Terence Stamp were ejected from their apartment, Caine asked friend John Barry if he could use the spare bedroom at Barry's London residence. As they were good friends, Barry agreed and so for several months, Caine crashed with Barry and was there the sleepless night he completed his iconic score. At breakfast the following morning, Barry played his composition for Caine, the first time he'd performed it for anybody.
This is the only Sir Sean Connery-era Bond movie without the villain Ernst Stavro Blofeld or explicit reference to his organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E. (SPecial Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion). However, Goldfinger appears to be wearing a gold S.P.E.C.T.R.E. ring during the card game in Miami beach, but that's not the case. It is a golden ring with his initials (A over G) as a relief on a black background. Additionally, in retroactive continuity, Goldfinger is linked to S.P.E.C.T.R.E. in the video game GoldenEye: Rogue Agent (2004).
After attending the premiere in Rome, Federico Fellini was asked by a journalist what he thought of the movie. His enthusiastic answer was "Questi sono i film che fanno andare avanti il cinema!" ("This is one of those films that make cinema carry on!")
Oddjob never speaks in this movie. His only dialogue is an "Aha!" on the golf course, two "Ah"s when ordering men to pick up Tilly after she is 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.
This was the second most popular Bond movie with paying audiences, racking up one hundred thirty million ticket sales. The next Bond movie, Thunderball (1965), surpassed it in popularity, with one hundred forty million paid admissions. The success of this movie and Thunderball (1965), propelled Sir Sean Connery to the top of Quigley Publications' annual Top Ten Money Making Stars poll in 1965, the only British male star to be number one.
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."
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 ramming 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 panelling, and a Thermos with a built-in hand grenade.
The first Bond movie to be shown on U.S. commercial television, on Sunday, September 17, 1972, earning the highest Nielsen ratings for a single movie on television up to that time. Forty-nine percent of the nation's viewers tuned in that night, and ABC, which showed the movie, retained the exclusive commercial U.S. television rights to the Bond film franchise series for the next twenty-eight years.
In the original end title credits, which featured the famous "James Bond will return in..." teaser, the next movie 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 movie, and decided to make Thunderball (1965) instead. The end title teaser was later changed to advertise "Thunderball".
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 of these scenes in the opening titles are projected onto the gilded body of Margaret Nolan, who played Dink in the main movie. Here, she appears longer than Shirley Eaton appears in the main movie, and wears a blue bikini (also featured on the soundtrack cover) which Eaton does not wear in her scenes.
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 movie'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".
During the Fort Knox fight, the clock on the bomb was originally intended to stop at the time 0:03, but then the producers decided to stop it at Bond's ID number, 0:07. Bond's subsequent dialogue still refers to "three more ticks".
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 was derived from agent Pussy Deakin a.k.a. 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 movie Octopussy (1983). "Octopussy" was also the name of a coracle given to Ian Fleming by Blanche Blackwell as a present for staying at Goldeneye.
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 movie, as Producer Harry Saltzman thought it would give Bond a more cheeky image.
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 this movie have such an uncanny resemblance, making this movie fittingly the first Bond movie to receive an Oscar.
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 (U.K.).
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).
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 twelve-cylinder 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedance de Ville reads "AU 1" for the same reason.
The title song is the first of three title songs sung by Dame 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 number eight in February 1965.
Tilly Masterson's (Tania Mallet's) Ford Mustang was supposedly the first appearance by a Mustang in a movie. The Mustang was introduced in April of 1964, and this movie was released in December. Ford supplied many cars to the movie, including the C.I.A. Agents' Thunderbird, all of Goldfinger's goons cars, and the Lincoln Continental that is crushed.
For a long time, this movie was tied with Dr. No (1962) as the shortest James Bond movie in the EON Productions official film franchise, with a running time of one hour and fifty minutes. Quantum of Solace (2008) is now the shortest at one hour and forty-six minutes.
Shirley Eaton, gilded completely in gold, featured on the cover of Life Magazine on November 6, 1964. The headline read: "A Matter for James Bond - Shirley Eaton, Gilded Victim in Goldfinger, Funniest and Money-Makingest of the 007 Movies".
Cec Linder was the only actor from the cast who was actually in Florida for the Miami sequences. Sir Sean Connery was in the midst of shooting of Sir Alfred Hitchcock's Marnie (1964) and was unable to be on the Goldfinger set at the time.
It's in this movie that Q's character really clicked. Director Guy Hamilton advised Desmond Llewelyn to inject humor into the character, thus beginning the friendly antagonism between Q and Bond that became a hallmark of the film franchise.
The golf scenes in the movie 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 Sir Sean Connery is said to have spawned during this filming.
Jack Lord was approached to return as C.I.A. Agent Felix Leiter, but he declined. He had played him in Dr. No (1962). The role was re-cast, beginning a succession of different actors in the role (only David Hedison and Jeffrey Wright played the role more than once). In this movie, Austin Willis was originally cast as Felix Leiter, and Cec Linder as Simmons. However, they were asked to swap parts shortly before production.
A few scenes in the final cut 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!"
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.
The most famous of all James Bond cars, which first appeared in this Bond movie, the 1964 silver birch Aston Martin DB5, was never driven by Sir Roger Moore's James Bond in a Bond movie. The DB5 was made famous by Sir Sean Connery in this movie, and then in Thunderball (1965), with later models appearing in some subsequent Bond movies. 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-parodied his James Bond persona.
The world premiere was held on Thursday, September 17, 1964 at the Odeon Theatre, Leicester Square, London. Sir 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. Sir Sean Connery drove an Aston Martin DB5 down the famous Parisian promenade of the Champs-Elysees for the French Premiere of the movie. 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).
Long before Led Zeppelin ever became a household name, London-based session guitarist Jimmy Page featured as a rhythm player on the title song under the direction of Composer John Barry. Page revealed this little trivia nugget during an interview with Jeff Koons.
In the novel, Tilly Masterton is captured alive in Switzerland, becomes enamotred of Pussy Galore, and is killed by Oddjob in the battle of Fort Knox. Oddjob survives that confrontation, only to be sucked out the plane's window in their next conflict. Bond then kills Goldfinger, by strangling him.
In the original novel, 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.
There were two Aston Martins created for this movie. One is owned by a private collector, who paid over four million dollars in 2010. The other one was purchased by a private collector in 1986 for two hundred fifty thousand dollars. That car was parked at an airport in Boca Raton, Florida, when in June 1997, it was stolen under suspicious circumstances. The thieves broke into the guarded Boca Raton 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. Its whereabouts are still unknown, as of March 19, 2019.
The Chrysler Corporation was one of the sponsors for the movie's American television premiere. At their insistence, Goldfinger's remark about automobiles killing sixty thousand Americans every two years was edited out.
Terence Young worked on this movie during the 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.
Toy car manufacturer Corgi manufactured a special miniature Aston Martin DB 5 car for Prince Charles, who was aged fifteen or sixteen 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 battle aboard Goldfinger's jet was originally a longer sequence, where Bond fought 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.
To shoot Pussy Galore's Flying Circus gassing the soldiers, the pilots were only allowed to fly above three thousand feet. Director Guy Hamilton recalled this was "hopeless", so they flew at about five hundred feet, "and the military went absolutely ape."
Originally, the end teaser "James Bond will return in..." announced that the next movie would be On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). However, there were pre-production issues for On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), so the producers decided to make Thunderball (1965) instead. However, by the time that decision was reached, this movie was already in theaters. Eventually, the teaser was altered to advertise "Thunderball". But there are still some prints of the movie with the On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) tag. Occasionally, this tag will be seen on some television prints and early VHS tapes. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) was made after Thunderball (1965) and You Only Live Twice (1967), after Sir Sean Connery's first departure from the film franchise.
Concerned about censors, the producers thought about changing Pussy's name to "Kitty Galore", but they and Director 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."
The rifle that Tilly Masterson (Tania Mallet) used was an AR-7 (a .22 caliber rifle) created for pilots as the action, barrel, and magazine can all be stored in the stock, so the stored weapon does not take up much room. A modern version can still be bought (as of 2013), as it will easily fit in a backpack for hikers, and when stored, is waterproof.
It is now speculated that Goldfinger was 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.
The Ford Motor Company happily supplied a Lincoln Continental for the car compactor scene in exchange for featuring their new model 1964½ 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.
First opening credits sequence to show the actor playing James Bond. This is by utilizing footage from the first two James Bond movies, Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963). This technique was 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).
The surname of Tilly Masterton and Jill Masterton in the novel was changed to "Masterson" for the movie. Ian Fleming is said to have based the "Masterton" name on Sir John Masterman, a leading Oxford University academic, and former MI5 Agent.
"Operation Grand Slam" was the actual code-name for the Soviet overflight mission by C.I.A. 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 May 1, 1960.
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.
The budget, an estimated three million pounds sterling, was the same as the budgets for the first two Bond movies combined (one million pounds sterling for Dr. No (1962) and two million pounds sterling for From Russia with Love (1963)).
Goldfinger was adapted as a comic strip and published in the English "Daily Express" newspaper from October 3, 1960 to April 1, 1961. It was written by Henry Gammidge and illustrated by John McLusky. It has had worldwide syndication, and was reprinted in 2004. The villains Goldfinger and Oddjob also featured in a story in Alan Moore's League of Extraordinary Gentleman comic book. Sir Sean Connery played the lead in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003).
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 this movie). The flight number for the flight in the movie was British United Air Ferry Flight VS 400 to Geneva, Switzerland.
Canadian actor Paul Carpenter made a very brief appearance in this movie towards the end, as a U.S. Brigadier, who is on hand when Bond boards the jet. Carpenter died at the age of forty-two before this movie's release.
In the script, the display on the nuclear device counts down to "003" before being turned off. During shooting, this was changed so that the display counts down to "007" and gets the desired laugh from the audience. However, Bond remarks that there was only "three ticks" left.
According to Auric Goldfinger, in 1964 values, Fort Knox held fifteen billion dollars worth of gold. "In its vaults are fifteen billion dollars, the entire gold supply of the United States." If adjusted for inflation, that amount would be equivalent to almost one hundred fifteen billion dollars as of March 2016. However, since the price of gold has appreciated almost five times as much as the rate of inflation, that amount of gold would be worth about five hundred twenty billion dollars.
Vehicles featured included: the most famous of all the James Bond cars, the silver birch Aston Martin DB5. Tilly Masterson's white 1964½ Ford Mustang convertible, the first appearance of this make in a movie. a yellow and black 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville, Goldfinger's twelve-cylinder made-of-gold car weighing seven thousand pounds. a white Hiller UH-12E4 helicopter. black Mercedes-Benz 180, 190, and 220 models, which pursue 007. a 1960 Ford Fordor Ranch 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 U.S. Army Dodge WC-54 ambulance. a Lockheed JetStar C-140 plane piloted by Pussy Galore and 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 C.I.A. 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).
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 film franchise.
Milton Reid lobbied unsuccessfully for the role of Oddjob, suggesting at one point that Harold Sakata and he ought to engage in a wrestling match over the part. He was 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 are stocky and rarely talk. Reid also played a guard in Dr. No (1962), but was uncredited.
Honor Blackman is five years older than Sir Sean Connery, and is one of two Bond girls older than the actor playing James Bond (Sir Sean Connery). The other is Dame Diana Rigg, who is one year older than George Lazenby (from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)). Monica Belluci, who was the oldest Bond girl at fifty-one, was not a main Bond girl in Spectre (2015), and therefore cannot be included.
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.
With this movie, Sir 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 Connery would receive five percent of the gross of each Bond movie, in which he starred.
On October 27, 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 four million dollars 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 twelve thousand dollars in 1969. Lee had kept the car at his Pennsylvania house for over forty years.
Honor Blackman is the oldest-ever actress to play Bond's love interest, being thirty-nine-years-old at the time of filming. Her nearest competitor is Maud Adams, who was thirty-eight when Octopussy (1983) was released. In 2015, reports surfaced that the record would be broken by fifty-one-year-old Monica Bellucci in Spectre (2015). However, Bellucci's role was just a cameo, and the character didn't get romantically involved with Bond.
While the American censors did not interfere with the name in this movie, 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."
The value of the six thousand two hundred fifty dollar bar of gold would have appreciated considerably in the years since this movie was made. After converting pound sterling to dollars at the 1964 conversion rate, that amount of money would have purchased three hundred ninety-five troy ounces of gold, which would be worth about four hundred eighty-five thousand dollars in 2016. A bar of that much gold would weigh almost twenty-seven pounds, which would have been a fairly hefty thing to lug around a golf course.
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.
According to the CD soundtrack sleeve notes, the album was a number one hit on the U.S. charts on December 12, 1964, and staying at number one for three weeks. The title song "Goldfinger" single sung by Shirley Bassey charted in the U.K. on October 15, 1964 and went to the number twenty-one spot. The single entered the charts in the U.S. on January 30, 1965 and peaked at the number eight position.
In the dinner scene, the butler serves Colonel Smithers a cigar from a fifty-cigar "cabinet" box. Cigars packaged in cabinets are usually higher quality than those in the standard twenty-four-cigar box, and are sometimes referred to as "cabinet selection" cigars.
A scene where Felix would be explaining to the townspeople the plan of faking their deaths to trick Goldfinger was cut, as it made Felix seem "too heroic" compared to Bond (ironically, it was Felix and his fellow C.I.A. Agents who would save Fort Knox and Bond). The scene was leaked on-line, but quickly removed by EON, and has never been officially released.
Auric Goldfinger and his henchman Oddjob are considered two of the great movie villains. Like many great movie villains, the actors portraying them are quite the opposite of their screen characters. Fellow cast members have remarked how charming and friendly Gert Fröbe and Harold Sakata were off-camera. Co-Producer Albert R. Broccoli cast Fröbe, and had him singing and dancing, in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968).
At one point in this movie, 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, Sir Paul McCartney recorded the theme song for another Bond movie, Live and Let Die (1973). Another Bond girl would later marry a Beatle.
Watch carefully as the two agents in the black sedan drive off from the Kentucky Fried Chicken, before they reach the Royal Castle hamburger joint on the corner and turn left. There's an old-fashioned trash truck backed in, and people on the street watching them shoot the scene.
One of two movies that influenced the creation of the comic book/manga/animated television series Speed Racer (1967), or Mach Go Go Go (1997), Bond's fully loaded Aston Martin influenced the gadgetry of Speed's Mach Five race car. The other movie that contributed to Creator Tatsuo Yoshida's vision of Speed Racer's character was the look of Elvis Presley in Viva Las Vegas (1964).
Felix drives a Ford Thunderbird in this movie. In the novel, Felix remarks that his Studillac (a Studebaker with a Cadillac engine) is "a damn sight better sports car than those Corvettes and Thunderbirds."
The scene depicting the tracking of the Lincoln 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 lead to the city's main airport during that time frame.
Fourth James Bond movie made, and third in the EON Productions official film franchise. Also third James Bond movie for Sir Sean Connery playing James Bond, Bernard Lee as M, and Lois Maxwell as Miss Moneypenny, while it was the second for Desmond Llewelyn as Q.
Since the release date for this movie 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.
When Bond stops at the garage so that Tilly can arrange for her car to be repaired, four holes can be seen in the roof liner just above the corner of the windshield. These are holes where the sun visors had been removed by the production crew.
Although third in the EON franchise, this was the first Bond movie to be shown on television in the U.S. ABC broadcast it in its Sunday Night Movie slot on September 17, 1972. It was not broadcast in the U.K. until November 3, 1976.
Bond jokes that drinking champagne at room temperature is "like listening to the Beatles without earmuffs." Colonel Smithers was played by Richard Vernon, who appeared with The Beatles in A Hard Day's Night (1964), as a stuffy businessman who quarrels with the Fab Four on a train.
The U.K. airport, from which Bond and Goldfinger fly to Switzerland, is the real Southend Airport in Essex. Shown in this movie during its British Air Ferries period, when it was London's third busiest airport, the map tracker clearly shows its location. Originally known as "R.A.F. Rochford", it is now, since the mid 2010s, known as London Southend Airport. Airport Code SEN.
The age difference between Honor Blackman and Margaret Nolan (eighteen years and two months) was the greatest age difference between two Bond girls credited in the same movie, until Grace Jones and Alison Doody (eighteen years and six months), in A View to a Kill (1985). After Spectre (2015), the greatest age difference between two Bond girls (Monica Bellucci and Léa Seydoux) is twenty years and nine months.
This is the first movie in which Bond drives his Aston Martin DB5. The others being Thunderball (1965), GoldenEye (1995), Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), The World Is Not Enough (1999), Casino Royale (2006), Skyfall (2012), and Spectre (2015). The DB5 has appeared with three different licence plates; BMT 216A (this movie, Thunderball (1965), Skyfall (2012), Spectre (2015)), BMT 214A (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 eight movies, the DB5 car has appeared in more Bond movies than any actor who has played Bond.
The literal translations of some of this movie's foreign language titles include: 007 Against Goldfinger (Brazil and Portugal); Mission Goldfinger (Italy); 007 Versus Goldfinger (China), and Agent 007 Against Goldfinger (Spain).
The opening credit sequence was designed by Graphic Artist Robert Brownjohn, featuring clips of all James Bond movies thus far, projected on Margaret Nolan's body. Its design was inspired by seeing light projecting on people's bodies, as they got up and left a theater.
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.
While Goldfinger and 007 are conversing on the veranda of Goldfinger's house in Kentucky, Goldfinger uses the phrase "The P.O.L.A.R.I.S. submarine pens in New London." First of all, the submarine mooring areas named "pens", went out with World War II, as submarines got bigger and had to moor at piers. Secondly, back in the 1960s, there were no actual operating Fleet Ballistic Missile (carrying P.O.L.A.R.I.S. missiles) submarines (F.B.M.s) at U.S. Naval Submarine Base New London. Due to their operations of being out at sea for about ten months out of every year, only one of the two crews of an F.B.M. was actually at the base. The submarine, with the crew that was on it at the scheduled time period, operated at, or from, its "Advance Base" located in Scotland or Spain, depending on the Advance Base to which the submarine was assigned. However, since this is a fictional movie based on a fictional story, anything goes.
In a coincidence of scheduling, Ireland's RTE 2 broadcast Goldfinger on March 12, 2016, the week of the passing of two James Bond legends: Production Designer Ken Adam, and Music Producer George Martin.
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.
Michael G. Wilson: The future Bond Producer played a South Korean soldier at Fort Knox. This is the first of Wilson's now-famous cameos in the franchise. He has appeared in every movie from The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) to Skyfall (2012).
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 while filming this pre-credit sequence.
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Gert Fröbe had serious reservations about Goldfinger using nerve gas to get rid of his witnesses. Fröbe felt that with him being a German, this scene would have Nazi concentration camp implications. Indeed, this movie 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.
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 U.S. 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 movie adaptation, with the novel's criticisms being used for Bond to list to the villain.
Shirley Eaton underwent two hours of make-up application which involved being gold-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 movie 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 movie 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 several Turkish baths. Eaton is still very much alive as of March 2019. 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.
Despite being known for his deadly hat, Oddjob only kills one person with it: Tilly. He kills three other people in the movie; one by skin suffocation, another by shooting him, and the last, by throwing him off of a high structure.