Goldfinger (1964)

Directed By – Guy Hamilton

Screenplay By – Richard Maibaum & Paul Dehn

Cinematography By – Ted Moore

Starring Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Harold Sakata & Honor Blackman

110 min.

Goldfinger is a first-rate Bond film. The better Bond movies are the ones where Bond is somehow personally involved rather than being merely sent on a detached mission, and Goldfinger is no exception. Early in Goldfinger Bond finds himself feeling responsible for an innocent’s death and wants to right his wrong. ‘M’ decides to leave Bond on the assignment if he promises to take his emotions out of the situation. Needless to say, Bond makes the promise but never intends to keep it. What happens next is brilliant espionage entertainment.

Goldfinger has both good villains and a unique plot for Bond. Auric Goldfinger is an impressive villain with a passion for revolutionizing crime and his lackey Oddjob is an unstoppable hat-throwing machine. The two combine to make Bond’s job especially difficult this time around. But what is more interesting is that Bond get’s captured halfway through the film and remains a captive the rest of the way. There are only a few moments in the Bond film cannon where Bond has true fear in his eyes with one of those instances happening in Goldfinger.

Goldfinger delivers. Sean Connery is the man. The opening scene is fucking cool too.

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