Introducing James Bond: Goldfinger (1964)

The third James Bond film is undoubtedly my favorite of the Connery Bond films. I’ve never been able to quite put my finger on why I enjoy this movie so much, except to say that it’s perfectly balanced in terms of plot, action and intrigue (and of course the music is spot on). Goldfinger is considered the film that really turned James Bond into the global phenomenon that it still is, and many consider it the best of the entire classic Bond series (with the reboot in 2006 starting the series over essentially).

Goldfinger

Property of Eon Productions

This is the first Bond film to feature a performance by Dame Shirley Bassey (b. 1937). Bassey would go on to perform the title song for Diamonds are Forever (1971) and Moonraker (1979), making her the only performer to ever sing for more than one Bond film.

Goldfinger Title Sequence (1964)

Keeping in line with the title of the film (and the aspirations of the titular villain), the opening credits of Goldfinger are shot over the painted gold body of a woman sitting in various poses. Not only does this reference Auric Goldfinger’s endless love of gold (he was played to perfection by Gert Frobe), but it also foreshadows one of the most iconic images from the entire series: Bond discovering Jill dead on the bed, covered completely in gold paint (an urban legend states that she actually died on the set and had to be revived, but this is not true).

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Credit to Art of the Title

Now for an interesting side note: the girl in the title sequence actually appears in the movie, but not for more than a few minutes. Who is she? Watch the beginning of the Miami sequence, when Felix Leiter (now played by Cec Linder) comes across Bond being given a massage by a girl named Dink. The blonde Dink is none other than the girl from the title sequence! In fact, her scene in the film is so short, that she gets more screen time in the credits than in the actual film! (Ironic, isn’t it?)

That’s all for Goldfinger, next time: Thunderball (1965)

Have a good day!-Bex

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3 thoughts on “Introducing James Bond: Goldfinger (1964)

  1. Paragraph Film Reviews

    Loving these Bond posts!! I did a blogathon feature called James Bond January a few years back if you want to take a mosey around a bunch of features and articles from different sites. Index post is here: http://paragraphfilmreviews.com/2011/01/31/james-bond-january-index/

    I loved the song Goldfinger, which I think was the first great Bond theme, and pretty much everything else about this film is top-drawer Bond, and a great snapshot of the era.

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    1. filmmusiccentral Post author

      thank you so much! I’m enjoying looking through all of these songs. I’ll definitely take a look through James Bond January, that sounds interesting 🙂 I agree with what you said about the song Goldfinger, I remember freaking out (in a good way) when Shirley Bassey performed the number during the 50th anniversary of Bond at the Oscars (so cool!) 🙂

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