Director Guy Hamilton
Year 1964
Starring Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton, Harold Sakata, Bernard Lee, Tania Mallet, Lois Maxwell
Run Time 110min
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18 and up; Children 6 and up will be allowed only with a parent guardian. No children under the age of 6 will be allowed.

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While it was not the first James Bond film and there have been dozens of others since it opened, GOLDFINGER is frequently the Bond movie that immediately comes to mind when 007 is mentioned.

Is it the best Bond ever? That's debatable, but it is certainly a near-perfect snapshot of everything Bondian, from the supremely suave Sean Connery to the va-va-voom sensuality of the female stars to the array of high-tech (well, high-tech for 1964, anyway) gadgetry. If you had to pick just one entry from the series to represent everything anyone needs to know about the Bond catalog, GOLDFINGER would be a sensational starting point.

In his third go-around as Bond, Connery is both dashing and smashing, dryly amusing and dynamic in equal measure. The plot finds Bond battling Auric Goldfinger (German actor Gert Frobe, whose lines were dubbed by British actor Michael Collins; at certain points in the film, you can clearly see Frobe's lips are noticeably out of sync with his dialogue), a megalomaniac who schemes to raid Fort Knox, with the help of the sexy quintet known as Pussy Galore's Flying Circus. Honor Blackman plays the leader of the ring, a femme fatale who claims to be "immune" to Bond's charms but, as one might expect, eventually gives in. Bond has less luck influencing Oddjob (Harold Sakata), Goldfinger's Korean henchman with an unforgettably distinctive bowler hat.

The film includes what may be the most famous sequence of the Bond series, in which James finds recent conquest --and former Goldfinger employee -- Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) dead in bed, her entire body saturated with gold paint. The scene was a real attention-grabber when GOLDFINGER was originally released and spawned a lot of wild rumors about Eaton having died as a result of being slathered with the gold. These tales probably helped boost the box office, but they were total nonsense: The filmmakers took great care to ensure Eaton's encasement was handled as carefully as possible. Although she left movies behind not long afterward, she definitely achieved a bit of screen immortality during her brief career as an actress.

The same can be said of another Shirley in GOLDFINGER -- Shirley Bassey, who performed the knockout title song. It would become the first of several Bond themes to crack the Top 10 on the pop charts. Bassey's gold-plated voice would return to the Bond series seven years later when she belted out the equally memorable theme of DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER. (James Sanford)


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