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The Goldfinger Files: The Making of the Iconic Alpine Sequence

By: FSWL team
Published:
2020-09-08
The Goldfinger Files book
The Goldfinger Files: The Making of the Iconic Alpine Sequence is a new 192-pages book featuring 346 photos with text written by Steffen Appel and Peter Wälty published by Steidl on 13th August 2020. The foreword is written by Franck Hamilton, the son of director Guy Hamilton.

As one of popular culture’s most charming and enduring characters, James Bond needs no introduction. Neither does Goldfinger (1964), perhaps the most classic Bond film and undoubtedly the beginning of 1960s Bondmania. Incorporating much unpublished material including photographs and the original typed screenplay, The Goldfinger Files is an illustrated history of the film’s iconic scenes shot in Switzerland’s Urseren Valley, crowned by the car chase with Bond’s gadget-laden Aston Martin.

Sean Connery in Switzerland for Goldfinger 1964
Sean Connery during a photo shoot with journalists in Switzerland for Goldfinger 1964. Photo by Hans Gerber.

To maximize publicity for the film, its makers took the unorthodox step of inviting journalists and photographers onto the set, resulting in a wealth of photos including those by Hans Gerber, Josef Ritler and Erich Kocian. These give us an insider’s view of the famous sequence — Goldfinger’s Rolls-Royce on the dusty mountain road, Tilly Masterson’s (Tania Mallet) failed assassination attempt on him, the chase between her Mustang and Bond’s Aston Martin, and finally Goldfinger’s smelting factory. Dozens of private pictures revealing candid, behind-the-scenes moments complete this documentary flipbook of golden-age James Bond culture.

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