Trivia: Sean Connery and Harold Sakata were both injured filming their fight sequence at Fort Knox. Connery hurt his back in the fight sequence which delayed filming and some say that Connery used the injury to get a better deal of the producers for the next 007 film. Sakata severely burned his hand while reaching for his hat when filming his death scene, but was determined to do it right; he held on until the director Guy Hamilton shouted "Cut!"


Trivia: Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore) remained the oldest actress to play a Bond girl (at 37 years old at the time of filming) until 2015's Spectre featuring Monica Belucci, aged 50.


Trivia: Nadja Revin, who plays the nightclub dancer in the pre-credits sequence, had previously appeared in "From Russia with Love" as Kerim Bey's girl.


Trivia: A real laser would have produced a fairly heat-free and silent cut. The director Guy Hamilton found that a real laser beam would not show up on camera so it was added as an optical effect. The melting effect on the table was achieved by a man underneath the table holding an oxyacetylene torch.


Trivia: It took make-up artists two hours to paint Shirley Eaton's body in gold for her death scene as Jill Masterson.


Trivia: 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. For the Hollywood Reporter article: For a still shot:

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Trivia: It circulated as a very popular urban legend for decades that the actress who played Jill Masterson, Shirley Eaton, asphyxiated from being covered in the gold paint. However, she did in fact survive this ordeal and continued to make more movies afterward.


Trivia: Oddjob has only four lines of dialogue in the entire film.

Trivia: The sign on Fort Knox bears the name "Gen. Russhon" - a reference to Charles Russhon who was the technical advisor for the film.

Trivia: When he is looking in the refrigerator in Goldfinger's suite in Miami, Bond is knocked unconscious by Oddjob. Sean Connery walked off the set for a couple of days and had to be asked to return after Harold Sakata delivered a full contact karate chop during the first take of the scene.

Trivia: The movie was the fastest grossing picture in film history when it was released.


Trivia: This was the first Bond film in which Major Boothroyd was referred to as "Q."

Trivia: Despite being remembered for murdering people with his hat, Oddjob only kills one person with it.

Trivia: Bonds line to Pussy Galore is "I must be dreaming." Originally he was supposed to say "I know you are, but what's your name?"


Trivia: Honor Blackman quit her role as Cathy Gale on The Avengers to appear in Goldfinger.


Trivia: The only James Bond film starring Sean Connery where his Bond orders a "Martini, shaken, not stirred."

Trivia: When Goldfinger is hitting the ball during the game of golf between Goldfinger and Bond, it is not Gert Frobe but another actor, as Frobe could not hold a golf club very well.

Trivia: Gert Frobe who played Goldfinger at the time spoke very little English and all his lines had to be dubbed in later.


Trivia: Future Bond producer Michael G. Wilson has a cameo role as a Korean Soldier at Fort Knox.

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.

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James Bond: A martini. Shaken, not stirred.

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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.

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