Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965)


A parody of the highly successful James Bond entry "Goldfinger", "Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine" finds Vincent Price as the titular mad scientist who, with the questionable assistance of his resurrected flunky Mullaney, builds a gang of female robots who are then dispatched to seduce and rob wealthy men.

Robot #11/Diane (Susan Hart) is sent after millionaire Todd Armstrong (Dwayne Hickman).

Frankie Avalon portrays bumbling SIC (Special Intelligence Command) agent Craig Gamble, who is charged with solving the crimes that Dr. Goldfoot is perpetrating.

"Igor, you idiot, why must you listen to me when I'm WRONG?" - Dr. Goldfoot

Vital Statistics
Studio: American International Pictures (AIP)
Running Time: 88 minutes
Release Date: 6th November 1965
Budget: N/A
Box-Office (Domestic): N/A

Cast & Characters
Vincent Price
Dr. Goldfoot
Susan Hart
Robot #11 (Diane)
Frankie Avalon
Craig Gamble
Dwayne Hickman
Todd Armstrong

San Francisco International Airport, San Francisco, California, USA; San Francisco, California, USA

Vincent Price returned for the 1966 sequel, "Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs", directed by Mario Bava and produced in Italy. These films, particularly the idea for the "fembots", were a major inspiration for Mike Myers in the 1997 spy spoof Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery.

Goldfoot's name reflects his and his robots' choice in footwear. In Britain this film was released as "Dr. G. and the Bikini Machine" due to legal action by a London-based Doctor Goldfoot.

A poster tagline read: "This is a Bikini Machine - order your '66 model now! ...manufactured by the evil Dr. Goldfoot with Kiss-Button... Kill-Button and of course the Mystery Button. All new parts (some parts!) tested, approved and ready to go-go-go!"

Producer James H. Nicholson first laid eyes on female star Susan Hart (above) when production on Goldfoot began, and by all accounts it was love at first sight. Before long he divorced his wife and the two were married. Hart retired from acting.

The Bond Connection
Goldfoot is an unsubtle spoof on the title "Goldfinger", the James Bond movie that smashed box-records a year previous. At the time of release, a television special was also named to echo a Thunderball promotion. The film itself hit theaters one month before Thunderball in order to maximise box-office from spy-fi fever and the anticipation of Connery's routh outing as 007.

Above: Vincent Price as Dr. Goldfoot

Production Notes
Despite its low production values, the film has achieved a certain cult status for the appearance of Price and other AIP Beach Party film alumni, its in-jokes and over-the-top sexism, the claymation title sequence designed by Art Clokey, and a title song performed by The Supremes. The original title was "Dr. Goldfoot and His Bikini Machine", and while the title was changed to "the" rather than "his", the song still reflects the original title.

Vincent Price stated in a 1987 interview that the original script was a camp musical, comparing it to Little Shop of Horrors. Price stated, "It could have been fun, but they cut all the music out," though he is not clear whether the footage was actually shot or the idea was abandoned during production. An AIP Television special that appeared on Shindig! in November 1965 called "The Wild Weird World of Dr. Goldfoot" featured many songs that may have been cut from the cinema release.

The title of the television show may have been inspired by the November 1965 The Incredible World of James Bond designed to give publicity to the upcoming release of Thunderball.

The film's climax is an extended car–bike–cable car–boat-on-wheels chase through the streets of San Francisco, and the film is notable for its scenic photography of the city. The cablecar scene was filmed at the West Portal tunnel.

Above: Mary Hughes and Salli Sachse as Dr. Goldfoot's bikini-clad robots

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