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Goldfinger
     

Goldfinger

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Director: Guy Hamilton, Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman

Cast: Guy Hamilton, Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman

 

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With Goldfinger, the James Bond series took a turn away from relatively straightforward spy thrillers and toward campy gadgetry, extravagant sets, and kitschy jokes. Bond (Sean Connery) has to prevent a notorious gold smuggler, appropriately named Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe), from robbing Fort Knox. Goldfinger is surrounded by evil henchmen such as the sexy female pilot

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With Goldfinger, the James Bond series took a turn away from relatively straightforward spy thrillers and toward campy gadgetry, extravagant sets, and kitschy jokes. Bond (Sean Connery) has to prevent a notorious gold smuggler, appropriately named Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe), from robbing Fort Knox. Goldfinger is surrounded by evil henchmen such as the sexy female pilot Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) and Oddjob (Harold Sakata), who kills with his steel-rimmed bowler hats. In order to stop Goldfinger, Bond has to survive several perilous situations, including a huge, deadly laser. Goldfinger is one of the most popular films in the James Bond series, and it set the tone not only for the rest of the series but also for most of the action/adventure films of the late '60s and early '70s.

Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
"He's the man, the man with the Midas touch…." Though the lyrics of the famous title song refer to the villain of GOLDFINGER, they just as aptly describe its hero, James Bond. Suave and virile, with an impeccable palate for fine spirits and eye for beautiful women, moviedom's greatest spy has personified the ultimate swinging 1960s bachelor -- no matter what decade he's operating in. With 1964's GOLDFINGER -- the film widely considered to be the best of the phenomenally popular Bond series -- Sean Connery portrays 007 to perfection, calibrating the multidimensional charms of the überspy: dapper yet macho, dangerous and glib, sexy but oh so cool. The third installment of the series, directed by Guy Hamilton, centers on archfiend Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) and his convoluted scheme to irradiate Fort Knox in order to corner the gold market. Bond's effort to stop the villain leads our man to plenty of exotic locales and into the company of assorted gorgeous females, including a beautiful gilded corpse. But not even a bizarre manservant armed with a deadly bowler hat can deter Bond from his goal of seducing superbabe Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) and -- oh, yes -- saving the free world. --Regina Raiford
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
The third film in the remarkably durable franchise, Goldfinger set the gold standard (naturally) for future James Bond adventures. With the films' signature elements firmly entrenched -- including globe-trotting story, salacious credits sequence, Q's exasperation, and 007's phenomenal abilities with women and antagonists -- Goldfinger began to up the ante. Bond's well-equipped Aston-Martin and Goldfinger's elaborate Fort Knox model presaged future technical extravagance, while Bond's near castration via a giant laser was one more sign of the series' humorous self-awareness. Loquacious villain Auric Goldfinger, lethally hat-throwing Oddjob, and inimitably named Bond girl Pussy Galore were already outrageously tongue-in-cheek baddies long before Mike Myers parodied them in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997). Dispatching enemies, making puns, and seducing females with equal aplomb, tough-yet-debonair Sean Connery gracefully walked the line between straight-up action hero and sly burlesque, offering further evidence as to why he would be the definitive 007. Building on its predecessors' success, Goldfinger swiftly became one of the most popular films of 1964 (and Shirley Bassey's "Goldfinger" theme a hit single), leading the way for flashier Bond spectaculars.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/15/2015
UPC:
0883904333159
Original Release:
1964
Rating:
PG
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sales rank:
10,391

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery James Bond
Gert Fröbe Auric Goldfinger
Honor Blackman Pussy Galore
Harold Sakata Odd Job
Shirley Eaton Jill Masterson
Bernard Lee M
Lois Maxwell Miss Moneypenny
Desmond Llewelyn Q
Tania Mallet Tilly Masterson
Cec Linder Felix Leiter
Austin Willis Simmons
Martin Benson Solo
Bill Nagy Midnight
Alf Joint Capungo
Nadja Regin Bonita
Raymond Young Sierra
Richard Vernon Smithers
Denis Cowles Brunskill
Michael Mellinger Kisch
Burt Kwouk Mr. Ling
Hal Galili Strap
Mai Ling Mei-Lei
Margaret Nolan Dink
John McLaren Brigadier
Robert MacLeod Atomic Specialist
Victor Brooks Blacking
Gerry Duggan Hawker
Jane Lumb Actor

Technical Credits
Guy Hamilton Director
Ken Adam Production Designer
John Barry Score Composer
Leslie Bricusse Songwriter
Albert R. Broccoli Producer
Paul Dehn Screenwriter
Peter Hunt Editor
Richard Maibaum Screenwriter
Ted Moore Cinematographer
Peter Murton Art Director
Anthony Newley Songwriter
Freda Pearson Set Decoration/Design
Paul Rabiger Makeup
Harry Saltzman Producer
John Stears Special Effects
David Watkin Cinematographer

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Goldfinger 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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The great James Bond finally appears as the urbane, cosmopolitan, womanizing man that we all wish him to be. GOLDFINGER is by far and away the best of the compact collection from Bond: sexy, cool, and edgy.
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it is grreat a must see for any bond fan
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Sean connery is the king of Bond! The best bond movie ever made. Exellent characters (Oddjob, Goldfinger, Pussy Galore) great gadgets (Aston Martin DB5) and top notch action sequences. This movie defined the Bond genre. An excellent buy!
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