While the James Bond movies boast no end of memorable puns, one-liners and over-the-top pronouncements, the scene from Goldfinger featuring the line “No, Mister Bond, I expect you to die…” has been voted the best Bond moment of all time.
10.3% of 2500 people polled by Sky Movies chose the 1964 film’s much-parodied laser-beam-up-the-jaffas interrogation scene as their favourite moment from the spy franchise, causing current Bond star Daniel Craig to remark: “Yes, that would take some beating.”
In the film, the villainous Auric Goldfinger’s line comes after Sean Connery’s Bond asks his captor “You expect me to talk?” But Gert Fröbe, the German actor who played Goldfinger, didn’t actually utter “No, Mister Bond…” himself, as his part was dubbed into English by Michael Collins.
Fröbe also insisted that, despite the association, he was nothing like Goldfinger in real life. He once said: “I am a big man, and I have a laugh to match my size. The ridiculous thing is that since I played Goldfinger in the James Bond film there are some people who still insist on seeing me as a cold, ruthless villain – a man without laughs.”
Second place was awarded to the moment in 1977’s The Spy Who Loved Me when Roger Moore’s Bond skis off the edge of an Austrian mountain and opens his Union Jack parachute, while Sean Connery’s delivery of the line “Bond… James Bond” in Dr No came third.
Daniel Craig’s free-running chase across a building site in Casino Royale placed fourth, followed by the astonishing barrel-roll car jump from 1974’s The Man With the Golden Gun.
Pierce Brosnan’s tank chase through St. Petersberg in Goldeneye was voted sixth, while Roger Moore’s crocodile “stepping stones” sequence in Live and Let Die came seventh.
Rounding out the top ten in order were the pre-title sequence from Quantum of Solace, Desmond Llewellyn’s last appearance as Q in The World is Not Enough, and the scene from On Her Majesty’s Secret Service in which Bond’s wife is murdered. Poor old Timothy Dalton didn’t even get a look in…