Goldfinger reveals Operation Grand Slam to Mob Bosses
At Goldfinger’s Kentucky stud farm, Goldfinger reveals his plan to target Fort Knox to the American mobsters in attendance, who each ponied up $1 million in gold to participate in the plan.
The Set of Goldfinger’s Play Room
Ken Adam outdoes himself with this set, as it is a fabulous, richly wooded and paneled room. There is a revolving pool table that reveals a control panel. From it, Goldfinger controls enforced window shutters, can project a map of Fort Knox and more. It even retracts the floor to reveal a 3D map of Fort Knox and the surrounding area.
One of our favorite James Bond sets. As you watch this clip, notice the detail, the richness, the wealth this room reveals. Our only gripe is the mobsters are made to look amateurish, and almost comical. And this would not accurately represent the violent and unforgiving nature of mobsters in the United States. They are more like Goldfinger than unlike Goldfinger and are not easily tricked or deceived.
Bond escapes from his cell in time to poke his head up from below the 3D model to overhear the Operation Grand Slam name. Pussy Galore catches him.
Mr. Solo Wants Out of Operation Grand Slam – and the Mobsters Die
In the scene, Mr. Solo wants out of the deal, and Goldfinger excuses himself to take care of Mr. Solo, load his bricks of gold into the Lincoln so that Oddjob could drive Mr. Solo to the airport. Of course, we wonder, was this going to be checked luggage or carry-on?! In any event, we need not worry, as Oddjob will be driving Mr. Solo to his “pressing engagement,” as we will see a few clips from now.
In the meantime, Goldfinger’s henchmen, gas the rest of the mob guys, killing them, so he could keep their gold as well. As an aside, Goldfinger would have a lot of American mobsters after him after this little cross, and probably would never make it to Fort Knox!
You will notice again, here, Goldfinger is wearing a gold vest – keeping with his love of gold.
This scene also reveals how unfazed Goldfinger and his organization are with killing people. He reveals here that there are 41,000 troops protecting Fort Knox. Later, when Bond and Goldfinger are drinking a mint julep, the number 60,000 comes up. Regardless, Goldfinger has no qualms about killing them all. He loves only gold.