Jan 12 2013

Review: Goldfinger

Welcome to my review of Goldfinger, the third part of my challenge to review all of the James Bond films. Over the course of the next couple of months, I’ll be watching each film in turn and trying to figure out which one is my favourite. For more information, see my introduction here. You can read my previous review, From Russia With Love, here. Spoilers follow.

(dir. Guy Hamilton, 1964)

Goldfinger trailerWell, that’s this challenge finished, right? Goldfinger is the definitive Bond film—everyone says so. It’s got Sean Connery, it’s got Q and the cool car, it’s got the preposterous villain and a Bond girl called Pussy Galore, and it’s got Dame Shirley Bassey wailing out the theme song over the opening credits. I might as well pack up and watch something else now.

Except… I’m not looking for the definitive Bond film. I’m looking for my favourite Bond film, and awesome though Goldfinger is, I’m not sure it ranks in the number one spot.

As I said above, Goldfinger is a mightily good film. For a start, SPECTRE are nowhere to be seen, which means that the villain isn’t a vague, behind-the-curtains kind of guy: Gert Fröbe plays Auric Goldfinger, a bombastic German with a fetish for gold who surrounds himself with minions such as the mute Korean hat tosser, Oddjob (Harold “Tosh Togo” Sakata). Bond is sent to investigate Goldfinger’s gold smuggling, which then mushrooms into a plot that involves hot female snipers and breaking into Fort Knox.

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