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Goldfinger: No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!

The one pop culture parodies the most.

Goldfinger, directed by Guy Hamilton and starring Sean Connery, is the third film in the James Bond franchise by Eon Productions, released on September 18, 1964. It was the first film in the series to feature a song as Title Theme Tune, by Shirley Bassey, launching a trend for the majority of the following films.

James Bond has to investigate around the shady businesses of tycoon Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe), who has an obsession for gold and a network that stretches from Switzerland to the USA. Bond soon uncovers a sinister plot with the US Bullion Depository at Fort Knox as target...

Has several famous 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, Oddjob and his deadly razor-sharp hat, 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).

Preceded by From Russia with Love and followed by Thunderball.

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.
  • Actor Allusion: Gert Fröbe in the Swiss Alps? It may not be a good idea to let school-age children anywhere near there.
  • 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-Induced Plot Hole: Inverted. The book has Goldfinger's plan be to steal all the gold in Fort Knox, which would be impossible to do in the time he has. Here, Bond points this out... only for Goldfinger to reveal he actually plans to irradiate the gold with a Dirty Bomb supplied by the Chinese to make the bullion he already has more valuable.
  • Adaptation Name Change: Jill and Tilly Masterton were renamed Masterson.
  • Adaptational Badass: While Pussy was capable in the book, the film goes one further by making her a judo expert.
  • 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 Job Change: In the novel, Pussy Galore was a professional gangster who'd been operating out of Harlem for years. In the film, she's Goldfinger's personal pilot.
  • Adaptational Nationality: Pussy hailed from the American Deep South in the novel. In the film, she speaks with an upper-class English accent.
  • Adaptational Sexuality: Pussy Galore's lesbianism is never mentioned in the film, where she merely tells Bond she is "immune" to his charms (and by the end of the film she very much isn't). Tilly was also a lesbian in the book and in love with Pussy, but is depicted as purely heterosexual in the film.
  • Adapted Out: The Bentley that featured so prominently in the books is mentioned briefly in a seemingly throwaway line during Bond's briefing with Q, paving the way for Q to introduce what is arguably one of the most iconic Cool Cars of all time.
    Bond: Where's my Bentley?
    Q: Oh, it's had its day, I'm afraid.
  • 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. In the film, she's entirely heterosexual.
  • 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.
  • Armour-Piercing Question: When Goldfinger accuses Bond of bluffing about knowing anything more about Operation Grand Slam besides its name, Bond coolly replies, "Can you afford to take that chance?" Goldfinger decides that no, he can't, and finally switches off the laser with which he was about to bisect Bond.
  • Arsenal Attire: Oddjob's razor brimmed bowler hat.
  • Artistic Licence – 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. It's possible, of course, that Goldfinger simply murdered Jill and then covered her body in gold paint as a sort of calling card. Since Bond lived in a society that believed in "skin asphyxiation," perhaps he mistakenly assumed the cause of death.
  • Artistic Licence – Economics:
    • Colonel Smithers explains to M and Bond that Britain (and its allies such as the United States) keep gold reserves to "estimate the true value of the dollar and the pound". The UK abandoned the gold standard for fiat money in the 1930s, although the US didn't fully drop it until the Nixon administration.
    • Goldfinger and Bond repeatedly mention Fort Knox as containing the entire gold reserve of the United States. The country actually keeps several gold reserves, precisely for the purpose of preventing (or at least mitigating) scenarios such as Goldfinger's plan, though Fort Knox is certainly the largest and most high-profile of the bunch.
    • Subverted and defied in the main plot. 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 difficult, it would also massively devalue the currency against him. Goldfinger than reveals his actual plan: by nuking Fort Knox, it would create artifical scarcity and jack up the value of his personal gold even more. It should be noted that this is a case of Adaptation Distillation: in the original novel, Goldfinger was planning to steal all the gold. The makers of the film changed it as they knew Goldfinger would need more manpower to do so.
  • Artistic Licence – Military: The U.S. Army Brigadier General is addressed as "Brigadier"; U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps officers of this rank are addressed as "General", since in the U.S. military it is a General officer's rank. "Brigadier" is strictly a British or Commonwealth form of address. It's understandable that Bond might make this mistake, but Leiter, an American, should know better.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The guards at Auric AU, who are supposed to be Korean if going by the novel, are shouting in Cantonese according to the BluRay subtitles.
  • Audible Gleam: The laser. Interestingly enough, the franchise uses the sound for every single ruby-red laser after this!
  • 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.
  • Bad Liar: Tilly tells Bond that her name is Tilly Soames and she's in Geneva to ice skate. Bond sees right through it by noticing her attaché case which has T.M. on it.
  • Badass Biker: Pussy Galore is Goldfinger's personal pilot and has her own squad of all-female fliers.
  • Bait-and-Switch: At first, it seems like Goldfinger is going for the book's plan of robbing Fort Knox. When Bond points out why this won't work, Goldfinger casually reveals that he has no intention of doing so.
  • 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.
  • 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: Lampshaded; Goldfinger flagrantly cheats throughout the golf game he has with Bond.
    Bond's caddy: 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 kills the mobsters who supplied his equipment needs at a meeting.
  • 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..." (long beat) "Positively 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.
  • Book Ends: A few minutes into the movie, Bond electrocutes a would-be assassin and with a few minutes left, he does the same to Oddjob.
  • Boring, but Practical: Goldfinger's scheme ultimately isn't quite the specacular, over-the-top sensation that most of SPECTRE delves in, but it works well enough; set off a bomb in a national bank reserve, thereby decreasing the total amount of gold in circulation and increasing the value of—and thus the wealth and influence provided by—the gold he already has.
  • Bound and Gagged: Goldfinger and Pussy leave the real crew of the presidential jet bound and gagged in a hanger while they play Not My Driver with Bond.
  • Bring Him to Me: After capturing Bond in Europe, Goldfinger has him brought to his horse ranch in the U.S., the control centre for Operation Grand Slam.
  • Bring the Anchor Along: Bond is handcuffed to the atomic device inside Fort Knox. When Kish is thrown to his death off a walkway and lands several metres away, Bond drags the bomb with him to be able to reach the body and retrieve the handcuff key from Kisch's pocket.
  • Bulletproof Vest: A 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. Goldfinger also has several Asian men working for him, implied to have been given by his Chinese backers.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Auric Goldfinger is fully intent on killing Bond by cutting him in half with an industrial laser in the iconic "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!" scene, but Bond manages to talk him out of it by convincing Goldfinger that Bond remaining alive and seemingly in control of the situation will ensure that MI6 won't interfere with his Evil Plan.
    Goldfinger: You are quite right, Mr. Bond. You are worth more to me alive.
  • 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 Jill and Tilly 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.
  • Characterisation Click Moment: In the previous film, Q was a straightforward bureaucrat who showed up to deliver Bond's equipment then leave. It was this film that cemented his dynamic with Bond - that of an exasperated schoolmaster dealing with an unruly pupil. In fact, Guy Hamilton told Desmond Llewelyn that he hates Bond. When Llewelyn asked why, Hamilton replied that Q and his team spend ages making gadgets that Bond shows no respect for.
  • 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).
  • Color Motif: Visually, the film uses many golden motifs, reflecting the novel's treatment of Goldfinger's obsession with the metal. The concept of the recurring gold theme running through the film was a design aspect conceived and executed by Ken Adam and art director Peter Murton.
    • All of Goldfinger's female henchwomen in the film except his private jet's co-pilot (black hair) and stewardess (who is Korean) are red-blonde, or blonde, including Pussy Galore and her Flying Circus crew.
    • Goldfinger has a yellow-painted Rolls-Royce with number plate "AU 1" ("Au" being the chemical symbol for gold), and also sports yellow or golden items or clothing in every film scene, including a golden pistol, when disguised as a colonel.
    • Jill Masterson is famously killed by being painted with gold, which according to Bond causes her to die of "skin suffocation". (An entirely fictional cause of death, but the iconic scene caused much of the public to accept it as a medical fact.)
    • Bond is bound to a cutting bench with a sheet of gold on it (as Goldfinger points out to him) before nearly being lasered.
    • Goldfinger's factory henchmen in the film wear yellow sashes, Pussy Galore twice wears a metallic gold vest, and Pussy's pilots all wear yellow sunburst insignia on their uniforms. Goldfinger's Jetstar hostess, Mei-Lei, wears a golden bodice and gold-accented sarong.
  • 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 M-14s.
    • Goldfinger's henchmen carry MP-40s, 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.
    • Pussy Galore wields a Smith and Wesson Model 22 .45ACP revolver, a serious handgun for a serious woman.
  • Corporate Conspiracy: Goldfinger allies with the North Koreans to create "economic chaos in the West" by irradiating Fort Knox's gold, thus allowing him to corner the gold market and have the value of his holdings go up even more.
  • 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 Bond is a physical match for Oddjob. In the film, Oddjob is Made of Iron, none of Bond's attacks work on him, and Bond defeats him by electrocution.
  • Crosscast Role: Some of Pussy Galore's all-woman Flying Circus were played by men wearing blonde wigs.
  • Crazy-Prepared: When Bond is wooing Jill, he discovers the champagne they're drinking is too warm. No problem! He's got an extra bottle in the fridge.
  • Cure Your Gays: In the book, Pussy is a Lipstick Lesbian until Bond's magic charms make 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. The movie version of Pussy is, based on the on-screen evidence, heterosexual.
  • 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's Switch: Bond tells Goldfinger that killing him won't do much in the long run, as his death will simply cause MI6 to dispatch another agent (008) to replace him.
  • Death by Adaptation: The Italian spoof Two Gangsters Against Goldfinger starts with Bond's death.
  • Death Trap: The gold-cutting laser Goldfinger has Bond strapped to is one of the most iconic in cinema, if not fiction in general.
  • Deconstructed Trope: Tilly Masterson's story completely upends the standard Roaring Rampage of Revenge plot. After she discovers that her sister, Jill, has been killed by Goldfinger, she rushes off to Switzerland with a rifle in hand in an attempt to assassinate Goldfinger. You'd assume that she would prove to be a perfect ally for Bond, but instead, since she's an untrained civilian, her attempts to kill Goldfinger can be best summarized as an Epic Fail. All she accomplishes is nearly accidentally killing Bond, compromising his position twice, and eventually getting herself killed.
  • Deconstruction: The film does this to the plot of the original book, pointing out that Goldfinger's plan to rob Fort Knox would be impossible. Bond states that it would take a bare minimum of 12 days to move the gold out of Fort Knox and Goldfinger would have only two hours before law enforcement is on top of him, and Goldfinger agrees, revealing that his real plan is to set off a dirty bomb and irradiate the gold, rendering it unusable and increasing the value of his own stocks.
  • Diabolical Mastermind: Goldfinger is a big time international gold smuggler and a millionare entrepreneur, with ties to the Reds.
  • Didn't Think This Through:
    • Tilly Masterson has learned that Auric Goldfinger has killed her sister Jill and decides she wants some revenge. To do this, she decides to take him out by stalking him in Switzerland, where he has his base of operations, and shooting him with a rifle. Instead of doing a little bit of research, the very least of which being learning how to shoot properly, she rushes off to Switzerland with an AR7 a .22 calibre rifle with pitiful stopping power and range, and is such a horrible shot that she nearly shoots James Bond, who is man standing several hundred feet away and up from her target, causing him to think that she was targeting him instead. She tries to do it again later, when Bond is trying to infiltrate Goldfinger's smuggling facility. In her idiocy, she stops just short of advertising her position on a neon sign and trips an alarm wire, compromising Bond's infiltration attempt and leading them both into a chase that ultimately leads to her death at the hands of Oddjob.
    • 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.)
  • Dies Differently in Adaptation: In the novel, Oddjob dies by being sucked out of a plane window, while Bond kills Goldfinger by strangling him to death. In the film, Oddjob is electrocuted, while Goldfinger is the one who goes out the window.
  • Disappointed by the Motive: Beautifully subverted. Bond openly says he's "disappointed in you, Goldfinger", as his apparent plan to rob Fort Knox is logistically impossible. When Goldfinger reveals his true scheme, however, Bond has to apologize and admit "it's an inspired deal."
  • Dirty Bomb: Auric Goldfinger's scheme is to use an explosive to irradiate the gold at Fort Knox, all to increase the value of his own personal gold stockpile. In a case of Artistic Licence - Nuclear Physics, he uses a salted nuke (which realistically would have reduced Fort Knox to a crater) rather than a proper dirty bomb.
  • 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.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: The German-accented Goldfinger locks a group of men in a room and gasses them to death. It also doesn't help that Gert Fröbe had previously been a member of the Nazi Party (albeit he left before the war broke out, and even saved a Jewish family during the war).
  • 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 a jet fighter, would have burned Bond to death and reduced the car to a charred wreck.
  • Electrified Bathtub: The assassin in the opening is killed off when he falls into a bathtub and, just as he is going to grab Bond's gun (as Bond's holster was hung on a coat rack besides the tub), Bond throws a lamp at the tub, fatally electrocuting him. (Reportedly, the effects for this even burned the actor.)
  • 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.
  • Energy Weapon: The famous (or infamous, depending on your perspective) "crotch-laser", which was in-film supposed to be an industrial 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 might be explained as a secondary guide laser similar to a laser gunsight, not the actual damage-causing bit. In reality industrial lasers of that strength didn't exist at the time the film was made, and the laser effect was animation and a prop man using a blowtorch from under the table.
  • 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. The film also offers a bit of unintentional foreshadowing, as Ford would buy Aston Martin in the 1990s.
  • 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.
  • Exactly What I Aimed At: Bond does this with Oddjob and his steel-rimmed bowler hat. During his tussle with Oddjob at Fort Knox, Bond seems to miss Oddjob by a mile, where the hat gets lodged in the bars of one of the security cages. Oddjob, of course, thinks this, and goes to retrieve it. While Oddjob is distracted, Bond quickly grabs a live electrical cable earlier severed by the hat and touches it to the bars, electrocuting Oddjob.
  • 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, but Oddjob stops him and kills him.
  • Failure Hero: Bond actually fails at everything in this film, and is directly responsible for both Jill and Tilly's deaths. (In fact, if he hadn't ruined Tilly's shot at the factory, Goldfinger would have been killed right there, ending the film an hour early. And he's the one who triggers the alarm when he grabs her gun barrel.) 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. Even killing Oddjob at the end didn't really make a difference, as the heavily-armed soldiers break in a moment later and disarm the bomb, and would have riddled him with bullets if he had made even the slightest attempt to interfere with them.
  • Fake Shemp: The person driving the Ranchero back to the estate is not Harold Sakata but a double with normal-length hair.
  • 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.
  • Fatal Flaw: Goldfinger and his Greed, his obsession with all things related to gold, and a penchant for cheating.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Goldfinger swings back and forth with this. He threatens Bond with the crotch laser, but when Bond convinces him that he's more worthy alive than dead, he even has him served a mint julep at his estate. Then Goldfinger reveals that he plan includes a nerve gas attack on Fort Knox, and when Bond points out that it will kill thousands, military and civilian alike, Goldfinger dismisses the casualties as no greater than the number of deaths that occur every year due to auto accidents.
    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 be 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 on a nearby balcony using binoculars to read his opponent's cards. Later when playing golf with Bond, he has Oddjob help him cheat his way out of a penalty stroke. Both times, James turns the tables (first by seducing the card-reading 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.
  • 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 demonstrates that his bowler hat is metal-rimmed by hurling it at a statue and decapitating it. He later kills Tilly Masterson in the woods by throwing his hat at her and breaking her neck.
    • Bond kills a henchman with electricity in the prologue. Guess how he kills Oddjob at the end.
    • When Bond first meets Pussy Galore while she's pointing a gun at him on a plane, Bond warns her about the consequences of shooting a gun in a plane 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.
  • Frontline General: An American brigadier joins his troops in fighting Goldfinger's men at Fort Knox.
  • Game of Chicken: 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.
  • Gas Chamber: Goldfinger turns his rumpus room into one for killing the gangsters who have invested on his heist.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: In a 2002 interview with Empire magazine, Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman say that the American censor was concerned about Pussy Galore's name, but they persuaded him to let them leave it in by taking him out to dinner and claiming to be big supporters of the Republican Party.
  • 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 MP-40. In the assault on Fort Knox, they use Kar 98k bolt action rifles and MP-40 sub-machine guns. In contrast, the US Army troops use Thompson SMGs and some M-14 Rifles, and Tilly Masterson uses an AR-7 rifle, the same type of rifle Bond himself used in From Russia with Love, and while 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: Red China are backing Goldfinger's scheme to cause economic destabilization in the west, and are the ones who put Mr. Ling on loan to Goldfinger. Of course, Goldfinger is still the main threat.
  • 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. The film gives little reason for her change of allegiance and leaves viewers to assume it was just because Bond seduced her.
  • 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. "He blew a fuse," indeed.
  • Highly-Conspicuous Uniform: Sort of averted, as the mooks wear grey.
  • 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  Said gold also didn't visibly weigh down the trunk of the Continental before it was crushed.
    • 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.
  • Idiot Ball:
    • Bond actually spends much of the film screwing up, but some fans actually like this since it makes him more flawed, human and realistic and ultimately more sympathetic. For example, it was seriously idiotic of Bond to stay at the hotel, in the same room, right after forcing Goldfinger to lose a bunch of money in cards. In fact, this decision leads directly to Jill's death.note 
    • Neither the British nor American governments had any idea that Goldfinger was planning to break into Fort Knox. If he hadn't dabbled with the relatively penny-ante crime of smuggling gold, he would never have drawn their attention and brought Bond down on his head, though he may have been stepping up his attempts to gain gold considering he intended for the price to shortly shoot up.
  • 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: Shirley Bassey's title song.
  • Instant Sedation: After Goldfinger decides to keep Bond alive, Kisch uses a tranquilizer dart gun on a helpless Bond to render him instantly unconscious.
  • Interim Villain: Goldfinger is the only villain from the Connery/Lazenby era 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.
  • Lighter and Softer: The film was designed to be lighter and less political than the previous entries.note 
  • 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.
  • Mad Scientist Laboratory: This is the first film in which Bond visits Q in his lab, showing Q Branch working on a number of gadgets.
  • 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 an unnamed disposal technician reaches in and flicks an off switch.
  • Meaningful Name:
    • Goldfinger's first name, Auric, is derived from aurum, Latin for "gold".
    • "Pussy Galore" (at least in the novel) is a lesbian.
  • The Meddling Kids Are Useless / 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").
  • 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.
  • Minor Crime Reveals Major Plot: When the film starts, Bond's assignment is comparatively mundane, assisting in an international law enforcement investigation into Goldfinger's gold smuggling. During his investigation he discovers that Goldfinger is after much larger game, eventually learning that he plans to detonate a salted nuke in Fort Knox.
  • 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, she misses her shot completely and hits the ground next to James Bond instead.
  • 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 favourite scene).
  • 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.
  • No-Sell: Oddjob, naturally, but one situation particularly stands out. When 007 struggles to hurl a heavy gold bullion in Oddjob's way, the latter does not even attempt to dodge it, the heavy thing bounces off his chest like it was made of styrofoam, and Oddjob gives a Psychotic Smirk.
  • 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, and 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.
  • Not What It Looks Like: The swiss gatekeeper of Goldfinger's facility is an old woman who seems to be a nice person that poses no threat in contrast to the asian henchmen who captured Bond. Nevertheless, when Bond tries to escape, the old woman comes out of her shack wielding an MP-40, firing on Bond's car which causes 007 to withdraw.
  • 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!:
    • Goldfinger's Chicom advisors subtly freak out when Bond claims that MI6 knows about Operation Grand Slam. Goldfinger (correctly) suspects he's just bluffing, but keeps him alive just to be sure.
    • "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.note  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.
  • Outside-Context Villain: This is the only film in the Connery-Lazenby era in which SPECTRE does not play any significant role.
  • 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 with the Reds and one of Bond's "opposite numbers" identified him while he was unconscious.
  • Personal Mook: Goldfinger has Oddjob is his Battle Butler and chaffeur, and Pussy Galore for his personal pilot and also as the instructor for his own personal air force.
  • Pinball Protagonist: James Bond himself. Ignoring the Cold Open, he causes the death of two sisters on the way to know the villain's plan — which only occurs after he's captured by the villain, and his attempts to both escape and warn his allies of the scheme fail. The only things Bond do that help foil Operation Grand Slam are seducing Pussy Galore and killing The Dragon. Even when the villain returns, he's killed by accident.
  • Pool Scene: Where Bond caught Goldfinger cheating at cards.
  • Pop The Tyres: While driving alongside Tilly Masterson's car, Bond uses one of the Q gadgets in his car to rip open and flatten the tyres 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.
  • Power Cable Attack: While fighting Oddjob 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. The novel also 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.
  • Pragmatic Villainy: Operation Grand Slam is much simpler in the film than in the novel: instead of outright stealing the gold from Fort Knox, Goldfinger wants to nuke it so that the value of his auric holdings would skyrocket even more. The theft was just a cover. 007 thought he would break into the vault, but is left flabbergasted when told about it by Goldfinger.
  • Product Placement: By Aston Martin and Ford (who provided Tilly's Mustang and the Lincoln Continental which gets crushed). During the lead-up to Grand Slam, Leiter is seen waiting for sign of activity on Bond's part at a KFC.
  • 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 lampshading 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 and Pussy have a martial arts match before he forces himself on her. It's ultimately a subversion, since she (eventually) returns his kiss while they're still fully clothed, but it's pretty uncomfortable to watch.
  • Reality Is Unrealistic: Connery thought the tuxedo-under-the-wetsuit bit was too humourous and unbelievable. It was actually drawn from writer Paul Dehn's wartime experience of a Dutch resistance operation. It was later successfully tested on MythBusters.
  • 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."
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Jill Masterson and her sister Tilly are killed off shortly after each is introduced to show that Goldfinger is dangerous.
  • 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.
  • Scheherezade 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: See Questionable Consent - Pussy Galore's is a notoriously violent one.
  • Sexophone: Used when Pussy Galore's Flying Circus leave their planes, revealing them to be all females.
  • Sex Signals Death:
    • 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.
  • Silent Antagonist: Oddjob, can't speak English, so he doesn't talk. Other than the painful scream he emitted as he was electrocuted.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: A literal version with Bond and Pussy, as they go straight from a martial arts match into coitus.
  • 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, detonate a nuke in Fort Knox, and cause an economic crisis in the West for his own profit.
  • Soft Water: A plane explodes on contact with the ocean.
  • Sore Loser: When Bond and his caddy realize that Goldfinger is cheating by having Oddjob drop a new ball from an easy-to-play lie, Bond finds and swipes Goldfinger's Slazenger 1 and deliberately swaps it for a Slazenger 7 in his hand. Under the strict rules that Goldfinger insisted on, Goldfinger loses the last hole and therefore the match for playing the wrong ball. Goldfinger huffs out in anger, but Bond and the caddy can barely contain their glee.
  • 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 centre of his wheels that destroy enemy tyres.
  • 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.
  • Stealth Pun: Happens in-universe. When Goldfinger says that Mr. Solo has a "pressing engagement," no one else catches the reference to Mr. Solo's impending death by crushing. When Bond gets the joke later, he lampshades it.
  • 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.
  • Super Multi-Purpose Room: Goldfinger has the big game room at his stud farm that transforms into a presentation room, then a gas chamber.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • 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 too-short range carbine (instead of 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.
    • This is also early enough in the franchise that Bond's One-Man Army tendencies are still held in check; he needs the help of Pussy's team and the cooperation of American authorities to foil Goldfinger's plan, and even then it's a near-run thing.
  • 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.note  That's just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!
    • 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.
  • 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 snuck 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).
  • Use Their Own Weapon Against Them: Bond tries to kill Oddjob by throwing his steel-bladed derby hat at him, but Oddjob simply dodges it and lets it get lodged in a pair of metal bars. However, he's electrocuted when he tries to retrieve it just as Bond jams a severed power line at it.
  • Vanity Number Plate: Bond's Aston Martin DB5 has switchable plates, with JB 007 on its Swiss plate.
  • Villain Respect: Inverted. Bond is forced to give Goldfinger props when he realizes the man's plan isn't to steal the gold stored in Fort Knox (which would be logistically impossible). It's to nuke Fort Knox and thus increase the value of 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: Oddjob, although he does get Goldfinger's attention during the golf game by shouting.
  • 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 DB5'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 numberplates 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?"
  • Wham Shot: As Goldfinger's men arrive at Fort Knox, the camera zooms in on a nearby car to show Felix nearby.
  • 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.
  • 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.)
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: The gatekeeper of Goldfinger's facility in Switzerland is an elderly woman Bond encounters after he's captured the first time there. During his attempt to escape the woman stands in his way out of the compound and fires her MP-40 on him. Despite this Bond doesn't run her down in his bulletproof car and drives deeper in the area, which leads to his recapture.
  • 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 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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