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Goldfinger
Director: Guy Hamilton (Dir)
Release Date:   1964
Premiere Information:   New York opening: 21 Dec 1964
Duration (in mins):   108
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Cast:   Sean Connery (James Bond)  
    Gert Fröbe (Goldfinger)  
    Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore)  
    Shirley Eaton (Jill Masterson)  
    Tania Mallett (Tilly Masterson)  
    Harold Sakata (Oddjob)  
    Bernard Lee ("M")  
    Martin Benson (Solo)  
    Cec Linder (Felix Leiter)  
    Austin Willis (Simmons)  
    Lois Maxwell (Miss Moneypenny)  
    Bill Nagy (Midnight)  
    Alf Joint (Capungo)  
    Varley Thomas (Old lady)  
    Nadja Regin (Bonita)  
    Raymond Young (Sierra)  
    Richard Vernon (Smithers)  
    Denis Cowles (Brunskill)  
    Michael Mellinger (Kisch)  
    Burt Kwouk (Mr. Ling)  
    Hal Galili (Strap)  
    Lenny Rabin (Henchman)  

Summary: Auric Goldfinger, one of the wealthiest and most evil men in the world, is suspected of depleting England's gold reserve through smuggling. Secret agent James Bond is assigned to investigate the matter. He meets Goldfinger at a Miami hotel and learns Goldfinger's method of cheating in high stake card games. Jill, the smuggler's secretary, views the other players' hands through a telescope and relays the information to her boss through his hearing aid. When Jill becomes attracted to Bond, Goldfinger murders her by coating her body with heavy gold paint. Bond then trails Goldfinger's Rolls Royce across Europe to his Alpine headquarters. Tilly Masterson, Jill's sister, is also trailing Goldfinger, but she is killed by Goldfinger's oriental servant, Oddjob. Bond learns that the Rolls Royce is solid gold and provides the means for smuggling, but he is captured and flown to Goldfinger's Kentucky headquarters by Pussy Galore, Goldfinger's beautiful pilot. Bond learns that Goldfinger is planning to rob Fort Knox by paralyzing the defense forces with gas sprayed from the planes of Pussy's flying circus, and then blowing up the fort with an atomic bomb borrowed from Communist China. Goldfinger proceeds with the plan, and Bond is handcuffed to the bomb; but, unknown to Goldfinger, Pussy, who has succumbed to Bond's charm, changes sides, and warns Washington. The plot is thwarted, and Bond manages to free himself from the bomb only seconds before detonation and then escapes attack from the razor-brimmed hat of Oddjob. Later, as Bond is being flown to meet the President, with Pussy aboard the Air Force jet, he is confronted by Goldfinger disguised as a U. S. general. During a fight, Goldfinger is killed when he is sucked out of the plane window; Bond and Pussy parachute to safety. 

Production Company: Danjaq, S. A.  
  Eon Productions, Ltd.  
Distribution Company: United Artists  
Director: Guy Hamilton (Dir)
  Bob Simmons (Action seq dir)
  Frank Ernst (Asst dir)
Producer: Harry Saltzman (Pres)
  Albert R. Broccoli (Pres)
  Harry Saltzman (Prod)
  Albert R. Broccoli (Prod)
Writer: Richard Maibaum (Scr)
  Paul Dehn (Scr)
Photography: Ted Moore (Dir of photog)
Art Direction: Ken Adam (Prod des)
  Peter Murton (Art dir)
  Michael White (Asst art dir)
  Maurice Pelling (Asst art dir)
Film Editor: Peter Hunt (Film ed)
Set Decoration: Freda Pearson (Set dresser)
Music: John Barry (Mus)
Sound: Dudley Messenger (Sd)
  Gordon McCallum (Sd)
Special Effects: John Stears (Spec eff)
Make Up: Paul Rabiger (Makeup)
  Basil Newall (Makeup)
  Eileen Fennell (Hairdresser)
Production Misc: L. C. Rudkin (Prod mgr)
  Robert Brownjohn (Title des)
Country: Great Britain and United States
Language: English
Series: James Bond

Songs: "Goldfinger," words and music by Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley and John Barry.
Composer: John Barry
  Leslie Bricusse
  Anthony Newley
Source Text: Based on the novel Goldfinger by Ian Fleming (London, 1959).
Authors: Ian Fleming

Copyright Claimant Copyright Date Copyright Number
Eon Productions 18/9/1964 dd/mm/yyyy LP29363

Physical Properties: col: Technicolor
  Sd:

 
Genre: Melodrama
 
Subjects (Major): Air pilots
  Airplanes
  Alps
  Atomic bomb
  Cheating
  Conspiracy
  Disguise
  Fort Knox (KY)
  Gambling
  Gold
  James Bond (Fictional character)
  London (England)
  Miami Beach (FL)
  Millionaires
  Murder
  Organized crime
  Asians
  Parachutes and parachuting
  Robbery
  Rolls-Royce automobiles
  Secret agents
  Sisters
  Smuggling

Note: Location scenes filmed at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and in Miami. Opened in London in Sep 1964. Copyright claimant: Danjaq, S. A. 

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