Goldfinger

Villian: Erno Goldfinger inspiration for the character Auric Goldfinger- villain of the James Bond book and film titled titled “Goldfinger”. Erno Goldfinger was born in Budapest and studied architecture in Paris. He moved to London in 1934.

Plot: Modernizing London. Erno Goldfinger  was an influential figure in the British modern movement. In an attempt to resolve the shortage of housing stock in England after the second World War the British Government turned to high-rise buildings as a potential solution. Goldfinger’ being an advocate of high rise apartments took his chances and sought after such projects. This opportunity gave him a reputation in England as a designer of tower blocks [1].

Some of his most significant buildings of the time were the 27-floor Balfron Tower and the adjacent eleven-storey Carradale House in the East End London Borough of Tower Hamlets, these served as models for the similar 31-floor Trellick Tower in North Kensington. These projects are significant examples of Brutalist architecture. Initially the projects were deemed as failures by the tenants and surrounding neighbors. This opinion has since changed,  the towers still stand today and are even listed as grade II [1]..

However it was the design of Goldfingers’ own house that plays a special role for shaping the choice of architectural style of James Bond villains. Author of the James Bond series Ian Fleming lived close by to 1-3 Willow Rd, where Goldfingers’ house stands. Fleming was not fond of the modernist architectural style especially that of Goldfingers house. According to the design Museum of London “Goldfinger conceived the three houses at 1-3 Willow Road as a contemporary counterpoint to the surrounding Georgian homes. The traditional brick and graceful Georgian proportions of his terrace façaded fluid interior spaces with strategically positioned lighting for drama after dark. Goldfinger lined the walls of own house with waxed oak and obsessed over the details. At the time local residents mounted a vociferous, though unsuccessful lobby to block Goldfinger’s plans.” Ian Fleming was part of this lobby and decided  to model the villain of his seventh James Bond book after Erno Goldfinger. Goldfingers’ character also shows up in the film “Goldfinger” [1].

Sources

[1] http://design.designmuseum.org/design/erno-goldfinger

 

 

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“Erno Goldfinger”.  Photo from Gettyimages,  uploaded to villainslair 221015 by Anna Ulak. This image had been altered by: Anna Ulak

 

 

 

 

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1-3 Willow rd. Goldfingers house, originally built in 1939. Photo by Timffl~commonswiki, Created: 240905, uploaded to villainslair 221015 by Anna Ulak. This image had been altered by: Anna Ulak

 

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 Trellick Tower, architect Erno Goldfinger. Photo by Edwardx, Created: 4 July 2014, uploaded to villainslair 221015 by Anna Ulak. This image had been altered by: Anna Ulak

 

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Balfrom Tower. Photo by Arch2all, Sebastian F, Created 150708. uploaded to villainslair 221015 by Anna Ulak. This image had been altered by: Anna Ulak

 

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Balfrom Tower and Carradale House. Photo by valissdimos, Created on 010908. uploaded to villainslair 221015 by Anna Ulak. This image had been altered by: Anna Ulak
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