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Goldfinger (1964)

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Average Rating: 8.4/10
Reviews Counted: 55
Fresh: 53 | Rotten: 2

Goldfinger is where James Bond as we know him comes into focus - it features one of 007's most famous lines ("A martini. Shaken, not stirred") and a wide range of gadgets that would become the series' trademark.

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Average Rating: 7.5/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 1

Goldfinger is where James Bond as we know him comes into focus - it features one of 007's most famous lines ("A martini. Shaken, not stirred") and a wide range of gadgets that would become the series' trademark.

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To many, the quintessential Bond film and a brilliant third entry in the series. Here Bond gets his Aston Martin, spars with two statuesque British beauties (Honor Blackman and Shirley Eaton) and pits his wits against a memorable villain, Auric Goldfinger. Add the first Shirley Bassey theme song and some exciting action sequences and the result is an explosive cocktail.

Nov 18, 1997

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In scene after scene Director Guy Hamilton has contrived some hilariously horrible sight gags.

October 13, 2008 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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There's not the least sign of staleness in this third sample of the Bond 007 formula.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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This 1964 entry is the most enjoyable of the James Bond thrillers starring Sean Connery -- perhaps because it's the most comic and cartoony in look as well as conception.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
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Presented here in a newly restored digital print, it should look especially swish on the big screen.

June 24, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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... what they give us in Goldfinger is an excess of-science-fiction fun, a mess of mechanical melodrama and a minimum of bedroom farce.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times | Comments (11)
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If it is not a great film, it is a great entertainment, and contains all the elements of the Bond formula that would work again and again.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times | Comments (2)
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All the tropes are genre highs, from the iconic title song to the archetypal cool car to the endlessly quotable sadistic one-liners.

April 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Orlando Weekly
Orlando Weekly

Ours not to reason why with "Goldfinger"; ours but to gape and admire; which is very easy and enjoyable until the story's iceberg of extravagance finally appears in its true proportions.

February 2, 2014 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

For 007 fans or action adventure/spy movie fans in general, it really doesn't get much better than "Goldfinger," a tremendous blockbuster that entertains on every level.

January 8, 2014 Full Review Source: Lyles' Movie Files
Lyles' Movie Files

GOLDFINGER, for me, isn't the perfect Bond movie (though it does have all the elements to be perfect), but it's still a fun, corny time. Definition of a popcorn movie.

October 18, 2012 Full Review Source: Sin Magazine
Sin Magazine

Gone is any and all idea of James Bond's vulnerability. However, "Goldfinger" swaps in a gaudier, glitzier subtext directly related to how this blockbuster took aim almost squarely at an American audience.

June 24, 2012 Full Review Source: Suite101.com
Suite101.com

There's a very special, and weird, purity about the Bond formula as it is presented here: all the excess is in place but still reined in by some last measure of discipline.

June 11, 2012 Full Review Source: Antagony & Ecstasy
Antagony & Ecstasy

Thrilling action comedy may be the best Bond.

January 1, 2011 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

...remains a cut above its Bond brethren...

October 16, 2008 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Perfection.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

A fantastically entertaining entry.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Goldfinger is a crucial work in the development of the Bond legend.

May 6, 2008 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

One of the best, if not the best Bond movie

February 7, 2008 | Comment (1)

It has Shirley Bassey's operatic theme, the Aston Martin and Shirley Eaton, killed with that magnificently macabre gold paint.

July 28, 2007 Full Review Source: Guardian
Guardian

One of the more amusing Bond films.

April 3, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Sean Connery excelle une fois de plus dans la peau d'un personnage aussi froid que charismatique qui continue de foncer tête première avec un détachement souvent irrationnel

January 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Panorama

The iconic James Bond movie, this third entry into the franchise is rightly heralded for offering the perfect blend of action, adventure, gunplay, fisticuffs, gadgetry (that Aston Martin!), romance, derring-do, and just about everything else.

January 4, 2007 Full Review Source: Filmcritic.com
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Audience Reviews for Goldfinger

If defining a generation's your thing, here's the master class, an filmic anatomy course in giving the people what they want (circa 1960, yah?) in spades. And so what do the people want? Let's look at the film to see.
A lead with all the answers, courageous, on-the-job and yet not too on-the-job to take a detour every now and then (If the reason's sexy enough), civilized and yet ready to rough-and-tumble should the need occur. Check.
The women? Competent, alluring, able to do any man's job (forgive me) and more, and yet still submissive? Check.
Our villain? Sophisticated, worldly (portly, too), ingenious, conniving, ruthless. Check. Did I mention ruthless yet? Check again.
Henchman? Strong. Silent. Ready to kill. And yet stylishly coiffed with a derby. Check.
Let's get ready to rumble.
April 24, 2014
ApeneckFletcher

Super Reviewer

A pure shot of exhilarating fun. A great entertainment that is loaded with exciting action and great humor. A sharp, funny, action-packed and thrilling movie. A great example of what popcorn fun is all about. Sean Connery commands the screen with confidence, style and charm with his great performance. It's one of the best Bonds made with Connery and with the entire series.
June 19, 2013
allan913

Super Reviewer

As a James Bond fan, I hate myself for saying this, but Goldfinger has not aged well. No doubt that the film will go down in history as the film that defined the character of 007. Sean Connery's brilliant performance established the character's smooth persona. The opening fight scene alone is one of the most satisfying action scenes in all of James Bond's films, aptly ended with Connery uttering the hilarious pun, "Shocking." Not to mention that Goldfinger marked the first time Bond orders his iconic drink "shaken not stirred."
Unfortunately, the film looks quite dated. The misogynist undertones in the way Bond controls women as well as the ridiculously sexist names like Pussy Galore come off today as too objectifying to overlook. The action scenes are cringe worthy, and the plot seems rather flat when compared to Bond's latest adventures.
That's not to detract from the fact that Goldfinger is required viewing for any Bond fan. This is the film that established the character as we have come to know it. It's also interesting to watch this film to see how far we've come since its release, both for the better and for the worse.
April 27, 2013
MovieGeek13

Super Reviewer

'Goldfinger' is a slight change in formula for the Bond series, and although it takes away some of its credibility, it adds a lot more fun. Finally, the series is given a very legitimate villain that is well acted by Gert Frobe. The pace quickens and the plot is simple. Though campy and kitsch, 'Goldfinger' establish many of the Bond trademarks that we have fostered a love for, creating a film that has forever changed the Bond series.
January 17, 2013
Kase Vollebregt

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    1. Pussy Galore: My name is Pussy Galore.
    2. James Bond: I must be dreaming.
    – Submitted by T R (17 months ago)
    1. James Bond: A martini. Shaken, not stirred.
    – Submitted by Dutch E (18 months ago)
    1. Auric Goldfinger: Man has climbed Mount Everest, gone to the bottom of the ocean. He's fired rockets at the Moon, split the atom, achieved miracles in every field of human endeavor... except crime.
    – Submitted by Typhon Q (22 months ago)
    1. James Bond: Do you expect me to talk?
    2. Auric Goldfinger: No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!
    – Submitted by Lucas M (22 months ago)
    1. Pussy Galore: My name is Pussy Galore.
    2. James Bond: I must be dreaming.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (22 months ago)
    1. Pussy Galore: What happened? Where's Goldfinger?
    2. James Bond: Playing his golden harp.
    – Submitted by Lucas M (22 months ago)
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