Goldfinger, 1964: A script, complete with Dope Sheets,

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Lot 79
Goldfinger, 1964: A script, complete with Dope Sheets,

£ 5,000 - 5,500
US$ 6,500 - 7,200
Goldfinger, 1964: A script, complete with Dope Sheets,
with pale green card covers, front inscribed with title in blue ink, 105 mimeographed pages, several dated 12.3.64, with 63 orange, white and green-coloured Dope Sheets, 8½ x 13 inches (21.5 x 33cm)

Footnotes

  • This rare document provides a fascinating insight into the production of the film; in addition to the script it also contains 'dope sheets' which provide a very detailed breakdown of production requirements.

    The script's revision sheets, dated 12.3.64, were produced around six weeks into production and it also features a number of variations to what is ultimately seen on screen. A faint, pencil sketch on one page of a Korean holding a gun to Bond's head and water damage to the pages corresponding to the water scenes filmed on the tank stage at Pinewood studios underline its production use. The dope sheets provide information vital in the filming, listing details of the stage/location, scene numbers, characters, essential props and other special requirements.

    Some of the original elements in this screenplay include the famous scene outside the clubhouse where Oddjob beheads the statue: this had originally been intended to be a sapling and it is this original version we see here with differing dialogue. Bond congratulates him saying, 'Well bowled, Oddjob'. In this script the bomb is stopped at 1 rather than 007 and the quip Bond makes when Leiter asks about Oddjob at the end of the film differs, scripted here as 'He got the bad news off the hot wire'; in the final cut Bond quips, 'He blew a fuse'. Other scenes were apparently rewritten to include extra dialogue, for example the climax where Bond and Goldfinger are aboard the plane; in this version Bond quips 'Tight squeeze, old man?' which does not appear in the film.

    The Aston Martin sequence dope sheets list in meticulous detail every requirement for filming, which cars are needed for which scene, e.g. ' M/Benz 1,2', 'Aston 3,4' or 'Aston(trick)', in addition to the SFX requirements such as 'Aston smoke effect' 'portable smoke effect', 'S/FX armour shield', 'camera car S/FX oil slick', 'Aston (trick) S/FX ejector seat operates, Aston roof gone' and 'S/FX Aston bullet starred windshield'.

    The sheets also feature the props required in various scenes, including 'Bond Walther PPK & holster, watch, cigarette case etc', 'Bond shoe with trick heel compartment', 'Goldfinger's gold plated revolver (practical)', 'Oddjob's bowler', 'soft bowler for striking Tilly's neck', 'Goldfinger's Dunlop no.1', 'Bond Penfold hearts', 'hay bales' and 'a continuity sandwich'!

    The detailed breakdown of special requirements include 'deflatable seagull', 'cables attached to door & bulldozer aside', 'make-up gold paint job on Jill, Bond's hands painted gold', 'art: poster on wall "Pussy Galores Flying Circus"', 'Station wagon labelled "Auric Stud Farm"', 'Oxy-acetylene cutting equipment apparatus, as tested', 'S/FX prepared gold ball to be crushed' and 'S/FX prepared Silver Birch sapling to be planted', this eventually to become a statue which Oddjob beheads in the scene outside the clubhouse.
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Goldfinger, 1964: A script, complete with Dope Sheets,
Goldfinger, 1964: A script, complete with Dope Sheets,
Goldfinger, 1964: A script, complete with Dope Sheets,
Goldfinger, 1964: A script, complete with Dope Sheets,
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