What makes Goldfinger the best Bond movie? Probably it's the most thrilling entry with memorable characters, gadgets, and scenes.
Gert Frobe (dubbed by another actor because he could barely speak English) 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.
"Goldfinger" is the film that laid the foundation for every Bond film to follow, featuring all of the classic Bond tropes: the cars, the gadgets, the Bond girls, and the villains. This is also the first Bond film to feature a cold opening, as we get to see Bond on the tail end of one adventure, only to jump into another. And what a great cold opening it is! It establishes early that this will be an action-packed film.
And indeed, "Goldfinger" features some great action scenes, with Sean Connery handling himself with as much charm and cool as ever. Opposite Connery are Bond's first, truly iconic villain and henchman in the forms of Auric Goldfinger (played by Gert Fröbe) and Oddjob (Harold Sakata), and his first, truly iconic Bond girl, Pussy Galore (played by Honor Blackman). They too help contribute to the iconicity of this film and this franchise.
"Goldfinger" is such a fun film, full of twists and turns! This is golden age Bond at its finest - pardon the pun.
Budgeted at more than the cost of the first two films combined, Goldfinger launched the ritual of beginning each subsequent Bond film with a stand-alone mission sequence for the fictional British MI6 agent, known by his code number 007, to show off his stuff. Other customs follow. An assignment meeting with British Secret Service head M allows for the otherwise autonomous Mr. Bond to have his feathers clipped while being informed of his latest mission. A little office flirtation with M's secretary Ms. Moneypenny segues into a meeting with resident gadget master Q, who gets Bond up to speed on the state-of-the-art devices that the audience can expect to see employed throughout the movie. From here on, female characters would be sexier and more dangerous, yet also more likely to die. Exotic set pieces would be epic in scale. The series' signature nuanced tone, straddling dualities such as dry humor and outrageous danger, would be more pronounced.
Goldfinger is practically the template for the modern action blockbuster, yet still it's impossible to hate. In fact, it's deucedly hard not to love, simply because everything it does, it does so much better than its inheritors. A handful of other Bond flicks qualify as more "serious" suspense, and one (Skyfall) even borders on flawless. But Goldfinger will always be the best, for the same reason the Beatles will always be the best rock act and Peanuts will always be the best American comic strip: It's a phenomenon that defines its category.