James Bond is sent to investigate the smuggling operation of gold magnate Auric Goldfinger.

After first encountering him in Miami, Bond arranges a “chance” meeting at Goldfinger’s golf club, where they play a high stakes round for a gold bar during which Goldfinger and his henchman cheat.

Trailing the millionaire to Switzerland in his Aston Martin DB5, 007 finds out how his smuggling operation works; however, after hearing about Operation Grand Slam he is captured.

Sparing his life at the last minute, Bond awakes on Goldfinger’s private jet on the way to Kentucky where he owns a stud farm. Here he witnesses a meeting with a number of criminal gangs who have provided materials for to Goldfinger and overhears the details of Operation Grand Slam; to irradiate America’s gold supply at Fort Knox thereby increasing the value of his own gold and helping the Chinese.

James Bond must try and foil Operation Grand Slam as Goldfinger’s plan swings into action.

What we say

Goldfinger is perhaps the quintessential James Bond film, with the right balance of plot, girls, villain, henchman and, in the Aston Martin DB5, gadgets. It is also, notably, the only Bond film based on an Ian Fleming novel that improves on the original story.


Original release

Premiere: 17th September 1964 at the Odeon Leicester Square
UK: 18th September 1964
US: 21st December 1964

Principal crew

Guy Hamilton
Richard Maibaum & Paul Dehn
Albert R Broccoli and Harry Saltzman
John Barry
Peter Hunt
Production Designer
Ken Adam
Ted Moore


Sean Connery James Bond
Honor Blackman Pussy Galore
Gert Fröbe Auric Goldfinger
Shirley Eaton Jill Masterson
Tania Mallet Tilly Masterson
Harold Sakata Oddjob
Bernard Lee M
Martin Benson Solo
Cec Linder Felix Leiter
Austin Willis Simmons
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Bill Nagy Midnight
Michael Mellinger Kisch
Peter Cranwell Johnny
Nadja Regin Bonita
Richard Vernon Smithers
Burt Kwouk Mr. Ling
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Mai Ling Mei-Lei
Varley Thomas Swiss Gatekeeper
Margaret Nolan Dink
John McLaren Brigadier
Robert MacLeod Atomic Specialist
Victor Brooks Blacking
Alf Joint Capungo
Gerry Duggan Hawker


  • Dom Perignon ’53 at the Fountainebleau Hotel with Jill Masterson
  • Brandy (“with an overdose of Bons Bois”) while dining with M and Colonel Smithers
  • Martini, shaken, not stirred (vodka NOT specified) on Goldfinger’s jet
  • Mint Julep  (“sour mash, but not too sweet”) at Goldfinger’s stud farm


Aston Martin DB5 Coupe (1964)


  • “No Mr Bond, I expect you to die!”
  • “My name is Pussy Galore”
    “I must be dreaming”
  • “Shocking… Positively shocking!”
  • ‎”Ejector seat, you’re joking!”
    “I never joke about my work, 007.”
  • “I told the stewardess, liquor for three.”
    “Who are the other two?”
    “Oh, there are no other two.”
  • “This is no time to be rescued!”

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Poster Art

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David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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