Super villain, assassin, Aston Martin chasing mountain bikes and gadgets-the Alpine scene in the 1964 “Golden Finger” set a new benchmark for the prototype James Bond. Not only can it be said to be the most iconic six minutes and thirty-seven seconds in the history of the series, but it is also the most well-documented one.
Subsequently, an unprecedented publicity event invited reporters and photographers to the Swiss Alps for a 7-day filming, where they mixed with actors and staff. This strategy seems to have worked-at the time, “Goldfinger”
This all-encompassing approach produces a rich archive of behind-the-scenes photos. Waelty collected more than 200 of them together with call sheets, annotated scripts, and production documents in his book.
The late Sean Connery (Sean Connery) fought alongside Bond’s Aston Martin DB5. Scroll through the gallery to see more images behind the scenes of the “Golden Finger” Alps sequence. credit: Promotional shots of EON Productions / Arthur Evans
One of the earliest images shows the late Sean Connery with thin hair (he is wearing a wig, James Bond) arriving at Zurich Airport. Later photos recorded scenes shot by the camera crew, with actors relaxing during the downtime. The most famous photos are those taken improvised with actress Tania Mallet. The photos in the photos wield real AR-7 rifles rather than replicas.
“Drinking a lot”
The famous sequence revolves around the encounter between Bond and Mallet’s character Tilly Masterson, as they each pursued the wealthy villain Orik Goldfinger. After Masterson’s failed assassination of Goldfinger, Bond was attacked. The British agent chased her down and forced her car off the road, then casually introduced herself and Drive to the nearest garage.
Director Guy Hamilton and his production designer and location manager chose the Furka Pass, which winds through the Urseren valley in central Switzerland. During the week-long production, 50 staff members set up in Andermatt, a small mountain village.
A live rehearsal of Auric Goldfinger, Tilly Masterson’s attempt to assassinate Bond’s revenge actress. credit: Promotional shots of EON Productions / Arthur Evans
Welty said: “It is surprising that the Swiss government granted approval, which is really surprising.” He explained that these locations are close to various military locations. “But (during the filming) they always have to have two soldiers and two policemen there. The police are installed to stop traffic, and the soldiers are there to make sure they are not filming anything classified.”
Waelty interviewed many people involved in the filming, from the doctor on site to the male waiter in the crew hotel. When photography captures everything that happens in the scene, anecdotes tell us what happened.
They used a lot of late night to portray hard party works. Welty said: “Drank a lot of alcohol and overeated.” In this book, Arthur Dänzer, a member of the hotel band, recalls the Japanese-American Harold who played Oddjob, the descendant of Goldfinger. · Harold Sakata is “a huge attraction.”
Dan Ze said: “He stacks various boards and bricks on the club’s dance floor every night. Cut them in half.” He is also a wrestler and Olympic champion weightlifter.
Although Connery was married at the time, Waelty’s book stated that every female reporter whom she spoke to during the study received “more or less clear claims” from the actors. To quote Tom Carlile, the press officer of the film distributor United Artists at the time, in order to ensure an interview with Connery, “all the newspaper has to do is send a girl.”
Despite his notorious charm, not everyone was fascinated by Connery. The Swiss magazine Schweizer Illustrierte tells the story of the filming under the title “James Bond-humorous James Bond-no sense of humor”.
The villagers of Andermatt also seemed indifferent to the whole incident.
Before the trip, the film’s production company worked hard to ensure the safety of hotel rooms in the area. According to Waelty’s book, the local owners neither knew about Bond’s franchise rights, but also had solvency in the UK. There is doubt.
Welty said, “They don’t care.” “Can you imagine a James Bond film crew coming now? Any village, any town will go crazy. But those guys don’t.”
Sean Connery and Tania Mallet’s stunt twin actor Phillys Cornell (left) and the wife of director Guy Hamilton Miriam Charrière (right) poses side by side. credit: Promotional shots of EON Productions / Arthur Evans
However, it wasn’t until the film was released that year that Bondmania could not reach a fever. Although its predecessors “No. Dr” and “From Russia With Love” performed quite well, “Goldfinger” received a much larger budget of 3 million US dollars, which was rewarded many times over. Global box office revenue was $46 million for office operations.
According to Waelty, this is due in part to the Alpine sequence, which not only helps generate the buzz, but also sets the visual blueprint for the upcoming Bond movie.
He said: “When Sean Connery died, there were too many photos of him standing at the Furka Pass with Aston Martin.” “This seems to be a signed photo of James Bond.”