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The Flying Circus Pilots appear as professional women aviators in the 1964 James Bond film, "Goldfinger". They are portrayed by Aleta Morrison, Maggie Wright, Lesley Langley, Marian Collins, Caron Gardner, Jane Murdoch, Tricia Muller, Jane Holland, and Maise Farrell.

These henchwomen are led by Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) and are ultimately under the employment of Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe). They are part of Goldfinger's Operation Grand Slam, and used as the pilots of Pussy Galore's Flying Circus. In the movie they are responsible for spraying Delta 9 nerve gas over Fort Knox. The gas was intended to kill defenders at the base and the depository at Fort Knox, which in term would allow Goldfinger to walk in unopposed and plant an atomic device in the vault.

However, James Bond (Sean Connery) had seduced Pussy Galore, convincing her to replace the nerve gas with a harmless substance and alert the U.S. Government about Goldfinger's plan. As a result, the men at the army base and depository only pretended to pass out from the gas. The pilots were unaware of this change in the plans, since Pussy did not let them in on the plot. Therefore, they thought that the gas was still killing the 60,000 men, and thus they were kept their evilness in check. They erroneously reported that their plan had been a success, and thus Goldfinger was caught in the act.

The girls appear in close-fitting and militaristic black body suits with a gold solar emblem patch. The solar emblem is reminiscent of the black sun emblem of the Nazis. They have white belts and white boots on. They operate out of the Blue Grass Airport near Lexington, Kentucky.

The original cast prior to the shooting of the movie, included Aleta Morrison, Maggie Wright, Jane Holland, Jane Murdoch and Maise Farrell. Many publicity shots were included from this group. However, when the film was shot less than 2 months later, Holland, Murdoch, and Farrell were replaced by Caron Gardner, Lesley Langley, and Marian Collins. Therefore, their were 8 girls who played 5 positions. In other words there were only 5 pilots and 5 planes in the movie. In addition, a 9th girl, Tricia Muller played "Sydney", Pussy Galore's co-pilot when Pussy transported Bond to Goldfinger's Kentucky residence.

TriviaEdit

  • Marian Collins appeared as one of the STENCH Henchwomen in the 1964 film "Carry On Spying".

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