In Goldfinger, 007's Mission was to prove Goldfinger is a criminal and get him behind bars. But midway through the movie, Goldfinger almost killed 007 on the laser table and then kidnaps him and imprisons him.

But the movie makes it clear James Bond could escape at any point he wanted to, by either simply running off or using the GPS tracker to alert Felix.

So why not just escape and have Goldfinger arrested? I'm pretty sure kidnapping people is going to get you a few years.

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    Two thoughts: Goldfinger has more than enough money to bribe any authorities, and his associates may have carried out the plan even if he were arrested
    – OrangeDog
    Dec 24 '20 at 13:08
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    Third thought: Bond is a secret agent, Goldfinger knows he's a secret agent, and I'm sure Goldfinger would be more than willing to blow Bond's cover at any criminal proceedings that might ensue.
    – F1Krazy
    Dec 24 '20 at 13:13
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    Are you absolutely certain that was the mission? I haven't seen the movie in decades but wikipedia says, "Bond's objective is determining how Goldfinger smuggles gold across countries' borders." Aside from that, when has the plot of a Bond movie ever been "Bond finds villain, rings the cops. The End"? There is such a thing as narrative imperative & that device in Bond was always 'Bond blows up the secret hideaway'.
    – Tetsujin
    Dec 24 '20 at 13:39
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    Not related to the question but GPS did not exist when Goldfinger was released. Dec 24 '20 at 20:33
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    @ToddWilcox GPS didn't exist, but the British Secret Service launched their satellites on the hush-hush using the Black Knight, launched from Woomera (Black Knight ... a long way from home) Dec 24 '20 at 23:08

Because that is not Bond's mission.

The mission is to establish how Goldfinger is illegally transferring gold out of the country so the government can seize his assets.

As yet, we have failed to discover how he transfers his gold overseas, and Lord knows we've tried.

If your department can establish that it is done illegally, then the Bank could institute proceedings to recover the bulk of his holdings.

Even if Bond reported the kidnap and attempted murder to the authorities, he has no proof of this happening, it would not accomplish his primary mission.

  • Who cares about Bond's life, as long as we get the gold back?
    – Florian F
    Dec 26 '20 at 15:41

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