By Jeff Salter
Very difficult to select my favorite quote from a James Bond movie, because there were so many films and a vast array of memorable quotes. I’m not sure why this one calls out to me, but maybe because I used to really enjoy playing and watching golf.
To set up this scene, at Scotland’s famous St. Andrews golf course, you need to know that Goldfinger is passionate about two things: gold and winning. He is also a well-known cheater. This match between Bond and Goldfinger has as its bet a gold bar worth a fortune.
Goldfinger’s drive goes into the rough and he and Odd Job, his very unlikely caddy, spend their allotted time looking for it. Finally, Odd Job saves his boss by pretending to locate the lost ball (when he actually just drops a new ball in a very advantageous spot). That’s not only a violation to improve his position, but by pretending to find his original ball, Goldfinger also escapes the two penalty strokes which would have cost him the match.
Bond knows Goldfinger has cheated, but decides to continue playing the match. Bond’s caddy (Hawker) also spots the sleight of hand:
Hawker: If that’s his original ball, I’m Arnold Palmer.
Bond: It isn’t.
Hawker: How do you know?
Bond: I’m standing on it.
The beauty of this is that Bond shows Goldfinger the original ball later, when they’re settling up. For playing the wrong ball, Goldfinger must forfeit the match and has to pay off the wager. Bond keeps the gold bar.
To show how much Odd Job is irritated by Bond’s trick, he crushes the golf ball to powder in his bare hand.
What is YOUR favorite line from a Bond film?