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 Sir 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.
The movie was the fastest grossing movie in movie history when it was released, and was entered into the Guiness Book of World Records.
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.
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.
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.
First appearance of a laser beam in a 007 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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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.
Sir Sean Connery, who was married to Diane Cilento at the time, wore a flesh-colored bandage (clearly seen in some production stills) over his wedding ring while filming.
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."
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 series for the next twenty-eight years.
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".
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 recurring trend in the films.
Steven Spielberg cites this as his personal favorite of all the Bond movies and even owns an Aston Martin DB5 due to the impact this movie had on him.
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!")
During promotion, Honor Blackman took delight in embarrassing interviewers by repeatedly mentioning her character's name.
This was the second most popular Bond movie with paying audiences, racking up 130 million ticket sales. The next Bond movie, Thunderball (1965), surpassed it in popularity, with 140 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.
This movie was so popular that some theaters were holding showings 24 hours a day to meet demand.
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.
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".
The scenes of people around Fort Knox passing out from being gassed were shot using the same group of soldiers moving to different locations.
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 film. Her appearance in this sequence is longer than Shirley Eaton appears in the film, and she wears a blue bikini (also featured on the soundtrack cover) which Eaton does not wear in her scenes.
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."
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' ability to perform judo written into the script.
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.
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.
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 weapons 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.
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".
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 a cleft palate.
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.
Cec Linder, a Canadian (though Polish by birth), is the only non-American actor to play Felix Leiter.
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 golf scenes in the movie were shot at the Stoke Poges Golf Club, Slough, 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.
The vault door used in the Fort Knox scene is now located in Bank of the West in Los Altos, California. Although, considering the set was built in Pinewood Studios, and the left over set was re-purposed as "stock" scenery, this is debatable.
There were two Aston Martins created for this movie. 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, 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. On December 31, 2021 it was reported to have been located "somewhere in the Middle East" and efforts were being made to return the car, valued at $25 million, to its rightful owner.
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).
Some of Pussy Galore's all-woman Flying Circus were played by men wearing blonde wigs.
First movie 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.
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 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.
Despite her impressive movie debut as Tilly, this was model Tania Mallet's only major movie appearance. She had previously tested for the Tatiana Romanova part in From Russia with Love (1963).
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!"
Gert Fröbe was doubled in scenes where Goldfinger plays golf, as he couldn't get the hang of the game.
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.).
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.
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".
Auric Goldfinger is the name of the gold-obsessed villain. "Auric" means gold or golden. 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. So, bizarrely, his name is theoretically also alternatively "Gold Goldfinger", or "Golden Goldfinger", or "Aurum Goldfinger".
This is the only movie where Sir Sean Connery's James Bond orders a Martini shaken not stirred. (In Dr. No (1962), everyone who served him a martini said it himself or herself.)
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. The first Bond movie to receive the gilded statuette was the one with the gilded girl.
Producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli wanted to cast Gert Fröbe after seeing him in the German thriller It Happened in Broad Daylight (1958). In that movie, Fröbe played a psychopathic serial killer.
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.
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.
According to Auric Goldfinger, in 1964 values, Fort Knox held $15 billion worth of gold. "In its vaults are $15 billion, the entire gold supply of the United States." If adjusted for inflation, that amount would be equivalent to almost $115 billion 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 $520 billion.
For a long time, this movie was tied with Dr. No (1962) as the shortest James Bond film, with a running time of one hour and fifty minutes. Quantum of Solace (2008) became the shortest at one hour and forty-six minutes.
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.
The value of the bar of gold would have appreciated considerably in the years since this movie was made. In 1964 a standard "Good Delivery" gold bar of 400 troy ounces at the fixed rate of $35 per ounce, was worth, as is said in the scene in M's office, five thousand pounds or $14,000. This would be worth at least $500,000 in 2017-18. A standard gold bar weighs over twenty-seven pounds, which would have been a fairly hefty thing to lug around a golf course.
Upon accepting his role as Goldfinger, Gert Fröbe was asked by the producers if he had any private interests, to which he replied that he loved football (soccer). As a result, a Rolls Royce would later arrive every Saturday at his London hotel to drive him to the weekend matches.
This was intended to be lighter in tone and less political than the first two Bond movies. It was released in the U.K. and U.S. the same year.
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.
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 CIA 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.
The world premiere was held on Thursday, September 17, 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 Champs-Elysees for the French premiere of the movie. For the occasion, sixty women were gilded 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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 movie featured Gert Fröbe as Inspector Kras.
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."
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.
During the sequence where James explores the Auric Enterprises complex, it's actually mostly the "backstage" buildings on the (original) Pinewood Studios backlot, which really do look like an "industrial estate." Unlike many other major studios, Pinewood doesn't have fake themed permanent building facades on their buildings, such as the huge soundstages. However, they have built temporary/semi-permanent exterior facades depending on production requirements.
In the movie Goldfinger states that by radiation of the gold in Fort Knox he would raise the value of his gold many times. If he had waited 8 years he would have gotten his wish. In 1972 all countries went off the gold standard allowing gold to rise substantially as silver did starting in 1965.
Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley were asked to create the lyrics for the iconic theme song. But when its composer John Barry played them the first three notes, Bricusse and Newley looked at each other and sang out: "...wider than a mile," to the melody of "Moon River," the popular theme song from Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961). Barry was not amused.
As Goldfinger's car is being loaded into the airplane to Geneva, his license plate (AU 1) is visible. Au is the chemical symbol for the element gold.
Shortly after this movie came out, Corgi toys released a die cast model of the DB5, a silver one and a limited edition gold one.
British actress Margaret Nolan, who starred in several of the popular Carry On comedies and other films, not only played Dink in this film, she was also the woman in the gold-painted body and bikini in the opening title sequence. She said in a 2007 interview that it took three weeks to film and she was paid a lot of money. More than she made in her life. She was also going to be the "Goldfinger Girl" so she posed for the record cover, the book cover and more. But then she decided not to do it because she would have to travel the world promoting the film for two years. She said that really pissed off the producers, but at that point she wanted to focus on her career and more serious roles. Also, her husband didn't want her being gone for that long.
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.
Honor Blackman is the oldest-ever actress to play Bond's love interest, being 39 years old at the time of filming. Her nearest competitor is Maud Adams, who was 38 when Octopussy (1983) was released. In 2015, reports surfaced that the record would be broken by 51-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.
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 Bellucci, who was the oldest Bond girl at fifty-one, was not a main Bond girl in Spectre (2015), and therefore cannot be included.
The vault used to double as Fort Knox was located in the former headquarters of the Midland Bank (now part of H.S.B.C.) in London. This building has now undergone a change of use into a hotel.
The Aston Martin's tire-shredder was inspired by the scythed chariots in Ben-Hur (1959). The ejector seat was suggested by director Guy Hamilton's stepson.
With the passing of Sir Sean Connery on 10/31/2020, Shirley Eaton who played Jill Masterson is the last surviving major star of this movie. Honor Blackman died on 04/05/2020 followed by Margaret Nolan (who played Dink the masseuse) six months later on 10/05 and then Connery. Nolan and Connery died within 3 weeks of each other.
Margaret Nolan said in a 2007 interview that she really enjoyed working with Sean Connery. He was such a gentleman and would give her a lift home in his Rolls Royce after filming. He was also very interested in her non-identical twin sister and was "very keen to dance with her." She said he quite liked petite, high-cheekboned women and her sister was petite with red hair.
The budget, an estimated £3 million, was the same as the budgets for the first two Bond movies combined (£1 million for Dr. No (1962) and £2 million 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 Beatles and James Bond have long had a strange relationship. In this movie, Sir Sean Connery's Bond says that serving Dom Perignon above thirty-eight degrees Fahrenheit would be "almost as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs." 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. In addition, Shirley Bassey's title theme song was credited as produced by The Beatles producer George Martin but was, in fact, overseen by John Barry. The US soundtrack album for the movie Help! includes a James Bond-ish intro for the title song.
This is the only EON Sir Sean Connery Bond movie that doesn't end with Bond at sea.
The title sequence was inspired by seeing light projecting on people's bodies as they got up and left a theater.
The Aston Martin DB series cars are named, in part, with the initials of Aston Martin's former owner David Brown.
The rifle that Tilly Masterson (Tania Mallet) used was an Armalite 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, manufactured by Henry Arms, can still be bought (as of 2020), as it will easily fit in a backpack for hikers, and when stored, is waterproof and also floats if dropped in water.
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 5% of the gross of each Bond movie in which he starred.
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.
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 series.
The scene with Bond in the plane's bathroom was originally meant to showcase Gillette shaving products. Director Guy Hamilton thought this was silly, and it was abandoned.
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.
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.
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.
Shirley Eaton was dubbed by Nikki Van der Zyl, who also worked as dialogue coach to Gert Fröbe.
Toy car manufacturer Corgi manufactured a special miniature Aston Martin DB 5 car for King Charles III, 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.
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).
John Barry described his work on this movie as a favorite of his, saying it was "the first time I had complete control, writing the score and the song."
The original plan for the climax was to have the climactic battle happen at 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.
"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.
Gert Fröbe, who played the title role, was six feet one inch. In Ian Fleming's novel, Goldfinger was only about five feet tall.
After this movie was released, Corgi toys released a model of the car in 1/43 scale (model no 261) with ejector seat, front machine guns and rear bullet proof screen but it was gold and not silver. The reason they made it gold is because the designers thought it looked like bare metal if it was painted silver. A silver model (model no 270) was released 2 years later which added the revolving number plates and tyre slashers.
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 sign on Fort Knox bears the name "General Russhon". Charles Russhon was the technical advisor for this movie.
Shirley Eaton was sent by her agent to meet producer Harry Saltzman and agreed to take the part if the nudity was done tastefully.
In the German version, James Bond calls Q "K", but it is unknown why or if it was just lost in translation.
Theodore Bikel and Titos Vandis screentested for the title role of Auric Goldfinger. Their screentests can be seen on the DVD Ultimate Edition.
In 2013, Joan Collins told the Daily Mail she turned down the role of "golden girl" Jill Masterson: "I was asked to do the Shirley Eaton part in the Sean Connery Bond film Goldfinger - the classic role in which she is naked and sprayed from head to foot in gold paint. It's an amazing image and an amazing film but I turned it down. I was pregnant at the time with my son Sacha. Who knows? It could have altered the direction of my whole career and I sometimes wonder what would have happened if I had done it. I have never talked about it before and it's not in my new book because I didn't want to be bitchy to Shirley."
Canadian actor Paul Carpenter made a very brief appearance in this movie toward the end, as a U.S. brigadier general, who is on hand when Bond boards the jet. Carpenter died at the age of forty-two, before this movie's release.
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.
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.
For the huge Wagnerian orchestral opening to the title song, John Barry employed five trombones, four trumpets, four French horns, and a tuba.
Ken Adam was advised on the laser's design by two Harvard scientists who helped design the water reactor in Dr. No (1962).
Nadja Regin (Bonita the nightclub dancer) appeared in From Russia with Love (1963) as Kerim Bey's girl.
In 1965, Sears partnered with a company called AC Gilbert to sell an exclusive James Bond 007 Road Race Playset. It had two slot cars from the movie and scenes from the iconic mountain chase.
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 windshield.
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.
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. The airport scene in the UK, is what would become London Southend Airport, the map location also matches its location in Essex, England.
Product placements and promotional tie-ins for this movie include the silver birch Aston Martin DB5, Dom Perignon champagne, particularly a Dom Perignon '53, Rolex watches (Bond wears a Rolex Submarine), Kentucky Fried Chicken, and Corgi Toys, the beginning of their relationship with the series.
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 $4 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 house for over forty years.
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.
During an interview with Femme Fatales magazine, Shirley Eaton described what she went through for the gold paint scene: "Those scenes had to be shot quickly. Actually, I had flu at the time. I was painted all over except a strip down my tummy because I was laying on my tummy so you couldn't see it. It wasn't paint like you paint on a wall. It was a greasy sort of makeup with gold leaf in it. But it is dangerous in the sense that it feels very hot and suffocat- ing. Everything I touched was touched with gold, and my hair got all greasy and gold. It took hours to wash off. The wardrobe mistress and the makeup lady bathed me and then, about three days later, I went for a Turkish bath to make sure it had all gone out of my pores." They shot the scene in one day, but she had to endure the process again the next day for publicity photos.
In one scene, Goldfinger states that the gold would be irradiated for 58 years. If the film is set in 1964 (year of release), the gold would've been irradiated till 2022. Shirley Eaton is the only credited cast member of this film who has lived long enough to see that year.
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.
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).
In 1999, it was ranked number seventy on the British Film Institute's 100 Greatest British Films of the 20th Century.
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.
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.
Producer Albert R. Broccoli once named this movie, 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.
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.
The song "Goldfinger" was re-worked as "Gold Label", featured in a long-running series of cigar commercials.
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. It was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.
In January 1963, producers Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli announced that Jack Lord, who played Felix Leiter in Dr. No (1962), had been signed to a two-picture deal to reprise his role. Lord was appearing in Stoney Burke (1962), and was apparently unable to get out of his contract. Cec Linder took the part instead.
Honor Blackman authored a book titled "Honor Blackman's Book of Self Defense", published in 1965.
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 led to the city's main airport in those days.
The name of gangster Mr. Solo is believed to be the inspiration for the naming of Star Wars character Han Solo.
Included on the American Film Institute's 1998 list of the four hundred movies nominated for the Top 100 Greatest American Movies.
With the death of Sir Sean Connery in 2020, Shirley Eaton became the last surviving major cast member.
Although the character Oddjob is Korean, he is played by Harold Sakata who is of Japanese descent.
Shortly after the movie premiered, Corgi toys issued a model DB5 which included the ejector seat, bullet proof shield and machine guns (coupled with the front rams which, although were built into the original car, were not used in the movie) Contrary to another submission on here, the first issue (Corgi 261) was in gold, not silver. The development team thought their first prototype painted silver looked too much like the original unpainted alloy and decided to release it instead (as a nod to the film title) painted gold. Subsequent issues (starting with Corgi 270 ) were painted silver and included the additional features of the tyre shredders and revolving number plates.
Sir Sean Connery's first day of filming was March 19, 1964, at Stage D, Pinewood Studios for shooting of the South American El Scorpio Nightclub opening sequence.
Contrary to popular belief, Sean Connery didn't start wearing a hairpiece when he made "Goldfinger." He began doing so whilst making "Doctor No."
After their golf match, 007 follows Goldfinger to the airport. The map on the scanner clearly shows Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England.
The scene where Goldfinger's car is loaded into the airplane for Geneva was filmed at Southend Airport. It was the U.K.'s third busiest airport at the time. Originally created to be RAF Rochford, by the 2010s, it was re-named London Southend Airport. The real world location of it, in Essex, England, exactly matches the map seen in Bond's in car map, located north of the River Thames, and south of the River Crouch.
The main theme was selected by the American Film Institute number fifty-three on the list of the Top 100 from movies of the past one hundred years.
This was chosen as the third movie because of the legal issues surrounding Thunderball (1965).
Although third in the EON series, 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.
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.
In 1964 when NBC started showing The Man From Uncle it was first going to be called Solo for the main character Napoleon Solo played by Robert Vaughn. The network changed the original title fearing that they maybe sued over copyright on the name Solo.
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.
Jack Lord was originally expected to reprise his role as Felix Leiter from Dr No. However, he demanded equal top billing and the same fee as Sean Connery. To the producers this was unacceptable and Lord was dropped.
In the novel, Goldfinger actually intends to steal the gold in Ft Knox. The movie dismisses this as a practical impossibility, and instead has Goldfinger planning to irradiate the gold with a small, dirty nuclear device. This makes Goldfinger the only Bond film with a more "realistic" plot point than the novel it's based on.
Sean Connery had a large tattoo of an anchor on his right forearm. Makeup was used to disguise it with varying ;eves of success throughout this film and the Bond series. It is best seen in publicity still shots (including in IMDb photo galleries).
For her 5 minute role Shirley Eaton received more public & media attention than the lead Bond girl Honor Blackman.
Of the six EON-produced films starring Sean Connery as Bond, this is the only one where he doesn't end up in a watercraft of some sort at the end.
Dame Shirley Bassey was the first singer for the movie's opening sequence. Also the most for signing another two movie opening sequences for Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and Moonraker (1979).
Producer Harry Saltzman disliked Richard Maibaum's first draft and brought in Paul Dehn to revise it. Director Guy Hamilton said that Dehn "brought out the British side of things." Sir Sean Connery disliked his draft, so Maibaum returned.
Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. Along with Skyfall (2012), they are the only James Bond movies included in the book.
The part of Jill Masterson was initially offered to Shirley Anne Field, who turned it down. Wanda Ventham also went up for it.
Although supposedly disguised as one of Fort Knox's 41,000 U.S. Army troops, Goldfinger's henchman Kisch wears the chevrons of a U.S. Air Force sergeant.
In this movie, Q reveals that Bond's previous car was a Bentley. It was obviously destroyed during his previous mission, which prompts Q to say "try to bring it back intact from the field".
A 1990s VHS release tape (on back cover) slightly misquoted the famous "Do you expect me to talk?" line by ending it with 'Goldfinger' ("Do you expect me to talk, Goldfinger?"). A few Bond fans were dismayed at the misquotation.
The butler cuts the tip of Colonel Smithers' cigar with a v-cutter, which creates an elegant v-shaped notch in the tip.
In the dinner scene, Colonel Smithers removes his cigar's band before he lights it. Some Europeans prefer to smoke their cigars without the band, whereas some Americans prefer to keep the band on.
Fourth James Bond movie made, and third in the EON Productions official film series. 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.
Re-released on Blu-ray in a Collector's 50th Anniversary Edition Steelbook for its Golden Anniversary in 2014.
Goldfinger's Rolls-Royce is the same type from The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964), same exterior color scheme, too.
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.
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.
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.
Another Aston Martin DB5 without the gadgets was created, which was eventually furnished for publicity purposes. It was re-used for Thunderball (1965).
Tieback to Dr. No: Bond uses a champagne bottle as a weapon. Dr. No quips, "That's a Dom Perignon '55. It would be a pity to break it." Bond replies, "I prefer the '53 myself." In this movie, (two years later), he tells Jill Masterston that it will not do to drink their "Dom Perignon '53 above a temperature of 38 degrees."
The clock on the door to the lavatory on Goldfinger's personal jet (where the girl peeps at Bond through the hole in the clock) is of course the same model as the clock inside of the lavatory. It is also the same model of clock on the wall in the physical training room in Thunderball (1965) were Bond is strapped to "The Rack".
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.
At one point, Bond's caddy compares himself to famous golf player Arnold Palmer ("If that's his original ball, I'm Arnold Palmer.") . In the previous year, Palmer appeared as himself in Call Me Bwana, one of the few non-Bond movies produced by Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli.
The film was made and first released about five years after its source 'Goldfinger' novel of the same name by Ian Fleming had been first published in 1959.
Auric Goldfinger, Oddjob and Pussy Galore from the Bond movie 'Goldfinger' (1964) are characters in the later James Bond video game '007: Nightfire' (2002) (VG) which was first released in 2002. This was the 40th Anniversary year of the OO7 official film franchise. To celebrate this, players in multi-player mode were able to choose allies and villains from some of the previous Bond movies. These included: Baron Samedi (Live and Let Die); Dr. Christmas Jones, Elektra King and Renard (The World is Not Enough); Auric Goldfinger, Oddjob and Pussy Galore (Goldfinger); Jaws (The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker); May Day and Max Zorin (A View to a Kill); Nick Nack and Francisco Scaramanga (The Man with the Golden Gun); Wai Lin (Tomorrow Never Dies) and Xenia Onatopp (GoldenEye).
The later James Bond video-game 007 Legends (2012) featured an over-arching story-line inspired by six story-lines from six different James Bond movies of which one of these was 'Goldfinger' (1964). Each individual story represented one of the six actors who had played Bond in the official film franchise at the time. These were: Goldfinger (1964) - (Sean Connery), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) - (George Lazenby), Moonraker (1979) - (Roger Moore), Licence to Kill (1989) - (Timothy Dalton), Die Another Day (2002) - (Pierce Brosnan) and Skyfall (2012) - (Daniel Craig). However, the likeness of James Bond in all of the missions was that of Daniel Craig.
When the role of Leiter was brought back for the third Bond film, Goldfinger, in 1964, Lord was again approached to play Leiter; according to screenwriter Richard Maibaum, Lord demanded co-star billing with Sean Connery, a bigger role and more money to reprise the role. The producers instead decided to recast the role. ("The Richard Maibaum Interview". Starlog)
Honor Blackman didn't have to do a test for the role of Pussy Galore as the producers knew what she could do due to her role in the TV series of The Avengers. At the time of the films release there was a big fuss over her characters name and the American censors wouldnt allow it then at the British premier she was presented to Prince Phillip, The next day photos were all ,over the papers headlined 'Pussy and the Prince causing the US censor to offer no objections.
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 end.
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.
Sir Sean Connery and Honor Blackman appeared in Shalako (1968). Both passed away the same year (2020) as each other; Blackman on April 5 followed by Connery over six months later on October 31.
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 second Bond movie where the title is the name of the villain or organization in the movie. The others being Dr. No (1962), The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), Quantum of Solace (2008), and Spectre (2015).
In a coincidence of scheduling, Ireland's RTE 2 broadcast Goldfinger on March 12, 2016, the week of the deaths of two James Bond legends: production designer Ken Adam and music producer George Martin.
While Goldfinger and 007 are conversing on the veranda of Goldfinger's house in Kentucky, Goldfinger uses the phrase "The Polaris submarine pens in New London." The submarine mooring areas named "pens" went out with World War II, as submarines got bigger and had to moor at piers. Also, back in the 1960s, there were no actual operating Fleet Ballistic Missile (carrying Polaris 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.
Included among the American Film Institute's 2001 list of the top 100 Most Heart-Pounding American Movies.
When Goldfinger is playing cards at the hotel and Jill is reading his opponents cards, the point of view of the binoculars changes from over the other players right shoulder to Goldfinger's face from the left side, totally opposite where the point of view would be from the hotel balcony.
The sign at Auric Enterprises, "Eintritt Strengstens Verboten" translates to "Entrance strictly prohibited".
The license plate numbers of the Aston Martin DB5 in the Daniel Craig James Bond movies are as follows: In 'No Time to Die' (2021) it is ''A 4269 00'' whereas in 'Casino Royale' (2006) it had been ''56526'' whilst in 'Skyfall' (2012) and 'Spectre' (2015) it was ''BMT 216A'' - the same as it had been in both Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). The Aston Martin DB5 did not appear in 'Quantum of Solace' (2008). In the two Pierce Brosnan Bond films, GoldenEye (1995) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), the license plate number of the Aston Martin was ''BMT 214A''.
Included among the American Film Institute's 2004 list of the top 100 America's Greatest Music in the Movies for the song "Goldfinger."
Included among the American Film Institute's 2005 list of 250 movies nominated for AFI's 100 Years of Film Scores.
The pre credit scene in which Bond peels off a wetsuit to reveal evening dress is based on a true incident from WWII. A Dutch agent named Peter Tazelaar was put ashore near a seafront casino in German occupied Netherlands by British intelligence. He, too, was wearing evening dress under his wetsuit. After peeling off the wetsuit, he was able to mingle with guests and slip past the guards. Ian Fleming was a naval intelligence officer at the time.
The Question remaining "Is Tilly Masterson dead," is passively resolved by James Bond to Pussyglore. Oddjob who ironically cannot hit 007 a few feet away with his hat inside Fort Knox made a remarkable shot hitting Tilly Masterson through trees and in darkness hitting her head - like the statue at Goldfinger's Golf Course. Then, the statue was decapitated. Tilly Masterson did not have a broken floppy neck, blood or cut wound. Masterson seemed unconscious. The mystery is resolved with a comment at the Kentucky Airport where Pussy delivered 007. As 007 flirts with her, he sees Oddjob. He tells her, "He Kills Little Girls like you." Jill was Gold Painted as 007 was unconscious. 007 was only conscious to see Tilly Masterson struck by Oddjob's derby hat. 007 was right there when they took away her body validating to Pussyglore of her death without giving her name.
The Lovely Building hanging off the edge of the mountainous road is called "Hotel Galenstock." The Hotel has been fixed up, painted and still is on that Hairpin turn in the Alps at: 6491 Realp, Switzerland. Due to the cinematic shot, viewers never see the downward sharp round turn, nor the parking lot on that side. The smaller structure is a Restaurant where travelers can grab a bite. Oh, the long, windy road it's on is "Furkastrasse" or "Furka Pass" or Furkastrasse 19." The whole Furka Pass is about 20-miles long. One curve is labeled, named James Bond Pass.
The gas station Aurora in Andermatt, Switzerland where James Bond dropped Tilly Masterson CLOSED in 2014. Goldfinger's 50-year Anniversary was in 2014.
At the Kentucky Airport, grunty North Korean Oddjob waves 007 to get into the Family Station Wagon filled with Chinese to guard him. At Head-Level between Oddjob and Bond is a Jeep with "FOLLOW ME" on it.
Kentucky Fried Chicken (not KFC) Col. Sanders face above the restaurant, 'Felix' leans on the White Thunderbird; 007 locating beacon (in his shoe) appears on the car's graphic monitor. The image is of Indiana-Kentucky Border to the West (left) of the Green Screen with the Ohio River between the two states.
Back at the Kentucky Fried Chicken (not KFC,) James Bond's mini-beacon is going off in Felix's Thunderbird -on the GREEN Monitor. The mini-beacon is in mobster 'Solo' pocket on way to be shot & crushed. The blip is on Kentucky Highway 31 West. The Green Screen show a town 'Orell' down below, Ohio River, Indiana-Kentucky Border to the West (Left.) Basically, the beeping light is on Highway-31W -miles from Louisville, Kentucky. South on Highway-31W is Fort Knox.
In 2022, the small nuclear device (aka, "Dirty Bomb") became inert - it WOULD no longer be "Radioactive'. Goldfinger and 007 talk over Mint Julips about the gold supply being radioactive for 'Fifty-Seven Years', Bond says. Goldfinger corrects him, " Fifty-Eight to be exact." In short, had the dirty nuclear bomb blown up in Kentucky at Fort Knox in 1964, it's half-life would be reached in 2022. Exploded or not, the small nuclear bomb would be no threat as of 2022.
Producer Harry Saltzman initially wanted to have Honor Blackman's voice overdubbed by another actress, as he preferred Bond girls to have exotic accents. He was talked out of this by director Guy Hamilton, who pointed out that Blackman's normal speaking voice was too well-known and distinctive, and that it would be distracting to have someone else's voice coming out of her.
Margaret Nolan died of Cancer October 05, 2020. She played Deek (the girl who gets spanked by 007 in Miami.) She was the gold painted girl in the beginning Goldfinger theme song and clip. Of course, Shirley Eaton gets all the credit for being painted gold in the Miami Hotel room. In short, there were two women painted gold in the movie Goldfinger.
Shirley Eaton was on the cover of LIFE Magazine in November 05, 1964. Eaton was actually in Gold Paint on the cover of the magazine long before The Oscar gold statue did a solo shot for the cover.
The Armalite AR-7 rifle that Tilly Masterson uses, is the same type of rifle that 007 used in "From Russia with Love", to fend off an attacking helicopter.
Michael G. Wilson: The future Bond producer played a South Korean soldier at Fort Knox. This is the first of Wilson's cameos in the films. 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, when the original actor became unavailable at the last minute. This was because he was a cat burglar, and had just been arrested. Joint was burned on the leg by a smoldering coil while filming this pre-credit sequence.
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).