Mukti

Goldfinger oddities

Posted in movies by jrahman on February 19, 2010

From the book:

As a result of fufty years of emancipation, feninine qualities were dying out or being transferred to the males.  Pansies of both sexes were everywhere, not yet completely homosexual, but confused, not knowing what they were.  The result was a herd of sexual misfits — barren and full of frustrations, the women wanting to dominate and the men to be nannied.

In 1959, it was possible to have an offensive passage like this in a mainstream novel.  In Bangladesh, I guess it’s still possible. 

Anyway, here is another one, this time from the movie:

My dear, some things just aren’t done.  Such as drinking Dom Pérignon ’53 above a temperature of   38° Fahrenheit.  That’s as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs.

The movie is from 1964. 

Bangladeshi readers of a certain age would know that the scene whore 007 first encounters Goldfinger, over a game of card that the villain cheats on, is replicated in a classic pre-1971 Masud Rana novel.  But there are reasons to think that Kazi Anwar Hossain, MR-9’s creator, wasn’t the only prominent Pakistani following Bond’s adventures.

In both the book and the movie, criminal mastermind Goldfinger plans a clinical incursion into Fort Knox to contaminate the US gold reserves for decades by making it radioactive.  The diminution in supply would raise the value of his own stocks of gold.  And this brilliant plan was called Operation Grand Slam.

Somebody in Pakistan (my brother thinks Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, then foreign minister) was inspired by the movie.  The Pakistani leadership hatched a plan, consisting of two parts, to win Kashmir from India.  The first part was to secretly infiltrate the Vale of Kashmir with agents provocateurs who would lead a violent uprising against the Indian authorities.  The second part was to be a clinical military incursion into Indian territory to cut off a vital transport link between Kashmir and India.

The first mission was known as Operation Gibraltar, and the second as Operation Grand Slam.

This of course leads us to ask, what was the original Operation Gibraltar?

Anyhoo, let me finish with one of the fewest occassions where 007, the king of oneliners, is lost for words.

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  1. DS said, on March 1, 2010 at 6:20 am

    The hat-wearing bond lost the cultural battle to the Beatles (although, if Mad Men is anything to go by, it was a pyrrhic victory). You can see an acknowledgement of that in the latest movie where one of the bond ladies is called Strawberry Fields. Her sad demise is a nod to Goldfinger.

    “You may also like”: xkcd.com/123/

    • jrahman said, on March 1, 2010 at 1:28 pm

      Love the xkcd link, thanks. Yes, Quantum of Solace nods to the Beatles with Miss Fields’ death. Can you explain the Mad Men reference?

  2. DS said, on March 11, 2010 at 5:12 am

    Took a while, but found it:

    http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/1nH5EhJBNLU/

    Watch from 40 minutes till 43:30 🙂

  3. সাতকাহন « Mukti said, on July 20, 2012 at 5:39 am

    […] the life.  For Mr Mashuk Nana.  (Watching it for the first time as a schoolboy, I thought Goldfinger was Swarna-mrigo rip-off.  I suspect every literate Deshi of a certain age has a similar story.) […]


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