For this month’s next review for Genre Grandeur – Spy/Espionage Films, here’s a review of Goldfinger (1964) by Keith of Keith Loves Movies
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Try to think out of the box! Great choice Dell!
Let’s see what Keith thought of this movie:
Secret agent James Bond (Sean Connery) must come face to face with one of the most notorious villains of all time, Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe). Now he must outwit and overpower the tycoon to prevent him from cashing in on an evil plan to raid Fort Knox and disrupt the world’s economy.
What’s interesting about this one is that it is the first film in the series with an opening theme that was sung by someone. From Russia with Love had a theme but it was at the end. The theme in this film was sung by Shirley Bassey who has sung themes for several Bond films. I was glad to see that some of the problems I’ve had with the first two films was even less prominent here as the plot for this film started right away at the beginning. We got to see the main villain in the film and we had a good idea of what was happening and what will happen early on. Sure, the subject matter may not be the most exciting but there is still plenty of substance to be had. I thought Connery was great as always with all his charm and his scene presence.
Gert Frobe was also great as Goldfinger, the slimy, cowardly, billionaire. I thought he was the best villain I’ve seen so far but they could have gone further for a few things. I also thought he and Bond had great chemistry and their verbal exchanges were quite entertaining. Harold Sakata’s Oddjob was a strong and menacing henchman serving as an inspiration for all future film henchmen. Honor Blackman’s Pussy Galore was great as she was my favorite “Bond Girl” I’ve seen so far. She held her own for the most part in her scenes with Bond as she wasn’t one of those other girls who become easily infatuated with him. When compared to the previous two films, this one has a lot more action, especially during the Fort Knox sequence. I found it to be very exciting despite the fact it did not last too long. There were also a few continuity errors which slightly annoyed me. I also found the end to be a little silly. Overall, this is the best Bond film I have seen so far during this retrospective.