Characters / Goldfinger

Characters specific to the novel and James Bond film Goldfinger. For those in the entire film franchise, see here.


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     Goldfinger 

Auric Goldfinger

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"Man has climbed Mount Everest, gone to the bottom of the ocean. He's fired rockets at the Moon, split the atom, achieved miracles in every field of human endeavor... except crime!"

Played by: Gert Fröbe

Voiced by: Michael Collins

"Mr. Bond, Mr. Bond, all my life I have been in love. I have been in love with gold. I love its colour, its brilliance, its divine heaviness..."

In the film, Goldfinger is a successful British businessman, owning many properties throughout the world including "Auric Enterprises, AG" in Switzerland, and a stud-farm in Kentucky called "Auric Stud". However, his 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.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: He's a smart man in both the novel and the film, but the film version comes off as smarter for a simple reason: in the novel, the plan was to steal the gold, which as the film points out is impossible to do in the window of time that Goldfinger has. Film Goldfinger instead uses the gold's theft as a cover, and in fact wants to render it radioactive and thus useless.
  • Antagonist Title: Specifically, his last name.
  • Big Bad: The film's main and titular antagonist.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Has a gold-plated revolver, which technically makes him the first "man with a golden gun" in the Bond movies. In the novel, he has a gold-plated Colt 1908 Vest Pocket, which also made him the first "man with a golden gun" before Scaramanga arrived.
  • Character Title: His name gives the novel and the film their titles.
  • Cheaters Never Prosper: Bond puts an end to both his cards and golf cheating schemes.
  • Color Motifs: Gold, of course. Nearly all of his outfits in the movie feature the color prominently, drives a gold-plated Rolls-Royce Phantom III and carries a golden gun. Even Goldfinger's hair is gold.
  • Deadpan Snarker: His famous line as Bond faces a very Freudian death by laser beam.
    Bond: Do you expect me to talk?
    Goldfinger: No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!
  • Diabolical Mastermind: He concocted a very elaborate plan to ruin Fort Knox's gold.
  • Disney Villain Death: He gets sucked out of a plane when a window is broken whilst it's in mid-flight. Interestingly, that was how Oddjob died in the novel.
  • 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. Bond, who with almost all other Bond villains has always used No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine as an opportunity to snidely insult his hosts, even sincerely compliments Goldfinger on his plan after learning the full details.
  • Fat Bastard: Quite a hefty man, and quite the villainous madman.
  • Faux Affably Evil: When talking to bond at Auric's Stud, like if he was a guest.
    Goldfinger: Is that julep tart enough for you, Mr. Bond?
  • Gold Fever: As the theme song says, he loves gold.
  • I Know You Know I Know: In the novel, Bond observes to himself that Goldfinger has the cat killed to make a point that Goldfinger knows Bond used it as a cover for his own interfering with the internal cameras, and that Goldfinger knows that Bond knows this.o
  • Interim Villain: Goldfinger is the only villain from the 1960s Bond films who had no connection whatsoever with SPECTRE.
  • Karmic Death: Dies when he fires his gun aboard a plane and is sucked out by the pressure. In the book, Bond simply throttles him, with the Karmic Death instead going to his surviving henchmen, who all drown due to the crashed plane being weighted down with their boss's ill-gotten gains.
  • Kick the Dog: To start with, he murders Jill Masterson just because she was witness to Bond defeating Goldfinger's card-cheating scheme. In the novel, as if we needed more proof what a sleazebag he is, he makes a point of asking if Bond likes cats and then giving his cat to Oddjob to be eaten.
  • Lack of Empathy: When Bond mentions the potential death toll of Goldfinger's plan, Goldfinger just shrugs and remarks "American motorists kill that many every two years".
  • Loves Only Gold: Even more so in the book, where he goes so far as to have yellow-bound erotic photographs, and have his lovers painted head to toe in gold so that he can make love to gold.
  • 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. Even his first name is a reference to gold, 'Auric' being a measurement for a ion of gold.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Money!: He's gotten out many a jam by throwing money at it.
  • The Sociopath: He was willing to kill 60,000 people and cause an economical crises for his own profit.
  • Sore Loser: Hates losing games because he always makes bets and wagers involving money/gold.
  • Take That!:
    • Auric Goldfinger is named after Erno Goldfinger, an architect who whose buildings Ian Fleming hated. Apparently, Erno threatened to sue Fleming for unauthorized 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, Goldmember.
    • 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 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 (ironically, Frobe was a Nazi spy, but one who assisted Jews in escaping the regime, a fact that prevented a boycott of the movie).
  • Villain Song: The movie's iconic theme tune doubles as this.

     Oddjob 

Oddjob

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Played by: Harold Sakata

"It is astonishing what Oddjob can do. I have seen him hit a brick wall with his entire force and not hurt his hand. He can split three half-inch thick boards, piled one upon the other, with one blow of his hand. You can see what he can do with his foot."
Auric Goldfinger, Goldfinger

One of the most famous henchmen in the series, Oddjob serves as the loyal Battle Butler to Goldfinger.
  • Artistic License – Biology: In the novel, it's explained that Oddjob is so strong and tough in part because his martial arts training has built up a thick layer of protective callus, not just on his hands and feet, but even across other parts of his body, giving him a kind of natural armor. Whilst martial artists do develop callus, they don't grow it on their whole body and certainly not to the thickness implied of Oddjob.
  • 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. In Real Life, TV presenter Denis Van Outen accidentally hit herself in the face with the actual prop when handling it on live TV.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Never seen without an Edwardian suit, including his trademark bowler hat.
  • Badass Mustache: He has a thin, classy-looking mustache.
  • Battle Butler: He's a butler-cum-bodyguard and is a master martial artist whose whole body is covered in protective calluses.
  • The Brute: He's Goldfinger's powerhouse, a huge, musclebound man that loves to fight and is very good at it.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: He is incredibly tough and strong, able to crush golfballs in his bare hands and shrug off gold bricks to the clavicle, simply because of his martial arts training. And in the movie, he's not even explicitly stated to be the martial arts master that he is in the novel.
  • Continuous Decompression: How he meets his end in the book. Recalling a case where this trope actually occurred, Bond deliberately stabs right through a plane window, sucking Oddjob out of the plane and to his demise.
  • Determinator: Nothing that Bond throws at Oddjob in the final fight does stop him.
  • 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.
  • Expy: Inverted. Oddjob is effectively a prototype for Jaws, being an Elite Mook villainous henchman with Super Strength and who shrugs off everything that Bond throws at him, forcing Bond to use his wits and the environment to prevail instead of a straightforward fight. They even both have notable oral deformities — Oddjob's cleft palate/muteness comparing Jaws' trademark teeth and (more voluntary) muteness. The resemblance is heightened in that the novel version of Oddjob is also a giant of a man; 6'6" tall, which is huge by Korean standards for the time.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Bond uses the metal in his hat and iron bars in Fort Knox to set up a trap so that he can fatally zap Oddjob.
  • Implacable Man: Don't bother fighting Oddjob, he'll shrug off anything you throw at him. Don't bother reasoning with him, he would die to ensure his master's plan's success.
  • 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 to the clavicle and doesn't flinch. The only thing that got a reaction from him was being electrocuted, which also killed him.
  • Nice Hat: A bowler hat. And lethal, by the way.
  • No-Sell: Other than Jaws, Bond usually manages to get at least a few good hits in on the Giant Mook guys he faces. Nothing he throws at Oddjob in the final fight so much as makes him flinch. If anything he seems vaguely amused at Bond's attempts to fight back.
  • Only One Name: He only goes as Oddjob, the name given to him by Goldfinger to describe his duties to his employer.
  • Psychotic Smirk: He flashes a lot of these, especially during his climatic fight with Bond.
  • 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.
  • Silent Antagonist: He is mute for the most part.
  • Silent Snarker: His amused reactions in his fight with Bond speak volumes.
  • Stout Strength: Harold Sakata weighed some 280 lbs and won a Silver Medal in Weightlifting at the 1948 Olympics.
  • The Straight and Arrow Path: In the book, he's not only talented at karate, but wields a bow and arrow. Just to show how good of a shot he is, he pins a ring that was being passed to Bond to a tree trunk, and Bond notes that even if he could draw his PPK, Oddjob would have slammed an arrow into him before he could even aim.
  • Trademark Favorite Food: In the novel, Oddjob has a fondness for cat flesh, apparently a result of surviving a famine as a child by eating cats.
  • Tranquil Fury: When Bond returns the original golf ball, he failed to find, back to him he proceeds to crush it in his hand with no emotion.
  • Undying Loyalty: Would die to ensure his master's plan's success, as seen when Goldfinger seals him in the vault with the bomb in the film and he kills the other Korean trapped with him rather than let him free them or turn the bomb off.
  • Weapon of Choice: His hat, which has a razor-sharp edge and can be used as a throwing weapon. Like Grant's watch, it gets used against him when Bond runs an electrical current through it.

     Pussy Galore 

Pussy Galore

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"You can turn off the charm. I'm immune."

Played by: Honor Blackman

"If you set fire to that thing, I swear I'll KO you with my gold brick."
Pussy Galore addressing Jack Strap, in Goldfinger (the novel)

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".
  • Ace Pilot: As she tells Bond, Goldfinger hired her because she's "a damn good pilot."
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She's a brunette in the book.
  • Amazon Brigade: Her flying circus.
  • Ambiguously Gay: The film's only hint to her sexuality is a remark about being "immune" to Bond's charms.
  • Dark Action Girl: While she's one of Goldfinger's deadly henchmen, she and Bond have many fights.
  • Does Not Like Men: At first, until she met Bond.
  • Double Entendre: As with many of Ian Fleming's creations, the name is a double entendre — pussy being a slang term for a cat or for a vulva. At one point the producers took advantage of that when, concerned about censors, they considered changing her name to "Kitty Galore", but decided to keep the original name.
  • Girl of the Week: The main Bond Girl for this film.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Bond convinces her to turn against Goldfinger; alert the CIA of her employer's scheme, and replace the deadly nerve gas that Goldfinger planned to have her aviators spray over Fort Knox with a different, harmless substance.
  • Love Redeems: Falling for Bond helped her a lot with the mentioned Heel–Face Turn.
  • Meaningful Name: Going by the meaning of "pussy" as being a slang term for a vulva, it's fitting that a woman named Pussy Galore is the leader of a numerous group of women aviators.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She spends her screen time in some quite form-fitting clothes.
  • No Bisexuals: Ian Fleming's take on the literary character is that she had yet to meet a real man. (She was unable to outrun her uncle at age 12).
  • Punny Name: In the film this was supposed to be lampshaded, with Bond's response to her telling him her name being "I'm sure you are, but what's your name?" but this was considered likely to annoy the censors. Bond's incredulous "I must be dreaming" is lampshading enough.
  • Rape as Backstory: The book mentions that she was raped by her uncle at aged 12. This led to her dislike of men and preference for women. Until Bond shows up, of course.
  • Sex–Face Turn: After sleeping with Bond, she pulls a Heel–Face Turn and turns against Goldfinger.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: She ends up falling for Bond after sparring with him.

     Jill Masterson 

Jill Masterson

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"I'm beginning to like you, Mr. Bond."

Played by: Shirley Eaton

"Drew a queen and king. Meld of queens. Can meld kings with a joker. Discarding seven."
Goldfinger (the novel)

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 

Tilly Masterson

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Played by: Tania Mallet

"He has a woman once a month. Jill told me this when she first took the job. He hypnotises them. Then he-he paints them gold."
Goldfinger (the novel)

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

     Mr. Solo 

Mr. Solo

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Played by: Martin Benson

"Mister, I been watching you. You are a very relaxed man for someone who speaks such big things. Last man I knew was so much relaxed that he got himself totally relaxed by a quick burst of the chopper. OK, OK. So I come in, yes. But mister-either we get that billion or you get dead."
Goldfinger (the novel)

The lone gangster invited by Goldfinger who refuses to take part in Operation Grand Slam in the film. 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. In the novel, however, he remains loyal and is later killed by Goldfinger along with the other remaining gangsters.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Refuses to take part in Operation Grand Slam, the Big Bad's Evil Plan.
  • He Knows Too Much: The reason why he gets killed by Oddjob on Goldfinger's orders.
  • The Mafia: One of the mafiosi who have a meeting with Goldfinger.
  • Meaningful Name: He's the sole gangster to refuse to take part in Goldfinger's plan in the film. He joins the rest in death anyway when Oddjob shoots him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: His reaction to Goldfinger's plan in the film. It doesn't save his life.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Goldfinger has him killed after he refuses to take part in his plan after the others got a taste of the Delta Nine nerve gas. In the book, he gets shot by Goldfinger with the other gangsters at a deserted location at the coastline of Cape Hattaras.

     The Old Lady 

The Old Lady

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Played by: Varley Thomas

An elderly woman working as a guard to Goldfinger's Switzerland facility's entrance.

     Bonita 

Bonita

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Played by: Nadja Regin

A belly dancer seen in the pre-title sequence. Bond walks into a bar after planting his explosives at the drug refining hideout belonging to Mr. Ramirez. Bonita is seen dancing there 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 (apparently) some unfinished business.
  • All There in the Manual: Her name isn't mentioned in the movie.
  • Bathtub Scene: She takes a bath after the explosion during the pre-title sequence.
  • Belly Dancer: Latino version.
  • Honey Trap: She seduces Bond into a trap by a mook. It didn't end well for neither her or the mook.
  • Ms. Fanservice: That skimpy dress and the towel are the only clothes that she wears during her appearance.
  • Revealing Hug: After she kisses Bond, he camera hangs around her for a few seconds in a close-up as Capungo starts creeping up behind Bond as a way to let the audience know that she and Capungo are in cahoots.
  • 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.
  • The Vamp: She tries to seduce Bond into a trap.

     Capungo 

Capungo

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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.
  • All There in the Manual: His name is not mentioned in the movie.
  • Electrified Bathtub: Bond throws Capungo into Bonita's bathtub. Just as Capungo grabs Bond's PPK, Bond throws a plugged-in lamp in the bathtub, which electrocutes him.
  • In the Back: He sneaks up behind Bond and attempts to bludgeon him. It backfires.
  • Mooks: It's implied that he's a mook for Mr. Ramirez, the drug lord whose drug laboratory Bond blows up in the pre-title sequence.

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