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Classic Review: Goldfinger (1964)

Again, like Lord of the Rings, Bourne, and Star Wars, I’m a bit behind on the man known as 007. Unfortunately, I am unable to start from the beginning (Dr. No), but the third installment of the Bond series is often considered one of the bests, so why not Goldfinger?

From Miami to Kentucky, Goldfinger is one of the more American Bonds. In this mission, Sean Connery’s James’ nemesis is Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) and his sidekick Odd Job (Harold Sakata). Bond is after Goldfinger, investigating into his shady gold investing. Soon enough, agent 007 is trying to stop a bomb going off in Fort Knox. Of course, there’s also plenty of women, chases, and explosions along the way.

This is my first Bond film, so I’m not sure yet what characters and themes are reoccurring, but I do know that I like what I see so far. From the Aston Martin DB5 to the death by gold paint, Goldfinger is filled with iconic lines, imagery, and set pieces. The duo of villains is especially top notch. There are some technical problems, such as the sped up film, and bad dubbing,  but that comes with a fifty year-old movie. The real treasure I’ve found is Connery. Clever, witty, debonaire, and atop it all, dangerous. Seriously, he wrecked a woman’s car just so he could get a chance with her! How much more dangerous can you get?  With what I’ve seen, combined with what I’ve heard, this is one of the best Bond’s out of the bunch.

My Rating: A-

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