Welcome back to MEMORABLE MOVIE QUOTES, that column where we look at fun quotes from the movies.
Today we look at GOLDFINGER (1964), the third Sean Connery James Bond movie, and one of my all-time favorites. When looking at memorable quotes in the movies, you really can’t go wrong with a James Bond flick. GOLDFINGER is one of the best. Let’s have a listen to some of these quotes from GOLDFINGER, screenplay by Richard Maibaum and Paul Dehn.
As with so many of the James Bond movies, GOLDFINGER is loaded with double entendres, like this one in the exciting pre-credit sequence, where after a violent fight, Bond knocks his foe into a bathtub and then electrocutes the man by tossing in an electric fan after him.
After the man has died, Bond (Sean Connery) says:
BOND: Shocking! Positively shocking!
Later, after Goldfinger has disposed of the body of a dead foe by placing him inside a car and then having the car crushed at a junkyard, he gestures to the car and comments, setting up this Bond line:
GOLDFINGER: Forgive me, Mr. Bond, but, uh… I must arrange to separate my gold from the late Mr. Solo.
JAMES BOND: As you said, he had a pressing engagement.
And towards the end of the movie, after Bond kills Oddjob by electrocuting him:
FELIX LEITER: You okay, James? Where’s your butler friend?
JAMES BOND: He blew a fuse.
GOLDFINGER contains one of Sean Connery’s most playful performances as James Bond. It’s the first of the Bonds that really rises above the straightforward spy thriller, following the more serious and restrained DR. NO (1962) and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963). The third time is the charm for Connery, as his Bond here is more confident, more relaxed, and he exudes far more sex appeal this time around than in the first two movies.
As such, he enjoys many fine little moments in this movie, like in this scene early on, when he’s seeking out Goldfinger’s hotel room. He charms a maid into letting him use the key to open the door. Horrified, she says:
MAID: But that’s Mr. Goldfinger’s room!
To which Bond smiles at her and says warmly:
JAMES BOND: I know.
GOLDFINGER also contains one of the earlier scenes in the series where Bond interacts with Q (Desmond Llewelyn) and discusses the various weapons and gadgets Q has prepared for him. In GOLDFINGER, they discuss perhaps the most famous car in the Bond series, the Aston Martin DB5, specifically, the ejector seat. Let’s listen:
Q: Now this one I’m particularly keen about. You see the gear lever here? Now, if you take the top off, you will find a little red button. Whatever you do, don’t touch it.
JAMES BOND: Yeah, why not?
Q: Because you’ll release this section of the roof, and engage and then fire the passenger ejector seat. Whish!
JAMES BOND: Ejector seat? You’re joking!
Q: I never joke about my work, 007.
And of course, GOLDFINGER includes one of the most famous female characters in the series, famous mostly because of her name: Pussy Galore. It still amazes me today that the movie was able to pull this off and get away with having this name in the film. But they did.
Bond’s reaction to first learning Ms. Galore’s (Honor Blackman) name is classic. He had been drugged, and when he awakes from his stupor, he finds himself looking at a beautiful woman.
JAMES BOND: Who are you?
PUSSY GALORE: My name is Pussy Galore.
JAMES BOND: I must be dreaming.
With apologies to Blofeld, Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) is arguably the most memorable villain ever to appear in the Sean Connery Bonds. In this classic conversation, Bond and Goldfinger discuss the villain’s supposed plan to rob Fort Knox of its gold, a plan Bond thinks is ridiculous until he learns the truth behind Goldfinger’s plot:
BOND: You’ll kill 60,000 people uselessly.
GOLDFINGER: Hah. American motorists kill that many every two years.
BOND: Yes, well, I’ve worked out a few statistics of my own. 15 billion dollars in gold bullion weighs 10,500 tons. Sixty men would take twelve days to load it onto 200 trucks. Now, at the most, you’re going to have two hours before the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines move in and make you put it back.
GOLDFINGER: Who mentioned anything about removing it? (Pauses to let this revelation sink into Bond’s mind.) The julep tart enough for you?
BOND: You plan to break into the world’s largest bank, but not to steal anything. Why?
GOLDFINGER: Go on, Mr. Bond.
BOND: Mr. Ling, the Red Chinese at the factory, he’s a specialist in nuclear fission… but of course! His government’s given you a bomb.
GOLDFINGER: I prefer to call it an “atomic device.” It’s small, but particularly dirty.
BOND: A dirty bomb? Cobalt and iodine?
BOND: Well, if you explode it in Fort Knox, the… the entire gold supply of the United States would be radioactive for… fifty-seven years.
GOLDFINGER: Fifty-eight, to be exact.
BOND: I apologize, Goldfinger. It’s an inspired deal! They get what they want, economic chaos in the West. And the value of your gold increases many times.
GOLDFINGER: I conservatively estimate, ten times.
James Bond’s favorite CIA Agent Felix Leiter (Cec Linder) also appears in GOLDFINGER, and he and Bond share this humorous exchange near the end of the film:
BOND: Special plane, lunch at the White House… how come?
FELIX: The President wants to thank you personally.
BOND: Oh, it was nothing, really.
FELIX: I know that, but he doesn’t.
BOND: I suppose I’ll be able to get a drink there.
FELIX: I told the stewardess liquor for three.
BOND: Who are the other two?
FELIX: Oh, there are no other two.
And of course Goldfinger gets the most famous line in the movie, and perhaps the most famous line in the entire series. It certainly belongs in the conversation. Bond is strapped to a table, and a deadly laser beam is aimed at his body, sparking this question and Goldfinger’s infamous answer:
BOND: Do you expect me to talk?
GOLDFINGER: No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!
And there you have it. Some memorable quotes from the classic James Bond movie GOLDFINGER. Hope you enjoyed them.
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