Car Tailing Scene and Iron and Metal Yard – In this clip, Oddjob is supposedly driving Mr. Solo to the airport somewhere in Kentucky (USA). In the trunk of the Lincoln is Mr. Solo’s million dollars worth of gold. As we recall, Mr. Solo did not want any part of Operation Grand Slam (the Fort Knox plan) and Goldfinger let him out.
Bond in the meantime had wrapped his homing device into a piece of paper that warned of the attack on Fort Knox, and slipped it into Mr. Solo’s suit pocket thinking Felix Leiter would track him and discover the plan in time. But time is pressing, and short for Mr. Solo.
This is a critical scene for several reasons:
- we see again how ruthless Goldfinger is;
- Bond’s message will not get through to the authorities, because his homing device will cease to work when the Lincoln is crushed along with Solo and the gold; and
- Oddjob is a direct follower of orders – shooting Mr. Solo on order and crushing him in the Lincoln. Oddjob is happy to kill for Goldfinger.
SpyMovieNavigator On Location! Yes! The Iron and Metal Yard!
SpyMovieNavigator has been to all three major locations for this scene. Though the scenes were purportedly in Kentucky, at Goldfinger’s stud farm, and surround, they weren’t shot there. The Lincoln drive, the iron and metal crushing yard, the Kentucky Fried Chicken where Leiter and simmons were waiting – all shot in Miami. You can see our onsite videos here of the Kentucky Fried Chicken shop, the route Oddjob takes to the metal and iron yard, and the actual real metal and iron yard as it appears today.
We will see this ruthless disregard for life in many Bond, Bourne and Mission: Impossible movies. Drax in Moonraker, for instance, was willing to kill the entire human population, except for those selected for his ark-type space station. That makes Goldfinger, willing to kill 41,000 – 60,000 people look like a light-weight.