Aristocrat 727 Banknote Playing Cards

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The cards and card decks in Goldfinger. The text Aristocrat and 727 can be seen on the sides of the deck.
photo © United Artists, Danjaq LLC

photos © Jeff Friedman
A very similar vintage deck of Aristocrat 727 Linen Finish Banknote cards, currently on offer on eBay
photos © Jeff Friedman

photos © Jeff Friedman
A very similar vintage deck of Aristocrat 727 Linen Finish Banknote cards, currently on offer on eBay
photos © Jeff Friedman

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Vintage decks of Aristocrat 727 High Finish Banknote cards, red and blue.
photo © digipunk - aethercards.com

photo © Lee Asher webstore
An Ace and the back of a red Aristocrat 727 Banknote card
photo © Lee Asher webstore

During the game of gin at the Fontainebleau Hotel poolside in Miami, Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) and his opponent play with a deck of red Aristocrat 727 Banknote playing cards.

In the famous scene from Goldfinger (1964) sometimes one and sometimes two decks of cards can be spotted on the game table: a black or dark blue box with red card printed on the back, the number 727 printed on the top and Aristocrat on the side. The opened blue tax seal (looks like a stamp and shows if a deck has been opened or not) can be seen as well. The cards in the film have a red back. The design of the back of th cards is inspired by the intricate illustrations of banknotes, and was originally designed by a company that actually engraved banknotes and stamps, hence the name of the cards. Different quality versions of the cards exist including Linen Finish and High Finish. The card deck in the film looks like it says 'Linen Finish', but it's difficult to see.

The Aristocrat cards were produced until the early 1980s by Russell Playing Card Co. In 2011, the cards were reissued for a limited time by Bicycle, but the design of the box and cards were slightly different from the original ones. Most importantly, the layout of the box is very similar but the box for red cards is red instead of black. The actual cards and the back of the cards are almost identical to the 1960s version of the cards. These new cards can still easily be found at online poker stores and at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk or eBay.

Vintage decks of Aristocrat 727 Banknote cards now fetch high prices on eBay and currently a very similar or maybe even the same deck (Linen Finish) is now on offer for $175 (just sold).

The yellow pencil with which Goldfinger keeps score, and which he breaks in half, is a Royal Sovereign Chinagraph pencil.

Product Code: 
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