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TAPE #1 JEANETTE VARSIK GONZALEZ DEL PLIEGO 
interviewed by SAM s. 

Worked at the Fair during the summer of 1965. 

(JV) "I first started working for Greyhound. I was one of the 
Golden Girls. I was an information girl and I worked in a booth 
selling tickets for the various Greyhound transportation systems, 
giving information, pointing on the map to the various exhibits, 
telling them what is going on and giving directions. I worked 
there for just part of the summer because then there were layoffs 
and cut-offs. My job got smaller and smaller. It became partime 
only and, eventually, ••• and at that point I wanted to get another 
job working fulltime. So, I looked around and found a job with AMF 
Monorail. That was a monorail transportation system that linked 
the admission area, about 3/4 of miles around the admission area, 

, and I worked as a tour guide on the actual ride. I would give a 
· little speech as we were headed on ride, pointing out the different 
sites in the area, and when we weren't talking or discussing I 
played some music. I remember that they always played Loui 
Armstrong singing "Hello Dolly." Well, I heard that about a 
million times and I still love it, even to this day." 

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"Now one of the other features we had up in the monorail---
probably just for the time when I was working there because I don't 
know if they had in 1964 and I don't know if they had it for all of 
1965--- was a special exhibit of the James Bond 007 Car. It was 
the car that was in the movie "Goldfinger" and we, as information 
tour guides, would have to demonstrate the car. I've got a hole 
sheet with information about the car and I had a speech set up. I 
got all this information passed down to me from other people who 
worked there. I'm assuming its accurate; plus, I had a flyer that 
had a lot of details on it and I got my information from that also. 
I happen to have kept, after all these years, the actual speech 
that I had composed and I used when I demonstrated the car." 

(Q) Would you be able to let us hear that speech? You have it? 

(JV) "Yes, I have it with me. I' 11 try to read it and make it 
sound the way it sounded when I actually demonstrated the car. You 
just have to realize that I was either around the car or sitting 
inside it. While I was talking, I was actually manning the button 
and demonstrating things that would happen to the car. I started 
first by introducing it and then I would bring the people over to 
the car. I'd say: Ladies and gentlemen this is the amazing car 
made famous by James Bond in the movie "Goldfinger." It is an 
Asten-Martin DDS Super Sports car at the value of $45,000. The 
original retail value of ~ the car is $15,000. Anyone can buy an 
Asten-Martin for that Price; however, the United Artists had their 
own engineers design and install several defense mechanisms which 
have brought up the value of this car. If you step towards the 
rear of the car, I'll begin demonstrating these devises for you. 
On the left-hand side, the light cluster can be known to make an 



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oil slick; the one on the right can eject spike which were 
specifically designed to land with the point up. Now if you look 
under the bumper, you will notice there are three pipes. Two are 
the regular exhaust pipes but the third is used for a gas smoke 
screen. on the left rear wheel there is a prop tire slasher setup, 
these extend 24 11 out, rotate in a counter clockwise direction and 
are able to cut through the opponent's tires. The rear ones can't 
be demonstrated because they work hydrolacly and the car must be 
moving at least 30 m.p.h. in order for them to operate. Needless 
to say all the windows in the car are bullet-proof but in the back, 
for extra protection against heavy artillery fire, we have a bullet 
proof shield. When the shield is down it fits very nicely into the 
contour of the trunk and it can hardly be detected. You can see 
that the bumpers at the back and the front can be made to extend 
1~"· They are used for ramming purposes. They can be made to ram 
to a brick wall without bending or breaking as they did in the 
movie." 

"Now as you step towards the center of the car and look 
within--(now at this point I am sitting in the car and I am just 
telling people to come and look at the controls that I am working 
on) --you can see that directly to my left there is a central 
console which houses all the control that I have been using. This 
panel can be very easily hidden by merely flipping over the cover--
( and I flip the cover down)--and it looks like a regular armrest. 
Directly in front of this and under the dashboard we have what 
appears to be a radio cover but when the cover is lifted, you will 
notice, it reveals a radar screen. The radar system of the car 
works in this way: a small devise about 2 11 long, called the homer, 
is dropped into the adversary's car--in the movie it was dropped 
into Goldfinger' s car. Then the signals are picked up by the 
scanner, located in the right rear view mirror--if you take a good 
look in the black circle you can see it--and they are transmitted 
to a screen which has a series of interchangeable maps; in this 
way, James Bond could tell at a glance the exact location of the 
car he was following. You will also notice that the car is 
equipped with a telephone which can be hidden within the right door 
panel. 

"Now if you move towards the front of the car, I can 
demonstrate two more features for you. In the movie James Bond did 
a lot of traveling and to facilitate his entry into foreing 
countries he had three sets of registrations and a license plate to 
match. By merely turning a knob on the console panel--as I am 
doing now--we can locate them. There is a British, a French and a 
Swiss plate; with these he could avoid much redtape in crossing 
borders. Now look at the directional signals, they look quite 
normal and innocent as they~ are now, but all James Bond would have 
to do was flick a switch and machine guns would emerge--in the 
movie they started firing immediately. These are not the real 
automatic Browing machines used in the movie. When the car was 
brought over from England, U.S. Customs insisted that the real ones 
would be removed. What you see now are only replicas; however, 



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they can be made to fire blanks. As you probably noticed, the 
driver's seat is on the right side where I am sitting now. On the 
left we have the famous ejector seat. It can't be demonstrated for 
you now because it has been unhooked for safety purposes. However, 
the wires are still intact and it can be hook up whenever the 
owners decide to do so. You'll notice there is a part of the roof 
which has a cut-away section. If it were in operating order, all 
I would have to do is press this button on the gear shift handle 
and this section would fly off; simultaneously, the unsuspecting, 
unwanted passanger sitting next to me would be ejected 40 1 into the 
air. If you can't imagine this hight just look above you at the 
monorail track that is the hight he would reach. During the 
filming of the movie no stuntman in either the U.S. or England 
could be found to volunteer for this stunt and so a dummy was used. 
Also if you saw the movie, you are probably wondering, how is it 
possible that we could have this car here today all in one piece? 
because there is a scene in which it appears to be completely 
demolished; but for that scene United Artist didn't want to waste 
such a valuable car like a .• ? •• worth $45,000 dollars. So what 
they did was use a frame of another Asten-Martin worth only $4,000 
dollars and, with trick photography, they made it look like this 
was the car that was being ruined. In case you are interested, 
this car will appear in another movie. It will be seen in the 
movie "Thunderball," which will open the third week in December. 
In that movie instead of tire slahers coming out of the left 
hubcap, they will have knives being ejected." 

"Now if you have any questions which I haven't answered in the 
demonstration, I would be happy to answer them now. If not, thank 
you for listening and being with us this afternoon." 

(Q) Thank you. I just wonder what were some of the reactions that 
you might have gotten from some of the people that saw the car. Do 
you recall any interesting anedoctes? 

(JV) "Well then, there were a lot. I mean it was a fascinating 
car to look at and all these features are realy wonderful! and at 
that time quite advanced. I did had other facts to give them, like 
for instance: what the horsepower was = 340. They wanted to know 
what the top speed was = 150 m.p.h. and it could cruise at 125. 
Other facts were that it had five full years when we bought it. It 
had six cylinders, dual overhead cams, three carburators and that, 
apparently, it was made out of aluminium not fiver-glass; as some 
people might have thought. I do want to confess at this time that 
25 years later I still have a secret about this car." 

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(Q) Yes? 

(JV) "The big secrete; of course it is all rumors because I don't 
know, I did get all this information passed down to me from other 

people that worked there that just told me these are the facts. I 
never talked to United Artist. I never talked to the producers of 
the car; but anyway, apparently, this was not the only car in 
existence. I heard that there were five like it and that they were 
being demonstrated all over the world ••• ? ••. For all I know maybe it 
was the car that was used in the movie but, I don't think it was 
the real car because all the features I demonstrated were not 
really real. The window didn't look like it was real. Perimeters. 
You know, it looked like a computer map. But I don't know how much 
trµth there was to it. 

(Q) Just one question about the idea that it was at the AMF 
Monorail exhibit, do you recall any other cars being there or do 
you recall why it was part of that particular exhibit? 

"The rumors was that it was just a promotional thing to get 
more people to come to the monorail. It was just another feature 
they had for the people who were waiting on line go up on the ride. 
While waiting, they could look at the car. They also had other 
little exhibits, but nothing major like this one." 

(Q) So you would be in front of the car to show its name and then 
you would walk around it while you were talking and then let people 
go inside the car? 

(JV) "No, people could not go inside the car but we, as 
demonstrators, could. Because we needed to sit inside the car to 
demonstrate the different features. We would make the license 
plate rotate; we did have an .• ? .. we could make the bumpers come 
out. There were things that worked in the car, and we demonstrated 
them." 

(Q) So did you work by yourself with the car, or was there someone 
helping you at the time? 

(JV) "Basically, I did it myself. Sometimes I would have a co-
worker sit with me while I demonstrated the car and we would have 
fun with it. When I spoke about the ejector seat we would make a 
big thing about it, like if I didn't like this person I could just 
press this button." 



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(Q) Was there a special uniform you had to wear for the show or 
did you use any visual aids? 

(JV) "We wore the monorail uniform which was a red jumper. We did 
not have anything special for the car demonstration because it was 
just one of our jobs working at the monorail. As far as any anther 
visual aids about the car, there wasn't anything except a flyer 
they had printed with a photograph of the car and some of its 
facts. The flyer was available to the public for the asking." 

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