Review: Goldfinger (1964)

Goldfinger (1964) cover

“No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!”
– Auric Goldfinger

James Bond (Sean Connery) finds  himself on Miami Beach after a mission concludes. His superior, M (Bernard Lee), sends instructions via CIA agent Felix Leiter (Cec Linder) to spy on the incredibly wealthy Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe). Bond works his way into Goldfinger’s sights by forcing him to lose at the gin rummy he was cheating at, and making off with Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton), Goldfinger’s accomplice. Goldfinger’s right hand man, Oddjob (Harold Sakata) attacks Bond and kills Jill, giving us the first golden girl.

GOLD FINGER GOLDEN GIRL JAMES BOND

“She died of skin suffocation. It’s been known to happen to cabaret dancers.” – James Bond

Goldfinger smuggles gold internationally, but nobody is able to pinpoint and ascertain exactly how he does it, and Bond is set upon the mission to find out how exactly he goes about moving the gold. Bond meets with Goldfinger socially, and soon follows his across the globe where he is ultimately caught after learning how Goldfinger smuggles the gold. He also hears talk of “Operation Grand Slam”, though he has no idea what that may means, but is also not prepared to tell anyone that.

GOLDFINGER AND BOND

“Man has climbed Mount Everest, gone to the bottom of the ocean. He’s fired rockets at the Moon, split the atom, achieved miracles in every field of human endeavor… except crime!” – Auric Goldfinger

Bond returns to the United States, personally flown by Goldfinger’s pilot Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman). Bond was not killed in an attempt to mislead MI6 into believing he has the situation under control. Bond is taken to Goldfinger’s stud farm in Kentucky where he is kept prisoner, though he escapes and discovers the true meaning of Operation Grand Slam. He is planning to break into Fort Knox, and has a cleverly devised plan to do so, an element of the plan being to use Delta 9 nerve gas, which will kill everyone it comes into contact with. Goldfinger is intent on destroying the world’s economy.

Bond’s escape is short lived and he is quickly taken back to his cell. 007 needs to alert the Americans as to Goldfinger’s insane plan as well as get out of there for good, but how will he do it watched by an army full of dedicated Golfinger-servants? Pussy Galore seems set upon upending Fort Knox, taking her share and moving along. Meanwhile, the CIA and MI6 have no idea that Bond is in actual fact in trouble. Will Bond be able to stop the dastardly Goldfinger and his evil plans and avoid Oddjob, will he be able to save thousands all on his own?

Goldfinger earns a 7.5/10. I enjoyed the concept of this one, what with Bond being on his very own. I liked the sprayed golden girls, and I liked Oddjob (what the hell, he made me laugh a lot). The introduction of the Aston Martin DB5 was glorious, and Q’s first introduction was also met without a hitch. These Bond girls really have some incredibly dodgy names (my favourite so far being Goldfinger’s Pussy Galore – I mean truly?!). Plenty of cheese  heaped into this one as well, though this one was great. I think what I loved about it was the conclusion at Fort Knox and the troops that collapsed and then rose again to fight another day. It was pretty cool. Goldfinger had an ambitious plan that was jeopardized by 007, and it was interesting to see how it all panned out. Goldfinger is not the most innovative villain of all time, but he was a new force to be reckoned with. I must say, however, that there were moments where Bond was overly cruel and harsh with Pussy Galore, especially in the barn/stable. I was not really impressed. Overall, well done on this one, I did enjoy it.

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18 thoughts on “Review: Goldfinger (1964)

  1. keith7198 says:

    “Goldfingaaaaaaaa”……. ahem, sorry. I just had to do that. Nice review. I’ve seen most of this movie in different sittings. I really need to sit down and watch it all together especially since I bought the blu-ray last Christmas!

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  2. Dan Heaton says:

    Glad you enjoyed it. It’s in the conversation of the best Bond films, though I do find it a bit slower than my personal favorites. Still, it’s definitely one of the Top 5 or so.

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