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    Having watched Goldfinger again last night,I noticed that the figure who appears at the beginning at the end of the barrel was not Sean Connery. Who was it and when did the lead actor first appear in that shot (pardon the pun)?

    Watching the Miami sequence,I noticed there was a stock shot of Miami,but close ups of Sean,Gert (Frobe),Austin (Willis) and Shirley (Eaton) seemed studio bound. How much of Goldfinger was shot abroad and how much in dear old England.

    Thanks for any info.

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    The IMDb is your friend :)



    It lists:

    Bob Simmons .... James Bond in gunbarrel sequence (uncredited)

    You can then click on the name 'Bob Simmons' to see what else he did.



    It also lists Miami as a location, so they presumably shot some real footage there. But it doesn't list any percentages.



    The 'Miscellaneous' link down at bottom left gives lots of related URLs. Maybe one of those has the answers you seek.



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    Bob Simmons wrote a book called "Nobody Does It Better" about his life as a stuntman. It's a good read if you can get your hands on a copy. He tells of how he did the spider on the arm shot in "DR.NO" for extra's pay because he was told the bite had been removed. And the one Bond stunt that came closest to killing him was the motor bike blowing up Count Lippe car in "THUNDERBALL".

    Simmons was only 5'11" and Connery over 6'2" but it's hard to see the join when he doubled for him in all his Bonds except "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE". In "THUNDERBALL" he played the Russian spy dressed as a woman who gave herself away by openning a car door in the pre-title sequence. When Roger Moore took over a young Irishman called Martin Grace became his stunt stand-in. Moore said that he has been very lucky with stuntmen as in "THE SAINT" on TV Les Crawford stood in and Grace for him in Bond both look very much like him in hight, build and face.

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    The gunbarrel sequence was re-shot for Thunderball , this time with Sean Connery, as this was the first Bond to be produced in Panavision. Similarly, there were two Roger Moore gunbarrel sequences, one shot for Live and Let Die and another for The Spy Who Loved Me , when the Bonds reverted back to Panavision.

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    The Miami hotel scenes only had Cec Linder as Leiter on location and the other actors were put on using blue screen projection, such as Goldfinger, Jill, Simmons and Bond. Leiter was the only major cast member to be on location for the Miami scenes apart from the scenes where he is talking to Bond and Dink etc. I can't remember the reason for this, but I can look it up. It was probably to save money as the budget on the early Bond films was relatively small. Bob Simmons was indeed the stuntman and first Bond we see in the gunbarrel scene. It was later reshot for 'Thunderball' with Sean Connery. Simmons was the stuntman on many of the Bond films.

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    Thanks for your replies. Anymore would be welcome.

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    The scene of Oddjob decapitating the statue starts with him throwing the hat from Sunningdale Golf Club and hitting his target in the garden of Pinewood. In fact a lot of Pinewood was used. The car chase around Goldfingers Factory was shoot there and the large wooded park that surrounds it. The mirror Oddjob looks in after Bond crashes into the wall is still there. Entering the factory the old lady with the machinegun and ejectorseat scenes were shoot by the large outdoor tank (they built a small set for the pretitle scenes in the tank when Bond arrives with the duck on his head and evening suit on under his wetsuit) and plasterers sheds. The race stables and Fort Knox (breaking in and battle scenes)were built on the backlot. When Bond and Pussy parachute to safety at the end they land by the lake in the Pinewood garden. They had also had thier moneys worth out of Pinewood in "FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE". The pretitle scenes of the stalking and killing of the fake Bond. The training area, lake scene and Gypsy camp battle all shot in the Pinewood garden.

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    The location used for the gold scenes in Goldfinger was Stoke Poges golf club, which was also used for some location work in Tomorrow Never Dies, doubling as a hotel in Hamburg in certain scenes (other locations were also used for the Hamburg hotel).

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    Regarding the Miami location. I spoke to Austin Willis some years ago and he told me that he was sent to Miami location, and did some filming there! He also stated he filmed scenes with Connery and Frobe which were never used in the film!!

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    Last time I was at Stoke Poges golf club, statues in the style of the one that was shown decapitated were still in place by the car park.

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    Looking for a film location. Within a couple of minutes of landing in Geneva, Bond is following Goldfinger through 'the alps'. The alpine passes are stunning. At the point when the girl takes a shot at Goldfinger narrowly missing Bond some hundreds of feet below, does anyone know where that location is?



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    The Furka Pass, Switzerland

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    National Geographic (I think) did a photo-feature on it around the same time. Does anyone wanna go through their website index?



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    With the 4 part BBC Radio 2 documentary season featuring Shirley Bassey well under way, the forthcoming broadcast (Friday 16 October @7 pm.) has a special presentation regarding the soundtracking for Goldfinger and Diamonds are Forever.

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    Bit of gratuitous: the Ford Mustang convertible has British number plates, C registration from memory, so must have been supplied by Lincoln Cars Ltd* in Brentford, Middlesex (on the Great West Road south side just befor e Gillette's if coming from London). The Mustang was the first US Ford to be actively exported from new. With Odd Job driving a Ford Ranchero pick-up, I can imagine that Fords did some 'product placement', just as American Motors did in THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN GUN.



    * Subsidiary of Ford of Britain. Sir Malcolm Campbell was once a director of Lincoln Cars.

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