Goldfinger

James Bond (Sean Connery) is ordered to observe the bullion dealer Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) by M (Bernard Lee) who suspects him of smuggling.  Bonds first encounter with Goldfinger is at a Miami Beach resort where under direction of he catches him out cheating at cards and beds his assistant Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton).  Following the melodramatic millionaire to Switzerland Bond is captured and taken to Goldfinger’s Kentucky stud farm under the watchful eye of the beautiful Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) and menacing Oddjob (Harold Sakata).  Escaping the watchful eye of OddJob and seducing Miss Galore Bond discovers Goldfingers sinister plot to break into Fort Knocks gold reserve, but does the “crime of the century” stop at robbery or are there other terrifying motives at play.

Based on the 1959 novel “Goldfinger” by Ian Fleming the seventh book in the series and seasoned director Guy Hamilton takes the reigns of the movie!  The movie follows the plot of the novel rather well, and in many ways improves upon it buy fixing a major plot hole in the story.  Building on the format that From Russia With Love started, Goldfinger opens with the gun barrel animation and Bond already on a mission.  Goldfinger marked the point when James Bond movies became their own genre and like its predecessors marked the beginning of iconic elements that would propagate throughout the rest of the series, most notably the main title sequence with naked silhouetted girls.  The “Bond car” is an element as much admired as any “Bond Girl” and Goldfinger began the trend with everybody’s favourite the one still most associated with bond today the Aston Martin DB5.  MI6 gadget master Q (Desmond Llewelyn) returns and with more comic banter between the two, I always loved the Q scenes it was something you looked forwards to in a bond movie.  Bond manages to bed different 2 women, one of whom was a lesbian if you read the books and ended the life of 9 bad guys, not bad for one of the shortest James Bond movies at a 110 minute runtime.  The theme song for Goldfinger is “Goldfinger” composed by John Barry, with lyrics from Anthony Newley & Leslie Bricusse and of course performed wonderfully by Shirley Bassey.

Why did I choose this movie, it’s actually another one of my favourites of the Sean Connery era.  There is so much to enjoy about it, death by electric heater “Shocking”, gold painted ladies, hi-tech torture by a laser, improbably named heroin’s “Pussy Galore” and an impeccably dressed Korean wrestler minion.  Lets not forget quite possibly the most infamous exchanges between bond and a “You expect me to talk?”… “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!”.  The choice for Gert Frobe to play Goldfinger was perfect, he just fitted the part perfectly. Corgi Toys began its decades-long relationship with the Bond franchise, producing a toy of the 1964 Aston Martin DB5 which became the biggest selling toy of 1964.  The film picked up an Oscar for Best Effects/Sound Effects which is a nod towards the explosive vistas that would follow.  Goldfinger is a tongue in cheek high thrills, gadget loaded action movie that will take you to wonderful places, show you beautiful girls and throw in suspense, laughs and enjoyments along the way.  Goldfinger is a movie that continues to thrill generations of film goers, of course the plot itself is fantastically absurd and to be taken with a big pinch of salt but it really is a thrilling and entertaining movie.… James Bond will return in Thunderball.

My Rating: B+
Format: DVD
I Own This Movie
Artwork by: The Essence of Bond
Bond: #3

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