Characters / Goldfinger

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

Auric Goldfinger
"Choose your next witticism carefully Mr. Bond, it may be your last."
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.

  • Antagonist Title: Specifically, his last name.
  • Big Bad: The film's main antagonist.
  • Bling-Bling-BANG!: Has a gold-plated revolver, which makes him the first "man with a golden gun" in Bond movies.
  • Character Title: See Antagonist Title.
  • 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, and he 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: See Evil Genius.
  • Disney Villain Death: He falls out of a plane. 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
    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.
  • Karmic Death: Dies when he fires his gun aboard a plane and is sucked out by the pressure. In the book, Bond straight-up kills 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.
  • 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".
  • 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 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.

Played by: Harold Sakata

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

  • Achilles' Heel: He's physically unstoppable for the most part (see No Sell). The only time he ever behaves cautiously is when someone tries to use his bowler hat against him.
  • 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.
  • Badass: Doesn't begin to describe it. He's nigh-unstoppable.
  • 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.
  • Determinator: See No Sell.
  • 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.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Bond uses the metal in his hat and iron bars in Fort Know to 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: 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.
  • 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.
  • Undying Loyalty: Would die to ensure 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. Like Grant's watch, it gets used against him when Bond runs an electrical current through it.

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".

  • 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.
  • Dark Action Girl: While she's Goldfinger's deadly henchmen, she and Bond have many fights.
  • Amazon Brigade: Her flying circus.
  • Ambiguously Lesbian: The film's only hint to her sexuality is a remark about being "immune" to Bond's charms.
  • Does Not Like Men: At first.
  • 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's a sultry-eyed blonde who wears rather form-fitting clothes, and she spends the final act of the film in a waistcoat.
  • 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.
  • 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
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.

  • 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, possibly because he's the one who smuggled the bomb intended for Fort Knox into the States. He joins the rest in death anyway when Oddjob shoots him.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: His reaction to Goldfinger's plan. 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.

The old lady
Played by: Varley Thomas

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

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).

  • All There in the Manual: Her name isn't mentioned in the movie.
  • Bathtub Scene: She takes a little bath during the pre-title sequence.
  • Belly Dancer: Latino version.
  • Honey Trap: She seduces Bond into a trap by a bandit. It didn't end well for neither her or the bandit.
  • Ms. Fanservice: That skimpy dress and the towel are the only clothes that she wears during her appearance.
  • 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.
  • Traitor Shot: 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.
  • The Vamp: See Honey Trap.
  • You Look Familiar: Nadja Regin appeared as Kerim Bey's mistress in From Russia with Love.

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.