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1999 - MGM / UA - Goldfinger - Stars: Sean Connery / Gert Frobe / Honor Blackman - Director: Guy Hamilton - Special Edition - Screen Format: Widescreen - Run Time: 110 Minutes - Original 1964 Release - Special Features - Never Played - Like New - Collectible James Bond Film
- Original Radio Interviews With Sean Connery
- Documentaries: The Making of Goldfinger & The Goldfinger Phenomenon
- Original publicity featurette
- Behind-the scenes still gallery featuring hundreds of images
- Collectible "Making Of" booklet
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Bond is investigating gold smuggling by gold guru Auric Goldfinger and eventually learns of Goldfinger's plans to contaminate the United States Bullion Depository at Fort Knox, called "Operation Grand Slam." Photography took place from January to July 1964 in the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and the US states of Kentucky and Florida.
The release of the film led to the promotion of several offshoots including a toy Aston Martin DB5. The Aston Martin DB5 in the film is uparmored by Bond's armorer from Q section and is stunning. Also, of gold-painted Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson appeared on the cover of Life Magazine.
Much of the formula in the film appeared in subsequent James Bond films, such gadgets used by Bonds, and pre-credit artscapes not part of the main storyline, foreign locations, and dry humor. What interested me the most is Goldfinger's attempts to financially hamstring the U.S. for his own gain and his use of Chinese worker bees. It seems somewhat similar to two adversarial countries in East Asia today and their unhelpful actions towards the US today.
Your first encounter with Goldfinger is in Miami. He appears to be just an ordinary crook. You observe him cheating a man at cards and decide to have a little fun with him; you upset his game and plan a bedroom meal with his beautiful spotter; but a conk on the head and your discovery of the body the next morning has you reappraising Mr. Goldfinger.
When you return to the UK, your mission is expanded: discover how Goldfinger is smuggling his gold out of the country. With a bar of gold as a lure, you challenge Mr. Goldfinger in a game of golf. Soon Goldfinger is up to his old tricks; you catch him cheating. You use a trick of your own. When Goldfinger loses, his penetrating look says he is reassessing you . . . .
You discreetly follow Goldfinger to his factory in Switzerland. You discover his secret but are caught. When you wake, you find you are spreadeagled on a moving metal platform. A laser beam encroaches along the metal surface, sputtering and sizzling as it goes . . . . Goldfinger is through playing games . . . .
Blu-ray experience: Language audio: English, French, and Spanish; subtitles: Mandarin, Korean, Cantonese, Spanish, and English. Classy looking menus; however, some menus are not clear on which key to use to scroll for hidden options; for example, "languages" uses the "down arrow" and "subtitles" uses the "up arrow." Picture quality: 4.5 to 5.
"Goldfinger" is possibly the best of the Bond movies.
"Goldfinger" was the third James Bond film, and now, 45 years later it remains one of the best of the series. Great villains (including the almost-lovable Oddjob), great action sequences and a girl named Pussy Galore. What more could you want? Like the rest of the recent remasters, this edition benefits from a sterling remastering job by Lowery Digital. The original camera negatives were transferred to video in super-high-definition, then cleaned up and re-color-balanced. The image is sharp, sporting eye-popping color, contrast and detail. This is the best the film has looked since its release to theaters in 1964.