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Pussy Galore's Flying Circus are five professional women aviators, led by Pussy Galore and were in the employ of Auric Goldfinger. They appear in the 1964 film, Goldfinger and are portrayed by seven actresses; Maggie Wright, Aleta Morrison, Jane Holland, Jane Murdoch, Maise Farrell, Caron Gardner and Lesley Langley.

Film biography

In Goldfinger's "Operation Grand Slam", the pilots of Pussy Galore's Flying Circus are responsible for spraying Delta 9 nerve gas over Fort Knox. In theory, the deadly gas was to kill the gold depository's defenders, allowing Goldfinger to walk in unopposed and plant an atomic device in the vault. On the day of the attack, Operation Grand Slam began with Pussy Galore's Flying Circus spraying the gas over Fort Knox as planned. However, Bond had seduced Pussy, convincing her to replace the nerve gas with a harmless substance and alert the U.S. government about Goldfinger's plan.

Behind the scenes

Between the shooting at Northolt airstrip on May 13th 1964, and additonal shots completed on July 2nd, 1964, of the five original girls who played the pilots, two had been replaced. The original May line up was with Aleta Morrison, Maggie Wright, Jane Holland, Jane Murdoch and Maise Farrell. By July Jane Murdoch and Maise Farrell had been replaced by Caron Gardner and Lesley Langley. So 7 girls played the 5 pilots, but two of them were eventually only used for photos and never seen in the film.

Trivia

  • Contrary to some reports, Aleta Morrison - not Maggie Wright - is the Squadron Leader who does the talking when the girls gas Fort Knox.
  • In some scenes they were played by stuntmen in blonde wigs.

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