The James Bond franchise has enjoyed a staggering amount of terrifying and memorable villains over the past 50 years. From Blofeld to Jaws, 007 has taken on some of the weirdest and whackiest foes around. One of the most obscure villains was introduced in the 1964 film Goldfinger.
Oddjob, who was played by Harold Sakata, wreaked terror on Bond and his cohorts by throwing his razor-lined bowler hat at people.
During the events of Goldfinger, the assassin’s hat was shown to be able to cut through thick marble, making it one of the most deadly weapons in the James Bond mythos.
Oddjob himself was a powerful man, going toe-to-toe with 007 a number of times and almost coming out on top.
While Sean Connery’s version of the intrepid spy did well against the killer, he may not have done so well in real life, as Oddjob actor Harold Sakata was actually an Olympic athlete.
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Sakata competed in the 1948 London Olympics where he won a silver medal for the US.
The American star’s choice of competition was in weightlifting, where he battled it out in the light-heavyweight division.
He was beaten only by another American, Stanley Stanczyk, who achieved gold; he beat Swedish athlete Gosta Magnusson who claimed bronze.
The athlete didn’t stop there, however. Sakata went on to become a professional wrestler where he performed under the name Tosh Togo.
Sakata went to pick up the iconic hat which was connected to the electric wires and held on through searing pain.
The actor reportedly held on to the hat until director Guy Hamilton yelled “cut!”
This wasn’t the only injury on the set of Goldfinger.
Connery himself was badly injured during the scene which took place at Fort Knox.
During a vicious fight scene with Oddjob star Sakata, Connery slipped and injured his back.
The pain was so severe the film’s production had to be shut down for a short time.
As recompense for the injury, Connery was awarded five percent of the profits of every Bond film he would go on to star in.
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