James Bond (Sir Sean Connery) is back and his next mission takes him to Fort Knox, where Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) and his henchman are planning to raid Fort Knox and obliterate the world economy. To save the world once again, Bond will need to become friends with Goldfinger, dodge killer hats, and avoid Goldfinger's personal pilot, the sexy Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman). She might not have feelings for Bond, but will 007 help her change her mind?Written by
This was the second most popular Bond movie with paying audiences, racking up 130 million ticket sales. The next Bond movie, Thunderball (1965), surpassed it in popularity, with 140 million paid admissions. The success of this movie and Thunderball (1965) propelled Sir Sean Connery to the top of Quigley Publications' annual Top Ten Money Making Stars poll in 1965, the only British male star to be number one. See more »
During the Swiss mountain scene, when Bond is watching Goldfinger on the road below, the Aston Martin DB5 neither has the removable roof panel (for the ejector seat) or the rear bullet proof screen. See more »
Mr. Ramirez and his friends will be out of business.
At least they won't be using heroin flavored bananas to finance revolutions.
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THE END OF "GOLDFINGER" BUT JAMES BOND WILL BE BACK IN "THUNDERBALL" See more »
The original UK release from 1964 had a few differences from the later version released internationally: The bomb in Fort Knox stops at "003" instead of "007." This was changed to be a funny sight gag in later versions, but the dialogue was never re-dubbed or re-shot so when the bomb stops at 7 seconds, Bond still says "3 more ticks..." Another change is originally, the radar Felix and the CIA are watching while the plane is about to crash into the ocean shows only one dot falling. The second dot (Bond and Pussy escaping) was added in this later version. The final change is the end credits read "James Bond will be back 'On Her Majesty's Secret Service'," when the next movie was actually going to Thunderball, the credits were changed to reflect this. Some old Network TV prints actually used these credits, and they can be seen in the "Inside You Only Live Twice" featurette on the DVD and Blu Ray releases of that movie. See more »
I wouldn't put too much money on it, but in a small friendly wager, I'd be willing to bet that those who are Bond fans like Goldfinger best of all Bond films. Especially those who think Sean Connery is the best and only man whoever should have played 007.
Certainly the most dangerous opponent Bond ever faced was Odd Job, who was Auric Goldfinger's bodyguard and all around assassin. I believe he was the most dangerous opponent James Bond ever fought with in all of his films. Watch that fight scene that Harold Sakata had with Sean Connery, he's got Connery almost down for the count. Fighting skills can only carry you so far when your opponent outweighs you and is built like a brick outhouse. In fact it's only sheer trickery in which Connery overcomes Sakata in a shocking conclusion.
As for Gert Frobe who was Goldfinger he's the ultimate Bond villain with the ultimate plan. He's even got his men fooled who think they're going to rob Fort Knox so he can corner the world's gold supply. Actually Goldfinger plans to blow up Fort Knox with an atomic bomb and then he'll really corner the market. Of course it's up to 007 to stop him.
The Bond girls are more luscious than ever with two of them, Shirley Eaton and Tania Millet meeting their demise. Eaton was the famous golden girl who Goldfinger suffocated by painting her entire body with gold paint. And of course there's Honor Blackman who switched sides do to the charms of James Bond. Who can ever forget a character name like Pussy Galore.
I well remember when Goldfinger was released in 1964 just in time for the presidential campaign. The Republican candidate was Barry Goldwater that year for you young people, not alive at the time. Poor Barry was busy defending himself from charges that he would scrap Social Security, sell the Tennessee Valley Authority and lob one into the men's room at the Kremlin. So all he needed was a film to come out with a master villain with a name so similar. The Democrats had a field day spoofing the title song that Shirley Bassey made such a hit from.
Without the Goldwater reference, Goldfinger is still a great action film, one of the best of Bond.
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