20 pieces of Goldfinger Trivia, part 1

Posted on November 16, 2014

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1) Gert Fröbe, although a brilliant choice for the title role, had such a heavy German accent, his lines were dubbed by Michael Collins.

2) The golfball of Bond’s choice is a Penfold Hearts. goldfinger-spanish-poster james bond artwork

3) Nadia Regin who plays Bonita in the Pre-Title Sequence also starred as Kerim Bey’s mistress in From Russia with Love.

4) Goldfinger is the first Bond film directed by Guy Hamilton, who went on to direct three more Bonds, in the 70’s.

5) Goldfinger earned the Bond series its first Oscar, Norman Wanstall winning the Academy Award for Best Sound Effects.

6) The Soundtrack LP was one of the best selling albums of 1964.

7) It was the first appearence of the classic Aston Martin DB5.

8) Shirley Eaton’s character Jill Masterson was killed when she was covered in paint, goldpaint but for the poster artwork and the stylish Robert Brownjohn titles it was Margaret Nolan who was painted in gold. Margaret Nolan also played Dink.

9) Bond slags off the Beatles in a comment but in 1973 band member Paul McCartney would write and perform the title song for Love and let Die.

10) Goldfinger is the first film in movie history to picture a laser beam.
goldfinger US lobby cards reissue 1984 MGM james bond 00711) The Goldfinger theme is the first Bond song to be sung by Shirley Bassey, the others being Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker.

12) The villain’s first name is Auric, related to the element Gold’s code Au in the periodic table from the Latin Aurum.

13) Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore) starred in the Television series The Avengers, she was replaced in that TV show by Diana Rigg who went on to play Tracy in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

14) The combination of the Fort Knox vault door is 36104.

15) In november 1964 Shirley Eaton made the cover of Life Magazine. Yes, covered in paint, gold paint.

16) It is the only Sean Connery Bond film where the villain is not a member of SPECTRE.

fortknoxA00717) The timer on the bomb was supposed to stop on 003 but producer Harry Saltzman thought it would be funny if it stopped on 007, and changed it in post-production. He was right, it was highly popular among the audience. It explains the ridiculous slow timer at the Fort Knox scene finale and also Connery’s line: “Three more ticks and Mr Goldfinger would’ve hit the jackpot.”

18) Bond is offered a Mint Julep by Goldfinger. It is a drink made of Bourbon, mint and sugar and is associated with Kentucky, USA, and rather with the Kentucky Derby.

19) Harold Sakata’s real first name was Toshiyuki and his nick-name as a professional wrestler was Tosh Togo. Sakata won a silver medal for The United States in Light-Heavyweight wrestling, in the London Olympics 1948. Harold Sakata died 29 July 1982, aged 62 in his native Hawaii.

20) The vintage of the Dom Perignon in Goldfinger is ’53. Bond drinks it with Jill Masterson at the Miami Beach Hotel and he gets floored by Oddjob fetching a chilled bottle of “passion juice” from the fridge.

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