Gert Frobe is great as Auric, gentlemanly geniality barely concealing menace. Harold Sakata is also really good as Oddjob, Goldfinger's hat-slinging mute Korean manservant.
Honor Blackman is a fine Pussy. Shirley Eaton is good fun as Jill. Tania Mallet is not quite as good, as Jill's vengeful sister Tilly, but does OK.
Guy Hamilton's first (and easily best) effort as director set the standard for the series for many years to come, introducing an overall jokier tone than the previous two, most obviously in Bond's affectionate needling of the grouchy Q.
The score is one of John Barry's best (for me, it's second only to OHMSS), and the Shirley Bassey theme song has rightfully become a classic.
Overall, this is still probably the best Bond movie ever made.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE: All that explosive stuff does arguably exist at the expense of a more delicate balance between character and mystery exploration, compared to it's albeit less famous predecessors
VERDICT: 'Goldfinger' is exhilarating, explosive action fun. Bond was arguably born here, but its beginnings lie in slightly more sophisticated territory.
What I mean is, this is the one that started all of the gadgets and action that we see in most Bond films today.
I can easily see why people consider this to be the best of the whole series. Yet something is still holding me back. There were times for me that ran dull. Everything else was good.
Good villain, good plot, good acting, creative flow of story. There wasn't anything wrong with these things. There's not much else to say.
Over all, Goldfinger is a very influential film and is definitely in the top five in the series. 4/5 stars