Goldfinger [April A2Z]

James Bond 007 Goldfinger

Welcome to my April A-Z! This month I will be posting about James Bond 007 every day except Sunday, mostly focusing on the movies, not the books. Enjoy!

SPOILERS!

Sean Connery stars as Bond in Goldfinger (1964), where he investigates Auric Goldfinger (played by Gert Fröbe) and discovers his plot to contaminate the USA’s gold supply at Fort Knox. This will naturally result in a huge increase of value for Auric’s gold and give him gobs of power. Sounds like a reasonable idea, eh? Along the way Bond meets the beautiful blonde Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore, who supposedly is a lesbian and fails to fall for his charms, for a while anyway. But even she can’t resist him ultimately. Who could? Bond does have a lovely admirer in Jill Masterson, played by Shirley Eaton, until she gets painted out of the film (Goldfinger kills by covering people with gold paint so they suffocate). This film was the first of four to be directed by Guy Hamilton ~ and it was the first Bond “blockbuster.”

One of the most memorable scenes is when Goldfinger has Bond captured and strapped to a table. There is a scary laser about to slice through 007’s body, starting at his crotch. Bond quips, “Do you expect me to talk?” Auric says, “No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die.” Beautiful! Then Bond tricks him into thinking Bond knows more than he does, so Auric lets him live. ALWAYS A MISTAKE!

Goldfinger introduces Bond fans to a fun henchman named Oddjob played by the Japanese-American actor and professional wrestler Harold Sakata. Oddjob works for Goldfinger as his bodyguard, chauffeur, servant, and hitman. He is portrayed much differently in film than he was in Ian Fleming’s book, where he was shockingly grotesque. On screen, Oddjob’s appearance isn’t cause for terror, but his method of killing is: he flings his razor-sharp bowler hat at his subject and decapitates them. He also has a speech defect and only Goldfinger can understand what he says (good way to avoid paying someone to dub his lines!). Unfortunately, he has a literal taste for cats.

Goldfinger Oddjob

Shirley Bassey performs the memorable theme song for this movie.

Tune in tomorrow for more A-Z Bond!

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20 responses to “Goldfinger [April A2Z]

  1. Lots of confusion and fun in this one.

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  2. That is something else when you can cure lesbianism.

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  3. hee hee Dr. Evil: Alright guard, begin the unnecessarily slow-moving dipping mechanism.

    Superlative theme song and performance.

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  4. A Bond movie that’s always worth rewatching!

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  5. One of my favorite Bond films!

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  6. Great theme song and clever plot details.

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  7. What was the name of the movie and the bad guy again? I thought the song might help, but🤷🏼‍♀️

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  8. This was the first Bond film I saw in a theater and the vision of that dead woman totally covered in gold has haunted me to this very day!

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  9. I remember Mom reading the book during the summer of ’64 and asking her if I could read it. She was all “absolutely not!” and gave the book to one of her sisters with instructions not to let me read it. I finally read it when I turned 40 (I had forgotten all about it) and reveled in the fact that I was defying my mother, even if it was 32 years late. The book was pretty tame and kind of dull, to be honest. The movie was much better….

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  10. Just watched this one a few weeks ago too. When Connery died, they were playing a lot of his movies and have been since. 😊

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  11. Another favorite. Maybe these old ones are favorites because I saw them in theaters when I was a 1960s child. One of my favorite lines is in the hotel room in Florida, and I went and looked it up so I’d get it right:

    “My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done, such as drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs!”

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