His heart is COOOOOOOOOLD!!
Bond: You expect me to talk?
Goldfinger: No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!The one
pop culture parodies the most.Goldfinger
was the third James Bond
film and is possibly the most iconic of the series. Part of what made it so good is that it is a shining example of a Pragmatic Adaptation
that changed the title villain's rather ridiculous plot to literally rob Fort Knox in Ian Fleming
's original novel
into a plan that feels honestly and believably ingenious (not to mention changing the book's rather blatant racism, sexism, and homophobia
Has several famous Bond-movie scenes, including Goldfinger threatening to cut Bond in half with a laser...slowly — upward, "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die
," Bond's high-stakes golf game, and the death of Goldfinger's traitorous employee
Jill Masterson, her naked body sprawled across her bed and painted gold
This movie also gave the franchise its first Cool Car
. In fact, one of the great virtues of the film is that the gadgets shown, such as the car and the personal tracer, are over 50 years old
and they still look both believable and neat (and in the case of the GPS-esque tracer, are modern-day consumer goods).
More than the previous entry, From Russia with Love
, this one is almost always considered to be the high point of the series, where all the characteristic elements were in perfect alignment.
Not to be confused with the ska band of the same name.
Do you expect me to talk?
- Good Guns, Bad Guns: The mooks at Goldfinger's European plant carry weapons of Nazi German origin - mostly Walther P38s, and of course the grandmotherly gate guard who wields an MP 40.
- Tilly Masterson uses an AR-7 rifle, the same type of rifle Bond himself used in From Russia with Love. Though her allegiance is ambiguous at first, she is ultimately revealed to be on Bond's side.
- Groin Attack: Just barely averted. How do you get Bond to stop cracking wise? Slowly inch a laser closer and closer to his manly parts.
- The Guards Must Be Crazy: both played straight and subverted. In this case, one guard is fooled to allow Bond to escape, but he is recaptured and the guards intelligently make sure the spy stays put.
- Hand Signals
- After James Bond convinces Goldfinger that he's worth keeping alive, Goldfinger makes a gesture to his henchmen to turn off the laser beam that was about to cut Bond in half.
- After Goldfinger and his men enter Fort Knox, Goldfinger gives a signal to one of the men to open the vault.
- While Oddjob is fighting Bond inside the Fort Knox vault, Bond is lying on the floor. Oddjob makes a two-handed "Get up" gesture to him.
- Heel-Face Turn
- Jill Masterson early on.
- Pussy Galore later on.
- Hero of Another Story: Bond's fellow 00 agent 008.
- Hidden in Plain Sight: Goldfinger's entire MO — he pretends to be deaf to use a hearing aid (in fact, a receiver for a radio, allowing him to cheat), smuggles gold by driving cross country in a car made of painted gold, lounges pleasantly knowing the CIA is watching him, creates a detailed decoy plan just to fake everyone out until it's too late, and successfully impersonates an officer to escape once his plan goes south.
- High Heel-Face Turn: Pussy Galore, after being seduced by Bond. This is even crucial to the plot, since it got her to replace the nerve gas in her pilots' planes with a harmless placebo. Though it's implied his magic charms were officially all that made her turn, it's possible he later appealed to her logic that after having just witnessed Goldfinger murder a room full of powerful men he no longer needed he would have no problem killing Pussy when her job was done. Or he could've appealed to her conscience in that she was willing to participate in an enormous heist, but not commit mass murder. After all she didn't realize the nerve gas was fatal.
- High Voltage Death: Bond kills The Dragon Oddjob by applying a live electrical cable to some steel bars as Oddjob is retrieving his metal-lined hat from the bars. Watch it here.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Oddjob is electrocuted while holding his steel-bladed hat.
- Hollywood Density
- Bond uses two gold bars to break open the bomb and throws a gold bar at Oddjob. However, he does seem to have some trouble lifting them.
- And the scene in which Bond explains why stealing the gold would be impractical (following which Goldfinger explains his real plan) is probably the most famous aversion in cinema. And also a nod to book's plot, where it was really Goldfinger's plan. The screenwriters consciously changed it.
- You might notice the cube resulted from the crushed Continental lacks wheels, and for something that'd be at least 2 tons (specially for the gold in the trunk), it barely makes a difference for the pick-up truck that receives it.note
- Iconic Outfit: Bond's white dinner jacket, grey three-piece suit, and duck hat. Goldfinger's gold-trimmed dinner jacket and Oddjob's butler get-up and bowler hat count, too.
- Implacable Man: Oddjob takes a thrown gold bar in the chest without flinching. In fact, the only time he appears to be even mildly uneasy in the film is when Bond attempts to use his own killer hat against him.
- Impossibly Cool Weapon: Oddjob's razor-rimmed hat.
- Improbable Weapon User: Oddjob and his razor-rimmed hat.
- Incredibly Long Note: He loves GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLD!!!
- Instant Sedation: Kisch uses a tranquillizer dart gun on a helpless Bond after Goldfinger decides to keep him alive.
- Intimidation Demonstration: Oddjob demonstrates his ability with his killer bowler hat early in the film, Foreshadowing the fight with Bond at the end.
- Just Between You and Me: Subverted and inverted
- Goldfinger brags about his plan to his business partners, knowing that he's going to kill them all anyway and that it won't make the slightest bit of difference if he tells them. What Goldfinger doesn't realize is that Bond is listening in on his little presentation; however, Bond misinterprets Goldfinger's plan and thinks that he intends to steal all of Fort Knox's gold, when in actual fact he intends to make it radioactive.
- In fairness to Bond, and credit to Goldfinger's intelligence, he is out-and-out lying to his business partners; Bond doesn't realize it until he does some mental arithmetic and realizes that it would be impossible to get away with that much gold.
- Large Ham: Gert Frobe set the standard for cartoonish supervillainy.
- Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: Bond is able to fool then KO a guard.
- Looping Lines
- All of Goldfinger's lines are dubbed, as Gert Fröbe spoke very poor English. It's really an amazing job, and you'd never know just watching the film.
- Curiously, it seems Sean Connery may have had to do the same thing for his character, particularly for his most iconic line "Do you expect me to talk?", as the way he said it in the trailer is completely different from the way he said it in the actual film.
- Magic Countdown: The nuclear Time Bomb in Fort Knox. It should have gone off long before an expert defuses it.
- May-December Romance: Averted. Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore) is the second-oldest Bond girl.
- Meaningful Name: Goldfinger's first name, Auric, is the Latin word for "gold".
- Money Fetish: "This is gold, Mr. Bond. All my life I've been in love with its colour, its brilliance, its divine heaviness..."
- Ultimately subverted, however — Goldfinger doesn't fall for Bond's Nazi Gold trap, and while he shows pangs of guilt when the time comes to irradiate Fort Knox, he goes through with it without noticeable hesitation.
- Mook Lieutenant: Kisch. He isn't exactly The Dragon, but he's close.
- Mr. Exposition: Goldfinger explaining how the laser works. Justified in that laser technology was just a few years old at the time.
- Murphy's Bullet: When Tilly tries to kill Goldfinger.
- My God, You Are Serious: Bond talking to Q about his car's ejector seat.
- Nasty Party: Goldfinger explaining his scheme to the gangsters and then killing them.
- Nazi Gold: Bond uses it as bait during the golf game.
- Near Villain Victory: Goldfinger's attempt to nuke Fort Knox and radiate the gold and make it useless was going very well... That is, he would have succeeded if Pussy Galore didn't have a Heel-Face Turn (thanks to James Bond) and replaced the nerve gas in her pilots' planes with a harmless placebo.
- Neck Snap: How Oddjob kills Tilly Masterson... with his hat.
- Never Mess with Granny: The old lady working as a guard decides to get an MP 40 to shoot the Aston Martin (Alfred Hitchcock told Guy Hamilton it was his favorite scene).
- Nice Hat: Nice Killer Hat. Just mind any wiring about.
- No Kill Like Overkill: Having been thwarted in his attempt to bisect Bond with an industrial laser, Goldfinger decides to blow him up with an atomic bomb.
- No, Mr. Bond, I Expect You to Dine: Pussy Galore tells Bond he's Goldfinger's guest. Later, Goldfinger serves Bond a mint julep, explains his plan and has Pussy give him a tour. Trope namer, more or less.
- "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Bond and his Forceful Kiss of Pussy Galore is a mild example.
- Oh, Crap
- "Who mentioned anything about removing it?" Also counts as a Wham Line.
- Bond gets another one during his fight with Oddjob. The man silently shrugs off a gold bar to the chest and a few whacks to the face with lumber, then tosses Bond around with hardly any effort, all the time with that creepy grin of his.
- Later on in the fight, Oddjob gets one of his own when Bond picks up his hat.
- Bond gets a final Oh, Crap when a gun-wielding Goldfinger turns up on his private jet at the end - his face completely crumbles.
- Oil Slick: One of the gadgets in Bond's car.
- Operation Blank: "Operation Grand Slam" is the name of Goldfinger's Evil Plan for Fort Knox, in both novel and film.
- Pinball Protagonist: Aside from "convincing" Pussy to switch the gas canisters (and killing Oddjob), Bond actually has very little impact on the plot. It still meant the difference between Goldfinger's plan failing or succeeding.
- Pool Scene: Where Bond caught Goldfinger cheating at cards.
- Pop the Tires: While driving alongside Tilly Masterson's car, Bond uses one of the Q gadgets in his car to rip open and flatten the tires of her car, forcing her to stop.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: Over the original book.
- Product Placement: By Aston Martin and Ford (who provided Tilly's Mustang and the Lincoln Continental which gets crushed). Averted when Guy Hamilton thought using the scene Bond's in the bathroom (and uses all he can to hide the "magic eyes") to showcase Gilette products was silly.
- Punch! Punch! Punch! Uh Oh...: Bond, while fighting Oddjob in the Fort Knox vault.
- Punny Name: Pussy Galore. 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.
- Reflective Eyes: Bond dodges an attack when he sees his attacker reflected in a woman's eyes.
- Rule of Symbolism: The time bomb's clock in Fort Knox is halted at exactly 007 seconds.
- This was thrown in as a last-minute gag. The timer was originally going to be stopped at only 003 seconds, which is hinted at by Bond's next line, "Three more ticks and Goldfinger would've hit the jackpot".
- Same Language Dub: Gert Fröbe did not speak English, so he spoke phonetically and was dubbed over.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Jill Masterson and her sister Tilly.
- Scenery Censor: When Bond finds Jill Masterson lying dead on the bed while covered in gold paint, there's a conveniently placed pillow that blocks the audience from seeing her buttocks.
- Scenery Porn: The drive through France and Switzerland. The book includes large sections describing the scenery.
- Sex Face Turn: Pussy Galore, with James Bond. In the book, Pussy was only faking at being a lesbian due to a history of sexual assault and a belief that there were no good men left in the world.
- Slippery Skid: Caused by the Cool Car's oil slick device.
- The Speechless: Oddjob.
- Spiked Wheels: Originally used on the Aston Martin.
- Spy-Tux Reveal: The Trope Codifier.
- Strapped to a Bomb: Bond is handcuffed to an atomic bomb and left inside Fort Knox. When the bomb detonates, it will destroy and/or radioactively contaminate the gold supply of the United States, thus causing gold prices to rise and increasing the value of Goldfinger's gold stockpile 10 times.
- Strapped to an Operating Table: Bond during the laser torture-execution scene.
- Suddenly Sexuality: Pussy Galore goes straight for Bond.
- Take That: Bond finds time to slam The Beatles.
James Bond: My dear girl, there are some things that just aren't done, such as drinking Dom Perignon '53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!
- This is also an example of Critical Research Failure, since good, vintage Champagne should be served at around 54-57 F. To serve an expensive and rare Champagne as cold as 38 degrees fahrenheit would be a complete waste of money.
- Target Audience: Comes out a bit when Bond says "Like listening to the Beatles without the earmuffs on". At the time the film came out the Betales were only a few years old, mostly known for cover songs and catered to a younger crowd than the older spy-thriller audience "Martini and black tie" crowd. The movie came out before "Sargent Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band", etc.
- Tempting Fate: Goldfinger's boast to the gangsters that his "plan is foolproof!"
- Thrown from the Zeppelin: Goldfinger's crushing response to a gangster's refusal to join him. A pressing engagement, indeed. (Not that the mobsters who were on board with Goldfinger fared any better.)
- Time Bomb: The nuclear bomb in Fort Knox.
- Tracking Device
- Tranquillizer Dart: While Bond is helplessly strapped to a table, Kisch renders him unconscious with a tranquillizer dart pistol.
- Treasure Room: The Fort Knox room full of gold bars.
- Trope Codifier
- Tuxedo and Martini: The Trope Codifier.
- Unflinching Walk: Bond's reaction to the explosion at the start of the movie.
- The Villain Sucks Song: Shirley Bassey would like to remind you that Goldfinger does, in fact, love gold. A lot.
- The Voiceless: Oddjob.
- Wacky Wayside Tribe: Bond's infiltration and blowing up of a stash of "heroin-flavored bananas" at the start of the movie.
- Watch the Paint Job
- Bond's Aston Martin DB5 is ruined when Bond runs it into a brick wall.
- Also, the Lincoln Continental put in a car crusher (the crew said everyone on set was silent at seeing such a brand new car getting destroyed, and during a screening of the dailies, the projectionist entered the room angry asking if they really did it), They had indeed did so; it drove up, was picked up, and then the crushing started without a single cut. They did, however, cut the resulting cube down so it could fit into the pickup that takes it away.
- We Have Ways of Making You Talk: Subverted. Goldfinger doesn't expect Bond to talk. He expects him to die.
- Weaponized Car: The Aston Martin DB5, which was also Bond's first Weaponized Car. Its arsenal included Machine Guns, tyre-slashers, oil-slicks, a smokescreen, bullet-proof shield and rotating license plates and an ejector seat triggered by a Big Red Button. And those are only the ones that made it to the screen. Ken Adam also gave it spike droppers, a weapon tray under the driver seat, and a radiotelephone concealed within the driver side door, but these never made it into the movie.
- Wham Line: "Who mentioned anything about removing it?"
- Wire Dilemma: Subverted while Bond is trying to deactivate the nuclear bomb. An expert arrives and simply flips the OFF switch on the bomb to deactivate it.
- Would Hit a Girl: Or in the case of opening teaser, allow a girl to be hit by someone else. Even though Bond has no qualms about hurting women himself.
- You Have No Chance to Survive:
James Bond: Do you expect me to talk?
Goldfinger: No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Goldfinger does this to nearly everyone. He gasses the gangsters that supplied him, shoots Mr. Ling after he arms the bomb, and then locks Oddjob and Kisch in the vault with the bomb.
- You Look Familiar: Burt Kwouk, who plays Goldfinger's Chinese nuclear bomb expert, will play "Spectre 3" in You Only Live Twice.
- Zeerust: Totally averted, at least compared to Bond gadgets in other films. Industrial lasers and radio trackers (although now equipped with GPS) are still common technology. Also one of the first mentions of a 'dirty bomb' in media: Goldfinger even calls his device "small, but particularly dirty."