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Simmons is a fictional card partner of wealthy entrepreneur, Auric Goldfinger, in Miami Beach, Florida. A minor character, he was loosely based on the character Junius Du Pont from Ian Fleming's James Bond novel Goldfinger and appeared in its 1964 film adaptation. He was portrayed by Canadian actor Austin Willis.

Biography

Simmons was the card partner of Auric Goldfinger at the Fontainebleau Hotel on Miami Beach, Florida. He always lost because his secretary Jill Masterson can see his cards through her high-powered binoculars. She communicates via radio with Goldfinger (who receives the messages through a false hearing aid), telling him what cards Simmons has and what is going on in the game. As in the novel, James Bond stops the cheating, but his demands to Goldfinger are less detailed.

Behind the scenes

Austin Willis was initially cast as C.I.A. Agent Felix Leiter, but at the last minute he and fellow Canadian actor Cec Linder switched roles.[1]

Austin Willis shot his part at Pinewood Studios outside London, England while stand-ins for himself and Gert Fröbe (who played Goldfinger) are used in wider shots of Fontainebleau Hotel.

See Also

References

  1. p.49 Dunbar, Brian Goldfinger: Director, Guy Hamilton 2001 Longman
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