Goldfinger

Goldfinger (1964)

38 corrected entries

Corrected entry: When Oddjob chops the statue's head off outside the golf club with his steel-rimed hat, the arm starts falling down with it, but then bounces back. It appears to be spring-loaded.

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turkman143

Correction: The statue was a concrete casting, not a carved marble statue. It was reinforced with metal bars to give it strength when it was cast, so the concrete broke when the head fell off, but the metal bar held it together.

Corrected entry: As Bond discusses Goldfinger's plan with him he states a nuclear device will be detonated in Fort Knox which will cause the gold to become radioactive. While the gold will be irradiated (exposed to radiation), it is physically impossible to make it actually radioactive.

Correction: Goldfinger is correct in his belief. A nuclear explosion emits enough neutron radiation to make radioactive isotopes of gold. However, only one of these isotopes has a half-life of more than a few days, and it cannot be produced by neutron irradiation. The gold would therefore lose its radioactivity within approximately a month.

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: When Bond and Goldfinger are drinking julep, Gold's glass is filled when the angle focuses on Bond, but almost empty in the opposite shot.

Sacha

Correction: The glass you are seeing in the shot is Pussy Galore's. At the end of the shot you can see the glass on the table and Goldfinger's drink in his hand.

Corrected entry: Goldfinger designs an elaborate map and model layout in his Kentucky rec room complete with flip-flopping pool tables, slide-back floors, and rotating operations consoles, apparently to display his genius to the hoods he recruited for his nefarious scheme...and then he kills them.

Correction: Because Goldfinger has a psychological need to gloat. This is part of his character flaw which explains why he does NOT kill Bond when he has the chance to do so.

Corrected entry: A very young Garry Marshall (future successful producer/director) has a cameo as one of the American gangsters gathered to hear about Project Grand Slam.

wizard_of_gore

Correction: This is questionable. After repeatedly reviewing the scene(s) in question by pausing the DVD and using the zoom feature I cannot see anyone who remotely resembles Garry Marshall. I'm not the first to question this trivia claim and respectfully request that the OP cite their source(s). Anyone else with proof is invited to share it with the rest of the class :-).

Corrected entry: When Bond looks at Tilly Mastersons attache case in the rear view mirror as he's driving along, the initials on the case are the right way round instead of being backwards which they would've been when seen in a mirror.

Correction: This is commonly cited as an error due to how the scene is edited but actually it isn't. Bond looks in the mirror to see the case, but the shot that is shown to the audience is of the case itself, not the view that Bond sees in the mirror.

Vader47000

Corrected entry: When Bond enters his hotel room he hangs his gun on a peg that is a significant distance away from the bath tub. When the assassin lands in the tub, the gun is suddenly within arm's reach.

wizard_of_gore

Correction: He hangs his jacket on a peg that isn't near the bathtub. After the girl complains the gun pokes her when they kiss, he hangs the holster on the peg near the bathtub.

Vader47000

Corrected entry: Dropping a large gold bar onto a golf green, as Bond does, would have left a considerable dent in the ground, yet it didn't. A standard gold bar weighs about 25lb, so even on a well-tended green, this would have done visible damage.

Nicki

Correction: Several problems with this submission. 1. The bar lands flat against the green, distributing its weight evenly. 2. We only see the bar hitting the ground; for all we know Bond may have just dropped it from below waist level. 3. A 200 pound person could jump on a well maintained golf course and not leave a 'considerable dent', their shoe size not being much larger than the side of the gold bar.

BocaDavie

Corrected entry: The plane with Pussy and Bond is crashing very very fast. There is no way they could jump out in a parachute - and survive - at that speed.

Jacob La Cour

Correction: This is an assumption with no supporting data. They obviously grab parachutes, jump out of the plane, then pull the rip cord after they've cleared the jet (they do not "jump out in a parachute"). The submitter has no proof that people could not survive a jump from a plummeting plane.

BocaDavie

Corrected entry: The homing device Bond puts in the inside trunk lid of Goldfinger's Rolls is magnetic as shown when Q is demonstrating it. However, like the other body work, the trunk lid of that car would have been made of gold, to which a magnet will not stick.

William Lanigan

Correction: The entire car is not made of gold, just the body panels. Since gold is very heavy but bends fairly easily, any gold on the car would have to have some kind of support structure not made of gold. Bond would have attached the homing device to this support.

Guy

Corrected entry: After Goldfinger has been sucked out of the plane, and it is diving as Bond makes his way to the cockpit, there is a man lying on the floor in the cabin who was not previously in this scene. Where did he appear from, as the only people in the cabin were Bond and Goldfinger? This scene has obvously had something edited out.

Correction: The man is always there, perfectly visible, and has a noticeable afro: Behind Goldfinger when he opens the curtains, and next to Goldfinger when he fights against Bond.

Sacha

Corrected entry: Even if Goldfinger managed to make it back to the helicopter after changing into the military uniform, there is no reason for Pussy to still be inside it considering she had already changed sides, she would have escaped the moment the army rushes in.

jbrbbt

Correction: She did not need to escape; she just needed to stay where she was until the Army completed their mission. Where else would she go? The helicopter offered some protection (away from the shooting )and a means to remove the bomb from the area quickly if it could not be disarmed.

BocaDavie

Corrected entry: Although the gaffe of the crushed Lincoln Contintental demolishing the suspension of the Ford Falcon Ranchero (5,000 lbs. vs. an 800 lb. capacity cargo bed) seems to be pretty well known, there was another, very similar mistake made in the same film. In 1964, a troy ounce of gold was worth $36. If Mr. Solo got $1 million worth of gold bars in the back of the Lincoln Continental, he's got almost 2,000 lbs. worth in the trunk. The trunk can in reality only hold about 400 lbs.

Correction: This assumes Goldfinger gave him the correct amount of gold.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When the plane carrying Bond and Pussy Galore to the White House goes down, it crashes into the ocean. But the plane was going from Fort Knox, Kentucky to Washington D.C. The plane wouldn't have passed over the Atlantic Ocean or any of the Great Lakes en route to Washington D.C.

poehitman

Correction: The plane has been hijacked by Goldfinger, who intends to take it to Cuba, a journey which obviously involves crossing some water.

Tailkinker

Corrected entry: In the scene where Goldfinger meets with the gangsters to explain in detail his plan for entering Fort Knox why does he go to the trouble of announcing his plan when he is going to kill the gangsters a few minutes later? It only serves to let Bond (and the audience) know what's going on, but makes no sense in the movie at all. The gas is fatal - he only tells them it knocks people out to win their confidence.

Correction: He does it for the same reason he tells Bond further details of his plot (that he intends to make the gold worthless): because Goldfinger is a megalomaniacal sociopath. He's not rational. He likes to win, and what good is winning if you can't gloat about it... even if it's someone he intends to kill?

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: Goldfinger's Grand Slam task force is able to penetrate Fort Knox after the Flying Circus has sprayed the military reservation and surrounding area with nerve gas. To fool Goldfinger and his people, the U.S. Army has instructed its soldiers to fall to the ground and pretend to be dead. That way, Goldfinger will be fooled into believing that the nerve gas attack was successful. While the Army might be able to get its personnel to fake death, how would they go about getting the cooperation of every civilian that lives and works in the area around Fort Knox? Also, since there are numerous horse and dairy farms around Fort Knox, wouldn't Goldfinger's task force expect to see dead horses, cows and other livestock scattered about as they make their way to the Gold Depository?

Correction: At no time do they ever show anyone from the civilian population during the "nerve gas" attack scene; the gas was never sprayed over any civilian area. The Fort Knox Military Reservation is several square miles of land surrounding the Depository; there would be no reason to use the gas on the civilian land outside of the Reservation. In the submitter's defense, though, it was very lucky that there was no living wildlife around the Depository when Goldfinger arrived.

BocaDavie

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: In the scene where Tilly Masterson is running through the woods away from Bond and Auric's men, Oddjob throws his hat at her. It hits her in the neck and she simply falls over and dies. However, a few scenes before Oddjob throws his hat at the statue and cuts the head clean off. Shouldn't Tilly have been decapitated?

Correction: In the case of the statue, there is no soft flexible material (muscle, tendon, ligament) to hold the statue's head on after the hard material has been broken. It is relatively easy to knock a statue's head off with a club, but almost impossible to do so with a human being.

Corrected entry: At the congress between Goldfinger & the crime bosses, they all demand the payments owed to them, namely one million dollars each in gold bullion. Goldfinger then teases them by saying, "You can have one million today, or ten million tomorrow", which he explains to mean that, upon executing Operation Grand-Slam, the market value of circulating gold bullion will multiply by a factor of at least ten. But if that's the case, then why would the gangsters be motivated to wait for their parcels of gold? Its value will increase after the Fort Knox job regardless that they take possession today or tomorrow.

Correction: Goldfinger tells only Bond the value of gold will increase by a factor of 10, and he says this well after the gangster briefing. As far as the gangsters are concerned, he is actually going to try to rip off Fort Knox. Thus they expect to receive an actual $10 million in gold bullion from the heist. They don't know about the atomic bomb plot or Goldfinger's true plan to increase the value of his own gold, and thus have no way to expect the $1 million will increase in value.

Corrected entry: When James Bond is trying to escape Goldfinger's henchmen, he is in Switzerland. When he wakes up he is in an airplane on the way to Baltimore, USA. That plane is a Lockheed Jetstar. Its range with extra fuel is about 5000km. The distance between Switzerland and Kentucky is about 7000km. The Jetstar would never make it to Kentucky.

Correction: They could have landed any number of times to refuel. It is never said that it is a non-stop flight. We don't see the entire journey.

Soylent Purple

Corrected entry: Bond's car has bullet proof windows, yet when he tries to escape from Oddjob and Goldfinger's men (after overhearing "Operation Grand Slam") the front windscreen not only has bullet marks but holes where it looks as if the bullets have gone through the glass. One of these lines up with Bond's forehead and a few of the other look as if they should have caused him some serious harm-but didn't.

Correction: Despite what the Bond movies would have us believe, no glass is fully bulletproof so the bad guys presumably had sufficient firepower. We can only assume that Bond's forehead was not in line with the bullet-hole when it was created. Hardly a mistake for him to try to avoid oncoming bullets.

tw_stuart

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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

Corrected entry: When Goldfinger unexpectedly appears on the plane near the end of the film, one can see the top of one of someone's head behind Goldfinger. This person's left arm is later visible behind Goldfinger as Goldfinger talks to Bond. Yet seconds later when Bond and Goldfinger fight over the golden gun this person is nowhere to be seen.

Correction: The person is one of the Korean flunkies (you can tell by the blue uniform, you see his sleeve). He is backing up Goldfinger, with his hand ready for a martial art strike. Presumably though, he is knocked to the floor as Goldfinger fights Bond (Goldfinger is a big bloke) so doesn't appear in shot again.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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