The voluptuous figure of Margaret Nolan graces the credits.
Margaret Nolan being filmed for the titles of Goldfinger (1964)
Margaret Nolan being filmed for the titles of Goldfinger (1964). The gold paint was applied by make-up artist Artist Paul Rabiger.
Scene: Somewhere in South America, Bond's mission is to destroy a drug manufacturing plant.
Location: The watertank in Pinewood Studios back lot.
Bond fires his grappling line over the wall. The larger ship's chandlers stock grappling hooks in all sizes if you wish to have a go yourself.
Pinewood Studios back lot.
Pinewood Studios showing the location of the 'Oil Refinery'. The back lot had a small reservoir existing at that time which was at a later date built over with the 007 stage, hence the unusual angle of the 007 stage to the rest of the buildings. In the above image, the stem of the 'T' shape is the reservoir.
Bond checks the time on his Rolex Submariner.
- Goldfinger (1964) at Watches in Movies
Note that Bond wears his Rolex Submariner on the outside of his »wetsuit«. This is the correct way to wear a submersible watch. It allows the diver to read the watch without having to fiddle with his wetsuit cuff. Furthermore, the wrist of the diver is usually festooned with other equipment, such as depth gauges, compass, knife, et cetera.
Bond removes his »wetsuit« to reveal his evening dress suit underneath.
Unfortunately, because he is wearing a »wetsuit«, the suit would be soaking wet. However, if Bond had been wearing a dry-suit , he could wearing evening dress underneath it, and it would be dry. SCUBA diving dry-suits have integral boots, a tight rubber collar at the neck and tight rubber cuffs at the wrist, to seal out water. Some even have a full diving helmet which attaches to a neck seal on the suit. This is SCUBA diving de luxe and those diving in Arctic waters, the North Atlantic, or performing salvage work will wear a dry-suit with integral helmet. Dry-suits are slow to put on and take off but in Bond's case, he could slice off the suit with this dive knife and discard it into the water to conceal the tracks of his escape.
Immaculate. The suit, the cut, the lighting, the buttonhole carnation.
Bond retrieves a cigarette from his cigarette case.
Bond wears a white Dinner Jacket .
White dinner jackets and white campaign tunics were worn by officers in summer when on manoeuvrers in hot countries. The jackets would be designed to be light and as transparent to perspiration as possible, usually with no lining cloth except across the shoulders. No officer or gentleman in the British Empire would be seen dead wearing a white binner jacket north of Port Aden during winter. Bond, on a mission in South America, displays the correct choice of Dinner Jacket.
Bond checks his Rolex Submariner again.
Units in the British Army frequently wear a watch-band in their own regimental colors. Bond, in his present capacity would have been considered a member of the General Service Corps , and these colors a represented upon the watch-band. The watch-band being used is an 18mm watch-band yet the watch is equipped with 22mm lugs, leaving an unsightly gap on the sprung bar.
In the above frame, as a service to the aesthetically sensitive, the image of the frame has altered to make the watch strap into a 22mm.
As Bond sets the timer on the bomb, you can see that the strap on the Rolex is the normal length for use as a wrist strap. It is not the extended length for wearing over a wetsuit, flightsuit or skydiving overalls. You can wear the extended length strap on your bare wrist by folding the excess through the loops.
Bond enters his hotel room hôtel wearing his tropical-issue single-button white evening coat jacket
Bond removes his evening coat jacket to reveal the shoulder holster for his Walther PPK
Bond removes his evening coat jacket to reveal the shoulder holster for his Walther PPK
The retaining straps of Bond's shoulder holster are visible as Bond swings the holster
Bond hangs his shoulder holster next to the door.
Article from Concealed Carry Handguns 2009 by Dennis Adler with contributions by holster-maker Jim Lockwood www.legendsinleather.com
The article states 'in his World War II under-cover work Fleming actually carried a .25ACP Beretta Model 418 just like James Bond in the early books'. However, this is incorrect on two counts. (1) Fleming did not carry a Beretta of any kind during the war, he carried a Browning in .25ACP. (2) In the first five novels James Bond carried an un-named 'Beretta', in .25ACP. The model of Beretta was unspecified.
The article states in column 1 'when MI6 replaced Bond's Amherst-Villiers supercharged Bentley with an Aston Martin DB5 in Goldfinger, he stashed the big Colt .45 in a hidden compartment under the driver's seat.' This is factually incorrect because in the novel Goldfinger (1959) Bond drives an Aston Martin DB mkiii referred to by Fleming as an DBIII . In Goldfinger (1964) Bond is issued with an Aston Martin DB5, which we presume replaces his Bentley, which we glimpse in From Russia with Love (1963).
The article states page 34 column 3 / page 35 column 1:
The Goldfinger [(1964)] shoulder holster was constructed from two layers of dark blue suede with the single ply pouch made of from a natural color piece of the same material. Lockwood's research of the movies, using frame-by-frame and stop action, revealed that Bond's holster did not have any obvious shoulder strap adjustment and was sewn to the holster. The narrow across the back strap is single ply blue suede. "It was likely tailored to fit Sean Connery and made for the movie." says Lockwood. "The holster is also much bigger than is necessary and looks like it will accommodate a Browning Hi-Power or a Walther P-38. The fact that it would, and does accommodate a Walther P-38 is more than a little convenient, as in the nightime chase scene in Goldfinger Bond emerges from the Aston Martin not with a PPK but a Walther P-38. "The holster's belt attachment is also a mystery." says Lockwood "It is made of natural suede like the pouch, and is seldom if ever is used, as Bond practically never wore a belt. Tux trousers don't have one."
Bond spots an assassin in the reflection of the eye of the nightclub singer.
Scene: Bond meets up with Felix Leiter in Miami
Location: Fontainebleau Hilton Resort , 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami , USA and Pinewood Studios.
Save for the opening seconds the scenes with the actors and the poolside are nearly all shot at Pinewood under back-projection. Morris Lapidus, architect of the Fontainebleau Hilton Hotel said perceptively
»If you create a stage and it is grand, everyone who enters will play their part«
He could not have known how right he would be.
Phoptography by Slim Aarons , 1972
Fontainebleau Hilton Resort, North Beach Miami USA. The building is the curved building, the apex of which faces out to sea in a southerly direction.
The poolside of the hotel as it was in 1955, photography by Slim Aarons
The real poolside, and this spectacularly well-endowed young lady in a purple Bikini graces the screen as Felix Leiter looks for Mr Bond.
Back-projection: The same young lady in a purple Bikini goes for a walk.
This time the same back-projection as with the entry of Felix Leiter.
Right of frame is extra Carmen Dene
Margaret Nolan on the set of the Miami Beach Hotel, at Pinewood Studios
Scene: Bond and Jill Masterton spend the night together
Location: Set of Pinewood Studios
Sean Connery in his toweling beach suit. Don't laugh, I had one too.
In the above photographs, Sean Connery, Shirley Eaton and Ian Fleming on the Set of Goldfinger (1964) at Pinewood Studios.
Sean Connery, Shirley Eaton, Ian Fleming on the set at Pinewood Studios
Scene: The murder of Jill Masterson
Location: Set of Pinewood Studios
In the above photographs, Shirley Eaton and Sean Connery on the set of Goldfinger (1964).
Shirley Eaton was understandably upset when she discovered that Margaret Nolan had been used to film the titles. It appears that Robert Brownjohn may have used Margaret Nolan because her daily rate would have been less expensive than Shirley Eaton's. Robert Brownjohn probably intended that these takes were experimental, to help him develop the sequence. These shots may have unintentionally become the final takes, but are nevertheless superb in their own right.
Shirley Eaton on the cover of Life Magazine 1964.
Scene: At 00:20:04 James Bond and M meet with Colonel Smithers at the Bank of England :
00:17:54 The Palace of Westminster, London, England.
M's office in the studio
From the script of Goldfinger (1964)
SMITHERS: He's legally entitled to operate modest metallurgical installations.
His British one is down in Kent.
We've failed to discover
BOND: I think it's time Mr Goldfinger and I met.
Socially, of course.
SMITHERS: I was hoping you'd say that. It might lead to a business talk... Mr Goldfinger's kind of business.
BOND: I'll need some sort of bait. - I quite agree.
SMITHERS: This is the only one we have from the Nazi hoard in Lake Toplitz.
But there are undoubtedly others.
Mr Bond can make
BOND: Of course, sir.
Scene: Colonel Smithers produces a gold bar which he states was recovered from the Nazi hoard in »Lake Toplitz«.
Location: Pinewood Studios
00:20:04: Bond, M, and Colonel Smithers dine at the Bank of England.
On the boardroom table at the Bank of England, Colonel Smithers displays the Bank's bar of Nazi Gold. There is a continuity error in the movie after the bar has been laid upon the table. The editor cuts in a long shot of the three diners but the gold bar is not visible.
The actual hoards of Reichbank Gold were were at Einsedl east of Garmisch-Partenkirchen and in the mines at Merkurs. Lake Toplitz contained the huge hoard of forged Sterling bank notes created in the Nazi forgery program Unternehmen Bernhard.
Scene: The Aston Martin DB5, license plate BMT 216 A, makes an entrance at Q-Branch
Location: Pinewood Studios
In 1964 license plates in England consisted of a single letter, which incremented, then a two-letter code which indicated the place of issue of the plate, in this cast MT, which is North East London, then three numerals which increment, then a single letter which indicates the year, 'A' indicating post AUG-1963.
A post AUG-1963
B post AUG-1964
C post AUG-1965
D post AUG-1966
E post AUG-1967
F post AUG-1968
G post AUG-1969
H post AUG-1970
K post AUG-1971
The factory of Aston Martin was north east of London at Newport Pagnell , which would explain the MT on the license plate.
The French license plates on the Aston Martin DB5 4711 EA 62. '62' is the number of the region of Pas-de-Calais
Aston Martin DB5 showing Swiss license plates LU 6789. 'LU' is Luzern
Aston Martin DB5 showing English license plates BMT 216 A
For more detailed information on the Aston Martin DB5 used in Goldfinger (1964) see The Most Famous Car in the World: The Complete History of the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 by David Worrall ISBN: 0-9517509-1-7 published by Solo. This is a remarkable reference work by any standard of research.
In Oktober of 2010 Aston Martin DB5 BMT 216 A real registration FMP 7B, sold for USD4.6m
Aston Martin DB5 license plate JB007
After the release of Goldfinger a friend of mine with the same initials purchased for himself the license plate JB 213
The finger of Q illustrates the control console of the Aston Martin DB5 for Bond.
Cockpit interior of the Aston Martin DB5 showing the radar screen, Q's hand and wrist-watch, and the carburettor controls - fast - rich - lean
The center console of the Aston Martin DB5 showing the controls
The caltrop dispenser on the DB5. The button which actuates the dispenser is marked as 'nails'
Scene: Bond plays golf with Mr Goldfinger
Location: Stoke Park Golf Club , Stoke Poges , England, a few minutes west of Pinewood Studios . Layer Cake (2005) has a number of extensive scenes filmed here.
Sean Connery learned to play golf for this scene and enjoyed himself so much that he became a keen golfer. His locker number at St Andrews Golf Course is 007.
Stoke Park Golf Club
00:26:40: In a unique and highly innovative scene the Reichsbank gold bar from Lake Toplitz makes its dramatic entrance. Whoever devised this scene should have been knighted.
Notice that the close-up of the gold bar was filmed at a different time in a different position: Look at the shadow of bar.
The position of the gold bar relative to the hole. This shot was taken at the same time as Auric Goldfinger's putting. The close-up of the bar was filmed at a different time of day.
A real bar of of Reichsbank gold recovered from the Salzkammergut by Gerhard Zauner ©. After much discussion, this photograph has been altered in a minor detail to ensure that if it is used to manufacture forgeries, they can be verified as such.
GOLDFINGER: Oh you must excuse Oddjob, Mr Bond. He's an admirable manservant but mute. He's not a very good caddy. Golf is not yet the national game of Korea.
GOLDFINGER: This meeting is not a coincidence, eh ?.
What's your game, Mr Bond?
BOND: My game?
GOLDFINGER: You didn't come here to play golf.
BOND: [ Drops bar of gold onto the green ]
GOLDFINGER: A 1940 smelt from the [Weigunner] foundry at Essen.
BOND: Part of a smelt of six hundred.
GOLDFINGER: They vanished in 1944
BOND: When the Nazis were on the run.
GOLDFINGER: And you have access to more?
BOND: Yes, from the same source.
GOLDFINGER: Interesting. Two holes to go
BOND: .Yes, and all square.
GOLDFINGER: Then you have no objection to increasing the stakes?
BOND: No. What do you have in mind?
GOLDFINGER: The bar of gold you have with you, naturally.
BOND: It's worth five thousand pounds.
GOLDFINGER: Oh, I'll stake the cash equivalent!
GOLDFINGER: Strict rules of golf?
BOND: But of course.
Stoke Park Golf Club: The location of the scene with the gold bar.
In the above satellite image one may see that some new sand bunkers have been added between the green and the elevated garden wall of the house. The 'A' marks the position of the cedar tree.
Sean Connery tutors Tania Mallet in the game of golf
One of the Mole-Richardson set lights
Scene: The Lost Ball
Location: South-west of the house.
The green used for the scene with the lost ball.
Bond watches Auric Goldfinger tee off
Bond and Hawker engage in subterfuge.
Scene: Oddjob decapitates a statue with his hat.
Location: Stoke Park and Pinewood Studios
This scene was shot under the frontage of Stoke Park house. The actual flight of Oddjob's hat and the impact of the Cove hat upon the statue were filmed at separate locations in the gardens of Heatherden Hall at Pinewood Studios. The flight of the Cove hat was filmed at the eastern entrance to the Shrubbery avenue at the southern edge of the croquet lawn which is situated in the north-west corner of the gardens of Heatherden Hall. The wire track down which the hat flew was rigged across the entrance to the avenue and flew from south to north. The statue was positioned against the garden gate on the east side of the main elevation of Heatherden Hall. The close-up shot of the head of the statue and the hat was filmed at another position on the lawn.
Stoke Park was whitewashed whereas in 1964 Heatherden Hall had its rendering in its natural state, unpainted. This difference was visible in the film footage but the pace of the action and the skill of the editor keep the mind's eye focused on the statue and the hat. You can see the exactly location in the garden in the background of a frame in From Russia with Love (1963) where Colonel Klebb arrives by helicopter to inspect Red Grant at SPECTRE Island. In 1965, Heatherden Hall was whitewashed.
The fact that the statue and the flight of the Cove hat were filmed at Pinewood and the last shot of Bond was in back-projection suggests that the crew were unable to complete all their filming at Stoke Park or that changes were made to the script or the shooting schedule.
Goldfinger signals to Oddjob for a demonstration.
The statue is visible in the frame behind the Aston Martin. The statue actually struck by Oddjob's hat has its right arm raised. This one has its right arm lowered.
Oddjob prepares to throw the hat.
The flight of Oddjob's hat filmed in the shrubbery avenue on the south side of the croquet lawn in the gardens of Heatherden Hall.
The gardens of Heatherden Hall and the location used to film the flight of Oddjob's hat between the shrubbery on the southern border of the croquet lawn.
Note that the front of the Stoke Park is white and that the garden wall behind the statue is dark in color.
Gardens of Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios.
The shot of the statue which the editor has cut in was taken in the gardens of Heatherden Hall at Pinewood Studios, not at Stoke Park. You can see the location in From Russia with Love (1963), which was shot the previous year when the helicopter arrives at SPECTRE Island. In the left hand frame, Colonel Klebb arrives at SPECTRE Island to inspect Red Grant. On the right hand side is the long shot from Goldfinger (1964) of the statue which Oddjob will decapitate with his Cove hat.
Comparison of the close-up (left) and the long shot (right). You can see that they were taken at separate locations. In the long shot, there are tufts of grass at the base of the plinth.
The Persuaders! (1971) episode 21 A Death in the Family. The garden gate is visible from the terrace of Heatherden Hall. Although Heatherden Hall has received a coat of whitewash in 1965, the garden wall has not. It is whitewashed today, however.
Gert Frobe and Harold Sakata at Stoke Park
Sean Connery and the Aston Martin DB5 at Stoke Park
Tania Mallet in the driving seat of her 1965 Mustang at Stoke Poges golf club, during publicity shots for Goldfinger (1964)
Map of Black Park, Stoke Park, Pinewood Studios, England. Pinewood Studios is marked in Imperial Purple. Map dated 1988.
View Stoke Park Buckinghamshire in a larger map
Scene: Bond waits to board the Air Ferry.
Location: Southend Airport , Southend-on-Sea
At Google Maps
Silver City Airways Bristol Freighter Southend-on-Sea 1956.
1960 Tony Hancock and his Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Roadster which has been delivered by Silver City airplane City of Edinburgh at Southend-on-Sea Automobile license plate YYU 656 , chassis number 198042-10-002535
France in the 1960s: Cross-Channel Air Ferry routes. I have marked airfields in green circles and the air routes with red lines.
+ AIR ROUTES ACROSS THE ENGLISH CHANNEL - EARLY 1960s
- Note that on the above map, three airfields offering air ferry services in England are marked: Southend-on-Sea, Manston, and Lydd-Ferryfield . From Southend-on-Sea you can fly to Rotterdam, Ostend or Calais. From Manston you can fly to Ostende. From Lydd-Ferryfield you can fly to Calais or Le Touquet. Nor are routes Southend-on-Sea to Le Touquet (Goldfinger (1959)) and Southend-on-Sea to Geneva (Goldfinger (1964))
- Life Magazine's photo-essay of 1956-MAY on Scuderia Ferrari's use of the air ferry service to transport their racing cars around Europe
- http://www.youtube.com/ - BBC Look at Life for 1963 featuring Air Ferries
This is one of the first locations I came to hunt. Hunting movie locations before videotape required a good memory and a sketchbook. With the advent of videotape, you could consider the frames at length. Seeing the frames on DVD now makes you realize how bad videotape was and how much harder it made the process of identifying scenes. On DVD you can see the pattern on Goldfinger's tweed suit, which I always imagined was a single color.
Shooting on location in Switzerland started in June 1964 and ran for three weeks.
To the Grand Tourer, the juxtapositions of Fleming's novel Goldfinger (1959) with EON's motion picture Goldfinger (1964) would allow a grand enchainement: Goldfinger (1959) begins in Le Touquet in France and ends in Geneva. Goldfinger (1964) begins in Geneva and ends at Stans, Luzern.
Scene: First frame in Switzerland. Goldfinger's Rolls-Royce Phantom III Sedanca de Ville by Barker ascends a mountain road 00:34:27
Location: The windings of the Furkapass
In the above photograph, the Hotel Belvedere on the Furkapass . This is the first location I ever searched for.
In the above map, the western ascent of the Furkapass under the Rhône Glacier. The long Crux of the pass, over which most of the Action takes place is, East, to the Right, in the direction of Realp and Andermatt .
Scene: Bond's Aston Martin drives through a mountain village 00:34:36
Location: Village of Realp , a few kilometers after the Furkapass.
In the above photograph, the same approach to Realp around the year 1900. The windings of the Furkapass, where Tilly Masterson takes a shot at Auric Goldfinger are visible in the background.
In the above photograph, Realp from the windings of the Furkapass , viewing the direction the Aston Martin DB5 is traveling.
In the above Map, the village of Realp , just after the the Eastern descent of the Furkapass. Andermatt is a few minutes away to the East, on the Right.
Scene: Bond's tracker screen shows Geneva for some reason 00:34:43. Probably to establish the location as Switzerland.
Scene: Goldfinger's Rolls-Royce ascends an asphalt road 00:34:48
Location: Hotel Galenstock
In the above photograph, the Hotel Galenstock .
In the above map, the Hotel Galenstock Hairpin, above the eastern ascent of the Furkapass, which is just to the west of the village of Realp . Goldfinger is would be heading back to Geneva if driving in the direction shown.
Scene: 00:35:47 The tracking screen in the Aston Martin shows Goldfinger at Andermatt , just ahead, ready to turn left (North) for Luzern and Auric Industries factory, played by the Pilatus factory in that very location. This section and locationing of the film Goldfinger (1964) is so much better than the novel Goldfinger (1959) , in my opinion.
Scene: Goldfinger's Rolls-Royce stops in the windings next to the river bed 00:35:51
Location: Descent of the Furkapass, before Realp .
The pipeline in the background is just visible on the 1:25,000 Topographic map, which is how I found the location in the days of videotape..
Harold Sakata on the Furkapass
Scene: Bond views the Rolls-Royce from a vantage point while Tilly tries to shoot Goldfinger 00:36:00
Approx Co-Ordinates: 46°35'21.43"N 8°29'19.90"E
The muzzle report from the rifle sounds like .300-378 Weatherby but in fact the rifle is an AR7 in .22LR . The AR7 Explorer folds up into its own buttstock, which means it is used by the property department as an easy substitute for a folding rifle.
In 2008 Octane Magazine invited Tania Mallet to recreate her famous Scenes on the Furkapass and provided an Aston Martin DB5 and a 1964 Ford Mustang for the occasion. Unfortunately they never contacted me beforehand because I could have arranged an AR-7 Explorer to be provided for the shoot, instead of the Schmidt-Rubin straight pull Rifle used here.
Tania Mallet on the Furkapass
Bond's Aston runs east after the Blauberg
Bond's Aston and Tilly's Ford Mustang run side by side just before the main hardstand area.
The old hotel at Blauberg was still there in 1964 and still on the map in the late 1980s. Both buildings are gone now.
Ford Mustang license plate MLO 973 B. M is a serial letter, LO is north west London. B is post AUG-1964
In the above Map, the section of road between Realp and Andermatt where the Furkapass Railway runs parallel with the Roadway. The section of Railway just preceding this parallel section and visible in the background of the Frame is now covered with a Canopy. Note in the satellite photograph the wear and tear on the grass verge where the number of Ford Mustangs being run off the road has worn the grass away. In the above photograph you can see that a barrier has been added to stop the Ford Mustangs from running into the ditch.
BMT 216 A
Scene: 00:38:26 Bond helps Tilly Masterson move her luggage from her wrecked Ford Mustang to his Aston Martin
Tilly Masterson's rifle case on the rear shelf of Bond's Aston Martin. The case is made of wood and was probably constructed by Pinewood props department. For years I thought the case was made of leather but it was not until the advent of DVD that it was possible to see enough detail to determine that it was made of wood. A more extensive treatment of Tilly Masterson's rifle case may be found here.
Sean Connery on the Furkapass June 1964
Scene: Bond drops Tilly Masterson at a gas station 00:39:14
Location: At the Hotel Aurora Tankstelle, in front of the Gemsstockbahn in Andermatt , east of the Furkapass.
Approx Co-Ordinates: 46°37'55.52"N 8°35'33.25"E
In the above photograph, the Gemsstockbahn, looking back toward the Furkapass.
It does not get better than this. Tania Mallet with an Aston Martin DB5 at the gas station under the Gemsstockbahn for Octane Magazine , 2008. Both of these beauties still look as fabulous as they day the original scene was shot. God Bless Octane Magazine and all who sail in her.
The the position of the gas station in Andermatt , under the Gemsstockbahn, when viewed from a cable-car descending into the Talstation in Andermatt. Realp and the Furkapass are to the left of frame, west.
Andermatt circa 1900. The camera is pointing back toward the Furkapass.
Scene: Bond looks at the tracker screen in the Aston Martin 00:39:32
This time it shows the locations of the Auric Industries factory, which is the Pilatus factory, in the correct location on the map. Normally the editor is not your friend, but every once in a while he throws in something real, just to confuse you. This was the second location I ever went to hunt. But in the days of videotape, the resolution was not quite good enough to read Hergiswil on the top lefthand corner of the map. All of the towns ending in -wil are around here so it was only a matter of elimination.
In this frame the display has been replaced with a modern map (1987) displaying Goldfinger's destination at Stans, CH. You can see that Goldfinger's Rolls-Royce is displayed on the track leading under the mountainside to the Pilatus factory, rather than on the road which the Aston Martin pulls up upon. Note that an Autobahn now runs through the valley.
The reason that Goldfinger's Rolls Royce is shown approaching along this road is because he would have approached Stans from the north-west, from Luzern. This is because the area south of Stans was a bowl surrounded by a massif which could only be approached from Luzern. The mountains formed a southern arc and the lakes, a northern arc. In the west the mountains stretched all the way to the edge of the Stätter See creating an impassible barrier. Stans was in a bowl which could only be approached via Luzern across the small bridge at Stansstad. It was not until a long tunnel was drilled under the Seelisberg opposite Brunnen on the Statter See during the early 1980s that you could drive west from Stans and out to Altdorf at the foot of the Urner See. This is why Goldfinger's route takes him from the Furkapass passed Altdorf, swinging around the northern shores of the lakes until he reaches Luzern, and then south over the bridge at Stansstad, thence Stans and the pilatus factory.
As Bond looks at the screen, you can see that the folding sun visor on the headlining has been removed from its mounting. It is possible that this was due to damage. It is also possible that it was removed in order to give Sean Connery more headroom. He described the DB5 »small, like a ladies car« due to his height making the interior cramped for an individual of his stature.
In the above LDS 100,000 #101 map of 1987 showing the region from the Furkapass in the west to Andermatt in the east. The positions of the major locations are marked. Swiss topographic maps are the finest in the world.
Schematic of the Furkapass and approaches. In winter when the pass is closed, the crossing of the pass is undertaken via the railway tunnel.
Map of the Furkapass from Grosser Alpen Strassen Führer
© Grosser Alpen Führer by Eduard Denzel .
Map of the Furkapass and adjoining passes from Denzel-Verlag's Grosser Alpen Strassen Führer.
In the above diagram, the two LDS 1:50,000 topographic maps required to cover the route from the Furkapass to Andermatt. The LDS topographic map reproduced further up the page is the 1:100,000 series, #101 which is more than adequate for driving in Switzerland. The 1:50,000 and 1:25,000 are only required for hiking or mountaineering.
Scene: Bond's Aston Martin DB5 arrives at the lair of Auric Goldfinger, the 'Auric Enterprises AG' factory 00:38:41
Location: Pilatus Aircraft factory , at Airport Buochs (ICAO Code: LSMU), outside the town of Stans , Canton Nidwalden, Switzerland.
Approx Co-Ordinates: 46° 58' 27.4" N 08° 23' 00"E At Google Maps
Map: Landeskarte der Schweiz, 1:100,000 Number 101 THUNER SEE ZENTRALSCHWEIZ'
Directions: Autobahn A2 from Gottard (coming from the East) or Luzern (coming from the West) taking the Stans-Sud exit. Travel north from the exit. The Pilatus factory can be seen immediately at the foot of the mountain and is now colored red.
- The house of Sergei Rachmaninoff, the Villa Senar is directly north, on the other side of the lake. Rachmaninov used to compose not at the piano but in a chair looking out of the window. After he had finished composing he would go to the music shop, order the exact number of pages he needed for the score and proceed to write down what he had composed entirely in his head.
The Aston Martin DB5 arrives at the Pilatus Factory.
From Stans looking back toward Luzern. This photograph was taken from a position between Stans and the Pilatus factory and shows the view back toward Luzern, which is around the corner of the mountainside to the right of frame. The large hill rising above the Aston Martin in the frame is to the far left of frame in this photograph. The track which follows the foot of the mountainside and upon which Auric Goldfinger's Rolls-Royce is shown as driving on Bond's tracker dot runs the full length of the foot of the mountain to the right, to the Pilatus Factory, which is out of frame to the right.
In the above frame from the film, the forest track can be seen as a line in the trees rising slowly to the right of frame, as the same angle as the roof of 'Auric Industries'. The DB5 is stopped just at the entrance to the small service road which runs to the hanger compound entrance of the Pilatus Factory.
In the above photograph, the Pilatus Factory is viewed from the same position as the Aston Martin. The original hangar roof can be seen as a blue wedge appearing behind the two white ventilation shafts on top of the mustard colored factory building. The gray line in the forest is the concrete perimeter wall, which juts up the mountainside in an odd triangular shape.
Once immediately before the factory gates turn to your left and park. Caution should be used on the section of road outside the factory because there is an intersection with the actual aircraft taxiway, controlled by traffic lights. News from 2010 is that another factory building has been constructed in front of the present Pilatus site which obscures the original location.
Bond in his Aston Martin DB5 as the frame would look today (2002).
In the above photograph, the Pilatus Factory taken from the right of Bond's viewpoint from the mountainside and looking to the point on the road where the Aston Martin first halts. The road disappears back toward the Autobahn at center frame top. The DB5 halts at the intersection of the farm track with the perimeter road, visible center left of frame. The line of trees shows the original pre-Goldfinger line of the farm track back to Stans. The perimeter road was added during the runway extension. You can see the trees in the shot of Bond within the DB5 as he looks over at the Auric Industries factory building.
Bond halts the Aston Martin in front of Auric Industries. The line of trees extending behind him used to mark the farm track from the farm next to the Pilatus Factory back to Stans until the pre-Goldfinger construction of the airfield perimeter road upon which Bond is driving.
The Pilatus factory from the road.
The Pilatus factory from the forest road
Pilatus Factory from Stans. The snow-capped mountain visible left of frame overlooks Luzern. The Pilatus Factory is the red colored building mid right center frame at the foot of the mountain. It is rare that a real location has all of its aspects dramatically arranged as if it was made for the motion picture itself. The actual mountainside is longer and more dramatic than the image suggests because of the curvature in a panoramic photograph. The edge of the asphalt in front of you is actually a straight line. The top of the bluff is continuously level.
Scene: Bond is shown observing the site of 'Auric Industries' from the mountainside (00:39:01).
Location: To the North-East of the Pilatus Factory at the edge of the pasture on the mountainside behind the factory. Visible from the road.
In this scene you can see the Hanger of the Pilatus factory as Bond looks down the mountain and the wall of the compound at the rear of the factory which borders the woods and pasture. The wall extends for a short distance up the mountainside and can be seen clearly in scene 00:39:11, just as Bond lowers his binoculars. The wall is unchanged as is this elevation of the hangar.
The distinctive hangar and behind it the serrated roof of the factory are visible in this shot. Since filming, buildings have been added both to the side of the hangar and the rear of the factory, which obscure the hanger from the road to a degree.
The line of cover used by Bond
The frame of Bond's tracker scene displaying Goldfinger's Rolls-Royce's location actually displays the correct place on the map: The Pilatus factory. Rolls-Royce motor car went on to appear in a number of movies.
No doubt many of you will have seen documentary shots of Harold Sakata taking 8mm Ciné footage at the Swiss location. I wonder what happened to those 8mm Ciné movies and I wonder what is on them ?
To reach this location, park to the left of the factory and follow the track to the left of the factory compound back towards the mountain. When you reach the back of the compound there is a small track used by the security guards on their nightly rounds. Follow this around the back of the factory and follow the wall. As you reach the end of the wall, you are at the corner you can see in this scene, and looking across the pasture you can see the tree-line where Bond is concealed. Above you runs a forestry road. This forestry road starts to ascend the mountain much further to your left (West) beyond the end of the Swiss Army pistol ranges which spread out left (West) along the foot of the mountain in line with the Pilatus factory. The forestry road can also be used to reach Bond's hiding place. If you can see the Swiss Army are using the ranges, I would avoid using the forestry track as it runs behind the ranges, at a higher elevation. By remarkable co-incidence the Pilatus factory has extensive electronic perimeter security which uses flashing lights on a board just like the 'Auric Industries' factory in the film. In the post 9-11 world with its heightened awareness of security, it is best to be as discrete as you can be when visiting locations such as these, without being furtive.
At 00:39:18 Bond waits for night to fall from the same position.
Both of these photographs were taken from the treeline, showing that Bond's position was somewhere on the treeline between them.
LDS Topographic map #101 1:100,000 c1987 showing the location of the Pilatus Factory within the region surrounding Stans and Luzern.
Route Goldfinger across Switzerland in the 1960s.
The readout in the Aston Martin's moving map appears three times and the location shown is marked. In the early Sixties, the autoroute Geneva-Lausanne was built but ended shortly after that. You can still drive the old two lane blacktop along the lake and along Valais to the Furkapass. After Andermatt the Goldfinger's Rolls Royce and Bond's Aston Martin turn north to Altdorf and then around the northern circumference along the lakes to Luzern.
Route Goldfinger across Switzerland in the 1960s
Note that the Autoroute only extended Geneva-Lausanne-Montreux and not all the way along Valais to Sierre. I think I prefer Switzerland in its pre-Autoroute days.
+ SEE ALSO
- Burgenstock , with its mountain elevator the Hammestschwand Elevator which the model used in the movie Grand Budapest Hotel . Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti lived at Burgenstock. Audrey Hepburn was married to Mel Ferrer in the Burgenstock Chapel.
+ Nearest other film locations:
- Bern: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
- Interlaken: On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969)
- Zürich: The Eiger Sanction (1975)
- Leslie Charteris sets Luzern as the backdrop for The Saint in Europe (1954)
Scene: Bond moves off the mountainside as darkness falls 00:39:26
Location: Doors to 'G' stage at Pinewood Studios
At 00:39:26 as Bond moves off the mountainside in Switzerland, all the following scenes are back at Pinewood Studios in England. As Bond jumps over the 'factory wall' at 'Auric Industries' he is in fact inside the Pinewood compound.
Buildings and structures have been added or changed since filming but the distinctive peak of the trapezoidal section hanger remains visible, just above the line of the factory.
In the above frame, Bond runs down the grassy berm opposite 'G' Stage west doors inside the Pinewood compound. The burning Mercedes-Benz will also run down this same grassy berm.
Pinewood Studios in the Fifties showing the position of the berm used for the entrance of Bond
In the above frame from The Persuaders ! (1971) you can see the location in daylight. The conduit bridge is just visible in the background of the frame from Goldfinger (1964).
In the above aerial photograph, Pinewood Studios in the Fifties, looking North.
The number two gate is situated far right of frame at the midpostion. The woods to the left of frame are Black Park. Underneath the camera but out of frame is a gravel extraction operation, which is still there. The rear gate of Pinewood into Black Park is somewhere just out of shot in the far bottom left of frame on the perimeter. Peace Road Crossroads is just out of frame to the left. The set of Auric Goldfinger's Ranch in Kentucky was constructed in the center of the open ground you see behind the studios facing the lower right of the frame, as was Gold Vault Road and Fort Knox.
In the above aerial photograph, Pinewood Studios in the mid seventies, looking North.You can see a set being constructed on the back lot.
In the above aerial photograph, Pinewood Studios in 2006 taken from the opposite end to the two photographs above. Black Park can be seen to the right of frame. The now destroyed Number Two Gate would have been to the right of the Pinewood House hidden among the trees. Peace Road Crossroads in Black Park is just out of frame to the right. In a brief moment between conflagrations, the 007 Stage can been seen as the largest white building, middle right of frame. The 007 Stage was built over an existing water tank, which was used to film the opening pre-credit sequence in Goldfinger (1964).
These scenes within the Pinewood compound are documented in detail in David Warrel's excellent book:
The Most Famous Car in the World - The Complete History of the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 by David Worral, published by Solo Publishing, ISBN 0-9517509-1-7 starting on page 69.
Dave Worral is one of the contributors to the excellent Cinema Retro magazine.
The same locations within Pinewood Studios can be viewed a few years after they were used for filming Goldfinger (1964) in the second episode of The Persuaders! (1971) entitled The Gold Napoleon.
Scene: Bond at large in the environs of Auric Industries
Location: Between 'E' Stage (north) and the Props and Drapes Stores (south) on what is now called "Goldfinger Avenue" (running east-west) within Pinewood Studios. Bond climbs a ladder on 'E' Stage.
Sean Connery runs east down the south side of 'E' Stage to the corner with the ladders.
Sean Connery peers around the south east corner of 'E' Stage
Bond climbs to avoid detection by guards.
Bond climbs on the roof of 'E' Stage and overhears Auric Goldfinger in conversation.
Pinewood Studios 1970s Aerial photograph - locations of Bond's night mission
Auric Goldfinger discusses Operation Grand Slam with the Chinese. You can see the angled corner of the building in the 1950s plan of Pinewood Studios layout. 'A' marks the angled corner furthest from the camera.
Pinewood Studios in the 1950s
Bond exits the Auric Industries compound back up the berm.
Scene: Tilly Masterson takes up a position on the perimeter of Auric Industries with her AR-7 Explorer rifle .
Location: Black Park , behind Pinewood Studios
The lighting crew have rigged one or two of the large Mole-Richardson lights to give the impression of Auric Industries factory compound lights. The low undergrowth visible under the trees is a plant called bracken. It grows only from May to September.
Scene: Bond's Aston Martin DB5 is being chased through woods by Auric Goldfinger's henchmen in their Mercedes-Benz
Location: Peace Road Crossroads, Black Park , Black Park Road, Wexham, near Slough Buckinghamshire, England (behind Pinewood Studios).
Approx Co-Ordinates: 51 32 34.48 N 0 32 30.23 W
Map: Ordnance Survey Landranger 176 »West London Area« 1:50,000
Directions: For Black Park, take the A40 out of London until you come to junction one of the M40. Take the A412 until Pinewood Studios, followed by Black Park, which appears on your right. Following the boundary of Black Park by turning right off the A412 and you will find the parking area after a couple of minutes (51 32 20.82 N 0 33 07.70 W). If you are in London on foot, which is the easiest way to traverse the city, then both Pinewood Studios and Black Park can be reached on foot from the last stop on the line of the subway if you are in reasonable condition. Not recommended but if you really must visit Pinewood and Black Park then it can be done without the use of a vehicle.
In the above map, the location of Peace Road Crossroads. The arrow indicates what seems to be the direction of travel of the vehicles in most of the shots.
In the event of discrepancies between the above maps and the text, follow the text, which I wrote at the time.
The Footage of the Aston Martin was shot on the approaches to Peace Road Crossroads. A satisfactory match is almost impossible but it is likely that shallower of the two corner angles was used in the chase, with the possibility of others. Scene matching in forests is possible after forty years but Black Park is a managed forest and trees are felled and cleared more regularly than in natural forest. Here only the width of the track and the slight rise in the ground give a match with the location.
In the above frame, you can see both cars approaching what appears to be a crossroads, just in front of the camera position. The Aston Martin is probably approaching from the north-western leg of the crossroads.
Peace Road looking north, with the frame from Goldfinger (1964) superimposed
Mercedes-Benz license plate NE 9641
All the scenes of the Aston Martin DB5 being chased through the forest by the Mercedes-Benz take place in Black Park. The most distinctive location is the cross roads on »Peace Road« not far from the Pinewood gate which is Pinewood's back gate onto Black Park (51 32 37.15 N 0 32 15.44 N). The best way to find the cross roads is to walk to the Pinewood gate, then turn back on yourself back into Black Park. You come to a crossroads which is Peace Road. Turn left and continue back down Peace Road toward the lake. The next crossroads you come to was the crossroads used in Goldfinger. If you turn left here you will come to a fork in the track which seems also to have been used in Goldfinger (51 32 25.32 N 0 32 23.63 W).
The Aston Martin is probably approaching the Crossroads from the North Western leg of the Crossroads and turning down the Southern Leg toward the Lake.
In the above Panorama, Peace Road Crossroads. Pinewood Studios are behind the camera, the Lake is away down the track to the left of frame which is not visible. In the movie footage you can see the vehicles appear to swerve left or right, when opposite camera. It seems likely that the vehicles approached down the track visible in the lefthand side of the photograph in some of the shots, then turned hard to their right.. Other shots would be other combinations of tracks.
The north-western leg is to the right of frame.
It is likely that the crossroads was used for all the shots, and the vehicles were turned alternately left and right until the director had enough material. While there are many wooded tracks in Black Park, the location must have enough space around it to permit both lights and camera to step back from the action. Only Peace Road Crossroads and the open area after the lake meet these requirements.
In the above Panorama, the fork junction to the South-East of Peace Road Crossroads which may also have been used in filming.
Again, the Junction is visible at the edge of frame. The Mercedes-Benz appears to be coming down the north-western leg of the crossroads.
In the above frame, Tilly Masterson's coiffured locks swing deliciously about her face, even though she has been wearing a black sniper's hood, and rushing through the forest while being shot at by Goldfinger's henchmen.
Black Park must have appeared in more films than any other location on the planet. Black Park and particularly the crossroads at Peace Road are in almost constant use for filming. There was filming or set building proceeding during every one of my visits to Black Park and on the last occasion, Terry Mountain , who played one of Draco's heavies in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) was just leaving one of the sets. This was a fortuitous meeting as he was a stuntman on this film when not playing a heavy and was able to help with more location hunting.
Scene: Mercedes-Benz falls over the edge of a precipice 00:43:42
Location: Harefield Quarry, Moorhall Road, Harefield, Middlesex, North West London. Between South Harefield and Denham Green.
Scene: The Mercedes-Benz crashes into the factory and explodes
Location: 'G' Stage, Pinewood Studios, west doors.
In the above frame, the burning Mercedes-Benz completes its descent of the berm near the rear Perimeter of Pinewood Studios. There are another pair of sound stages out of frame to the left and then the perimeter of Black Park. This same location can be viewed a a few years after it was used for filming Goldfinger in the second episode of The Persuaders! (1971) entitled The Gold Napoleon.
The Persuaders! (1971) episode 02 The Gold Napoleon. Daylight: Tony Curtis stands next to the same rainwater drainpipe you can see in the frame from Goldfinger (1964). You can see the edge of the grassy berm at the bottom left of frame.
Pinewood Studios in the 1950s showing the berm used to roll the burning Mercedes-Benz down.
Black Park. Note the spectacular 'darkness' achieved using the big Mole-Richardson »Brute« .lights. These are the last word in lighting and more powerful than anti-aircraft arclights .
In the above frame, Black Park.
Tilly Masterson attempts to make an escape through the Woods.
Tilly Masterson just as Oddjob's Bowler Hat strikes her head. Moments before, during her run through the woods, a disfiguring disease seems to have deformed her face until she now looks like Max Schmelling. Presumably this was a stuntman and not Tania Mallet.
In the above frame, Oddjob looks through the Woods at the body of Tilly Masterson
Oddjob's hat was actually a square-crowned Bowler , a type of which Sir Winston Churchill was fond, and were supplied by James Lock , the London hatters. There were three bowler hats used in filming. A regular one for Oddjob to wear and two which we altered by the props department. One which had a mechanism fitted to enable it to be spun along a wire toward its target, and a second which had alterations to the brim to enable it to wedge in between the bars at Fort Knox. One of these hats was sent for auction around 1999 and was purchased for a price of around USD 80,000. Locks no longer hold the square-crowned Coke, as Locks still refer to the Bowler hat, in stock, but they will make one for you for the sum of GBP 795 (around USD 1400) (2010).
In the above frame, Bond stands over the body of Tilly Masterson.
Bond halts the Aston and bids Tilly run for her life while he covers her escape.
Location used for the filming of the scene where Oddjob kills the fleeing Tilly Masterson with this Bowler hat.
In the above photograph, the open ground on Peace Road on the way to the Crossroads. Oddjob kills Tilly Masterson in the area to the top left of frame. Peace Road runs along the treeline. The Aston Martin was traveling left to right and pulls up far left of frame. The Ugandan Rebel Camp in Casino Royale (2007) is directly behind the camera. The Lake the the Parking Area are down Peace Road to the right of frame. Peace Road Crossroads to down Peace Road to the left of frame.
In the above photograph, looking back down Peace Road toward the lake and the parking area. The Aston Martin would have stopped a few meters in front of the camera. Tilly Masterson would have run to the left of frame. The Ugandan Rebel Camp in Casino Royale (2007) is away to the right out of frame. Peace Road Crossroads is further down Peace Road directly behind the camera.
Looking south-west back down Peace Road from the start of the open area at where the Aston Martin would have halted. The camera lens is where the Mercedes-Benz would have been positioned.
Map of Black Park
Scene: Bond strikes his colors and drives the DB5 to the Auric Industries compound
Location: Pinewood Studios
After the capture of Bond and the Aston, the scene just before the Aston approaches the gatehouse of Auric industries was filmed on the approach to the Pinewood Number Two gate house (documented in Dave Worral's book). The railings on the left of frame were of the old Langley Park estate which was purchased by Buckinghamshire County Council in 1947. These iron railings used to compose much of the borders of the estate but have all being replaced over the decades, which is a shame.
In the above frame, Pinewood Studios Number Two Entrance.
In the above frame, the old Pinewood Number Two Gatehouse.
Pinewood Studios - The old secondary Gate
Pinewood Studios - Goldfinger's henchman is ejected from the Aston Martin DB5
The Aston Martin races through the Covered Way within Pinewood Studios
The Aston Martin escapes through the entrance of the Covered Way just opposite 'E' Stage where Bond climbed the ladder.
Scene: Bond crashes the Aston
Location: Between the Paint Shop (RHS), and the Carpenters Studio (LHS), Pinewood Studios. The Aston crashes into a part of the boilerhouse.
Fractions of a second before the most iconic crash in movie history.
The position of the false wall within the roads between the sound stages.
Sean Connery and Gert Frobe in the studio at the laser table.
Sean Connery wearing a Rolex Submariner showing the underside of the strap
+ Nearest other film locations:
The Ugandan rebel camp in Casino Royale (2007) including the small scene with raindrops falling on leaves, was filmed in a clearing just west of the grassy area further down Peace Road after the crossroads on your right hand side as you travel back toward the lake (Approximate Co-Ordinates: 51 32 28.90 N 0 32 38.70 W). After the crew had filmed the Ugandan Rebel Camp they required the scene with the raindrops falling on the leaves and returned to the location for around five days of shooting, just to film that scene.
+ Pinewood Studios
In the above photograph, the fabulous Tania Mallet in a Madame Paulette stiffened net picture hat photographed by John French in 1963. Tania Mallet told that the daily fee from Eon Productions for her appearance as Tania Mallet in Goldfinger (1964) was so small that she decided to remain as a photographic model. On behalf of myself and John French I would like to thank EON Productions for this.
In the above Photograph, Tania Mallet wearing a Jean Allen Lace Evening Dress photographed by Terence Donovan 17-MAY-1960
Tania Mallet by John French
Individual photographs of Tania Mallet may be found here.
Tania Mallet Vogue cover
Shirley Eaton and Tania Mallet
Scene: Auric Goldfinger's private jet arrives in Kentucky
Location: Northolt Aerodrome , hangar 311 in the north-west corner of the airfield.
Northolt Aerodrome - The Arrival of Goldfinger's Aircraft in Kentucky. At 01:01:05 (above) you can see a white automobile passing along a small road which leads out of the Aerodrome, marked by the blue chevron. Several extensive scenes of Octopussy(1983) would be filmed in this same location.
311 can be seen to the left of frame in this promotional still.
Analysis of the locations used to film the scene of the arrival of Auric Goldfinger's Lockheed Jetstar.
You can see that the footage of the aircraft of the Flying Circus was shot at Bowman Field, Kentucky, while Honor Blackman had her scenes filmed at Northolt. Only for the close-ups with Honor Blackman did the girls of the Flying Circus have to appear on location at Northolt. Note that the shot of Pussy Galore's torso standing on the apron as the girls of the Flying Circus run toward her is not Honor Blackman, who was only ever present at Northolt.
Pussy's pilots included Leslie Langley, Alexandra Dane , Tricia Muller, Maggie Wright, Aleta Morrison, Caron Gardner.
Honor Blackman at Northholt Aerodrome
Scene: Auric Goldfinger's Kentucky Ranch
Location: Pinewood Studio Back Lot (North End of Site)
Pinewood Studios, set of Goldfinger's ranch: Sean Connery, Honor Blackman and Guy Hamilton. Guy Hamilton was on the crew of The Third Man (1949) and was in SOE during the war.
In the above photograph, the lights being used are the huge Mole-Richardson »Brute« arclights, which will give the effect of bright sunlight.
Honor Blackman on the set of Auric Goldfinger's Kentucky Ranch
Pinewood Studios Back Lot showing the location of the construction of the set of Goldfinger's Kentucky Ranch. If you look carefully in the frame of the movie you can see a tree which is also visible in the middle aerial photograph.
In the above photograph, Honor Blackman behind set of Auric Goldfinger's Kentucky Ranch at Pinewood Studios. Black Park, onto which Pinewood Studios adjoins, is visible in the background.
In the above photographs, Honor Blackman and Sean Connery on the set of Auric Goldfinger's Kentucky Ranch, which was constructed on the backlot of Pinewood Studios, at the northern end.
In this photograph you can clearly see Black Park beyond the rear of the set of Auric Goldfinger's Kentucky Ranch.
Scene: Auric Goldfinger's men arrive to place the bomb in Fort Knox
Location: Pinewood back Lot.
In the above aerial photographs, the position of the set of Gold Vault Road at Pinewood Studios.
The great Ken Adam on the set of Fort Knox, at Pinewood Studios
Ken Adam told that real gold vaults were uninspiring places. Gold was so heavy that it could not be stacked very high. The actual vaults were a succession of low small rooms. Not only was it visually unappealing but there would have been limited ability to stage the fight scene. Instead Sir Ken Adam gave us a magnificent set. If only he had been consulted on the design of Fort Knox. I am of the opinion that when given a free hand in architecture, the result should look like it was a movie set regardless of all other concerns.
Cinema Retro have discovered that Alf Joint was the (uncredited) stunt double for Sean Connery in Goldfinger (1964), although I cannot think of where Connery would be doubled, without having to go through every frame in the movie.
In some production stills of the fight between Oddjob and Bond, you can see that Sean Connery is wearing black gymnasium pumps instead of shoes.
The set of the interior of Fort Knox. The shoot was 100% studio and no other locations were used. Midland Bank, Poultry, City of London, England, was not used, contrary to the misinformation being circulated.
Shirley Eaton on the set of Fort Knox
Hands off of Honor's bosom you cabbage-eating Hound !
Nikki van der Zyl and Gert Frobe
Sean Connery on Gold Vault Road, Pinewood Studios
The property department have used Nixie tubes for the countdown indicator on the atomic bomb. Nixie tubes were the height of fashion on scientific instruments until the invention of of LED and LCD . Aesthetically I much prefer Nixie tubes.
There are rumors that the stainless steel door used on the set of Fort Knox was installed in a bank after it was used, when in fact it was made from stainless steel sheet metal.
Scene: Bond departs from Kentucky as the guest of the United States Air Force.
Location: Northolt Aerodrome .
In the above satellite image, Northolt Aerodrome showing the position of the hangar in front of which Bond's departure in the Lockheed was filmed.
Northolt Aerodrome O.S. topographic map circa 1987. The divided highway shown in red below the Aerodrome is the A40.
Northolt Aerodrome O.S. topographic map circa 1987. The divided highway shown in blue to the left (west) of the map running vertically is the Autobahn M25 where it joins the Autobahn M40 (arriving from the West) and A40 (arriving from the East).
1950: The Automobile Association Northolt Aerodrome. The entrance off the main A40 is marked even on this large scale route-finding map. In the Fifties, the A40 would have been a normal two-lane blacktop highway. Northolt Aerodrome was the headquarters of the Polish Air Force during World War II.
Northolt: A publicity still with Pussy Galore and the ladies of her Flying Circus.
Scene: Bond and Pussy land after their successful escape from the doomed aircraft.
Location: Gardens of Heatherden Hall, Pinewood Studios. If you look across the lake in this shot, the lawn where Red Grant receives his massage in From Russia with Love (1963) is across the other side of the lake and slightly right.
One of the publicity shots taken in the gardens of Heatherden Hall at Pinewood Studios. You can see this location in Episode Twenty-One of The Persuaders! (1971) at 00:06:11
This is the Odeon Cinema on the East side of Leicester Square in London, where the world premiere of Goldfinger (1964) was held on Thursday 17th September 1964 .
AA map of Leicester Square in London, 1950. Traffic still circulated around the square and adjoining streets, which are now open only to pedestrians.
On the night of the premiere Honor Blackman remembers that it took nearly an hour for her limousine to travel the few hundred meters down the length of Coventry Street, across the square and to the red carpet at the Odeon. At this time Leicester Square was a normal square with a road running around its circumference.
The eternally divine Honor Blackman with Aston Martin DB5 license plate CUK 822 C. Honor Blackman was performing some voiceovers for commercials and her line ended in the word "man-size". The producer kept asking her to say the line again, but this time, less "sexy". Finally Honor told him that that was the best she could do. That was her normal speaking voice. I think if I could paint a portrait of the perfect wife, it would be Honor Blackman.
+ SEE ALSO
- Ian Fleming's Novel Goldfinger (1959)
- James Bond Movie Locations
+ EXTERNAL LINKS
- Poneysite sourced the Ford Mustang for Octane Magazine's Photoshoot with Tania Mallet on the Furkapass in 2008
Their articles on the Subject are here:
- The Goldfinger Reunion of 2008
- Bond and TV Cars
- Article on Ernö Goldfinger, the architect whose name Fleming used.
- List of credits complete with photographs
- Script of Goldfinger (1964)
- http://www.mi6-hq.com/ Goldfinger (1964) première - superb original photographs
- Goldfinger (1964) at Watches in Movies
- Luzern Festival
The Most Famous Car in the World: The Complete History of the James Bond Aston Martin DB5 by David Worrall ISBN: 0-9517509-1-7 published by Solo
Goldfinger by Adrian Turner published by Bloomsbury Paperbacks 1998 ISBN 0-7475-5171-5
Death of Ian Fleming 12-AUG-1964
You Only Live Twice (1964)
From Russia with Love (1963)
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