release year: 1964
genre: James Bond
viewing setting: home Bluray, 1/8/19 and 6/27/16 and 12/7/12 and home DVD 11/20/99
synopsis: Bond matches wits with gold dealer Auric Goldfinger.
impressions: This was a good one, maybe the pinnacle of the Connery Bonds. It had, among other things, the woman who got killed by being painted all over with gold, the razor-edged-hat-throwing bad guy Oddjob, the first opening scene before credits, the first gadget review by Q, the first mass battle at the end...lots of good stuff. I also noticed that this was the first of these films to feature a bunch of one-liners by Bond.
acting: Sean Connery was in top form here. Gert Frobe did a great job as the pompous, scheming Goldfinger; he was jolly and clever even when ordering peoples' deaths. I wasn't overly impressed with the acting of the girl who played Pussy Galore, except for the fact that she was able to resist Bond for quite some time and that she could actually fight.
car chases: 2
mass fight at end: Goldfinger's men vs the Army
neat gadgets: loaded Aston MArtin
confirmed Bond kills: 6
confirmed Oddjob kills: 4
confirmed Bond seductions: 2
obnoxious female name: Pussy Galore
defining Bond moments:
- uses treacherous woman as shield for bullets
- slaps Dink's butt
- multiple messing-with-foes'-minds: Goldfinger at card table, golf range, and Mai Li on the plane
- takes the maid's keyring, along with her, to open the suite's door
- gets out of Goldfinger's plane and just wanders away despite being at gunpoint
Bond: "Auric Goldfinger...sounds like a French nail polish."
Bond: "Do you expect me to talk?"
Goldfinger: "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!"
Bond: "Who are you?"
woman: "My name is Pussy Galore."
Bond: "I must be dreaming."
Pussy: "I'm completely defenseless."
Bond: (looking down her cleavage) "So am I."
Goldfinger: (appears in stolen general's uniform) "I'm glad to have you aboard, Mr. Bond."
Bond: "Well, congratulations on your promotion, Goldfinger. Are you having lunch at the White House too?"
final word: Another of the best Bond movies - worth seeing.
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