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Goldfinger

A 1964 James Bond movie starring Sean Connery

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"Now this button Mr. Bond makes the movie really awesome. Push it now."

  • Aug 8, 2010
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There is no doubt that Bond was King back in the 60's.  When this movie came out and gave birth to the mega hit of movies, it was undeniable that the man was untouchable, especially when at the height of they're popularity, Bond even insults the Beatles in this movie and gets away with it.

The previous two movies had great production, memorable characters cast well, beautiful girls and evil villians.  This movie is no exception and this movie set such a standard for the series that it's often the measuring stick for the other Bond movies as far as coolness and all the other factors go.

Bond is called by Colonel Smithers and his boss M that Auric Goldfinger is an international jeweler who is under suspiction of gold smuggling into other countries selling his gold illegally for a higher stock price and this is hurting England's economy.  If Bond can find evidence of this, then the bank of England can seize Goldfinger's holdings.  What follows-from the woman in gold, the big caddy with lethal headgear, an inventive luxury sports car, more sexy ladies and a laser that can give Bond a lethal bris.

Goldfinger is cool.  It's also too easy to like since it does everything flawlessly.  The sets are great, Auric Goldfinger is damn near pure evil as he is greedy and his man servent Odd Job is a strong ox with a smug grin you want to see Bond wipe off.  Honor Blackman has an evil sort of charm as Pussy Galore and the other women, particularily then top English model Tania Mallet in a small role are memorable and beautiful.  The film is also not short on action coming in at more intervals then the previous two movies and also just as memorable.  The best part is the twist in the story that the movie improves on over the book.

I also love how in the movie when Bond and Goldfinger meet and Bond discusses Goldfigers plan of Operation Grand Slam which will be to invade Fort Knox.  In the book Goldfinger's plan IS to rob Fort Knox. In the film, Bond says that with all the gold supposedly in Fort Knox and with the amount of man power Goldfinger has and with the amount of time they will be there, Goldfinger has only so much time to carry so much gold out, but Goldfinger says that he doesn't plan on stealing anything, he wants to irradiate it with a nuke so that the Gold will be worthless and make his Gold worth so much more.  This switch from the book into the film is awesome.

Bond didn't have a higher time after this movie.  Some people believe that after the first three movies, Bond never picked itself up again.  Too many gadgets, then Roger Moore's lesuire suit era followed by the humdrum 80's films and into the Pierce Brosnan action era.  I like all eras of Bond but the purists really only seem to like these three movies, though Thunderball gets in that mix too sometimes and it's huge gross certainly helps.  I do wish that later movies followed the books as close as these first three and cast the characters as well so that we could have more Goldfingers and fewer Moonrakers.  The creative team knew this was they're biggest success and tried to replicate it 8 years later with Diamonds Are Forever which as enjoyable as it was, was fools gold next to the 24 kt nugget that is, Goldfinger.

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review by . August 15, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Bond makes every man want to go out and make a difference in the world!
Love the movie, it was actually the very first Bond movie I saw, (it was a few years later before I sat Dr. No).  the movie reminds me of a time when one man could make a difference in the world.  I think we have lost that.  “Goldfinger” is near and dear to my heart since I am a Miami Beach native.  For me Sean Connery is the “Gold Standard” of all the James Bond’s.  He just exudes suave and debonair.  In fact if you look those two words …
review by . August 15, 2010
posted in Bond, James Bond
Bond makes every man want to go out and make a difference in the world!
Love the movie, it was actually the very first Bond movie I saw, (it was a few years later before I saw Dr. No).  the movie reminds me of a time when one man could make a difference in the world.  I think we have lost that.  “Goldfinger” is near and dear to my heart since I am a Miami Beach native.  For me Sean Connery is the “Gold Standard” of all the James Bond’s.  He just exudes suave and debonair.  In fact if you look those two words …
Quick Tip by . August 31, 2010
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Love the movie, it was actually the very first Bond movie I saw, (it was a few years later before I saw Dr. No).  the movie reminds me of a time when one man could make a difference in the world.  I think we have lost that.  “Goldfinger” is near and dear to my heart since I am a Miami Beach native.  For me Sean Connery is the “Gold Standard” of all the James Bond’s.  He just exudes suave and debonair.  In fact if you look those two words …
Quick Tip by . August 15, 2010
posted in Bond, James Bond
Had the crowning moments to many in the series to make one of if not the best. The woman in gold, the evil bastard Goldfinger, his smug killer Oddjob and Pussy Galore. This movie rocks.
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
posted in Music Matters
Love the movie and all the Bond songs. Goldfinger is near and dear to my heart since I am a Miami Beach native. About 15 years after the movie release I met Oddjob who was a condo neighbor of a friend of mine. He was still an impressively strong man then.
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