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on August 24, 2017
Goldfinger (1964) the third in the James Bond series and the third to star Sean Connery as an MI6 agent. It is based on the novel of the same name by Ian Fleming. The film also stars Honor Blackman and Gert Fröbe as the villain Auric Goldfinger, along with Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson. Goldfinger was produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman and was directed by Guy Hamilton.

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.
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on April 28, 2011
Your name is Bond . . . . James Bond, and you are a secret agent for the British government. Your boss - who is simply called M - has just given you your new assignment. It is bloody simple - really - all you are required to do is keep an eye on a man named Auric Goldfinger and report back.

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.
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on March 27, 2009
Goldfinger (James Bond) (Amazon.com Exclusive Steelbook Edition) [Blu-ray]
"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.
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on May 25, 2016
Sean Connery is convincing despite his lack of bulk in the title role. All the classics are here: the death scenes when the bad guy leaves before Bond dies, enabling him to escape; women with names you can't believe they're saying in 1960's movies, artful editing that makes it clear that Connery is untouched during skirmishes; ridiculous plot lines (although this one is really somewhat plausible). And a plethora of drolly executed lines, such as "No, Bond, I expect you to die!". Thoroughly enjoyed this, although I've seen it many times before. I almost thought it was Austin Powers when I saw his hairy chest.
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on August 9, 2013
The third Bond film, Goldfinger is the film that rocketed the Bond phenomena. In Goldfinger, Bond faces off against his most flamboyant nemesis, Auric Goldfinger, a German gold collector, investor and exporter who has his eye on cornering the world's gold market. In this film, James Bond (Connery) is up to his technique of infiltrating the enemy through his women (first, Jill and then Pussy Galore) and uncovering his plot to take over Fort Knox and detonate a 'dirty' bomb. What makes this film is the character of Goldfinger (Gert Frobe who mouthed the role), the Aston Martin's gadgetry, the witty script and lines, the 'golden girl', 'Mr. Oddjob,' and Connery's stylish performance. Guy Hamilton, a stylish British director brings his panache to this film and adds to the persona of Bond by making him more brash, physical and boyish, when necessary. The whole gang is back (Bernard Lee as 'M', Desmond Llewelyn as 'Q'' Lois Maxwell as Ms. Moneypenny and Sean Connery as James Bond. In this film, Cec Linder takes on the role of CIA's Felix Leiter. The new characters are well-acted by Gert Frobe, Harold Sakata, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton, Martin Benson and Burt Kwouk. This is the Bond film that set the pattern of big sets, elaborate car chases, more gadgetry, a bigger-than-life villain, pushing the envelop (Pussy galore is an example) and the sexual energy of Bond. Enjoy!
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on January 2, 2017
There is probably no better actor to ever portray James Bond than Sean Connery, and the reason it became one of my most prized collections. There's a screen presence like no other, just like there was a screen presence with John Wayne in his movies. The Bond series is the longest running of any movies franchise with Star Trek being the only other franchise even close. Goldfinger was one of the first and by the time of its production, Connery had claimed and made the Bond character his own.
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on April 26, 2017
Classic
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on November 7, 2017
I really enjoy the Bond movies and Sean Connery is my favorite bond. This movie is back from 1964, it has great detail and color. Fun to watch.
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on November 18, 2017
much less interesting than "You Only Live Twice" but maintaining the general quality (with closed captioning) of Bond flicks.
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on May 10, 2016
"Goldfinger" is, of course, the finest of all of the James Bond movies. It's the one that set off the Bond craze and all of the "spy" movies and spoofs of the 1960's and beyond. The story stays fairly true to the book, with Hollywood additions. Sean Connery is at his 007 best, and Goldfinger is a great bad guy ("Do you expect me to talk? No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die."). Odd Job is the best of all scary henchmen. Pussy Galore is a wonderful sexually mixed character. It's still good watching, over 50 years later.
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