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Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Released September 1964 by United Artists
Even if you had never seen this film, just as with Ursula Andress rising from the waves like a bikini-clad version of Botticelli’s Venus in Dr No, you’d recognize the iconic image. The girl, the bed, the gold paint. The sight of gilded Shirley Eaton spread out on the sheets is so evocative that – like Ursula – it was subjected to an ironic nod in a later Bond film. If Halle Berry wore the updated bikini in Die Another Day, instead of gold Gemma Arterton did sheet-duty wearing nothing but a coat of oil for Quantum of Solace.
Gold was the symbol of wealth in 1964, but in today’s world of global warming and fuel station queues, hydrocarbons have taken its place in the cultural lexicon. And »
- Cath Murphy
The 1001 Movies To See Before You Dieonly lists one James Bond adventure: Sandwiched between Joseph Losey's The Servant and Kenneth Anger’s Scorpio Rising sits, awkwardly, Goldfinger. Kim Newman finishes his brief article on the film by stating that “Ever since, the series has been recycling”. Maybe so, but what a formula they created! Guy Hamilton, directing his first film in the series, managed to combine the cool of From Russia with Love with new, innovative elements - gadgets that were more than a briefcase, and an introduction that was simply unforgettable. Is it a duck? No, it’s James Bond. He is wearing a tuxedo underneath his wetsuit. Is this impossible? Not for 007.
This is the most iconic James Bond adventure – and the one film which, »
Goldfinger has the most sinister villain and best soundtrack but it's the inept fumbling of 007 that truly sets this Bond film apart
The first time I laid eyes on James Bond, he had just emerged from the ocean with a fake seagull on his head. He then blew up a drug lord's laboratory, peeled off his wetsuit to reveal an immaculate white DJ, snogged an exotic dancer, clocked in her eyeballs the reflection of a bad guy sneaking up behind them, tipped said bad guy into the bathtub, threw an electric heater in after him, and quipped: "Shocking, positively shocking!" All this, and the credits hadn't even started. My 12-year-old self thought I'd died and gone to heaven.
Many years later, Goldfinger (1964) remains not just my favourite Bond movie, but the standard by which all other Bond movies must be judged. It has Sean Connery, of course, and the best theme song, »
- Anne Billson
The 1964 film completes the lineup of storylines coming to Eon Productions/Activision's Fps tied to this winter's Skyfall. In this one, Daniel Craig will stand in for Sean Connery whose Bond was tasked in Goldfinger with stopping gold magnate Auric Goldfinger from irradiating the fold supply at Fort Knox.
Oh, and it's the one with Pussy Galore.
You can find more screens and details after the jump.
According to the press release, Bond will have to defuse a nuclear bomb guarded by Goldfinger's henchman, Oddjob (played by Harold Sakata in the film). Newer Bond franchise fans might recognize the image below getting referenced in 2008's Quantum of Solace, with oil replacing gold as the method of murdering the woman unfortunate enough to get close to the British secret agent.
- Charles Webb
Say you’re putting together a syndicate. One of the first things that you are going to need is somebody to take care of your light work for you when words have run out. As a means of determining the appropriate skill set for this oh-so-important addition to your workforce, the Complex has assembled a ranking of some of the more legendary henchman ever to grace the screen. You know, as a way to gauge some of the qualities you might be looking for.
In ranking these heavies, extra points were earned for singularity of purpose, imperviousness to pain, and skill within the realm of hand-to-hand combat. Points were taken away for any actions tantamount to a betrayal of the henchman’s employer, or conspicuous behavior likely to cause more trouble than harm.
Here’s how they shook out.
10. Clarence Boddicker (Robocop, 1987)
Strengths: Professional henching is a tough, competitive business. »
- Josh Converse
James Bond 007 Declassified File #3: "Goldfinger" This series will trace the cinema history of James Bond, while also examining Ian Fleming's original novels as source material and examining how faithful (or not) the films have been to his work. Directed by Guy Hamilton Screenplay by Richard Maibaum & Paul Dehn Produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman Characters / Cast James Bond / Sean Connery Pussy Galore / Honor Blackman Auric Goldfinger / Gert Frobe Jill Masterson / Shirley Eaton Tilly Masterson / Tania Mallet Oddjob / Harold Sakata M / Bernard Lee Solo / Martin Benson Felix Leiter »
- Drew McWeeny
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