Bond’s next journey is in Switzerland, where he continues to observe Goldfinger. Also, the location of the film’s most recognizable publicity shots. There’s some real nice scenery of the Alps in this part of the movie (“Goldfinger” I think, in addition to having a lot of the gold color of course, seems to be one of the “greener” Bonds-The golf course, Switzerland here, and later, Blofeld’s horse ranch and stables in Kentucky-all extremely green 🙂 )
On the way, Bond spots a woman speeding through the alps, and then surprisingly taking a shot at him as he watches Goldfinger (Goldfinger seems oblivious to this, but Oddjob seems mildly amused).
Bond tracks down this mysterious woman, and uses his tire slasher-our first look at the car’s gadgets in the field.
Making up a story that she probably suffered from a ‘double blowout”-Bond offers a ride and discovers plenty of holes in her story-she says she’s “Tilly Soames” despite the initials on her “Ice skates” case being T.M (and it’s the wrong time of year to go ice skating).
Leaving her at a car garage, Bond starts to infiltrate Goldfinger’s factory-and discovers how he’s smuggling the gold-illegally, through his rolls Royce’s bodywork being melted down. However, he learns about another problem-“Operation Grand Slam” which he’s working with a group of Chinese.
Unfortunately for Bond, he’s not alone-Tilly has decided to infiltrate the factory to-but she’s not exactly as skilled in the art as Bond is, tripping the alarm and sending Goldfinger’s men after him. He quickly learns that Tilly is Jill’s sister, and she wants revenge on Goldfinger-he was the intended target earlier, not Bond.
It’s here we get to see the Aston Martin in action, in the first of many gadget-utilizing car chases in the film, as Bond deploys his considerable arsenal to elude Goldfinger’s men.
Tilly kind of finds this amusing, perhaps suggesting that despite their tense conversation earlier, she might be warming to Bond a bit.
However, this is short lived as an attempt to move out is cut short by Oddjob’s hat, which breaks her neck. It does considerably less damage to her body than the much harder statue, but this is a PG film after all. Now, Bond unfortunately has the death of both sisters on his consciousness.
Bond is captured and taken back to his car-under guard, and let into the facility. But Bond’s got an ace up his sleeve-Ejector seat-and the chase resumes!
There’s a funny bit here-a pleasant looking old woman operates the checkpoint for the factory, nodding nicely to Bond as he’s taken in. But when Bond tries to escape, she’s not so nice after all.
Ultimately the factories’s narrowness-and mistaking his car’s reflection in the mirror for another vehicle-lead to Bond crashing and damaging the car (Since it shows up in later films, including the next film Thunderball, it’s presumed it was possibly recovered and repaired later).
Bond awakens strapped to a table, where Goldfinger gives a villain monologue about-as the song says, “He loves gold”. This is one of the most classic Bond/villain scenes-it’s tense as Goldfinger activates his “toy” laser (Which he’ll use later to get into Fort Knox)-and has it aim slowly toward’s Bond’s crotch-and presumably, the rest of his body, which will cut him in half (In the novel BTW it was buzzsaws, which sounds just as painful if not even more so).
We also get this great exchange:
Bond: “Do you expect me to talk?”
Goldfinger: “No Mr. Bond! I expect you to die!”
Goldfinger’s sort of interesting contrast with Dr.No and Red Grant. Both were kind of cold and sadistic, but Goldfinger-while still obviously sick and psychotic, sort of gives off the air of a spoiled child, one who is fascinated and amused by how much he can get away with. He’s a somewhat more comic figure as well than his two predecessors-somewhat overweight and often not too bright-but still manages to give off a playful menace. He’s certainly the prototype for several later “crazy businessmen” Bond villains, most notably Max Zorin (Who had a similar plan) and Elliot Carver. Although he’s not quite as completely insane as Stromberg or Drax were.
Bond then quickly brings up the “If I die/fail to be report, there will be others” card we see him use several times over the course of the series-in this case 008, which M threathens to replace Bond with both earlier in this film and lately in The Living Daylights, as in both cases M felt Bond might’ve been compromised by his feelings. He’s also one of the few fellow 00 agents who seems to actually not be killed over the course of the series.
Bond’s first bluff doesn’t scare Goldfinger, but his second bluff-talking about possibly knowing about Operation Grand Slam-and passing it on to London-alarms Goldfinger’s Chinese allies, and after a brief discussion, the laser is shut off-just in time.
But it’s nighty-nighty for Bond via tranquilizer gun from Kisch, another of Goldfiner’s henchmen.