Little Known Goldfinger Facts

Did you know ... Nikki van der Zyl's performance as Jill Masterson was longer than Shirley Eaton's?

This is because Nikki's voice is immediately heard when Bond enters Goldfinger's Miami hotel suite. Bond follows the voice until he sees Jill Masterson on the balcony using binoculars to spy on a card game.
The minor part of Masterson is on screen for less than four minutes but the scene is important as it throws light on Goldfinger's character. He cheats at cards - and doesn't like to lose!

Bond inevitably beds Masterson, but as the women he chooses are always stylish and sexy, the director Guy Hamilton decided that Eaton's natural voice would not have stirred 007. It was not suitable for seduction. One commentator says that 'the producers of Goldfinger were less-than-impressed with her propensity to adopt an Oliver Twist-type twang'. This should not have surprised anyone because prior to the making of Goldfinger in 1964, Shirley Eaton had been known as the 'cockney bombshell' from her stint in the early Carry On films. To prevent the movie turning into a farce, Guy turned to a German born professional actress (who, ironically, had a foreign accent until she was nine years old) to remedy the inadequate vocal prowess of English born Eaton. Only Nikki could be relied on to provide the golden tones which would tempt Bond. "[Nikki] was excellent at it, that’s why she got the work over and over again." Read Bond expert Graham Rye's comments in Sunday Express article (September 2014).
Signed snaps of Eaton in Goldfinger were available on her web site, but it did not sell any recordings of her spoken lines - for obvious reasons. Other popular cockney actresses were Liz Fraser, Rita Webb and Barbara Windsor.
Did you know that actors playing dead ('working stiffs' as they are known) are paid a special Equity rate? Directors prefer eyes to be kept open, since closed eyelids almost always flutter. So they made it easy for Eaton by having her face downwards to conceal the flutter. Actors Are Sorely Needed for Corpse Duty.

Incidentally, actress Margaret Nolan was the gold painted beauty seen in the opening titles and film advertisements. In the film she played Dink and was also revoiced by Nikki. Read more about the famous poster.

Did you know? Roger Moore's reaction when he was told by producers that he would have to work with'actresses' that need to be dubbed, was "ARRGH"

The female star of Goldfinger was Honor Blackman (as Pussy Galore) and she - of course - did not need to be revoiced.

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HOW IT's DONE
In general, if the camera can't see it, then no time or effort is wasted in creating an object or visual effect. For instance a typical street scene set consists of just the facades; there is nothing behind them. Watching a film in the cinema, the naive viewer is unaware of the disorder that usually surrounds the zone of focus. (Checkout the pic right.)

With Goldfinger lots of publicity material suggested that the character Jill Masterson was covered 100% with gold-paint from head-to-toe, front and back. That's ridiculous; what would be the point? The lifeless body is found face down on the bed, so no application of makeup or paint was necessary to the front of the body because it was not visible. What you don't see, does not exist - that's how they make films.

Publicity stills are posed separately from the actual shooting. It provides the opportunity for reinforcing illusions - and allows for a lot of spin. It must have worked because, curiously, nobody ever mentions the clearly visible knickers that Eaton/Masterson is wearing!
Legenden: Gert Fröbe by Michael Strauven reveals more about the making of Goldfinger.
The German language DVD is available from Amazon.


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