SMITHERS, COLONEL

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


Bank of England executive, portrayed by Richard Vernon, who briefs Bond (Sean Connery) and M (Bernard Lee) on the activities of the title character (Gert Fröbe) in Goldfinger. Smithers explains why Goldfinger has been smuggling his gold out of Britain: since the price of gold varies from country to country, smuggling allows Goldfinger to significantly increase the value of his loot. For instance, Smithers says, while the gold price in England is $30 per ounce, the price in Pakistan is $110.

The colonel also loans Bond a bar of gold worth 5,000 pounds, which will be used as bait in the famous golf showdown between 007 and Goldfinger.