Genre Grandeur – Goldfinger (1964) – Encore Review – MovieRob


For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Spy/Espionage Films, here’s a review of Goldfinger (1964) by me

Thanks again to Keith of Keith Loves Movies for choosing this month’s genre.

Next month’s Genre has been chosen by Dell of Dell on Movies and it is Anti-Hero Films.

Movies about people who lack traditional heroic attributes but are portrayed as the hero in their story despite doing some bad things along the way. Some examples: Taxi Driver, Leon the Professional, A Clockwork Orange, Scarface, GoodFellas, The Godfather, or even something as light as Jack Sparrow in the PotC movies. He’s constantly drunk and completely selfish it just tends to work out for the greater good.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of May by sending them to antiherodell@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Dell!

Let’s see what I thought of this movie:

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“This is gold, Mr. Bond. All my life I’ve been in love with its color… its brilliance, its divine heaviness.” – Auric Goldfinger

Number of Times Seen – at least 5 times (cable in the 80’s and 90’s, 2 Dec 2014 and 29 Apr 2018)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – James Bond is sent to try and stop a gold financier who has a plan to take over the world’s gold market.

My Take on it – I’ve seen all of the James Bond films numerous times and this is probably my favorite of them all.

They somehow manage to get all o the things right that help make the idea of James Bond so iconic.

This film manages to put all of the pieces together so well of the Bond puzzle and we get to see some of the best villains, women, gadgets and Bond storyline all together.

Sean Connery is amazing as Bond, James Bond and he helps keep the storyline tongue in cheek throughout.

Odd Job is one of the best Bond villains and despite his silence, we all can see how deadly he can be.

As the villain, Goldfinger is superb largely due to the fact that he is in it for himself.

Unlike most Bond villains, he isn’t part of some secret organization and this makes him even more deadly because he only answers to himself and is willing to do all he can to get what he wants.

The Bond girls in this film are also among the most iconic and who can forget a Bind girl named Pussy galore?  KIt’s quite impressive that even a double entendre name like that managed to get through the censors at the time.

The gadget in this film are also amazing and the car is especially extremely fun to watch utilize all of its secret weapons.

This is perhaps the best Bind film since it manages to use all of the elemnst that make Bind so great and put them all together so perfectly.

Bottom Line – One of my favorite Bond films because of its women, villains and ultimately storyline. Connery is great as Bond in this film and the storyline moves along at such a great and interesting pace.  Odd Job is one of the best henchmen in the entire series. Goldfinger is an amazing villain who is very dangerous because he is out for his own glory and plots and not as part of a secret organization.  The Bond women are also quite iconic in this film.  Besides, who could ever forget the name Pussy Galore which surprisingly made it through the censors of the time. Great gadgets including the Bond car that we all love to watch. Perhaps, the best Bond film because all of the elements work so well here. Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia –  The recreation of the Fort Knox repository at Pinewood Studios was incredibly accurate considering no one involved in the film had been allowed inside the real location for security reasons. The set looked so real that a 24-hour guard was placed on the Fort Knox set at Pinewood Studios so that pilferers would not steal the gold bar props. A letter to the production from the Fort Knox Controller congratulated Ken Adam and his team on the recreation. Auric Goldfinger’s 3-D Model Map used for his Operation Grandslam is now housed as a permanent exhibition at the real Fort Knox. (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (9/10) (no change from original review)

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