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by felixkk » Thu May 17, 2018 8:47 am

Some pictures I found on the making of Goldfinger in Switzerland. These are taken on the Furka Pass and on the road leading to Andermatt.

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by felixkk » Thu May 17, 2018 8:51 am

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These are at the Pilatus plane factory near Stans/Buochs in Nidwalden
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Arriving in Switzerland
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by monk1483 » Thu May 17, 2018 2:23 pm

Thanks for sharing those absolutely brilliant pictures, I knew I was born 20 years too late.

Are they original photos?
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by felixkk » Thu May 17, 2018 2:51 pm

They are from the ETH (Zurich Tech University) archive:

https://www.e-pics.ethz.ch/index/ethbib ... 95830.html

PS born too late, I know what you mean
PPS click through the archive on the top right, there are quite a few more pictures there
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by colin7673 » Thu May 17, 2018 3:04 pm

Great photos,

Will we be on these roads in October?
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by felixkk » Thu May 17, 2018 3:53 pm

The Furka is right next to the Grimsel, I would suggest that it is worth the short trip. Below, on the right after Realp is the long straight stretch of road you see on the pictures.

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by felixkk » Thu May 17, 2018 4:07 pm

And for those interested in military history, this is the heart of the Swiss Redoubt (Reduit):

General Henri Guisan developed a strategy for the defense of Switzerland that recognized Switzerland's limited resources in equipment and manpower compared to its potential adversaries. Guisan proposed a delaying strategy in the broken terrain of the borders to keep an invading force out of the open country in the central plateau for as long as possible, allowing an orderly retreat to the secured Alpine perimeter. Once the retreat to the Alps was complete, the Swiss government could remain in hiding for an extended time.


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by Grant » Thu May 17, 2018 5:32 pm

Absolutely fantastic and Fan-dabbydozy FelixImage.. Brilliant so great... That Aston and Sean Connery ... just pure Class... as a kid I am sure we all just wanted to be him in that car.. well I did anywayImage.. Thank you Felix for posting them.. this is for youImage & another one :P >>Image
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by felixkk » Thu May 17, 2018 6:37 pm

Thank you, Grant. Much appreciated :D I was impressed how they are sitting in the grass having lunch. Today they’d need a whole row of caravans and tents for the filming, I imagine. I stumbled across the pictures by chance when I was googling a poster/book cover, a friend of mine did:

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by slotcarone » Thu May 17, 2018 8:37 pm

Great pictures!! One thing I find strange also being a Mustang fan is the antenna is on the wrong side. That is an early '64 1/2 car. :)
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by Keith » Thu May 17, 2018 8:49 pm

felixkk wrote:Thank you, Grant. Much appreciated :D I was impressed how they are sitting in the grass having lunch. Today they’d need a whole row of caravans and tents for the filming, I imagine. I stumbled across the pictures by chance when I was googling a poster/book cover, a friend of mine did:

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Great cover! And with George! What book is it please, Felix?
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by cannonball » Thu May 17, 2018 9:05 pm

Brill pics Felix my old son, imagine that had been a 541s they would be wrote in history now, :wink: and yes it is mint they are having lunch or what ever just sat around,, coolo.
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by jvcarrier » Thu May 17, 2018 9:33 pm

Yes but why are they 20 foot apart?
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by felixkk » Fri May 18, 2018 8:52 am

slotcarone wrote:Great pictures!! One thing I find strange also being a Mustang fan is the antenna is on the wrong side. That is an early '64 1/2 car. :)


How could, on a car forum, someone not come up with an anorak question? :D I don't know! The VIN of the car seems to be not known:

http://www.ponysite.de/goldfinger_conv.htm
As Alan Mann of Alan Mann Racing Ltd./UK told me,
they were approached via Walter Hayes, the big PR boss of Ford then in Europe. The Movie production had asked him for some help on the stunt scenes and requested a Mustang convertible for a female actress as well. As Allan recalls, "he had a convertible around" and at least it was easy to locate it for the movie.

Well, must have been still hard to get an 64 1/2 convertible in May/June in my view. But if Walter Hayes was in the background, it was for sure no problem to get it from somewhere. The white (or some still say phoenecian yellow) 64 1/2 convertible was the first appearance of a Mustang in Bond movies. Alan Mann was in Monte Carlo at the time of the filming and could plan ahead for the support indeed. Some suspension modifications were done to make it race-ready for the small curves and steep tiny roads at the Furka pass.

Alan Mann did not remember the VIN nor what happened to the car later. He thinks it might be scrapped, but we all know, movie cars apparently pop up here and there. In the end Alan Mann confirmed that he will be able to verify any car by specific changes they made, so attempts to produce fakes will not really be successful.

John Grant from Alan Mann Racing rememberd the car very clearly.
He told us a few years back in his interview a nice anecdote about the actual filming at the Furka pass. Andrew Cowan drove the car in some scenes and had to wear a wig, which was quite funny to see for his A.Mann race team mates, as he was quite tall. They had a lot of fun being there.

The red interior is clearly visible, although the white or light yellow color remain a question. Most people think and as far as I remember the Ian Fleming Organisation confirmed, it is a white Mustang.
John Grant (ex-Allan Mann mechanic) told me it featured a regular 289 engine, not a HiPo.

Note the big UK licence plate MLO973B clearly indicating that this car was brought over from England and probably by the Alan Mann Racing team.
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by felixkk » Fri May 18, 2018 8:56 am

Keith wrote:
felixkk wrote:Thank you, Grant. Much appreciated :D I was impressed how they are sitting in the grass having lunch. Today they’d need a whole row of caravans and tents for the filming, I imagine. I stumbled across the pictures by chance when I was googling a poster/book cover, a friend of mine did:

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Great cover! And with George! What book is it please, Felix?


I agree- he does some pretty amazing stuff. The book is "James Bond und die Schweiz", ISBN 978-3-905800-20-3, Echtzeit publishers. I'm going to go pick a copy up later today.

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