The London premiere of "Goldfinger," James Bond's third big-screen adventure, occurred exactly 50 years ago on Sept. 17, 1964. To celebrate this auspicious anniversary for everyone's favourite super spy, here are (00)7 things you probably didn't know about "Goldfinger."
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German actor Gert Fröbe wasn’t the first choice to play “Goldfinger's” titular villain, as Bond producers originally wanted legendary actor/director Orson Welles to play the role of Auric Goldfinger. Unfortunately, Welles turned out to be too expensive for the production, so they went with Fröbe instead.
Welles would eventually play a Bond villain -- sort of. The actor later portrayed Le Chiffre in the unofficial 1967 version of “Casino Royale” starring David Niven.
Nein, Herr Bond...
“Goldfinger” was one of actor Gert Fröbe first major English language roles. The German actor had previously worked primarily in German, French, and Italian movies, and as a result spoke very little English.Read More »from 'Goldfinger' Turns 50: (00)7 things you didn't know about the classic James Bond film