Goldfinger

Corrected entry: The girl dies from what is called skin suffocation. Skin suffocation is in reality a myth.

Sol Parker

Correction: Technically, it's not. Toxins/bacteria, etc. can enter the body through the pores on the skin and be sufficient enough to cause death or serious injury. It's possible that this is what actually happened with the fabled gypsy dancer that this story refers to, and overtime, the "skin suffocation" term was coined.

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Corrected entry: The gold bars depicted in Goldfinger are Trapezoid (a four sided figure with two sides the same length). Several (rare) images from the vaults from Fort Knox that exist show bars as rectangular bars.

Correction: The rare photos were taken long after the movie was made. In "The Making of Goldfinger" it states that nobody had seen the inside of Fort Knox. Until recently, the inside of Fort Knox had never even been seen by top US officials.

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Corrected entry: During the "gassing of Fort Knox sequence", you can see one soldier tapping another on the arm as they miss their cue to drop to the ground. Others miss it completely and are still standing as others fall, and a few even take the time to lie down comfortably, rather than just slumping over.

Correction: This is deliberate and was done on the instructions of the director. He is planting hints about what is really happening - the 'gas' is harmless and the men are faking their reaction to it.

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Corrected entry: It was a long-standing rumor (due to sexist prejudices) that Pussy's flying circus members were actually disguised men.

Correction: Whoever wrote this is subject to PC paranoia. The actresses in the Flying Circus were indeed women, but the pilots who flew the planes during the spraying sequences were men. Indeed, if one zooms the image when the Circus is landing after the practice run, it can be plainly seen that the pilot in the nearest plane has a beard, although he is wearing a blonde wig. it has been stated that the crew had a hard time getting the stunt pilots to wear the wigs in the first place. Not sexist, just practical.

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Corrected entry: When Oddjob first demonstrates his lethal bowler hat by decapitating the statue; the statue's arm bends as the head falls on to it.

Correction: The arm doesn't bend, it breaks. You can see it break on the upper arm.

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Corrected entry: When James Bond and Pussy Galore bail out of Goldfinger's plane which crashes into the water. However, they parachute into a forested area which appears to be a long way inland...

Correction: If you look at the radar, the plane is still 3000 feet in the air, and it's not very far inland. The plane could have flown towards and into the water, not to mention that wind could blow the parachute a little ways inland.

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Corrected entry: In the famous scene with Bond strapped to the table being menaced by the laser, he manages to get his freedom by stating that if he doesn't call in with his office 008 will replace him, and 008 will know all that he knows, including about Operation: Grand Slam. Goldfinger promptly lets him go, saying Bond is more use to him alive. However, he then proceeds to keep Bond prisoner, and doesn't let him call in, which surely negates the effect he wanted by saving his life. Why not just kill him, if in MI6 terms he might as well be dead. He'll still be replaced.

Correction: Goldfinger allows Felix Leiter and another CIA agent (while using binoculars and leaning over a fence) to witness Bond having drinks with him and Pussy at his Kentucky ranch. Since Bond is alive and well, this is the equivalent of "calling in".

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Corrected entry: Shirley Eaton, who was painted from head to foot in gold paint for the famous shots, had to undergo 2 hours of make-up for the scene. During that time, she was closely monitored by medical experts, to avoid the epidermal asphyxiation - skin suffocation - that her character "Jill Masterson" died from. The idea was based on a real Swiss fashion model who painted herself and subsequently died.

Correction: This is an urban myth. No-one has ever died from covering one's whole body with gold paint, white paint, or any color paint. Anyway, go here and look. http://www.snopes.com/movies/films/goldfing.htm.

iceverything776
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Corrected entry: Oddjob shots the gangster in the back of the Lincoln and drives straight into the junkyard. When he gets out and walks away the car is dropped into the crusher. We can see that the back seat of the car is now empty.

Correction: Mr. Solo could have actually slid off the seat when he was shot - watch Oddjob's eyes; it looks like they follow the body onto the floor.

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Corrected entry: When Mr. Solo leaves for the airport, the bars of gold are loaded, unpackaged, and in the trunk of the car. Assuming he was flying commercially, was he going to check the bars of gold as luggage?

Correction: Before Solo leaves, Goldfinger says something like "My jet will take you back," meaning that he is not flying commercially.

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Corrected entry: The man ejected from the car by Bond has a parachute on his back.

Dr Wilson

Correction: At first, it looks like a parachute, but if you go a few seconds further into the scene, it looks more like a car seat for the stunt man or dummy become separated from it.

Larry Koehn
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Corrected entry: When Goldfinger flips the pool table over to show the model of Fort Knox, Bond watches through a vent in the floor and sticks his head up in one of the model buildings and looks out. What? I thought there was a pool table on the other side of the model. It's impossible to think that the pool table on the other side vanished off of the face of the earth right after Goldfinger turned it over.

Correction: Actually, the pool table turns over into the control panel for the model and the lights. A gangster says, "Hey, what's with that trick pool table", before the lights dim and the Fort Knox model even appears. The floor then slides (with some surprised gangsters on it) and the Fort Knox model rises from the opening. You can see Bond is standing on the hydralic mechanism that lifts the model into place.

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Corrected entry: When Bond is making Goldfinger lose money at the card game, how does he know how much to tell him to lose? The game might have been for only $100 and $15k would have been absurdly high, or it might have been for $100,000 and $15k would have been absurdly low. And why would Jill say, "I'm beginning to like you, Mr. Bond" with the mike still on and Goldfinger able to hear this, revealing her disloyalty?

Correction: Mr. Simmons, Goldfinger's competitor, says a line something like "When you're ten thousand dollars in the hole, you're ready for anything." Bond must have overheard it.

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Corrected entry: The Connery Bond needs help to defuse a nuke, the Moore Bond can defuse one on his own, And the Brosnan Bond can't defuse one at all.

Correction: These are different bombs of different designs at different times, so Bond may well have varying degrees of skill at defusing them. Although you would have thought if they're going to teach Bond one type, they'd teach him more as and when the technology advances.

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Corrected entry: In the beginning, James has a fight with a man and he throws him into a bath filled with water. Then James throws the electric fan into the bath, which electrocutes the man. Problem is: The electrocution should have killed the lights, or at least made them flicker, but they do nothing of these.

kh1616

Correction: It depends what circuit the lights are on and the outlet. There's a number of reason why the lights wouldn't go out (meaning the breaker was tripped) or flicker.

Bishop73

Corrected entry: After Goldfinger has lost the card game, Bond is looking at his face in the binocular. We see Goldfingers' hands when he snaps the pencil. How did Bond know to turn the binocular from Goldfinger's face to his hands in that exact second?

Jacob La Cour

Correction: Artistic licence, not a mistake.

tw_stuart

Corrected entry: When Oddjob kills the girl by throwing the hat at her and breaking her neck, watch when Bond turns her over. Her closed eyes are flickering rapidly, showing that she seems to be having a hard time keeping them shut.

furious1116

Correction: They could have been flickering in her final death throes. That can happen sometimes.

Continuity mistake: The first time they show Johnny in the T-bird looking at the radar, you can see from the driver's window an orange 1958 Chevrolet pulling out into traffic. A few seconds later he is talking and you can see the same 1958 Chevrolet driving up to pull out in the street.

demodon
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Trivia: Harold Sakata (Oddjob) was formerly a professional weightlifter and won a silver medal for the United States at the 1948 Olympics in London.

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Question: Why did Goldfinger go through the hassle of telling the other gangsters his plan, only to kill them right after?

Answer: Goldfinger wants to keep the charade going up until the end so the others suspect nothing unusual. It is also a means of exposition to explain the plot to the audience.

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Answer: I believe that Goldfinger is a showman / show off and wanted to boast for the pure hell of it. Also I think that he had to string them along so they wouldn't suspect he was about to do what he ultimately did to them.

Alan Keddie
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