Study Guide

Goldfinger Violence

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BOND: She died of skin suffocation. It's been known to happen to cabaret dancers. It's all right as long as you leave a small bare patch at the base of the spine to allow the skin to breathe.

This is a ridiculous—and impossible—way to die, but Bond films have never been about realism, not even in their violence. The violence sensational, and the shot of dead Jill Masterson creepily combines sex and violence into one tawdry image.

TILLY: I want him dead! He killed my sister!

Tilly sets off for revenge against Goldfinger after Jill dies. Do you think she plans to paint him gold, too? He's already bronze from all that self-tanner.

BOND: Do you expect me to talk?

GOLDFINGER: No, Mr. Bond! I expect you to die!

This is one of the classic lines from Goldfinger, and it perfectly sets the stage for the iconic and suspenseful torture scene. The threat of violence against Bond is just as exciting as the action scenes in which Bond is doling out the punishment.

BOND: If you fire at this close range, the bullet will pass through me and the fuselage, like a blowtorch through butter. The cabin will depressurize and we'll both be sucked into outer space together.

Bond says this to Pussy, but perhaps Goldfinger should have listened to the lecture. Here, Bond foreshadows the absurdly comical—but pretty frightening if you're in Goldfinger's golden shoes—way that Goldfinger will die at the end of the movie.

BOND: You'll kill 60,000 people uselessly.

GOLDFINGER: Ha! American motorists kill that many every two years.

Goldfinger looks pretty callous making a joke about the deaths of American soldiers—and he is—but Bond also makes jokes about individuals' deaths, joking about the villain at the beginning, Oddjob, and Goldfinger himself, just to name a few. So maybe he's in no place to judge Mr. 'Finger for his tasteless humor?

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