Oddjob (Harold Sakata)
Oddjob played by Harold Sakata
Born in Holualoa, Hawaii, USA on 1st July 1920
Died 29th July 1982
Starred In Goldfinger (1964)
When Bond plays golf with Auric Goldfinger he is confronted by Oddjob serving as Goldfinger's caddy. Henchman to Goldfinger, Oddjob helps him cheat at golf when he loses his golf ball. Goldfinger tries to persuade Bond to stay out of his affairs by telling Oddjob to provide a demonstration. Oddjob then proceeds to throw his metal rimmed hat at a stone statue cutting off it's head.
At the end of the car chase trying to elude Goldfinger's henchmen with Tilly Masterson, Bond tells her to run for cover into some trees. Oddjob however gets out of one of the cars and kills her by throwing his hat.
Later Goldfinger tells Oddjob to take Mr Solo to the airport. He proceeds to take the wrong turning and drives down a deserted road where he shoots him.
At the end of the film, Bond and Oddjob fight each other whilst they are trapped inside the vault of Fort Knox. Unable to cause Oddjob any pain, Bond manages to get hold of Oddjob's hat. After throwing the hat at some bars missing him, Bond uses a stray live electric cable to electrocute Oddjob when he touches his hat.
A stocky oriental muscle man, Oddjob does not speak one word throughout the whole of Goldfinger, but he doesn't need to. Oddjob's physical presence and role in Goldfinger make him one of the most famous henchmen in the Bond series.
His physical presence and strength meant he is completely invulnerable to Bond's attacks in the vault of Fort Knox. Hit repeatedly in the stomach and in the face with wooden bars, Oddjob continues regardless. Meanwhile Bond suffers by being thrown around and generally beaten up.
A fanatically loyal servant of Goldfinger, Oddjob dressed in a traditional manservant's uniform travels with Goldfinger wherever he goes. As well as performing jobs like a golf caddy, chauffeur and bodyguard, Oddjob is a silent murderer using his hat and his karate skills to disable his opponent.
Harold Sakata's on-screen persona could not be further from the reality of the real man. A kind, gently spoken man Harold Sakata was a professional wrestler before entering the world of acting. Sakata liked his role of Oddjob so much that he appeared in a number of programmes and shows in his Oddjob character. §