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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 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?
Action Film, Quiet Drama Scene: When Bond figures out Goldfinger's diabolical plan. Oddly enough, one could almost say this about an action scene in itself, given how the final confrontation between Bond and Oddjob is done sans music and plays out rather methodically.
Black Comedy Rape: Bond's martial arts sparring and wrestling with Pussy Galore before forcing himself upon her. It's thankfully subverted since she returns his kiss while they're still fully clothed, but it's still uncomfortable to watch.
Bling-Bling-BANG!: Goldfinger's gold plated revolver, which he uses at Fort Knox and later in his own airplane.
Board to Death: Goldfinger and the mobsters who supplied his equipment needs.
Bond One-Liner: "Shocking"; "As you said, he had a pressing engagement."; "Where is Goldfinger?" "Playing his golden harp"; "Where's your butler friend [Oddjob]?" "He blew a fuse."
Bond Villain Stupidity: More or less averted. While Goldfinger does keep Bond alive, it's because he prefers keeping Bond under his thumb rather than MI-6 just sending another agent in Bond's place and wants to trick the good guys into thinking Bond is doing better than he actually is (in reality, had Bond not turned Pussy in the eleventh hour, Goldfinger almost certainly would have won). Goldfinger is also incredibly Genre Savvy for a Bond villain, opting not to underestimate Bond's craftiness.
Goldfinger was also perfectly willing to just let Bond be cut in half by his laser, and it's only because he realizes he can't afford to risk the chance that Bond's bluff is not a bluff that Bond survives.
Bookends: A few minutes into the movie, Bond electrocutes a would-be assassin and with a few minutes left, he does the same to Oddjob.
Cartright Curse: This is the first Bond movie in which a Bond Girl dies. In the forty-odd years to come, many more girls end up following Tillie Masterson's example.
Ceiling Cling: Bond, to make a guard think he's escaped and ambush him.
Cheaters Never Prosper: In his first scene, Goldfinger is revealed to be cheating in rummy by Bond, who makes him lose. Later, Bond realizes Goldfinger is cheating in their golf game and again, has him beaten.
Chekhov's Armoury: All of Bond's gadgets. First the homer (and the other one), then the tyre shredder, then the smoke screen, oil slick, and ejector seat.
Chekhov's Gun: The giant laser is first used as a threat to execute Bond. It is later used to cut through the outer door of Fort Knox.
Bond's warning to Pussy about the dire effects of firing a gun inside a pressurized aeroplane cabin is later played out exactly as he warned.
Continuity Nod: Bond is told that his "attaché case" has been irreparably damaged by Goldfinger's men, by which he seems a bit affected. It's easy to presume this is referring to the gadget-loaded briefcase he got in From Russia with Love, and he's realizing how screwed he is without it.
Continuous Decompression: Averted. After the window of his jet is shattered by a bullet, Goldfinger is almost instantly sucked out, but in only a few seconds the pressure drops and Bond is able to easily move to the cockpit.
Conveyor Belt-O-Doom: Inversion when the laser beam moves toward Bond instead of the other way around.
Cure Your Gays: In the book (and possibly the movie as well, it's only hinted at), Pussy is a Lipstick Lesbian until Bond's magic charms makes her reconsider. Honor Blackman discussed this aspect in a 2006 AMC television special, "Bond Girls Are Forever". She thinks that Pussy only believed she was a lesbian because Goldfinger (In the novel, it was her uncle instead) abused her pretty badly, and Bond's charm got her in touch with her actual heterosexuality.
Cut Lex Luthor a Check: Averted. Goldfinger acquired most of his wealth through legitimate and profitable jewelery interests, the smuggling happens through the smelting facilities his legal businesses entitle him to. Further averted in the he never intended to use his vast resources to acquire more wealth, but rather increase the value of what he already has.
Cut the Juice: The frequently-parodied scene where Bond is about to deal with his Wire Dilemma, whereupon a disposal technician steps over, calmly reaches under a panel on the bomb, and switches it off.
Deadly Gas: The Delta 9 nerve gas used to kill the gangsters and intended to kill the Fort Knox guards.
Dead Man Switch: Bond tells Goldfinger that his death will cause another agent (008) to replace him.
Death by Sex: Jill Masterson, murdered by Oddjob on Goldfinger's orders after having sex with Bond. In the book, her sister Tilly dies because she had become sexually obsessed with Pussy Galore.
Death Trap: The gold-cutting laser Goldfinger has Bond strapped to is one of the most iconic in cinema, if not fiction in general. Something of a subversion of the usual way the trope is played out, however, in that it actually is a pretty good trap; it's only a bit of quick bluffing that manages to get Bond out of it.
Dirty Communists: Goldfinger obtains his dirty-bomb material from Red China, which views his scheme as an opportunity to create "economic chaos in the West".
Establishing Character Moment: In the Cold Open (which is itself a very lengthy one), Bond removing his wetsuit to reveal a pristine tuxedo tells you pretty much everything you need to know about his character.
Everybody Owns A Ford: Ford provided Tilly's Mustang, Felix Leighter's Thunderbird, and Goldfinger's Lincoln Continental, Ford Ranchero and Country Squire (and the government Continental sedans and convertible). Of note is that it's the first time a Mustang was in a film.
Goldfinger: Is that julep tart enough for you, Mr. Bond?
Failure Hero: If you analyze well, apart from "converting" Pussy Galore and killing Oddjob, Bond's actions aren't really that effective. Had he not done those two things, though (especially the first), Goldfinger's plan would have succeeded.
In fact, Bond spends the bulk of the third act thinking he's failed and has nothing but desperate IndyPloys left as chance allows him. He even appears surprised that Pussy changed sides.
Oddjob's statue-breaking and later neck breaking of Tilly Masterson in the woods.
Bond kills a mook with electricity in the prologue. Guess how he kills Oddjob at the end.
Bond warns Pussy about the consequences of shooting a gun in an aeroplane at high altitude. In the climax a gun is fired in an aircraft and blows out a window, causing Goldfinger to be sucked out and fall to his death.
Bond ordering Goldfinger to lose at gin rummy in the beginning is later used in the golf game when Bond tricks Goldfinger into losing the game.
Gas Chamber: Goldfinger turns his rumous room into one for killing the gangsters who have invested on his heist.
Getting Crap Past the Radar: The producers considered renaming Pussy "Kitty Galore", but decided the name wasn't much harmful. And then they took the censor out for dinner... (no, really). It's rumored that Bond's response to her introduction was going to be "I know, but what's your name?".
Go-Karting with Bowser: Bond plays a round of golf with Goldfinger (who, naturally, cheats). Bond doesn't exactly play fair, either.
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: Goldfinger gives a signal to one of his men to open the vault door.
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.
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 The film crew actually had to cut the cube in half so the truck could support the weight.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Science Marches On: Jill's death by "skin suffocation" was based on an erroneous belief of the time. Basically, she wouldn't have suffocated as long as she could still breathe from her mouth or nose, as obvious as that sounds. MythBusters also got in on the debunking. And even MythBusters didn't get it quite right the first time; they didn't confirm the myth, but Jamie seemed to have a bad reaction to it, so they considered it plausible. Only after doctors contacted them did they do it again (this time with Adam) and get it right.
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.
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.
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.
Averted so far considering how the gadgets in this film have aged surprisingly well and still look believable and practical. For instance, the personal tracer looks about the right size that such a device might look if made today and its hiding place in the heel of Bond's shoe still looks neat.
The aversion has reached its ultimate conclusion and started looping around with the personal tracer in Skyfall doing the same thing, looking very similar, but somehow being larger.
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.
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.
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.
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."