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Odd Job

Korean manservant to Auric Goldfinger. A karate expert with a lethal bowler hat.

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The man with the midas touch had a man with a steel hat

  • Aug 23, 2010
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The best villain is the one that you either want to see win in the movies or the ones you can't stand and WANT to see lose.  Oddjob falls in the latter.

Oddjob is the firercly loyal, strong as a bull and silent servant to Auric Goldfinger.  He'll be your caddy and cheat at golf for you, lead your men into battle and even use the metal rim in his hat like a killer frisbee to kill targets, drive your car and even, yes to make sure a plan goes off without a hitch risk getting blown up for his master, EVEN when it looks like he could get away he'll make sure the plan succeeds.

Silent and mute aside from a few grunting sounds, Oddjob was as loyal as they come.  Handy with a gun or his killer hat, should it come down to a hand to hand fight, Oddjob's muscles and his karate skills served him well and made it almost a standard that Bond had to come up with other ways to beat superior opponents in a fight.  Many times during the fight after Bond is bested by this beast, a smug look from Oddjob is all it takes to make Bond try harder to save the day.

Oddjob provided a solid fight with Bond at the end of the film, Goldfinger and it's very good much like the rest of the movie.  Harold Sakata was a great choice for this brute and played him well.
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August 30, 2010
Great review, John! Don't know why I'm so amused by Odd Job, but I've always been :P
August 30, 2010
More people remember him cause Goldfinger is the most popular movie and he isn't as "out there" as Jaws. I like Oddjob too.
 
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review by . November 05, 2011
posted in Bond, James Bond
While not my top favorite Bond villain Oddjob is probably the best known Bond villains.  Few villains in the Bond films strike such an iconic image as Oddjob with deadly top hat.  Harold Sakata without uttering one word created such a strong fascinating character that its difficult not put him at the top of the Bond villains list.  My ultimate favorite villain is Rosa Klebb in From Russia With Love.  Thats probably because I feel its a much stronger film.   But as a kid …
review by . December 17, 2010
I consider Oddjob superior to Jaws as a Bond foe and supporting villain. No one that has ever seen the movie can forget his hat. After watching the movie my friends and I found hats and we threw them at each other in playing. It was a lot more fun that the traditional cowboys and Indians or war that we had played earlier. If you hit someone with your hat there was no "I got you, no you didn't dispute." Of course, our hats were not as aerodynamically stable as Oddjob's.
Quick Tip by . August 10, 2010
posted in Bond, James Bond
The man with the killer head wear, loyal to the end, a karate expert and strong as an ox. When Bond triumphs in the end that smug smile doesn't last long.
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
posted in Bond, James Bond
One of the best of the Bond bad guys. I actually personally met him 15 years later as a teenager living in Miami8 Beach. He was a condo neighbor of a friend of mine. Really nice, still strong as an ox.
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Oddjob is a henchman to the villain Auric Goldfinger in the film and novel. In the film he was played by the Hawaiian actor Harold Sakata.
 
Oddjob (along with Jaws) is the strongest character in the Bond series. He is superior in unarmed combat skills to Bond in both film and novel, and therefore must be killed by application of superior cunning (by uncontrolled decompression in the book and electrocution in the film).
 
The character of Oddjob, from his unusual appearance, manners, strength and method of killing, forms the archetype for many privileged senior henchmen of the Bond film series, including Tee Hee, Jaws, Gobinda, Stamper, and Zao.
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