Goldfinger

Question: Why did they spend all that time using a laser to cut open the door at Fort Knox just to open the door next to it? It does not make any sense?

deanva

Answer: Why doesn't it make sense? They need both doors open to facilitate access to the depository, and since they have no key or passcode, they cut one out completely to get inside. Once they do, they can open the other one from the inside as normal, which they do. No time or effort wasted.

Question: I've always wondered: why does Goldfinger release Bond during the laser scene? I've seen the scene a few times and I still cannot understand it.

Chosen answer: Bond bluffed his way out. He convinced Goldfinger that if he did not report back to his superiors they would send another 00 Agent to replace him. And the agent would have information that could foil Goldfinger. By sparing Bond Goldfinger could force him to make reports as his captive. Bond would be his prisoner but no other 00 agents would come for him.

Question: Can someone please explain the scene where Bond says something is "As bad as listening to The Beatles without earmuffs?" Were The Beatles unpopular in 1964, or is Bond just a snob?

raph

Chosen answer: The Beatles were wildly popular with the youngsters of the time and not so with the older generation, of which Bond is part. Obviously, Bond's comment shows the Beatles were not to everyone's taste in music, especially his. And it was a good line for comic relief.

Scott215

Question: Why didn't Goldfinger kill Bond in the hotel room?

raph

Chosen answer: He wanted to send a message. Bond seeing Masterson's dead body was a way to tell Bond, and MI6 to stay away. Killing Bond would have had an immediate effect, sure, but MI6 would more than likely send out another 00 agent after him anyway. Goldfinger wanted to be assured that no one would come after him. (As a little side note, Goldfinger didn't actually attack Bond. As we never see who did, It may have been Oddjob or one of his goons).

Dra9onBorn117

Answer: Not knowing who Bond was or what organization he was involved in, Goldfinger figured a warning was in order, to keep Bond and his business away, so he had Jill painted gold to scare them off. Jill was murdered for her betrayal to Goldfinger, who "hated to lose".

demodon

Question: How exactly did Tilly die? I know she got hit in the neck by Oddjob's razor-rimmed hat, but it doesn't make sense. Why didn't it cut her head off or at least cut her? There wasn't even a mark or blood. If it didn't even cut her, how did she die just from getting hit by it?

raph

Chosen answer: Oddjob's hat has a metal brim that's razor sharp under the cloth. It's possible for the hat to have hit her neck in a way that she didn't get cut (I've commented elsewhere about the number of factors that have to be just right to sever a head with a single blow), but the metal object hurled with Oddjob's strength was enough to snap her neck.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: I swear that I remember Bond, on his way to Baltimore made love to the co-pilot, and when M says "he's well on top", that was because he was on top of the co-pilot making out...am I hallucinating?

Chosen answer: Pussy Galore was the pilot and he doesn't make out with her at that point. You may be thinking of Moonraker, where M asks Moneypenny if Bond is back from Africa, she replies "He's on the last leg of his journey," and it cuts to Bond romancing a woman in a plane.

Captain Defenestrator

Question: Once when I watched this on TV the laser room scene was different. 1) Bond pulls out a mirror and reflects the beam to cut the straps holding him to the table. 2) Bond runs off to get away but gets shot by a tranquiliser gun. Has anybody else seen this version?

Chosen answer: I have found no information about the existence of such a version and I'm pretty sure it doesn't exist. But your description does sound an awful lot like an episode of The Simpsons called 'You Only Move Twice' (S08E02). In that episode Homer gets a new boss, Hank Scorpio, who happens to be a super villain. In one scene Scorpio has capture an agent called Bont and is about to kill him with a laser like in Goldfinger. Bont escapes by using a coin to deflect the laser and cut the straps holding him. Bont isn't stopped by a tranquilizer gun though, but by Homer tackling him.

Andreas[DK]

Question: Why did Pussy Galore join the good side? Was she a American undercover agent?

Chosen answer: If I understand correctly Bond and Ms. Galore had a romantic encounter and during that Bond explained the full intent of Goldfinger (killing all the innocent people at Ft. Knox)to her. Apparently willing to go along with the theft of the gold at Ft. Knox, Ms. Galore was unwilling to go along with mass murder.

Mark English

Question: Q demonstrated the switches for the left and right front-wing machine guns - why is the "right" control on the left and vise versa?

turkman143

Chosen answer: They're not. Q was just indicating to Bond that these were the wing machine guns, he wasn't stating which was which.

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