CAPUNGO

Entry Source: The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia by Steven Jay Rubin


The Latino assassin portrayed by stuntman Alf Joint in the pre-credits teaser of Goldfinger. According to Ian Fleming’s original novel, it’s not a proper name but the Mexican term for a petty bandit. The capungo sneaks up behind Bond (Sean Connery) while he is embracing Bonita the flamenco dancer (Nadja Regin), but 007 sees his approach reflected in Bonita’s pupils. As they struggle, the capungo gets thrown into the bathtub and reaches for Bond’s gun, which is hanging on a peg. Bond then tosses an electric heater into the tub, electrocuting the assassin. Shocking, positively shocking, indeed.