Continuity mistake: In the first shots of the golf course, you see Goldfinger's Rolls parked to the far left of the main building, with Bond's car in the lot in the background. When the scene changes to the inside of the clubhouse store, the Rolls is now very close to the front of the store. At the end of the golf game the Rolls is back to the left of the main building and as the camera pans back you can see that the store is to the far right of the main building.
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.
Continuity mistake: The bomb is disarmed with 007 seconds left on the conveniently placed timer with big white numbers. Then, Bond says "Three more ticks and Mr. Goldfinger would've hit the jackpot." What? Well, originally, the timer would've stopped at 003, and the line would make sense, but later the powers that be decided to stop it at 007 instead for a good old Bond joke, and apparently never forgot to delete that line in editing. [The 3 clicks mistake is an interesting one as there are still in existence cuts of the film with the original 003 on the nuclear device timer. One contributor saw the 003 version in 1970 and was puzzled when the 007 version turned up on TV years later.]
Continuity mistake: When Bond is first put in the truck, it shows both of the larger trucks as 1964 Internationals, lead by a new Jeep CJ series with curved front fenders. In the next few shots, the Jeep becomes a 1950s version with flat front fenders, and the larger trucks are now darker green 1956 Fords. When they arrive at Fort Knox, the Jeep and trucks have changed back to the newer models.
Factual error: When Oddjob has the Lincoln crushed at the junkyard, it is smashed into a small rectangle, and dropped into the little falcon pickup. Even though the crushed car fits into the bed of the Falcon, it still weighs at least 2 tons. That weight would have dropped the back of the truck to the ground, but the truck doesn't even squat a few inches, let alone being able to handle that load with the tyres it has.
Factual error: It is impossible for Oddjob to have crushed the golf ball with his hand no matter how strong he is. For the way he crushed in his hand enclosed completly around it. It is impossible to crush even an egg that way unless you apply pressure all around. To his credit, Sean Connery wasn't blind to this. He repeatedly complained about this when he first read the script, that the golf ball scene was ridiculous.
Visible crew/equipment: During the scene at the golf club, when the Rolls Royce begins to move off, the reflection from one of the film set lights can be seen on the rear left hand side of the Rolls Royce: There is no way that this could have been the relection from the sun, because the weather during the scene was on the dull side.
Continuity mistake: When Bond ejects the car seat with the Korean from his Aston Martin, the Korean leaves through the roof of the car with his legs straight (as seen inside the car). The scene changes outside the car and now the Korean can be seen fully seated in the car seat.
Add timeLarry Koehn
Continuity mistake: After the game of golf between Goldfinger and Bond, Goldfinger gets Oddjob to show off his usually dangerous hat. He throws the hat at the statue and we see it fly off to the right of the screen, well away from the statue. Yet in the following shot, the decapitated head falls down next to the hat on the ground right by the statue.
Continuity mistake: After Oddjob has knocked Bond out whilst he was looking for some cold champagne, Bond is seen lying in front of an open refrigerator door which has five small and one large bottle on the lower shelf. When Bond awakes there are now six small and one large bottles there.
Deliberate mistake: When we first encounter Tilly Masterson, she overtakes Bond and he decides not to pursue her. Then, when Goldfinger has stopped, Bond is actually ahead of her as she nearly hits him with a rifle shot. Given that most Swiss passes are single carriageways, surely Bond would have noticed her had she parked earlier.
Other mistake: Pussy Galore's flying circus is approaching Fort Knox flying in a V-shaped formation.Pussy is counting down from 5 to 0 before they release the nerve gas. On each count, we see another female pilot in a different plane but we also see another plane through the right side window. If you fly with 5 planes in such formation, only 3 planes can have another plane at their right side, not 4 or 5.
Add timeVince van Riet
Continuity mistake: When entering Fort Knox we see the laser cutting from left to right across the metal door, which is subsequently pulled out. But when we see the door from the inside, it looks as if the laser has cut also both sides. There was no time for that - and we do not see the laser make such movements as going up or down.
Add timeJacob La Cour
Deliberate mistake: When Bond is getting chased by Goldfinger's gangsters, he sees a car's headlights coming straight at him (which is later revealed as a mirror reflecting his own headlights). To save his life, he crashes into a nearby wall. In some versions of the movie, his car only goes in part way, while in older versions, his car goes all the way through the wall. The filmmakers must have changed this so the scene following that, which has Oddjob opening the door and revealing Bond unconscious, could work.
Continuity mistake: In the opening sequence, Bond sets some explosives, then checks his watch. A closeup shot shows he wears the watch on the outside of his black long-sleeve outfit. He rushes outside, and the following shot he peels off the top to reveal a white smoking jacket. But he never removes the watch first, as it is now *inside* his jacket sleeve.
Continuity mistake: When Bond and Tilly Masterson stop at the garage after her car is ruined by the Aston, we see her wooden case on the rear parcel shelf of the DB5. She gets out and so does Bond, yet when he reaches in to give her back the case he only just reaches in with his arm. There is no way he could reach the case.
Deliberate mistake: Goldfinger has imprisoned Bond in a jail cell guarded by an Asian. Bond draws the Asian into the cell by smiling through the small barred prison door window and then slowly sinking out of sight. When the Asian enters the cell, Bond drops on him from above. While it is physically possible for Bond to work his way up the walls into that position, he could not do it in the time elapsed nor could he do it without passing his body in front of the small barred window (which would be seen by the Asian guard).
Continuity mistake: In the teaser, when Bond has come out of the water and climbed up the cliff, right after he kicks the guard he is seen running away. In that frame you can see he is wearing leather shoes with light brown leather soles - which are completely dry. He was not wearing those in the water.
Add timeJacob La Cour
Factual error: When Bond goes to open the "nuclear device" he picks up 2 solid gold bars and proceeds to use them to open the casing. Due to the density of gold, it is virtually impossible for a person to lift even a single bar without the use of two hands. Let alone one in each hand, using them to open a box. Regarding the same scene, there was no damage to the gold. Gold being the softest of metals, it should have shown severe damage if used in that manner.
Revealing mistake: When Bond is at the hotel at Miami, in several scenes you can see that film was shot at a hotel, and then the editors placed the card game opponent's figure in the film. The filming of the figures is a lot clearer and crisper, while the background looks like a homemade film.
Continuity mistake: After we first see Tilly Masterson's car overtaking Bond's Aston, the next few shots of the scenery are inconsistent. What is seen through Bond's car windows does not match the scenery in the subsequent long shots. And Tilly's car is shown leaving the village, then after getting out on the open road, the shot through her rear window shows her leaving the village again.
Factual error: The girl is killed by having paint all over her body, supposedly suffocating her. While a widely believed theory at the time, it is not actually true that you can be suffocated by cutting off air to the skin - as long as you are still breathing, you won't suffocate. The only way damage might be caused is that by being unable to sweat/cool, you might get heatstroke, alternatively the toxic elements of the paint might prove fatal, but both of those effects would take far longer to kill you.
Other mistake: After Goldfinger has lost the golf round and is about to depart, Bond hands Oddjob the Slazenger 7 and says 'I believe this is yours'. Oddjob (who's obviously upset that Goldfinger lost) crushes the golf ball and throws it out the window. It's ridiculous. 1: Golf balls have a liquid or rubber core, so you'd see the residue. 2: A golf ball has several very hard layers to prevent it from collapsing on a hard impact. 3: When Oddjob throws it, look closely and it looks a bit like a section of a styrofoam cup.
Continuity mistake: When Oddjob drives into the junkyard, watch his shadow as he exits the car. Then look at the shadows while he drives off. Some hours have passed between the shootings, perhaps the missing hours are the ones it took for the engine to be removed from the car? (Check the other mistake from this scene).
Other mistake: In the plane when Bond fights Goldfinger, one of the henchmen is partially visible behind Goldfinger when he appears from behind the curtain. When the fight starts, the henchman's arm is also visible. When the fight is over and just before Bond moves to the cockpit, the henchman is lying on the floor with no explanation for why he was not sucked from the plane like Goldfinger.
Continuity mistake: The first time we see Goldfinger by the pool, in the wide angle there's a girl with an orange bathing suit, and a man with a striped shirt next to her. In the close-up, the man now has a white T-shirt with a blue print, and the girl has a white bikini and an orange skirt.
Continuity mistake: When Bond is talking to his contact in the bar after the heroin plant explosion, look in the mirror behind him and you can see Bonita the dancer talking to some other men in the middle of the room. But in the next shot Bonita is on her own walking up the stairs, and the men are no longer in sight.
Continuity mistake: The complex in Switzerland (Auric Enterprises) when seen from the hills beyond is a few widely spaced buildings of sheet metal construction. After nightfall when Bond goes down to investigate, the site has turned into a veritable city of closely spaced buildings of brick construction.
Add timeLarry Redfield
Continuity mistake: When Bond and Oddjob are fighting to the death at Fort Knox, Bond retrieves Oddjob's lethal steel-brimmed derby hat and takes aim, preparing for a backhand throw with his left hand. Camera cuts to a startled Oddjob for a split-second. When the camera cuts back to Bond, he is executing a much more difficult forehand throw with his right hand.
Add timeCharles Austin Miller
Revealing mistake: When they're in the barn, Bond and Pussy take turns tossing each other in the hay. On her second attempt to throw Bond, he reverses it and throws Pussy. After the camera looks to where she will land, you can see the distinct outline where she had been thrown before.
Add timeMovie Nut
Revealing mistake: When Oddjob throws his hat at the statue and the camera cuts a close up of it, as the hat goes by the head, you can see the seam (in a freeze frame) where the head is propped up by the filler used to disguise the break. Also, the brim of the hat where the blade is, passes about two inches above the break. Therefore, were it possible, the brim doesn't cut the statue.
Add timeMovie Nut
Continuity mistake: In the opening, Bond finds the button to let open the secret hatch in the oil tank.This hatch looks very heavy and is driven by a motor or something; you can hear the humming sound of it as well. When Bond is inside, now he can close it by hand. Also when he leaves the oil tank, he uses the same hatch, and can now open and close the hatch again with his hands.
Add timeVince van Riet
Continuity mistake: When Bond first sees golden Jill on the bed she is lying diagonally across the bed with her right foot on the bed and pointed like a ballerina on points. As Bond approaches the bed her right foot is pointing towards the camera. The last shot of Jill's legs show both her feet hanging over the end of the bed meaning that she has changed position and is now lying straight along the bed.
Add timeMatty W
Continuity mistake: Goldfinger's crew uses a giant truck-mounted laser to burn their way through the Fort Knox entrance. Several shots of the truck show the laser beam being moved across the entrance extremely rapidly; however, when these shots are intercut with views of the entrance itself, the beam inches across the entrance door very, very slowly.
Add timeMatty W
Continuity mistake: At the Miami resort, when Goldfinger walks towards the card table, on the far left you can see Bond and Leiter standing watching Goldfinger in the background. In a close up shot of Bond and Leiter we see Bond reaching for a towel and putting it on his shoulder, but then in the wide shots there is no towel over his shoulder and he never moves.
Add timeMatty W
Plot hole: When Bond goes into the kitchen for the champagne, Oddjob is waiting for him. But where was he hiding? Oddjob couldn't have hidden in the bedroom without being seen. The kitchen is separated from the bedroom about halfway by a metal grate and not a wall. Oddjob could have only been hiding in front of the cupboards since we can see Bond from the bedroom POV all the way to the refrigerator. There is no possible way Bond wouldn't have seen him or even brushed against him. There is lighting in the kitchen, which we know because Bond is illuminated when he walks in; he casts a strong shadow on the floor during and after his fall (not from the refrigerator); and is illuminated when he stumbles out. The pan shots of the kitchen show no places where Oddjob could have concealed himself - and he is not exactly on the thin side.
Deliberate mistake: When Bond interferes with Goldfinger's cheating at cards in Miami Beach, we are watching the shot in which Goldfinger snaps his pencil and hits the table with his fist through binoculars from Bond's position far away on the hotel balcony. The sound of Goldfinger's actions are audible making the scene more effective. However, Bond and therefore the viewer wouldn't actually be able to hear it.
Other mistake: Right at the end of the golf match when Bond is about to make his final shot, you can see two shadows being cast onto the lawn. Since the only source of light in this scene is supposed to be the sun, there should only be one shadow. The second one is caused by the set light.
Audio problem: Whenever we're looking away from the bomb's countdown timer, it fails to advance as fast as it should, even though from time to time we do hear ticking at the same rate that the counter changes. For example, we see it tick from 010 to 009 and then hear 4 more ticks before it is stopped, but it then displays 007 and not 005.
Add timeMatty W
Continuity mistake: When Bond enters Goldfinger's hotel room in Miami we see that the transmitter is on the table next to Jill. Bond turns it off but when Jill turns around and says, "Who are you?" we see that Bond is too far away from the table to have just turned off the transmitter.
Add timeMatty W
Other mistake: In Fort Knox, where Bond has just gotten un-handcuffed from the bomb and is battling it out with Oddjob, Bond throws a gold bar quite a horizontal distance and hits Oddjob in the chest. The fact that it bounces off is in keeping with the fantasy of Oddjob's strength - but how in the world did Bond throw it that far? A Fort Knox gold bar weighs over 27 pounds.
Revealing mistake: Bond drives his Austin Martin into a wall because he believes that the headlights appearing before him belong to another car (actually, they were the reflection of his own lights). When he first sees the lights, they are directly in front of him, but only just before the crash, the angle of the reflection changes. And the way the mirror was hung up when Oddjob looks at it, it was in no position to reflect the light the way Bond sees them.
Plot hole: The planes spraying the gas are flying too high and too fast for the gas to be able to have any effect on the soldiers on the ground as quickly as it does. While we later find out that the soldiers were faking the effects, the too-rapid response should have raised the bad guys' suspicions.
Other mistake: When several cars are pursuing Bond and Ms. Masterson through the woods, the first car falls prey to the smoke screen. As the second car continues pursuit, a man leans out of its passenger window to shoot at Bond. But he doesn't appear to be aiming, or even holding his gun tightly; the muzzle waves far to one side for the first several shots.
Plot hole: Jill was sprayed with liquid or atomized gold. Yet there is no overspray anywhere, no paint on the bed or sheets, no dripping from Jill's arm to the carpet. Even if the paint was quick-dry, there would have been some paint residue just from Oddjob moving her around to spray her whole body.
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