Goldfinger is number 179 of our top 200 movie list. It is directed by Guy Hamilton and stars Sean Connery, Gert Frobe, and Honor Blackman. Goldfinger is rated PG.
Goldfinger, the quintessential James Bond film or so that is what I had heard going into the film. I had only seen bits and pieces of this movie, but for some unknown reason had never made it through the whole thing before. Now that I have I can say that it is the best of the Sean Connery Bond films which one might say makes it the best since Connery was the best Bond. However it is hard to compare the Bond films of the past to the ones made in the last two decades. Bond is a fifty year franchise and it was easy to see how the actors, writers, and directors have started with blueprint of Goldfinger and have built the rest of the movies on the foundation Goldfinger started. The movement toward Bond using his famous gadgets, the extravagant sets, menacing henchmen, the monomaniacal arch villain, and play on words especially female character names all were started by this one, and audiences are stilling flocking to the Bond franchise so the formula definitely worked.
The storyline is centered on Bond’s duel with Auric Goldfinger a known gold-smuggler. On assignment trying to find out what Goldfinger is up to Bond finds a dead woman on his bed covered head-to-toe with gold paint, which makes the duel personal and not just about the British Secret Service putting Goldfinger under observation. As Bond chases Goldfinger through Europe, things do not go according to plan as he is captured by Goldfinger and taken hostage. Goldfinger has a plan for Bond to help him complete the greatest crime in history which is to take all the gold out of Fort Knox. Can Bond save the day? Well to find out you will have to watch the movie.
Sean Connery’s third go as James Bond is what made this movie and him famous. The level of action coupled with the dashing ladies and Bond’s suave persona is ratcheted up a level compared to the previous two and it helped create the modern action spy movie. While the graphics, gadgets, and action sequences are all dated when compared to modern movies one can easily tell that this is the one that started them all. For that reason alone it is worth watching and also why I give it 4 shells out of 5.
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