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Steven Jay Rubin remember Gert Fröbe on his birthday

By: Steven Jay Rubin
Gert Fröbe Auric Goldfinger
The James Bond Movie Encyclopedia presents This Day in James Bond Movie History - remembering the late German actor Gert Fröbe (1913-1988), born on this day in 1913.

Gert Fröbe will forever be identified as the marvelous title character villain in the third James Bond movie, Goldfinger (1964), one of the best written and performed roles ever featured in the 007 series.

Credit must be given to screenwriter Richard Maibaum for giving his villain some of the choicest lines ever.

BOND (as the laser beam heads for his family jewels), “Do you expect me to talk?”
GOLDFINGER: No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.”

Fröbe had previously been in The Longest Day (1962) as the milk-delivering horseman on Omaha Beach, ironically just down the road from Sean Connery who was playing a soldier wading ashore on Sword Beach. The following year, Fröbe would return to international territory with his performance as the comic flyer in Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines (1965).

There is one more person who needs crediting here – actor Michael Collins who revoiced Gert when the producers felt his German accent was too thick. And since the script introduces Goldfinger as a Brit, it made sense to get Collins, who was spot on (see attached video interview with Collins and sound expert Norman Wanstall).

So let’s hoist a tall one to one of the great Bond characters of all time, and the extraordinary men who played him.

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