Auric Goldfinger may just as well have said in this famous scene, “No Mr. Bond, I expect you to dye my dinner jacket a shade of gold.”
All of Goldfinger’s clothes in the Bond film with the same name are gold in colour, or close to it in yellow or brown. Even though Goldfinger is one of the most garishly-dressed villains, there are still a few things to admire about his clothes. He certainly knows what he likes, and that’s something to appreciate. And as one could expect from a man with a fortune in gold, he wears very expensive clothes.
Goldfinger’s dinner jacket is made of a shiny and slubby silk dupioni in a two-tone dark brown and gold weave. The dark brown is in the warp and the gold is in the weft, which is easily visible in crosswise slubs. Silk dupioni is stiff but looks luxurious with its well-known purposeful imperfections visible as slubs.
The single-breasted dinner jacket follows tradition with a single button on the front and a shawl collar. The dinner jacket is cut with a clean chest, and the shoulders have a little padding that attempts to straighten Goldfinger’s very large, round shoulders. The jacket has no vent, three buttons on the cuffs and jetted pockets, all following the classic dinner jacket style.
The silk dinner jacket is certainly very expensive, but even though it was made for him it doesn’t fit all that well. That may be because silk—especially lightweight silk dupioni—doesn’t have much give and doesn’t tailor as easily as wool does. The flaws in the fit are quite noticeable; there are ripples in the upper chest and pulls at the waist, and the collar sometimes stands away from the neck on the right side.
A brown dinner jacket lacks the elegance of a black or ivory dinner jacket, but on the other hand it flatters Goldfinger’s warm autumn complexion more that the more traditional colours would. The gold silk dupioni lapels bring Goldfinger’s favourite colour into the dinner jacket, and gold metal—or likely brass considering it’s only a film costume—buttons add another level of gaudiness to the jacket. Metal buttons would ordinarily make any jacket look like a blazer, but Goldfinger’s dinner jacket still looks like a dinner jacket since the gold buttons somewhat match the colour of the lapels.
Under the dinner jacket, Goldfinger wears classic black trousers. They probably have a silk stripe down the side of each leg, but the scene is dark and the trousers aren’t seen much so it’s difficult to tell.
Goldfinger’s cream fine self-stripe dress shirt from Frank Foster has a rounded point collar—it’s not as rounded as a club collar—and double cuffs. Though the rounded collar is not traditional for black tie and emphasises Goldfinger’s round face and round body, it harmonises with the dinner jacket’s round shawl collar. The front of the shirt is pleated, the placket is stitched close to the centre so that the folds of the placket match the folds of the pleats. The buttons—not studs—down the placket are shanked gold metal. Goldfinger follows black tie convention and wears a narrow black batwing bow tie, which is not a flattering look for his large face. He wears a folded white linen handkerchief in his breast pocket. His shoes are black.