Goldfinger (1964)

On a tip from the CIA, MI6 sends Bond to investigate a bullion dealer suspected of smuggling Nazi gold across the globe.  007 is drawn in deeper when he begins to learn about “Operation Grand Slam” and the devastating consequences should it succeed…

 


 

Goldfinger is a fan favourite, and it’s not hard to see why.  Even though it is one of the very early Bond movies, and it does have it’s flaws, it brings so much to the table – a world-changing villainous plot, a most sinister villain, the cars, the girls… everything we have come to know and love in the Bond franchise is right here.  Dr. No may have introduced the world to James Bond, but Goldfinger put the pieces into place and set the tone for what a Bond movie could be.

The both Auric Goldfinger and Oddjob are played to perfection, and Connery doesn’t disappoint either.  Throw the Aston Martin in the mix, and there’s a lot to love about Goldfinger.

The plot plays out well, with the viewer being drawn into the story piece by piece.  Unlike the last two films, there is little in the story that is revealed too soon – and the movie is so much the better for it.  Suspense, action and double-crosses play out well, as they should in a good spy film.  The viewer feels more a part of the action, not an omniscient spectator.

Goldfinger is definitely one of the all-time great Bonds, and a must watch for fans and first-timers alike.

 


 

Bond:
Sean Connery.
He defined it, and now perfected it – ever the gentleman spy
5/5

Villains:
Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe).
Voted most sinister Bond villain by IMDb readers, and rightfully so.  Goldfinger will take down the world to get what he wants.
5/5
Oddjob (Harold Sakata).
The much-parodied Korean with superhuman strength and a razor-edged hat, he brings new meaning to the ‘strong silent type’.
4/5
Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman).
Let down by the script (one of the few flaws!), Pussy Galore gets the honour of the most inappropriate name, and the most questionable decision in the movie.
2/5

Bond Girl:
Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton).
Jill becomes one of the most iconic Bond girls, and manages to get very little screen time.  Her untimely and most unusual death is probably the reason for both!
3/5

M:
Bernard Lee.
Lee continues a solid run as M.  Played well, if underutilised.
3/5

Q:
Desmond Llewelyn.
Good to see Desmond Llewelyn back, and he gets to introduce the true star of this film – a fully loaded Aston Martin.  Bonus points for the now iconic line “I never joke about my work, 007”.
4/5

Moneypenny:
Lois Maxwell.
Moneypenny continues her enjoyable banter with Bond – an effective way to break up the information heavy introductory scenes.
3/5

Others:
Tilly Masterton (Tania Mallet).
An honourable mention to the almost Bond girl of this movie, whose character didn’t last much longer than her sister.
3/5

Felix Leiter (Cec Linder).
Leiter continues to develop a relationship with Bond and MI6, though here he is little more than a plot device.
2/5

Gadgets:
Q branch comes out swinging in Goldfinger, with a grappling gun, a homing beacon and a very interesting hat… though we really just wanted to see the car!  Bonus points for the guided tour of Q branch.
4/5

Cars:
1964 Aston Martin DB5.
The car with the lot – looks, style, class, and machine guns!  They may have traded the books’ Bentley out for a different British speedster, but I don’t think anyone is complaining.
5/5

Overall:
One of the best, not only of the “older” Bonds, but of all time.  A must watch.
10/10

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