Goldfinger (1964) Firsts

  • First movie to be made out of sequence. The end credits of the original film print of Goldfinger (not the videos or DVD’s) state that “James Bond Will Return in On Her Majesty’s Secret Service”. Of course, he did, but only after two other movies.
  • Bond’s first visit to America
  • First Bond movie not to deal with SPECTRE
  • First appearance of Red China
  • First time Bond goes to Q’s lab
  • First use of the Aston Martin DB5
  • First mention of another Double-O agent (008)
  • First sexually suggestive female name (Pussy Galore)
  • First extravagant ending fight sequence with hundreds of actors fighting
  • First time a villian’s voice was dubbed over in the American release (Gert Frobe)
  • Bond uses a Walther P-38 that he took off of Goldfinger’s thugs after he stops the Aston-Martin. This is in the same sequence that Tilly Masterson is killed. This is actually the first time he does not use his PPK.
  • First “formula Bond” format movie
  • Tilly Masterson is the first person to drive a Ford Mustang in ANY movie, not just Bond.
  • First mention of Newfoundland
  • First Bond film to be nominated for an Oscar
  • First use of the bulletprof vest was seen in Q’s lab. This was light years ahead of its time before police officers used them.
  • First time a laser is used in any movie
  • First time the Bond girl was a lesbian (Pussy Galore was gay before she slept with 007)
  • First time that Ford Motor Company provided vehicles for use in a Bond film
  • First time a henchperson defected (Pussy Galore)
  • Bond uses a Walther P-38 that he took off of Goldfinger’s thugs after he stops the Aston-Martin. This is in the same sequence that Tilly Masterson is killed. This is actually the first time he does not use his PPK.
  • First time Bond mentions The Beatles
  • First time a villain uses a golden gun (Scaramanga was the second)
  • First time a Bond girl is killed
  • First henchman that was a former Olympian (Harold Sakata)
  • First henchman with a psychological disability (Oddjob was mute, and couldn’t speak a word on screen)
  • First time that 007 is taken into police custody (M mentions this in his office, when 007 was taken into custody of the Miami Beach P.D., and this results with the intervention of the British Ambassador in the U.S., and a cable to MI6)
  • First time 007 plays golf
  • First time a Bond film was filmed at Stoke Poges Golf Course (the location was also used during the filming of Tomorrow Never Dies, but was based in the hotel complex)
  • First mention of British United airways
  • Bond uses a Walther P-38 to shoot at the guards when Tilly Masterson is running for the woods before she is killed, not the Walther PPK he should have had. You can tell because a Walther P-38 is bigger, and the barrel is 4″ past the end of the slide. Since the Goldfinger guards in the film used P-38’s as well, I am assuming these were more available on the set
  • First time Bond visits Q Branch
  • First sequence set in Great Britain besides the set-up (ie recalls and briefings) – the golf game.
  • First time a former member of the cast of The Avengers appears in a Bond film. Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore) had appeared as Kathy Cale on the Avengers.