Goldfinger - Fontainebleau Scene, Miami Beach - This scene, which is shot supposedly at the Fontainebleau Resort in Miami Beach (in Florida in the US), was indeed partially shot at the Fontainebleau. Felix Leiter is briefing Bond on Auric Goldfinger in this scene, and Bond, when hearing Auric Goldfinger’s name says, “sounds like French nail varnish.” This shows Bond is sophisticated, but always playful with words and confident. We saw Bond make interesting quips in the first two EON Production movies, Dr. No and From Russia With Love, and it continues. We are growing to know the Bond character very well. Sean Connery (as Bond) and Gert Froebe (as Goldfinger) never really made it to Miami Beach for these scenes. And neither Harold Sakaka (Oddjob) The second unit camera crew shot establishing shots at the real Fontainebleau Resort. Yet, the scenes with Bond and Goldfinger were shot at Pinewood Studios in London. You can see the main Fontainebleau building shown in the background is a bit dull and slightly washed out. Other shots where Goldfinger is playing cards, with his pigeon sitting across from him, while Bond walks by are very crisp and sharp. These sets were built at Pinewood studio, where these scenes were shot. Felix Leiter was in fact at the Fontainebleau and some of his scenes were shot on-location there.
Goldfinger - The Golden Girl - While Bond has won over Jill Masterson, was he naïve enough not to think that Goldfinger would retaliate? We assume they went out to dinner, as he had suggested, and then back to his room to make love and have fun. This clip picks up when Bond is recovering from being knocked out by Oddjob. When he comes to, he walks from the kitchen area where he was retrieving more champaign to the bed area. The shot is filmed perfectly as we see Bond walk in front of a mirror and we can see Bond from both sides – shocked at what he is seeing. Jill Masterson is covered in gold paint lying on her stomach across the bed. A strategically placed pillow blocks us from seeing her butt, which would not have been on screen in 1964, especially for the equivalent of a PG (parental guidance) audience rating. In the book Jill Masterton – a slight spelling difference - is painted with gold as well. We know it’s Bond’s room because when he picks up the phone, the person at the desk says, “Yes, Mr. Bond.” He calls Felix and tells her the girl is dead.