Auric Goldfinger is the title character and key villain in the James Bond film Goldfinger (1964). He was portrayed by German actor Gert Fröbe and is renowned for being one of the colourful characters in the 007 series.
Goldfinger owns gold deposits in several cities around the world in and is extremely passionate in his methods of acquiring the precious commodity. He is an exceptionally wealthy businessman who owns a country estate in England, a factory in Switzerland, a stud farm in Kentucky, and a private jet.
“My plan is foolproof gentlemen. I call it Operation
Grand Slam. I have devoted 15 years of my life to it.”
In addition, Auric Goldfinger has a loyal team of workers including Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton), Odd Job (Harold Sakata), and Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman). Goldfinger has a daring plan to contaminate the United States gold reserves in order to significantly increase the value of his own gold.
The epic scheme, known as Operation Grand Slam, will see Goldfinger and his men break into the gold depository at Fort Knox, Kentucky, and place an atomic bomb.
James Bond (Sean Connery) encounters Auric Goldfinger at the Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami Beach, Florida, where he sees the villain cheating at gin rummy. Bond forces Goldfinger to lose $15,000 to his playing partner Mr Simmons (Austin Willis), leading the villain to take swift revenge. Goldfinger arranges for Agent 007 to be knocked out and for his partner in crime, Jill Masterson, to be suffocated in gold paint for aiding Bond.
The British Secret Service have James Bond track Auric Goldfinger, a man they believe is responsible for gold smuggling. At Goldfinger’s lavish English country club, 007 outsmarts the villain in a game of golf. Bond then places a tracking device on Goldfinger’s vehicle and follows him to his Swiss factory.
Here, he learns Goldfinger is using the panels of his Rolls-Royce Phantom III to smuggle gold into Switzerland from England. Bond is captured after crashing his Aston Martin DB5 inside Goldfinger’s factory. Using an industrial laser, Goldfinger prepares to have Agent 007 killed, but at the last minute decides to spare Bond’s life believing he will be more valuable alive.
At his stud farm in Kentucky, USA, Auric Goldfinger craftily outlines Operation Grand Slam to the criminals that have assisted in the plan. In stunning fashion he then ruthlessly has them all murdered by spraying nerve gas into the meeting room.
Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), Goldfinger’s personal pilot, prepares her Flying Circus pilots to spray deadly Delta-9 nerve gas around Fort Knox to kill the military personnel in the area. However, 007 manages to convince Galore that the plan will kill many innocent people. She then arranges for the gas to be changed to a harmless substance.
Operation Grand Slam begins in earnest at Fort Knox and Goldfinger and his men are able to plant an atomic bomb into the depository, with Bond handcuffed to the device. However, they are soon attacked by U.S. authorities and Goldfinger makes a hasty escape.
Agent 007 then kills Goldfinger’s key henchman, Odd Job, and the bomb is later defused. Goldfinger then hijacks a presidential aircraft which will fly James Bond to the White House in Washington D.C. Galore is piloting the plane and a fight breaks out on board between Goldfinger and 007.
When Goldfinger accidentally shoots a hole in a window, the jet rapidly depressurises. The aircraft is forced into a rapid descent and Goldfinger is sucked out of the small window to his death whilst Galore and 007 escape by parachute.
Gert Fröbe was a well-known German actor who appeared in almost 100 films from the late 1940s to the mid 1980s. One of his most famous movies was the 1964 James Bond movie Goldfinger in which he played the title character, an insatiable villain obsessed with gold.
Gert Fröbe was born in Germany on February 25th, 1913, in the township of Zwickau, Saxony. He is renowned for his many great roles in German movies and television.
Some of Gert Fröbe’s critically acclaimed films include: Diabolical Mr Mabuse (1960), Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965), Is Paris Burning? (1966), Triple Cross (1966), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968), and The Heist (1971).
Other popular Gert Fröbe movies include:
Gert Fröbe died on September 5th 1988 at the age of 75.
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