Goldfinger (1964)

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Critic Consensus: 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 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.
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PG
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Action & Adventure , Classics , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Sean Connery
as James Bond
Gert Fröbe
as Auric Goldfinger
Honor Blackman
as Pussy Galore
Shirley Eaton
as Jill Masterson
Tania Mallet
as Tilly Masterson
Harold Sakata
as Oddjob
Cec Linder
as Felix Leiter
Lois Maxwell
as Miss Moneypenny
Nadja Regin
as Bonita
Austin Willis
as Simmons
Bill Nagy
as Midnight
Alf Joint
as Capungo
Varley Thomas
as Old Lady
Raymond Young
as Sierra
Richard Vernon
as Smithers
Denis Cowles
as Brunskill
Burt Kwouk
as Mr. Ling
Hal Galili
as Strap
Mai Ling
as Mei-Lei
Lenny Rabin
as Henchman
John McLaren
as Brigadier
Robert MacLeod
as Atomic Specialist
Victor Brooks
as Blacking
Gerry Duggan
as Hawker
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Critic Reviews for Goldfinger

All Critics (57) | Top Critics (8)

It's phenomenal!

Full Review… | December 21, 2015
New York Daily News
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Full Review… | May 27, 2009
Entertainment Weekly
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A bit much? Yes, but it's meant to be. Like Doctor No and From Russia with Love, the two previous Bond bombshells, this picture is a thriller exuberantly travestied.

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

Full Review… | May 6, 2008
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.

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

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
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Audience Reviews for Goldfinger

½

The first of four Bond films directed by Guy Hamilton, and by far the most iconic entry among critics and fans. Pretty much all the Bond movie cliches started right here!! Great theme song by Shirley Bassey, contains some of the most memorable scenes of the franchise (Do you expect me to talk?), fantastic gadgets, and Bond has some truly funny one-liners. The whole affair really feels like a 60's pulp-thrill comic book brought to vivid life, and I mean that in the best sense possible. However, with all these elements that surely make Goldfinger an entertaining flick, why is it I don't LOVE this entry as much as everybody else does? I think it comes down to two critical things: 1. Despite her outrageously hilarious name, I find Pussy Galore to be the most over-hyped Bond girl of all time. Outside of her name, I just find her to be a bland, unremarkable character and don't get me started on the infamous barn scene. 2. The second act, in which Bond is a prisoner of the title villain, is a bit too slow-paced and nearly grinds the whole affair to a dead halt. The fact that the whole second-half of the movie takes place in America doesn't help matters (I find pretty much all the Bond movies that take place in America to be boring) Don't misunderstand, I do enjoy this movie and I do appreciate it's importance to the franchise, but it doesn't even break my personal top ten Bond entries. Heck, I enjoy the previous two Connery films and the two that came afterwards (Thunderball and You Only Live Twice) more.

Christopher Heim
Christopher Heim

Super Reviewer

As great as the story is in this film, and how memorable it's villains are, it just does not make up for it's overdone, and sometimes laughable action sequences, which have not dated very well. Regardless, I was invested the entire way through, making for a great entry in the series. I just felt a bit annoyed during my viewing of this film. "Goldfinger" definitely has the best story of the series so far, but by the end of the film, I was too focussed on the shot mess-ups and the sloppy choreography that I was taken out of the experience. Aside from these complaints, it's sharp dialogue and clever story tactics make up for it. This is a great bond flick!

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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