Goldfinger

Goldfinger

1964 British film by Guy Hamilton
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Goldfinger is a 1964 spy film and the third installment in the James Bond series produced by Eon Productions, starring Sean Connery as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. It is based on the 1959 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film also stars Honor Blackman as Bond girl Pussy Galore and Gert Fröbe as the title character Auric Goldfinger, along with Shirley Eaton as the iconic Bond girl Jill Masterson. Goldfinger was produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman and was the first of four Bond films directed by Guy Hamilton.

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  • 17 September 1964 (1964-09-17) (London, premiere)
  • 18 September 1964 (1964-09-18) (United Kingdom)
  • 22 December 1964 (1964-12-22) (United States)
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110 minutes
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United Kingdom
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English
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Budget
$3,000,000 USD
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Box office
$51,000,000 USD
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James Bond: (over intercom to Goldfinger, who has been cheating at cards) Now hear this, Goldfinger. Your luck has just changed. I doubt very much that the Miami Beach Police would take kindly to what you're doing. Nod your head if you agree... Nod...
(Goldfinger nods)
James Bond: Good. Now, start losing, Goldfinger. Shall we say ten thousand dollars? No, let's be generous. Let's make it fifteen thousand.
(Goldfinger hesitates, then throws a card on the table)
Simmons: Well, I can see this is really my day!
(puts his cards on the table)
Simmons: Gin!
Jill Masterson: May I see?
(looks through binoculars. She sees Goldfinger snap his pencil in disgust)
James Bond: (over intercom) Over and out.
(switches intercom off, then to Jill)
James Bond: That should keep him occupied for quite some time.
Jill Masterson: I'm beginning to like you, Mr. Bond.
James Bond: Oh... call me James.
Jill Masterson: More than anyone I've ever met in a long time... James.
James Bond: Well, what are we going to do about it?
Jill Masterson: Yes, what?
James Bond: I'll tell you at dinner.
Jill Masterson: Where?
James Bond: Oh, I know the best place in town.
(they kiss)
  • The Auric Goldfinger villain character is parodied as "Goldmember" in Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002). Ironically, when Ernö Goldfinger sought legal advice in regard to Ian Fleming using his surname in the "Goldfinger" novel, Fleming allegedly considered re-naming the character "Goldprick".
  • First opening credits sequence to show the actor playing James Bond. This is by utilizing footage from the first two James Bond films Dr. No (1962) and From Russia with Love (1963). This technique would be repeated in On Her Majesty`s Secret Service (1969). The first time an image of the actor playing James Bond would be part of the actual title sequence itself (i.e. not by way of footage edited into it) would not occur until The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
  • The original choice for the spy car of the film was not the Aston Martin DB5 but an E-Type Jaguar, which cost half as much. The E-Type Jaguar was a car model actually driven by production designer Ken Adam. Jaguar declined and the producers went to Aston Martin`s David Brown. He supplied them two production prototypes of the newly released Aston Martin DB5. One was used for straight driving and the other was for adding various gadgets and features by Ken Adam.
  • The Ford Motor Company happily supplied a Lincoln Continental for the car compactor scene in exchange for featuring their new model Ford Mustang in the Swiss mountain driving sequence. During the crushing of the Lincoln, the crew remained totally silent, in awe of what they were doing.
  • Aston Martin were initially reluctant to part with two of their cars for the production. The producers had to pay for the Aston Martin, but after the success of the film, both at the box office and for the company, they never had to spend money on a car again.

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