Bond in Review: Goldfinger Part II

Bond and Jill canoodle a bit, but Bond goes to get some cold champagne, taking the oppurtunity to surprisingly diss the Beatles at the same time.

“My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done, such as drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs”

I wonder what Paul McCartney, who would later record the theme to Live and Let Die, might’ve thought of that line 🙂

Here we have Oddjob make his first appearance, as a karate-chopping hand which knocks Bond out, and an ominous shadow, as well as a chilling motif.

 

When Bond comes to, he’s horrified to discover Jill covered entirely in gold paint-and dead, in one of the most iconic shots in the series (and one that’s partially covered by a strategically placed pillow in the shot). Bond is actually quite shaken by this; and calls Felix (Felix assumes Dink is the victim-nope, although Dink did get some golden paint in the opening titles as I stated). Despite the horror of the scene, I found it kind of funny how he describes her, like he’s saying his “Bond, James Bond” catchphrase: “Master…Jill Masterson…and she’s covered in paint. Gold paint.”

Bond’s recalled to London, and he’s quite upset still. Usually Bond kind of either forgets about the dead Bond girls rather quickly it seems (except for Tracy and Vesper, something that haunts him several films down the line). He’s not terribly torn up about Plenty O’Toole or Corrine for instance in later films (and he doesn’t really care much for the ‘bad’ ones either, like Fiona Vulpe; although Elektra kind of upset him a bit). He almost seems on the verge of a personal vendetta, but M tells him to keep in line, and treat his assignment coldly and professionally, which he didn’t exactly do in Miami by stealing Goldfinger’s girlfriend instead of simply observing him.

 

Bond’s assignment-after the customary flirting with Moneypenny-switches to now investigating Goldfinger on suspicion of Gold smuggling, (they can’t quite get him for Jill’s murder-he not only fled Miami to go to Europe but it seems Bond could’ve been arrested for that if not for “The grace of God and Your friend Leiter”.”)

Meeting with M again the bank of England, Bond gets a bit of a lecture on gold-although he gives a short lesson of his own on “rather…disappointing Brandy” prompting a scolding from M. Bond’s given some old Nazi gold to tempt Goldfinger, in an attempt to meet him socially-for a game of golf.

 

But before that, Bond heads down to Q’s lab, where we see the very first real “gadget” scene, as we watch various gadgets being tested, and the beginning of the friendly banter between 007 and his quartermaster, as well as Bond messing around with some of the gadgets. Although it’s not as crazy as some of the later lab scenes, such as those seen in the Moore (spiked umbrellas!), Dalton (Ghetto blasters!) and Brosnan films (bagpipes), we do get to see a few background gadgets such as a lightweight bulletproof vest. For Bond, he gets a set of tracking devices-and most notably, the Aston Martin DB5.

 

This is of course THE car that would inspire later Bond cars with “optional extras”-including several future Aston Martins such as the Volante, the DB10, The Vanquish/”Vanish” etc.

It of course has revolving number plates, A radar map on the dashboard, controls on the arm rest which control wheel tire slashers, smoke and oil in the back along with a bulletproof shield, and front headlight machine guns (That we’ll see again in SKYFALL). And of course, the ejector seat which Bond thinks is a joke….but Q, offended, states the immortal line: “I never joke about my work, 007!”. Although it’s only really used once again in the series-in “Die Another Day” by his successor, John Cleese; “Now pay attention, 007” is used far more often.

 

I never joke about my work, 007 - Desmond Llewellyn as Q in Goldfinger

Bond’s next port of call is a golf course, where Bond and Goldfinger meet in the flesh, with Bond offering to play against him for the gold (Bond’ real goal however is to put a tracking device in Goldfinger’s car to tail him to his factory). Here, we’re also introduced to Oddjob again, as his henchman-and Caddy.

Bond and his caddy soon realize that Goldfinger is once again cheating, by having Oddjob plant false golf balls on the field to make it look like he’s winning. Although short on non-sports action, it’s not a boring scene and there’s a lot of wit on it, and it demonstrates Goldfinger’s not only a serial cheater but Bond’s cleverness and intelligence.

Reportedly Sean liked doing this so much he took up golfing and became a major player of the sport, as he stated in his memoirs:

I never had a hankering to play golf, despite growing up in Scotland just down the road from Bruntsfield Links, which is one of the oldest golf courses in the world. It wasn’t until I was taught enough golf to look as though I could outwit the accomplished golfer Gert Frobe in Goldfinger that I got the bug. I began to take lessons on a course near Pinewood film studios and was immediately hooked on the game. Soon it would nearly take over my life.

 

Bond’s cleverness causes Goldfinger to lose the game, and he’s not amused. He says that they both know about each other from Miami; and he wants 007 to back off-by having Oddjob demonstrate his steel-rimmed hat throwing skills.

 

Which decapitates one of the club’s statues (But it’s no skin off Goldfinger’s back as he owns this club anyway).

 

…and in case that wasn’t clear, Oddjob also smashes the decoy golf ball Bond returns to him.

 

Oddjob’s pretty much creates the archetype of a “strong but silent”, and almost indestructible Bond henchman, something that would later inspire Jaws and Hinx in particular.

Next: “Do you expect me to talk?” “No mr. Bond! I expect you to die!”

 

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