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Characters: Gold Finger
Characters specific to Goldfinger. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.


Auric Goldfinger

Played by: Gert Fröbe
Voiced by: Michael Collins

In the film, Goldfinger is a successful businessman, owning many properties throughout the world including "Auric Enterprises, AG" in Switzerland, and a stud-farm in Kentucky called "Auric Stud". However, Goldfinger's real business is that of internationally smuggling gold, using the method of having a car built with gold body castings and transporting it via airplane before having the body-work re-smelted once it arrives at its destination. After Goldfinger's business affairs come under suspicion from the Bank of England, Bond is sent to investigate.

  • Dressing as the Enemy: Uses this tactic to escape Fort Knox once Operation Grand Slam fails.
  • Evil Genius: He has an elaborate plan to ruin Fort Knox's gold, after all.
  • Faux Affably Evil
    Goldfinger: Is that julep tart enough for you, Mr. Bond?
  • Gold Fever: See Meaningful Name.
  • Interim Villain: The only villain from the Connery and Lazenby films who had no connection with SPECTRE.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: He's pretty well off, to say the very least.
  • Meaningful Name: He's got a passion for gold, though he has anything but a heart of gold.
  • Take That: Auric Goldfinger is named after Erno Goldfinger, an architect and cousin of Ian Fleming whose buildings the author hated. Apparently, Erno threatened to sue Fleming for unauthorised use of his name. In that event, Fleming would have changed the name to Goldprick. OUCH! This was later lampshaded by the title of the third Austin Powers movie.
    • It is now speculated that he is also based on a German spy who, amongst other things, once tried to rob the Bank of England during World War One. 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.
  • Villain Song: The movie's iconic theme tune doubles as this.


Oddjob

Played by: Harold Sakata

One of the most famous henchmen in the series, Oddjob serves as the loyal Battle Butler to Goldfinger.

  • Awesome but Impractical: His razor sharp bowler hat, which is strong enough to decapitate a statue, but due to its circular edge isn't easy to remove without cutting yourself. In the original novel, the hat's brim isn't razor sharp, it's dangerous because it's a fine edge of solid steel being propelled by a trained thrower. Like a discus.
  • Battle Butler: He's a butler-cum-bodyguard and is a master martial artist whose whole body is covered in protective calluses.
  • The Dragon: Arguably the Trope Codifier for Bond villains. If you don't have a lackey in your employ that doesn't inspire a ton of Oh, Crap moments out of Bond the way OddJob does, you're not going to be an effective Bond villain...
  • Foreign Queasine: In the novel, Oddjob has a fondness for cat flesh, apparently a result of surviving a famine as a child by eating cats.
  • Improbable Weapon User: He kills people with his hat.
  • Leitmotif: Some of Oddjob's more sudden appearances are accompanied by a two-note theme with chimes.
  • Made of Iron: Receives a gold ingot in the chest and doesn't flinch.
  • Nice Hat: And lethal, by the way.
  • Red Right Hand: In the book he has a cleft palate that renders his voice an animalistic growl. He's simply mute in the film.
  • The Speechless: He is mute.
  • Stout Strength: Harold Sakata weighed some 280 lbs and won a Silver Medal in Weightlifting at the 1948 Olympics.
  • Undying Loyalty: Would die to ensure to his master's plan's success.
  • Weapon of Choice: His hat, which has a razor-sharp edge and can be used as a throwing weapon.


Pussy Galore

Played by: Honor Blackman

She is first seen when Bond wakes up in Goldfinger's private jet, having been knocked out with a tranquiliser. He is lying on a couch when he regains consciousness, and the first thing he sees when he opens his eyes is her stunning blonde-framed visage leaning over him. She then asserts that the nature of her employment for Goldfinger is that she's "a damn good pilot", clearly intending to suggest that there is no relationship of a more intimate nature between them, and tells Bond, "You can turn off the charm. I'm immune". She is the leader of a Flying Circus, a group of women aviators who are a key part of Goldfinger's "Operation Grand Slam".

  • No Bisexuals: Ian Fleming's take on the literary character is she had yet to meet a real man. (She was unable to outrun her uncle at age 12)


Jill Masterson

Played by: Shirley Eaton

She is employed by Auric Goldfinger to help him win at cards in Miami. She can see Goldfinger's opponent’s cards through her high-powered binoculars. Bond silently breaks into her room and ruins Goldfinger's scheme. Jill then gets into bed with Bond. They spent an afternoon together and expected to enjoy the anticipated sleepless night until Bond went to the refrigerator for another bottle of champagne when Oddjob knocked him out. Bond awakens later, only to find Jill's dead body, which is painted entirely in gold.


Tilly Masterson

Played by: Tania Mallet

Jill's vengeful sister. She tries to assassinate Goldfinger out of revenge for the murder of Jill.


Mr. Solo

Played by: Martin Benson

The lone gangster invited by Goldfinger who refuses to take part in Operation Grand Slam. Goldfinger allows him to leave, only for him to be killed by Oddjob. His body is left inside the car while it is crushed in a car dump grinder. The other mobsters get gassed to death anyway.


The old lady

Played by: Varley Thomas

An elder lady working as a guard to Goldfinger's Switzerland facility's entrance.


Bonita

Played by: Nadja Regin

A belly dancer seen in the pre-title sequence. Bond walks into a bar after planting his explosives, Bonita is dancing in the middle of the bar much to the delight of the men gathered around her. Most of the customers disappear when the detonator explodes, leaving her to retire to her room and take a bath. Bond then follows her for some unfinished business (she seems to have met Bond before).

  • Taking the Bullet: Bond narrowly avoids being hit across the head when he catches a glimpse of Capungo creeping up behind him in Bonita's eyes. Bond quickly spins around with Bonita getting the hit on her head instead.


Capungo

Played by: Alf Joint

A mook briefly seen in the pre-title sequence, very little is learnt about him. He seemingly works for Mr Ramirez, and is sent to capture Bond. Whilst Bonita has Bond distracted, he appears from behind a wardrobe and starts to sneak up with a bludgeon behind Bond, who manages to see him reflected off Bonita's eye. At the last moment Bond turns round so Bonita gets the full force of his attack. After a brutal fight, he is thrown into Bonita's bath where just as he grabs Bond's gun, Bond throws an electrical lamp into the bath, electrocuting him.


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