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Goldfinger (1964)

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While investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve.

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Guy Hamilton

Writers:

Richard Maibaum (screenplay), Paul Dehn (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sean Connery ... James Bond
Gert Fröbe ... Goldfinger (as Gert Frobe)
Honor Blackman ... Pussy Galore
Shirley Eaton ... Jill Masterson
Tania Mallet ... Tilly Masterson
Harold Sakata ... Oddjob (as Harold Sakata {Tosh Togo})
Bernard Lee ... 'M'
Martin Benson ... Solo
Cec Linder ... Felix Leiter
Austin Willis Austin Willis ... Simmons
Lois Maxwell ... Moneypenny
Bill Nagy ... Midnight
Michael Mellinger ... Kisch
Peter Cranwell Peter Cranwell ... Johnny
Nadja Regin ... Bonita
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Storyline

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 simon_hrdng

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Everything he touches turns to excitement (USA poster) See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Chinese | Spanish

Release Date:

9 January 1965 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Goldfinger See more »

Filming Locations:

Realp, Uri, Switzerland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£42,113 (United Kingdom), 26 September 1964, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$51,081,062

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$124,900,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Eon Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First appearance of the Q-Branch workshop and its gadget testing gags. See more »

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In the cantina in the pre-credits sequence, Bonita can be seen reflected in the mirror, and a man is lighting a cigarette for her. In the next shot, she storms out of the cantina with no cigarette, and the man has suddenly disappeared. See more »

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[first lines]
Sierra: Congratulations.
James Bond: Thank you.
Sierra: Mr. Ramirez and his friends will be out of business.
James Bond: 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 »

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For many years, network TV prints of Goldfinger omitted the gunbarrel opening and prologue, jumping straight into the opening credits. See more »

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Goldfinger
Music by John Barry
Lyrics by Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley
Performed by Shirley Bassey
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The Blueprint For the Franchise
21 July 2003 | by OrpingtonSee all my reviews

Goldfinger was the third Bond film and, on its release in 1964, proved itself to be the first blockbuster of the series, firmly establishing OO7 in the public imagination. Dr No and From Russia with Love had both been successful, but Goldfinger outperformed both at the Box Office, and in the process laid down the guidelines for nearly every Bond film that has followed since.

There is undoubtedly much to admire about the film, not least the memorable Shirley Bassey theme song, still one of the best. Guy Hamilton directs with impressive assurance, the locations are excellent and Sean Connery is once again the epitome of cool as Bond, although he is not as menacing as he was in the first two films. He is, however, still a believable character and finds himself in genuine danger during the film, having to rely on his wits to survive. Goldfinger is one of the great Bond villains, played with real bonhomie by Gert Frobe, who succeeds in making him a more fleshed-out character than many of the one-dimensional baddies of later films. The wonderfully-named Pussy Galore, meanwhile, is one of the best Bond girls. Honor Blackman plays her as a woman with real spirit and intelligence, and it is a pity she does not get more screen time.

Goldfinger also introduced several elements which have since become cliches of the Bond series. For the first time Bond visits Q's workshop to pick up his equipment, and for the first time he receives some fancy gadgets, packaged up in the famous and stylish Aston Martin. The film is also injected with a lot more humour than its predecessors, with OO7 throwing out one-liners more frequently and a somewhat camper tone being introduced to proceedings. As Oddjob, Howard Sakata is the first in a long line of totally silent but lethal henchmen. He is not as good as Red Grant in From Russia with Love (who spoke), but his deadly hat is memorable, and he is a formidable opponent for Bond.

Good as it is, however, it could be argued that Goldfinger had a malign influence on many of its successors. Because it was so successful, the Bond producers became convinced that later OO7 releases should follow the same gadget-led, tongue-in-cheek style, but on a grander scale. As a result, Goldfinger began the shift away from the relatively serious, hard-edged tone of the first two films towards the light-hearted visual spectaculars that would come to dominate the franchise in the 1970s. Taken on its own terms, though, Goldfinger certainly ranks as one of the best Bond films, and is much better than the later ones which tried hardest to mimic and outdo it. Personally I like the tougher films in the franchise the best, especially From Russia with Love, but Goldfinger is the most enjoyable Bond film of its kind, and deserves its classic status.


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