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Bond: You expect me to talk?
Goldfinger: No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!

The one pop culture parodies the most.

Goldfinger is the third film in the James Bond franchise 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 improbable evil plan to literally rob Fort Knox in Ian Fleming's original novel into a plan that feels honestly and believably ingenious (Not to mention cutting out the book's rather blatant racism, sexism, and homophobia).

Has several famous Bond-movie scenes that have been subjected to countless parodies, 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).

Along with 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 punk band of the same name, though they did get the name from here.


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.
  • Adaptation Distillation: The film cuts a long and complex golf game scene into a short bit. More importantly, in the novel, Goldfinger truly does plan to steal all the gold from Fort Knox. The screenwriters have Bond openly talk of how that's physically impossible and then the twist of Goldfinger instead using a bomb to make the gold unusable, which is far more plausible.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Pussy Galore and Tilly Masterson were brunette in the book, as opposed to blonde in the film.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Jill and Tilly Masterton were renamed Masterson.
  • Adaptational Intelligence: Goldfinger is 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.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Pussy Galore's lesbianism is downplayed in the film, where she merely tells Bond she is "immune" to his charms. Tilly was also a lesbian in the book and in love with Pussy, but is depicted as purely heterosexual in the film.
  • Amazon Brigade: Pussy Galore's Flying Circus.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Sky Pirate Pussy Galore, who says she's "immune" to Bond's charms. In the novel, she is explicitly described as a lesbian.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: When Goldfinger cheats at a game of golf, Bond's caddy remarks "If that's his ball, I'm Arnold Palmer."
  • Antagonist Title: Auric Goldfinger is the antagonist.
  • Anti-Climax: This could certainly be argued with the final stand against Auric Goldfinger. He essentially has Bond on the back foot throughout the second half of the film and comes closer to defeating him than Blofeld ever did... and it ends with him being sucked out of an aeroplane window after spending too long posturing how great he is.
  • Arsenal Attire: Oddjob's razor brimmed bowler hat.
  • Artistic License – Biology: Jill is asphyxiated by covering her entire body with gold paint. Bond explains that people need at least a small patch of bare skin at the base of the spine for their skin to "breathe." This isn't true. At the time the novel was written, "skin asphyxiation" was taken seriously, at least by the public. The studio had a team of doctors on hand while shooting the death scene, and left actress Shirley Eaton's stomach unpainted to make sure she could breathe. In reality, death could result from heat exhaustion if the paint interfered with perspiration, or exposure to toxins if the paint were unsafe, but it would take a very long time.
  • Artistic License — Economics: Subverted. Bond figures out Goldfinger is lying to his mob backers when he stops to think about his "plan" and realizes that carting all the gold out of Fort Knox is not only incredibly difficult, but would also massively devalue the currency against him. Goldfinger than reveals his defiance of the trope: he intends to set off a dirty bomb in the vault, inducing scarcity and thus making his existing stock more valuable.
  • Audible Gleam: The laser. Interestingly enough, the franchise uses the sound for every single ruby-red laser after this!
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: It's only in passing, but the American gangsters in on Operation: Grand Slam have names like "Mr. Solo", "Mr. Strap" and "Mr. Midnight". They get a bit more background and personality in the novel.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: Bond (in the opening) and Oddjob.
  • Badass in Distress: Bond spends a good chunk of the film as this, held prisoner by the title villain. He still manages to keep his wits and succeeds in getting Pussy Galore to betray Goldfinger.
  • Batman Cold Open: The pre-title sequence plays this straight, and is arguably the finest example of this in the series.
  • Battle Butler: Oddjob is a butler-cum-bodyguard and is a master martial artist whose whole body is covered in protective calluses.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Goldfinger successfully executes one, impersonating a US army officer to escape Fort Knox by acting like a general.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Mr. Ling, the Chinese nuclear weapons whiz on loan to Goldfinger's operation. Ling acts like a superior to Goldfinger in their interactions reminding him of deadlines and receiving progress reports from him, as the "on-paper" aim of Goldfinger's scheme is to destabilize the West's economy to benefit the Communist countries. He realizes he's being gamed perhaps half a second before Goldfinger puts a round through his heart.
  • The Big Board: The Fort Knox model Goldfinger shows off to the mobsters.
  • Big Red Button: The famous button under the stick shift in James Bond's car that activates the ejector seat.
  • Biker Babe: Pussy Galore is Goldfinger's personal pilot and has her own squad of all-female fliers.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Auric Goldfinger, as stated in the theme song:
    "Pretty girl, beware of his heart of gold, this heart is cold!"
  • Bizarre and Improbable Golf Game: "If that's his ball I'm Arnold Palmer."
  • Black-Tie Infiltration: The film opens with a shot of a duck swimming across a pond - but it's not a duck, it's Bond with a duck decoy attached to the top of his wetsuit. Once he gets on land he strips off his wetsuit revealing a perfectly dry, perfectly pressed tuxedo which he uses to blend in to the party going on.
  • Blinded by the Light: During the golf game, James Bond tosses a gold bar onto the grass just as Goldfinger is about to make his shot. The light reflecting off the bar (and the distracting sight of all that gold) causes Goldfinger to miss.
  • 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.
  • Body Paint: Jill Masterson is killed by being painted solid gold, which is explained as "skin suffocation". Spawned a myth (Summarily busted: You don't breathe through your skin, people — but if you're allergic to metallic powder, watch out) and thousands of imitators.
  • Bond One-Liner:
    • "Shocking"
    • "As you said, he had a pressing engagement."
    • "Where's your butler friend [Oddjob]?" "He blew a fuse."
    • "Where is Goldfinger?" "Playing his golden harp"
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Subverted. 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 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.
  • Bring Him to Me: After capturing Bond in Europe, Goldfinger has him brought to his horse ranch in the U.S., the control center for Operation Grand Slam.
  • Bulletproof Vest: An Q-Branch agent gives one a test with an assault rifle. Pretty advanced stuff, though Q says it's not perfected yet.
  • Cadre of Foreign Bodyguards: Goldfinger and his bodyguard, Oddjob.
  • Car Fu: Played With. Bond's Aston Martin proves effective in scattering the mooks in Goldfinger's factory, but as he's driving down a corridor between two buildings he's confronted by another vehicle driving head on towards him with its headlights on full. Bond fires his built-in machine guns, but the car doesn't swerve and at the last second he's forced to, crashing into a wall. It's then revealed that Bond was firing at his own reflection in a steel mirror, set up to reveal oncoming cars at a junction.
  • Cartwright 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 tricks a guard into thinking he's escaped, clinging on to the ceiling, and then dropping down behind him once the guard opens the door.
  • 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 Boomerang: Oddjob's hat. He uses it first of all to decapitate the statue after the golf game, then to kill Tilly Masterson in the woods, then it cuts the wire in the Fort Knox vault that will later be used to electrocute him. Finally, Bond hurls it at Oddjob, it gets stuck in the vault bars, and Bond uses the aforementioned wire to electrocute Oddjob when he goes to retrieve it. Through the metal in the rim of the hat.
  • 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.
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: Bond, as he prepares to trick a guard into thinking that he's escaped from his prison cell.
  • China Takes Over the World: The Reds are in uniforms and Bond identifies a nuclear physicist as being from Red China (Oddjob is from Korea, if North then a Chinese ally).
  • Compensating for Something: In the pre-credits sequence, a girl asks James Bond why he always carries a gun. He just shrugs and says he has a "slight inferiority complex".
  • 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.
    • At one point, Bond refers to Felix Leiter's time in Jamaica, referring to the events of Dr. No. This is actually a necessary callback as not only is Leiter now played by a different actor, but the new actor is also considerably older than Jack Lord, who played the role previously.
  • Conveyor Belt o' Doom: Inversion when the laser beam moves toward Bond instead of the other way around.
  • Cool Car:
    • Bond's Aston Martin DB5, with all of its cool gadgets.
    • Goldfinger's Rolls-Royce is pretty nice, also.
    • Tilly's Ford Mustang convertible.
  • Cool Guns:
    • A cartel guard has a DWM Luger in his holster.
    • The American soldiers wield M14s.
    • Goldfinger's henchmen carry M P40s, including a little old lady.
    • Palmer Cap-Chur Short Range Projectors are used by Bond and Kisch, the former firing a grappling hook from it and the latter firing a tranquilizer dart from it.
    • Auric Goldfinger wields a gold-plated Colt Official Police as his sidearm, although he uses a gold-plated Colt 1908 in the book. He and Bond struggle over later on his plane during the climax. The gun eventually fires, breaking a window and sucking Goldfinger out. One of Goldfinger's guards also pulls one on Bond when Bond escapes from his cell.
  • Corpsing: During the scenes when the soldiers collapse at Fort Knox, in one scene a soldiers head collides with another as they colapse and you can see him give a wide smile. Though this fits in-story with the reveal that they're all playing dead to fool Goldfinger.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Goldfinger. If you can't have the United States' gold reserves, you can always just destroy them. Wiping out the entire population of Fort Knox (civilian and military alike) in the process is just collateral damage.
  • Covers Always Lie: French posters let the viewers think Oddjob is a physical match for Bond. In the film, Oddjob is Made of Iron, none of Bond's attacks work on him and Bond defeats him by electrocution.
  • 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. This is not remotely implied in the movie, however. The one time Goldfinger and Pussy interact onscreen, she's relaxing beside him at his Kentucky ranch and they seem to have a comfortable professional relationship.
  • 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.
  • Dastardly Dapper Derby: Goldfinger has his servant Oddjob with his blade-tipped bowler, which was made behind the scenes by turning a chakram into a hat.
  • 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 killing him won't do much in the long run, as his death will simply cause MI-6 to dispatch 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.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Goldfinger is a big time international gold smuggler and a millionare entrepreneur, with ties to the Reds.
  • Didn't Think This Through: Subverted. 007 thinks that Goldfinger hasn't thought his plan through, and points out to him that even if he used his nerve gas on the whole population of Fort Knox, he'd never have enough time to transport the gold from the vaults before military reinforcements came. What he doesn't know is, as Goldfinger explains to him, stealing it isn't part of the plan; his true goal involves detonating a bomb to render the gold in Fort Knox radioactive and unusable, thereby making the value of his personal foreign holdings in gold skyrocket. (In short, Goldfinger's scheme was intended to be an insider trading scam, taken Up to Eleven.)
  • 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".
  • Disney Villain Death
    • Kisch, thrown over a railing to his death by Oddjob.
    • Goldfinger himself gets sucked out of a plane before "playing his golden harp."
  • Disposing of a Body: Oddjob shoots Mr. Solo in a car and then takes the car to the crusher.
  • Distressed Dude: The scene where Bond is strapped down to a table with a laser beam slowly approaching his groin.
  • Double Entendre
  • Dressing as the Enemy: After the army arrives, Goldfinger dresses himself as a U.S. soldier to escape. It is worth mentioning that he already had the uniform on under his coat, with the hat in his pocket, just in case he needed it.
  • Drop Dead Gorgeous: Jill Masterson lying dead on the bed, painted gold. This is perhaps one of the franchise's most famous images.
  • Eiffel Tower Effect: Felix's office has a clear view of the White House, even though the CIA's headquarters are in the suburb of Langley, Virginia.
  • Ejector Seat: Part of Bond's new Aston Martin. He uses it to get rid of one of the mooks after he is captured in the woods outside of Goldfinger's factory. Played rather realistically in the film, as it's fired by compressed air and only ejects the poor sucker 2-3 yards out. A real, rocket powered seat as in jet fighter would have burned Bond to death and the car to a charred wreck.
  • Electrified Bathtub: Which even burned the actor. "Shocking. Positively shocking."
  • Empty Quiver: Inverted, the bomb is a purposely 'dirty' one and is meant to contaminate the gold as any that survives the blast would be radioactive for decades. Thus causing a massive financial panic making Goldfinger's own gold reserves multiply in value instantly, but also causing chaos and upheaval on behalf of the Chinese Communists who supplied the nuke.
  • 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.
  • Every Car Is a Pinto
    • After a car drives over a cliff, it explodes in mid-air.
    • At the end, a plane immediately explodes upon contact with the ocean.
  • Evil Genius: Mr. Ling, the Chinese nuclear expert.
  • Evil Gloating:
    • Played with when Goldfinger brags about the laser but then is about to let Bond die, but doesn't.
    • Played straight when Goldfinger shows a room full of men a complicated display of maps and models despite the fact that he intends to kill them all before they even leave the room.
  • Evil Is Petty: Goldfinger is petty enough that he cheats during friendly games of cards or golf just so he can win (what's to him) rather tiny sums of money.
  • Evil Plan: Goldfinger's scheme is to nuke Fort Knox to devalue American gold and increase the value of his own.
  • Exact Eavesdropping: Bond overhears Goldfinger revealing all the details of his plan to a group of people he murders 30 seconds after leaving the room.
  • Explosive Decompression: The finale has the window of a private jet shot out and Goldfinger sucked through the opening. Interestingly, despite the window being the only apparent damage to the plane, it enters an unrecoverable dive, forcing 007 and Pussy to parachute to safety.
  • Face Death with Dignity: Oddjob doesn't seem bothered about being locked in the vault with the active bomb. In fact, Kisch panics and rushes to disarm the bomb, when Oddjob stops him and kills him.
  • 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 Indy Ploys left as chance allows him. He even appears surprised that Pussy changed sides.
  • Fakeout Escape: Bond tricks the guard into thinking he's escaped, clings onto the ceiling and then drops down behind him once the guard opens the door.
  • Famous Last Words:
    • "Who needs it?" Jill Masterson, before getting killed offscreen and painted gold.
    • "I didn't! I was shooting at him!" Tilly Masterson, who is killed shortly after by Oddjob's hat
    • "Are you blind or something? You missed the turn!" Mr. Solo, before getting shot by Oddjob.
    • "Don't be a fool! You can be a hero, I'm not! No, nooo!" Kisch, thrown over a railing by Oddjob in Fort Knox.
    • "I will deal with her later. At the moment, she is where she ought to be, at the controls." Auric Goldfinger, who is killed shortly after by being sent sucked out of the plane after he unintentionally shoots a window.
  • Fatal Flaw: Goldfinger and his Greed, his obsession with all things related to gold, and a penchant for cheating.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Goldfinger.
    Goldfinger: Is that julep tart enough for you, Mr. Bond?
  • Faux Fluency: Gert Fröbe played Goldfinger while speaking phonetically, as he was a German who didn't know English (though he spoke too slowly, and the footage had to sped up for the dubbing).
  • The Film of the Book: The book has a plot to steal the gold from Fort Knox (which the movie Bond points out is impossible) using a nuclear bomb to blow open a door while everyone is suicidally close. The movie changes the scheme into a plan to raid the fort just long enough to place the nuclear bomb in the main vault. Any gold surviving the blast would be radioactive and thus worthless, making the value of Auric Goldfinger's own gold jump at least tenfold.
  • Fixing the Game: When playing cards at a resort, Goldfinger has an employee in a nearby balcony using binoculars to read the opponent's cards. Later when playing golf with Bond, he has Oddjob cheat so lower his score. Both times, James turns the tables (first by seducing the employee, then by cheating even harder at golf). This goes a long way to help establish Goldfinger's character; he's already extraordinarily wealthy, but is still greedy and petty enough to cheat to win (ultimately rather minor) sums of money in friendly bets.
  • Five-Bad Band
  • Flirtatious Smack on the Ass: Bond does this to Dink after the titles after asking her to leave so he can talk shop with Felix Leiter.
  • Forceful Kiss: Bond's seduction of Pussy Galore starts this way, until things continue more consensually. In the book, on the other hand...
  • Foreshadowing
    • Oddjob's statue-breaking and later neck breaking of Tilly Masterson in the woods.
    • Bond kills a henchman 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.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: The famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) "crotch-laser", which was an actual laser designed to cut gold. It was later used as part of the villain's scheme, however its initial use was far more memorable, hence the name.
    • Interestingly, real lasers of that power level tend to be in the infrared spectrum. The red beam we see is a secondary guide laser similar to a laser gunsight, not the actual damage-causing bit.
  • Frontline General: An American brigadier joins his troops in fighting Goldfinger's men at Fort Knox.
  • Gas Chamber: Goldfinger turns his rumpus 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?".
  • The Ghost: Mr. Ramirez, the South American drug lord whose operation Bond disrupted in The Teaser.
  • A Glass in the Hand: The insanely strong Oddjob crushes a golf ball in his hand, although he seems rather cheery about it.
  • Go-Karting with Bowser: Bond plays a round of golf with Goldfinger (who, naturally, cheats). Bond doesn't exactly play fair, either.
  • Gold Makes Everything Shiny: Jill dies by having her body completely covered in golden paint.
  • 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 MP40. In the assault on Fort Knox, they use Kar 98k bolt action rifles and MP40 sub-machine guns. The US Army troops use Thompson SMGs and some M14 Rifles.
    • 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.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: Bond uses something like this when infiltrating the drug-smuggling compound in the pre-title sequence.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: Mr. Ling appears to think he's this. He's very wrong.
  • Greed: Goldfinger's ultimate goal is to increase the value of his gold reserves by irradiating all the gold in Fort Knox.
  • Groin Attack: 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.
  • Halfway Plot Switch: The film starts as a surveillance mission to determine if the titular character is smuggling gold in and out of England to get the best price. Smuggling is forgotten quickly with the phrase "Operation: Grand Slam" which turns out to be a plot to nuke the gold at Fort Knox.
  • 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: 008 never appears, but if M ever tells Bond that if he can't do the mission, someone else will, chances are 008 is that "someone else".
  • He Who Must Not Be Heard: Oddjob, due to never having learned English (he suffers from a cleft palate in the novel.) The only sounds he ever makes in the film are variations of "Ah-ah!" to accompanied gestured orders or to acknowledge when Goldfinger calls him, and later his screaming in pain as he's electrocuted by Bond when he electrifies the metal bars that are holding Oddjob's hat.
  • 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. Bond's manly charms are the only reason the film gives for Pussy's change of allegiance.
  • 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.
  • Highly Conspicuous Uniform: Sort of averted, as the mooks wear grey.
  • 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.
    • 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 
    • Averted in the main plot - Bond and Goldfinger independently realize that it would take far more time than the Grand Slam team would plausibly have to move ten thousand tons of gold out of the vault and into whatever vehicles they had acquired for the heist. So instead, Goldfinger decided to render the Fort Knox gold valueless to increase the value of the gold he already possesses.
  • 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 tranquilizer dart gun on a helpless Bond after Goldfinger decides to keep him alive.
  • Interim Villain: Goldfinger is the only villain from the Connery and Lazenby films who had no connection with SPECTRE.
  • Intimidation Demonstration: Oddjob demonstrates his ability with his killer bowler hat early in the film, Foreshadowing the fight with Bond at the end.
    • He also crushes a golf ball ion his bare hands, displaying his physical skill and toughness.
  • 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.
  • Kiss of Death: In the theme song, girls are warned to beware of "The Kiss of Death from Mr. Goldfinger".
  • Lack of Empathy: Goldfinger, with the backing of Red China, intends to cause economic chaos in the West by nuking the American gold supply at Fort Knox. When Bond asks about the potential death toll of Goldfinger's plan, he just simply shrugs and remarks "American motorists kill that many every two years".
  • Large Ham: Gert Frobe set the standard for cartoonish supervillainy.
  • Laser Cutter: Goldfinger famously sets Bond up to be cut in half by one.
  • Last Villain Stand: Goldfinger corners Bond on a plane to the White House, holding him up with a literal golden gun, only to miss his target and shoot a window before being sucked out of the plane and falling to his death.
  • Lead the Target: Part of Oddjob's Improbable Aiming Skills with his lethal hat are because of this trope; he noticeably aims a significant distance in front of his moving target, and hits her cleanly on the neck despite the hat being much more slow moving than a bullet or an arrow.
  • Locking MacGyver in the Store Cupboard: Bond is able to fool then KO a guard.
  • Loves Only Gold: Goldfinger. Obsessed with gold, he plans to increase the value of his own gold by irradiating the US gold reserve, rather than stealing it. The movie (via its theme song) is the Trope Namer.
  • Magic Countdown: The nuclear Time Bomb in Fort Knox. It should have gone off long before an expert defuses it.
  • Making the Choice for You: Bond is handcuffed to the ticking nuclear bomb, and has only seconds to figure out how to disarm it. He's about to go for some wires when another arm reaches in and flicks an off switch. The arm belongs to American agent Felix Leiter.
  • Meaningful Name: Goldfinger's first name, Auric, is the Latin word for "gold".
  • The Meddling Kids Are Useless: The role of James Bond in the plot is actually rather limited. He spends most of his time tailing Goldfinger and hanging out in his base as a prisoner, always trying to get intel outside, but failing. Sure, he does manage to kill both Goldfinger and Oddjob, but that doesn't affect the plot very much, and the bulk of the work ends up being done by the US Army and the CIA. They even disarm the nuke for Bond. The only vital thing Bond does manage to do is, ironically enough, screwing Pussy Galore (who then performs a Heel–Face Turn and sabotages Goldfinger's "grand slam").
  • A Million Is a Statistic: Discussed. Bond points out that Goldfinger's nerve gas attack on Ft. Knox will kill thousands, military and civilian alike, for no greater cause than what is essentially, robbery. Goldfinger dismisses the casualties as no greater than the number of deaths that occur every year due to auto accidents.
  • 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.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Goldfinger (...He's a man, a man with a Midas touch, a spider's touch...)
  • Nasty Party: Goldfinger explaining his scheme to the gangsters and then killing them.
  • Nazi Gold: Bond wagers a captured bar of Nazi Gold in a golf game with Goldfinger, implying that he can supply more to the avaricious gold dealer.
  • 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: Oddjob breaks Tilly Masterson's neck by throwing his hat at her. At long range. In a forest. At night.
  • 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, 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.
  • Non-Protagonist Resolver: The role of James Bond in the plot is actually rather limited. He spends most of his time tailing Goldfinger and hanging out in his base as a prisoner, always trying to get intel outside, but failing. Sure, he does manage to kill both Goldfinger and Oddjob, but that doesn't affect the plot very much, and the bulk of the work ends up being done by the US Army and the CIA. They even disarm the nuke for Bond. The only vital thing Bond does manage to do is, ironically enough, screwing Pussy Galore (who then performs a Heel–Face Turn and sabotages Goldfinger's 'grand slam').
  • Non Violent Initial Confrontation: The golf match between James Bond and Auric Goldfinger.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: One character says "Goldfinger's British but he doesn't sound like it." That's the only mention of his inexplicable German accent.
  • "Not If They Enjoyed It" Rationalization: Bond and his Forceful Kiss of Pussy Galore is a mild example.
  • Not My Driver: A variation: Mr. Solo opts out of participating in Operation Grand Slam thinks Oddjob is taking him to the airport. He realizes too late that he's actually being taken to a "pressing engagement" with a scrapyard car crusher.
  • Now It's My Turn: A wordless variant occurs, courtesy of Oddjob. When Bond's attacks don't affect him, Oddjob shoots him a smug look before going on the attack.
  • 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.
    • Afterwards, Bond gets another when he manages to pry the bomb open, and upon seeing just how complex it is, realizes he has no clue how to disarm it.
    • 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.
  • One-Book Author: Despite her impressive film debut as Tilly, this was model Tania Mallet's only major film appearance. She had previously tested for Tatiana Romanova in From Russia with Love.
  • Operation: [Blank]: "Operation Grand Slam" is the name of Goldfinger's Evil Plan for Fort Knox, in both novel and film.
  • Overt Operative: 007 poses as a dealer in illicit gold, only to end up strapped to a laser-table with Goldfinger greeting him as "007". 007 naturally denies it, responding with his cover name which is - James Bond! Guess it wasn't as well known at the time. Goldfinger knew who he was because he was working the Reds and one of Bonds "opposite numbers" identified him while he was unconscious.
  • Personal Mook: Goldfinger had Pussy Galore for his personal pilot and also as the instructor for his own personal airforce.
  • 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.
  • Playing Gertrude: Varley Thomas, who played the old lady, was only fifty at the time of the filming.
  • 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.
  • Pool Scene: After the opening credits, Bond is spending time by the pool of a Miami hotel, where he learns of his assignment involving the eponymous villain.
  • Pop Scene: 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 Tilly's car, forcing her to stop.
  • Power Cable Attack: While fighting Odd Job inside the Fort Knox vault, Bond kills him by using a cut power cable to electrify metal bars as Oddjob is retrieving his metal-rimmed hat from them.
  • Pragmatic Adaptation: Over the original book, mostly the tone of racism, homophobia and sexism abounding in it.
    • Most notably is the novel has Goldfinger planning to slowly poison the water supply of the troops as if they won't notice and truly remove all the gold in Fort Knox physically. The movie not only solves the poison issue but also the far more ingenious idea of nuking the gold (with a scene of Bond openly relating how stealing it all would be impossible) so Goldfinger's own stocks can rise in profits.
  • Product Placement: By Aston Martin and Ford (who provided Tilly's Mustang and the Lincoln Continental which gets crushed).
  • Psychotic Smirk: Auric Goldfinger and Oddjob.
  • 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 lamp shading enough. Honor Blackman for her part gleefully annoyed the censors by using the character's full name at press conferences and the like.
  • Questionable Consent: 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.
  • Rape Portrayed as Redemption: Pussy's High-Heel–Face Turn comes dangerously close to this, though as noted above she does (eventually) give consent. It's a softening from the book, since in the original Bond rapes Pussy out of her lesbianism.
  • Rare Guns: Tilly Masterson uses an Amarlite AR-7 for a failed assassination attempt on Goldfinger to avenge her sister.
  • Reality Ensues: The point of Bond's speech to Goldfinger, pointing out how it's physically impossible to remove the gold from Fort Knox in anything less than a week and a half and he's going to have the Army and every police agency in the country on him in two hours. Of course, it's right then Goldfinger reveals he has no plans of removing anything.
    • Even better given how the novel did try to push the idea of stealing the gold, and that in the book, Bond was the only person who thought Goldfinger's plan would fail.
    • Tilly Masterson discovers that her sister, Jill, has been killed by Goldfinger. In a matter of a few weeks, the untrained woman rushes off to Switzerland with a rifle in hand in an attempt to assassinate Goldfinger. In the course of her attempt at a Roaring Rampage of Revenge, she ends up compromising Bond's position twice and fails to kill Goldfinger. The first attempt can be best summarized as an "Epic Fail". The second sees her tripping an alarm, which results in a lengthy chase that results in Bond getting captured and Tilly getting killed by Oddjob.
  • Reflective Eyes: The opening has James Bond making out with a sultry cabaret dancer and look longingly into her eyes... which reflect her accomplice coming up behind Bond to try delivering a crack to his skull. 'Shocking', indeed...
  • Refuge in Audacity: Goldfinger convinces multiple crime syndicates to help him rob Fort Knox with the argument that no one will be expecting it.
  • Resignations Not Accepted: Mister Solo, after having Operation Grand Slam to rob Fort Knox revealed to him, states his intention to leave rather than take part in the plan with the rest of the gangsters. He is allowed to leave, and in fact, Goldfinger makes a point of saying that "We must respect Mr. Solo's decision". He's then driven away by Oddjob, and rather than taken to the airport, is shot with a silenced pistol by him.
  • Revealing Hug: In The Teaser, James Bond is making out with a belly dancer in his room just as a hidden assassin emerges with a truncheon and sneaks up on him. We, and Bond then see her oddly calm reaction to the assassin's appearance (as well as the reflection of the assassin in her eyes) revealing that they are working together. Fortunately, Bond catches on, and it does not end well for either of them.
  • Revealing Reflection: The opening has James Bond making out with a sultry cabaret dancer and look longingly into her eyes... which reflect her accomplice coming up behind Bond to try delivering a crack to his skull. 'Shocking', indeed...
  • Roll in the Hay: This is where Bond coerces Pussy Galore to have sex with him.
  • 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".
  • Rule of Three: When Goldfinger tries to kill James Bond with the industrial laser, he tells him, "The reason for our first two meetings is now clear to me. I do not intend to be distracted by a third."
  • Same Language Dub:
    • All of Gert Fröbe's dialogue was dubbed by British actor Michael Collins, due to Fröbe's poor command of English. The looping was planned from the start, with Fröbe instructed to speak his lines quickly to make the process easier. Curiously, Fröbe's own voice can be heard in the movie's trailer, perhaps because the looped dialogue had not yet been recorded. Fröbe dubbed himself in the German version.
    • Nikki Van der Zyl overdubbed Shirley Eaton's (Jill Masterson) voice, and Margaret Nolan's (Dink) voice.
  • 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.
  • Scheherzade Gambit: Bond saves himself from laser-based castration by convincing Goldfinger that he's more valuable alive as a prisoner.
  • Self-Destructing Security: It's implied that Bond's case from the previous film still has such defensive measures, even though they're never explicitly mentioned. After being captured, he talks to one of Goldfinger's henchwomen on the plane.
    Bond: Did any of my luggage survive with me? And my attache case?
    Mei-Lei: Black attache case damaged when examined. So sorry.
    Bond: Apologies quite unnecessary.
  • 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.
  • Sexophone: Used when Pussy Galore's Flying Circus leave their planes.
  • Silent Antagonist: Oddjob, can't speak English, so he doesn't talk. Other than the painful scream he emitted as he was electrocuted.
  • Slippery Skid: Bond uses an oil slick device in his Aston Martin to send a pursuing Mook car to its doom.
  • Sky Pirate: Pussy Galore and her team of stunt pilots were recruited by Goldfinger to assist in Operation Grand Slam.
  • The Sociopath: Goldfinger is willing to kill 60,000 people and cause an economical crisis in the West for his own profit.
  • Soft Water: A plane explodes on contact with the ocean.
  • The Speechless: Oddjob doesn't speak English so he never talks, the only thing he ever says is "Ah, Ah!" when notifying Goldfinger during their golf game. And the only other sound he makes is him screaming as he's electrocuted while holding trying to grab his metal hat when he tries retrieving it from metal bars that's it's stuck in as bond electrocutes the metal bars.
    • In the novel, the reason he cannot speak is because he has a cleft palate.
  • Spiked Wheels: Bond's Aston Martin pops retractable barbed spikes from the center of his wheels that destroy enemy tires.
  • Spy-Tux Reveal: The intro had James Bond plant a bomb in a drug lord's warehouse, then head for a restaurant while shucking his wetsuit to reveal a white tuxedo underneath.
  • 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.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Jill Masterson.
  • Suddenly Sexuality: Pussy Galore goes straight for Bond.
  • Super Multi-Purpose Room: Goldfinger has the big game room at his stud farm that transforms into a presentation room, then a gas chamber.
  • 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.
    • 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.
  • Talent Double: Gert Fröbe couldn't play golf, so a double was required. Averted with Sean Connery, whose lifelong love of golf started with this film.
  • Talking Your Way Out: Bond uses this to get out of Goldfinger's Death Trap. He reminds Goldfinger that there are other agents out there who will replace him if he dies, implying that his death would give the rest of MI-6 an excuse to move against him immediately.
  • 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 Beatlemania was just starting and their music catered to a younger crowd than the older spy-thriller audience "Martini and black tie" crowd. Many older residents in the U.K. and the U.S. still associated them with screaming teenagers.
  • Tap on the Head
    • Bond is knocked out by a judo chop to the back of the neck administered by Oddjob.
    • Bond takes down a guard by kicking him in the head.
  • Technology Porn: A great example is when Q shows 007 his new Aston Martin DB5 with all kinds of hidden weapons and features.
  • Tempting Fate: Goldfinger's boast to the gangsters that his "plan is foolproof!" Too bad he's up against James Bond.
  • There Is 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.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: While Goldfinger's German accent and reaction to Nazi gold lead many fans to assume Nazi roots, the character is specifically described as a Soviet agent in the book. Ironically, Gert Fröbe was a member of the Nazi party (not for long though), causing the film to be banned in Israel until it was discovered that he used his position to save a family of Jews, very much like a mini-Schindler. The German accent is an illusion. Fröbe didn't speak a word of English and had to be dubbed by English actor Michael Collins. Fröbe was such a good actor that the dub is completely unnoticeable.
  • 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, which stops with 0:07 seconds left.
  • Tracking Device: Bond plants one in Auric Goldfinger's Rolls-Royce. Felix Leiter later homes in on the smaller one Bond is carrying to locate the OO agent.
  • Tranquillizer Dart: While Bond is helplessly strapped to a table, Kisch renders him unconscious with a tranquillizer dart pistol.
  • Treasure Room: The gold depository at Fort Knox. The look on Goldfinger's face when he sees all that gold in piles is wonderful. In the film he plans on irradiating all that gold. In the book, he really does plan on trucking it away.
  • Tricked-Out Shoes: A minor example of this trope (after Klebb's poisoned dagger) is the trick heel on one of Bond's shoes where he conceals one of the mini-tracers given to him by Q.
  • Trope Codifier
  • Tuxedo and Martini: After Bond has sneaked in to a drug factory in a drysuit and blown it up. He comes out of the water, removes the drysuit — and reveals a neat tuxedo.
  • Unexplained Accent: Despite being played by the very Germanic Gert Fröbe, when Goldfinger is introduced Felix Leiter says he's "British, but he doesn't sound like it." Of course Frobe was dubbed by another actor but he is still given a German accent. The character wasn't even British in Fleming's novel (he was Latvian) so why this was put into the film is a mystery (no other details about his background are mentioned)
  • Unflinching Walk: The pre-credits sequence, where Bond is the only one at the bar not to react to the huge explosion he planted earlier.
  • Useless Protagonist: Aside from seducing Pussy Galore - ensuring the army was still alive to foil Goldfinger - and killing Oddjob, 007 gets foiled at every turn. And regarding the villainous plan, the nuclear bomb is stopped by an anonymous armyman, and Goldfinger causes his own death by firing a gun inside an airplane (which in the book, was done by Bond himself).
  • Vanity License Plate: Bond's Aston Martin DB5 has switchable plates, with JB 007 on its Swiss plate.
  • Villain Respect: Bond is forced to give Goldfinger props when he realizes the man's plan to nuke Fort Knox and thus increase his own gold reserves tenfold.
    Bond: I apologize, Goldfinger, it's an inspired deal.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Goldfinger loses his cool once 007 foils his plan to irradiate the American gold supply. He dresses up as an American military officer to escape Fort Knox once Operation Grand Slam fails, and then tries to kill Bond aboard a plane, but is sucked out by the air pressure when he fires his gun on a window.
  • Villains Out Shopping: A rarity for the films, but while Bond is tailing him through the Swiss Alps, Goldfinger makes a stop to buy some fruit from a roadside vendor.
  • "The Villain Sucks" Song: Shirley Bassey would like to remind you that Goldfinger does, in fact, love gold. A lot.
  • The Voiceless:
  • 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.
    • The DB 5's tire slashers make mincemeat out of the side of Tilly's car.
  • 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.
  • Weaponized Headgear: Oddjob uses his razor-edged hat as a deadly throwing weapon. It is strong enough to decapitate a statue.
  • Wham Line: "Who mentioned anything about removing it?"
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: When Goldfinger emerges from the cockpit during the epilogue, a second man is clearly visible behind him, but this individual vanishes during the final fight between Bond and Goldfinger (with no indication of him aiding his boss), only to return as an unconscious or dead body on the floor after Goldfinger exits the plane. Likely the victim of deleted footage, as far as the finished film is completed what happened to this man remains a mystery.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: As noted, Goldfinger fully intends to kill Bond, and only spares him for pragmatic reasons, but one has to wonder, if he originally had no plans to let Bond live, why he just didn't use a gun instead of a slow-moving laser that gives Bond enough time to talk his way out of the situation.
  • Wicked Cultured: Auric Goldfinger likes his things golden. Even his women. And his servants.
  • Wire Dilemma: Subverted: James Bond only has seconds to defuse a nuclear bomb in Fort Knox, and the best thing he can think of is to attempt to pull out a mass of wires and hope it does something. However, just when he makes the attempt, Felix Leiter arrives with a bomb expert who brushes away Bond and simply hits the off switch for the bomb to stop its countdown. With "007" on the timer.
  • 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 if the mission demands it. (At least she exits the encounter with little more than a bump on the head, unlike her mook.)
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Goldfinger actually outplays Bond through most of the film. At least once he does it unknowingly since Bond secretly placed a note with a tracking device on someone Goldfinger killed for other reasons. In fact, Bond only succeeded due to to a Heel–Face Turn by Pussy Galore and he didn't even know she'd turned.
  • Yodel Land: A small part of the film takes place in Switzerland. Much of the movie actually avoids this trope, however, taking place in Goldfinger's metallurgical plant, hardly part of the typical image.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: This moment in Goldfinger, when Q shows James Bond the ejector seat.
    Bond: Ejector seat? You're joking!
    Q: I never joke about my work, 007.
  • 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. Justified with the latter three, as that was when his plan was starting to fall apart and he was trying to get away.
  • You're Insane!:
    Bond: Beautiful place Goldfinger has here.
    Pussy Galore: Yes, I'm glad you're enjoying it.
    Bond: Too bad it all has to end tomorrow morning (turns and looks at her). He's quite mad, you know.

James Bond: (to Pussy) Oh no, you don't! This is no time to be rescued.

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