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7 AUGUST 2017

In a poll to declare the best of Bond, Norwegian James Bond fans have spoken. Arranged by Den Norske James Bond-Klubben (the Norwegian James Bond Club) and, the oldest and most comprehensive 007 fan site in Norway, voting commenced on 18 Februrary ended on 4 August 2017.

The cup system, based on that of the FIFA Football World Cup, attracted the participation of over one hundred of Norway’s most devoted 007 fans who analysed and discussed the merits of each and every Eon Bond movie. And the winner of the Norwegian James Bond Cup 2017 was a surprising entry.

For a period of six months, the Facebook Group of the Norwegian James Bond Club, showed their expertise, passion and knowledge with surveys and discussions. This has pleased the editors a lot and especially the two who initiated the cup, Joakim Rekaa and Arild Brøter. In a comment to FSWL they said:

"Throughout this Cup, fans have shown a lot of commitment and appreciation. They have also praised the concept with many wanting new polls on, among other things, best villains, soundtrack and Bond girl. As organizers, we are positive and do not rule out that we will return with a new poll in the future. Would like to thank everyone for the interest shown and all the grades."

In the big final, the two actors who have played James Bond most times met. Sean Connery's film Goldfinger (1964) against Roger Moore's film For Your Eyes Only (1981). And it was the movie claimed by many fans and critics as a "template" for the Bond series that won, Goldfinger directed by Guy Hamilton.

Editor's Note:
On Secret Majesty's Secret Service (1969) starring George Lazenby ended up on third place with From Russia with Love (1963) starring Sean Connery as number four on the list.

Photo above:
The Norwegian cinema poster for Goldfinger from FSWL's private collection. Copyright © 1964 Danjaq S.A. & United Artists Corporation. All rights reserved.

Read more about the poll (in Norwegian) on




On this day in Bond history, Goldfinger (1964) (1964), Sean Connery's third film as Ian Fleming's James Bond, premiered at cinemas 50 years ago. (Goldfinger was first released in the UK on 17th September 1964, then USA on the 22nd of December, and in the Sweden the following year on 5th February 1965.)

Using a nuclear device supplied by Red China, gold-smuggler and metallurgist Auric Goldfinger intends to increase the value of his gold bullion ten-fold by detonating the device inside Fort Knox, thereby making the 15 billion dollar gold supply of the United States radioactive for 58 years.

This film, considered by many to be the best in the series, was directed by Englishman Guy Hamilton who later went on to direct another three Bond films; Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Live and Let Die (1973) and The Man with the Golden Gun (1974). Not only was it awarded an Academy Award as one of only three Bond films to receive that honour ("Thunderball" got one for Best Special Effects and Skyfall got two for Best Song and Best Sound Editing respectively), it also became the most successful in relation to the number of multiples it took in gross income at the box office compared to its budget (2,5 Million USD).

Dubbing editor (and FSWL supporter) Norman Wanstall remembers working on the film:

During the discussion of his work on the film, Norman particularly mentioned two sounds he created that relate to the character of ‘Oddjob’ (played by the late Japanese wrestler Harold Sakata). Firstly he explained how various tracks were mixed to create the sound of the golf ball being crushed in Oddjob’s hand, but in particular he referred to the sound of the flying metal hat used by Oddjob as a lethal weapon. It was fascinating to hear how that memorable ‘flying’ sound was created using simple kids’ toys as props, whilst a carpenter’s wood saw was finally selected to create the menace of the hat leaving Oddjob’s hand.

Probably one of the most well remembered scenes in Goldfinger is the car being crushed in the breaker’s yard. Norman told the remarkable story of how he finally obtained the most crucial sound that the scene demanded:

"After much research I had totally failed to find an existing track to cover the mighty jaws of the crusher as it heaved upwards and downwards against the car’s body. The sound recorded at the time was simply an overall noise of the entire machine, whereas it was essential to have a dramatic individual track to cover the close shots of the jaws.

Just as I was running out of ideas some workmen arrived on the studio lot and set up a compressor within earshot of my editing room. Suddenly realising that this was the exact sound I was looking for I rushed to find my sound recordist, only to be told that he couldn’t leave the set as they were in the process of shooting a scene. The only spare piece of equipment the recordist had available was a cheap kiddies’ recorder that he’d bought for a few pounds the day before as a present. Dreading that the compressor would be removed at any moment, I dashed across the studio lot with the kids’ toy and recorded the priceless sound on a microphone smaller than a cigarette lighter. To this day the scene remains one of the highlights of the early Bonds and in many people’s estimation was a major factor in the award nomination.

It is without doubt a remarkable story, and a startling view behind the scenes of the high-tech world of the movies!"

Another very memorable scene from Goldfinger is when James Bond ends up being tied to a piece of gold with a laser about to cut it in half:

"I was fortunate in obtaining the sound for the laser beam. I knew exactly the sound I wanted and it was fortunate that the BBC Radiophonic Workshop had been set up to experiment with electronic music. Without their expertise I have no idea how I could have created that sound."

Production notes (Source: MGM / Eon Productions)
• 29 Nov 1963: Sean Connery signed a contract to play James Bond for the third time
• 15 Jan 1964: The crew headed to Miami & shoot at the Fountainbleu Hotel, where Jill Masterson meets her end
• 20 Jan 1964: 2nd unit photography commenced
• 19 Mar 1964: Filming began. The first scene shot was part of the precredits sequence at El Scorpio
• 23 Mar 1964: Guy Hamilton shot the scene in which Bond meets and seduces Jill Masterson
• 31 Mar 1964: Sean Connery and Gert Fröbe completed shooting on the famous ‘laser interrogation’ scene
• 21 Apr 1964: Honor Blackman began filming as Pussy Galore with her scene on Goldfinger’s jet
• 25 May 1964: Sean Connery and Gert Frobe were shooting Bond and Goldfinger’s golf scene at Stoke Poges
• 29 May 1964: Guy Hamilton was shooting the scenes at Goldfinger's stud farm, Auric Stud
• 15 Jun 1964: Shooting was taking place on Goldfinger’s arrival at Fort Knox
• 18 Jun 1964: Guy Hamilton shot Oddjob and Kisch handcuffing Bond to the bomb
• 14 Jul 1964: Night shoots began for filming of the precredits sequence
• 28 Jul 1964: Honor Blackman worked her last day as Pussy Galore, shooting PR shots and recording dialogue
• 17 Sep 1964: GOLDFINGER had its world premiere in London’s Leicester Square
• 25 Dec 1964: The film was released in Hollywood, California

A selection of filming locations for "Goldfinger":
• Andermatt, Uri, Switzerland (James Bond meets Tilly Masterson)
• Southend Airport, Rochford, Essex, England, UK (Goldfinger's Rolls Royce is transported)
• Black Park Country Park, Wexham, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (James Bond driving his Aston Martin DB5 chased by Goldfinger's henchmen)
• Pilatus Aircraft Facility, Stans, Switzerland (Auric Enterprises exteriors)
• D Stage, Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (studio, UK set of the Fontainebleu Hotel pool scene)
• Esso Oil Refinery, Stanwell, Middlesex, England, UK (opening sequence)
• Fontainebleau Hilton Resort, 4441 Collins Avenue, Miami Beach, Florida, USA (Swimming Pool shots)
• Furka Road, Furka Pass, Swiss Alps, Switzerland (James Bond driving Aston Martin in Switzerland)
• Harefield Quarry, Harefield, London, England, UK (Mercedes goes over cliff)
• Harris & Main, Muldraugh, Kentucky, USA (Drive to Fort Knox)
• Lexington, Kentucky, USA (airport scene)
Pinewood Studios, Iver Heath, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (studio, interiors for Fort Knox and Auric Enterprises)
• RAF Northolt, Ruislip, London, England, UK (as Blue Grass Airfield, Kentucky/Pussy Galore's flying circus)
• Rhone Glacier, Swiss Alps, Switzerland (James Bond driving Aston Martin in Switzerland)
• Simplon Tunnel, Lepontine Alps, Switzerland (James Bond drives Aston Martin along the alpine roads)
• Stoke Park House, Park Road, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (Exterior - Oddjob decapitates statue with hat)
• Stoke Poges Golf Course, Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, England, UK (James Bond plays golf with Goldfinger)

Vehicles used during the filming: (Source: BMT 216A: The James Bond Vehicle Library)
• Aston Martin DB5
• Ford Country Squire station wagon
• Ford F-100/F-250 pickup
• Ford Mustang convertible
• Ford Ranchero
• Hiller UH-12E4 (helicopter)
• Lincoln Continental
• Lockheed C-140 Jetstar (aeroplane)
• Mercedes-Benz 180
• Mercedes-Benz 220
• Piper Cherokee PA-28 (aeroplane)
• Rolls Royce Phantom III

Over the years, FSWL has been fortunate to meet, and written articles about some of the cast and crew on Goldfinger, here are some of them:

>Albert R. Broccoli (producer)
>Alf Joint (stuntman)
>Burt Kwouk (actor)
>Caron Gardner (actress)
>Desmond Llewelyn (actor)
>Harold Sakata (actor)
>Harry Saltzman (producer)
>Honor Blackman (actress)
>John Barry (soundtrack composer)
>Ken Adam (production designer)
>Lois Maxwell (actress)
>Margaret Nolan (actress)
>Martin Benson (actor)
>May-Ling (actress)
>Monty Norman (Composer of the James Bond theme)
>Nadja Regin (actress)
>Norman Wanstall (dubbing editor)
>Nosher Powell (stuntman)
>Peter Hunt (editor)
>Richard Maibaum (screenwriter)
>Rocky Taylor (Stuntman)
>Sean Connery (James Bond)
>Shirley Eaton (actress)
>Syd Cain (art director)
>Tania Mallet (actress)
>Terry Richards (stuntman)
>Tricia Muller (actress)

United Artists, Harry Saltzman and Albert R. Broccoli present Ian Fleming's James Bond in Goldfinger.

Editor's note:
For more James Bond anniversaries featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Other James Bond films on From Sweden with Love:

Dr. No (1962) starring Sean Connery
From Russia with Love (1963) starring Sean Connery
Thunderball (1965) starring Sean Connery
You Only Live Twice (1967) starring Sean Connery
Casino Royale (1967) starring Peter Sellers and David Niven
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) starring George Lazenby
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) starring Sean Connery
Live and Let Die (1973) starring Roger Moore
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) starring Roger Moore
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) starring Roger Moore
Moonraker (1979) starring Roger Moore
For Your Eyes Only (1981) starring Roger Moore
Octopussy (1983) starring Roger Moore
Never Say Never Again (1983) starring Sean Connery
A View to a Kill (1985) starring Roger Moore
The Living Daylights (1987) starring Timothy Dalton
Licence to Kill (1989) starring Timothy Dalton
GoldenEye (1995) starring Pierce Brosnan
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) starring Pierce Brosnan
The World Is Not Enough (1999) starring Pierce Brosnan
Die Another Day (2002) starring Pierce Brosnan
Casino Royale (2006) starring Daniel Craig
Quantum of Solace (2008) starring Daniel Craig
Skyfall (2012) starring Daniel Craig
SPECTRE (2015) starring Daniel Craig




Photo above:
The original Swedish film poster for Goldfinger (1964) from the FSWL collection.

Read more about the film Goldfinger on MGM's official website:



Goldfinger 50th Anniversary event in Oslo

Official report from the first major celebration of an old James Bond film in Oslo - a 50th anniversary celebration of Goldfinger (1964) (1964)

Goldfinger event Oslo poster
On May 22 and May 23, 2014, Norwegian James Bond-magasinet (Morten Steingrimsen) and From Sweden With Love (Anders Frejdh) hosted a 50th anniversary celebration of "Goldfinger" (1964), considered by many to be the most iconic and influential 007 film.

It started on 22 May 2014 with the guests of honour Sir Ken Adam, Sir Christopher Frayling (and his wife Lady Helen Frayling), Norman Wanstall and Margaret Nolan being greeted at the airport in Gardermoen, Norway. The guests were then conveyed in a motorcade of vintage Rolls-Royce cars to the Oslo city centre. Sir Ken greatly appreciated this, being a proud driver of a white, convertible Rolls himself. This Bondian fleet of cars was made possible by the Norwegian Rolls-Royce club who had also been involved with the Norwegian premiere party for "Quantum of Solace" in 2008. It was also in keeping with the theme of the event as Auric Goldfinger is the proud owner of a rather special 1937 Rolls-Royce Phantom III in the film (this car can be seen in the current Bond in Motion exhibit in London) and co-producer Cubby Broccoli also preferred to be driven in his famous Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II.

Upon their arrival at Oslo’s Grand Hotel, the stars and cars were greeted by a phalanx of press and the largest TV channels in Norway, NRK and TV2. Suddenly, a Rolls-Royce started to belch smoke but, alas, this was not one of Q’s tricks but the protestations of a rather old engine. A dramatic moment at the site of a venerable hotel which has also has been involved with numerous Norwegian Bond premieres. Norwegian television carried a broadcast in the evening along with clips from the gala screening.

After a short rest at the hotel, the guests were picked up by an “Octo-Rolls” – it seated eight! - and transported to the luxurious Kino Victoria cinema. Sean Connery’s film "The Terrorists" (also known under the title "Ransom", 1974) was filmed not far from this theatre.

Goldfinger event Oslo Rolls Royce
At the entrance of the Kino Victoria, guests were greeted by a display of a factory-new Aston Martin Vanquish and a Range Rover Sport (which Daniel Craig launched in 2013). In order to maintain the British atmosphere, all guests were welcomed by a cabin crew from British Airways (an airline associated with several Bond films including the 1979’s "Moonraker").

Goldfinger event Oslo Anders Frejdh
Goldfinger event Oslo Margaret Nolan
Goldfinger event Oslo Norman Wanstall
What is special about Kino Victoria is that it offers a total experience: a restaurant, Spiseriet, and a cinema theatre - in the same space. For the occasion, Kino Victoria was turned into a casino in the best Bond-style (where the public could compete for a trip to an exotic, James Bond-worthy, destination), the great LED displays showed clips from the Bond films, first-class bartenders offered a wide range of carefully selected Bond cocktails and the PA system blared Bondian music with the staff was dressed in gala dresses or tuxedos.

The guests enjoyed a menu of seasonal ingredients including asparagus soup and the hall began to fill with celebrities including model Linni Meister, ex Fulham FC footballer John Arne Riise (and his wife Louise Angelica Markussen), as well as the British Ambassador in Norway, Mrs. Jane Owen (accompanied by her son).

NRK, who earlier that day had done interviews with guests of honour, also had a live transmission to the Norway’s major evening news broadcast. In addition, in a live broadcast to its own website, NRK interviewed James Bond-magasinet’s Morten Steingrimsen about the event.

Inside the cinema, Morten introduced the event and told the audience about the evening program. The Ambassador Jane Owen of what James Bond has done for Britain, and then Anders Frejdh hosted a Q&A with Norman Wanstall and Margaret Nolan. Before the film started, Morten held a raffle with great prizes including a Bond Racing Set by Scalextric.

And then, Goldfinger! The film looked gorgeous on the big screen - magical to watch the movie with the film-makers in the audience; one of whom won the first 'Bond Oscar' (Norman Wanstall). For many in the audience, this was first time they saw an older Bond movie on the big screen and 50 years on, the highest number in screen entertainment was still 007.

After the film there was a half-hour conversation between Sir Christopher Frayling and Sir Ken Adam. Sir Ken offered a variety of exciting revelations about his work on the Bond films, including the Aston Martin DB5 originally included a separate martini shaker that converts into a hand grenade.

Goldfinger event Oslo Ken Adam
The after-party was livened up with a DJ but all good things came to an end at 24:00 and the event was finished.

Goldfinger event Oslo Casino
All attendees were given an exclusive 4-page program programme (with the very rare and original Norwegian "Goldfinger" poster), which included an introduction by Guy Hamilton. Everyone got a goodie bag containing James Bond 007 Fragrance samples, a voucher for on demand service HBO Nordic, chips casino, exclusive and expensive chocolates and more.

The following day, on May 23, Steingrimsen and Frejdh took the guests for sightseeing of Oslo including the Viking Ship Museum, the Opera House, Ekeberg Hill (where Edvard Munch drew inspiration for his world-famous painting "The Scream") and Bygdøy.

In the evening, it was time for the public screening of Goldfinger, in the same room at Kino Victoria as the night before. The screening was opened with another Q&A with Margaret Nolan and Norman Wanstall. The crowd warmly welcomed the guests of honour and asked a number of interesting questions.

The May 23 ended with a delicious meal at the Henrik Ibsen inspired Grand Café next to the Grand Hotel.

A total of nearly 600 people attended the two screenings of Goldfinger.

A special thanks to all our honourable guests who made the trip from England: Sir Ken Adam, Sir Christopher Frayling, Lady Helen Frayling, Norman Wanstall and Margaret Nolan

A big thank you to all of our sponsors and partners that enabled the event: Eon Productions, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Betsson, Oslo Kino / Cinema Victoria, Egmont Nordisk Film, Spiseriet, British Embassy Oslo, British Council - Norway, P4, TP Vision Norway , Ceremony, British Airways, Pernod Ricard Norway, The Absolut Company, Insignia, Aston Martin, SF Norway, Park Circus, Bond Lifestyle, HBO Nordic, Balkan Art Department, Montages, Filter, Grand Hotel, Engelschiøn Marwell Hauge, James Bond 007 Fragrance, Turnbull & Asser, Universal Music Norway, The Cinema Store, National Library, Exlibris Media AS, VisitBritain, Scalextric and Rolls Royce Enthusiast's Club English Section.

Written and compiled by Anders Frejdh. © 2014 From Sweden with Love.



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