James Bond Reviews: #4: Goldfinger


     Pretty surprised, aren’t you? I know that I probably lost a shit ton of points by place the immortal classic, Goldfinger at number four, but hey, I got to be honest. Everything from the song to the performances, are legendary in their own right. But time, and tastes, change. While this film set the franchise that we know and love, it doesn’t make it automatically the best.
     Bond (Sean Connery) is living it up in Miami, when he gets orders from M (Bernard Lee) to investigate Auric Goldfinger (Gert Förbe) for smuggling; apparently he ruffled some feathers because the woman that Bond was hooking up with, Jill (Shirley Eaton) is found covered in gold paint. But the deeper Bond goes, the more nefarious Goldfinger’s actual scheme really is.
     The Bond films that we know and love to this day, is all because of Goldfinger. Now if that’s a good or bad thing is entirely up to you, but for me it’s more of a good thing. The sheer iconic nature of the film is owed by the villains of the piece. Oddjob (Harold Sakata) alone makes the whole movie memorable, but then you have Goldfinger himself. It’s always been said that a film is only as good as it’s villain, and holy fuck, is that true in this case. The sadistic joy that Förbe exudes is just plain fun. Even Honor Blackman’s Pussy Galore (I’m not even making this up, that’s her name) has that tough sensibility that has tried to be replicated in other Bond Girls, but failed miserably.
     I don’t even get upset when fans say this is the best Bond films, because I get it. Three films in, the elements all come together wonderfully: Great villian, great action, great henchman, great Bond Girl (who doesn’t love Pussy), Connery at his fucking peak with some cold blooded one liners, a bitching car, damn it has it all. I would even say, if you want to watch a Bond film that encapsulates the franchise from the early era, this is the one to see.


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