19 February, 2007 Leave a comment
Fast cars, evil villains, cheesy one-liners, cool gadgets and Pussy Galore!
Coming in at Bond number three, Goldfinger (1964) certainly contains all those iconic things audiences have come to expect and love in more recent films in the saga.
We don’t have to wait long for the first cheesy one-liner in Goldfinger, in fact the pre-title sequence has 007 exclaim “Shocking!” just after a villain is electrocuted in a bathtub. 😀
The stand out quote however would have to be the following,
Bond: “Do you expect me to talk?”
Goldfinger: “No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die.”
As for gadgets, the coolest is certainly Bond’s first company car – an Aston Martin DB5 with machine guns, bullet proof windows, smoke screen and oil slick dispensers, rotating licence plates and a passenger ejector seat!
In other cutting edge technology, Goldfinger has the first movie appearance of a Laser, which must have been a novelty in 1964 given the first working model was only demonstrated in 1960.
For the Austin Powers fans, you’ll see that Dr Evil’s Korean assassin Random Task is taken directly from Oddjob in Goldfinger who throws a bowler hat like a frisbee as a weapon.
From Mexico to the UK and Switzerland to the USA, Goldfinger has plenty of great Bond action and is well worth a look.
James Bond will return to my screen in Thunderball…