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1.3 Third S. Connery role, third in Series
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.