Goldfinger

dir. Guy Hamilton

TIFF Cinematheque - Retrospective

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The most famous and iconic film in the Bond series sees 007 taking on criminal mastermind Auric Goldfinger (Gert Froebe) and his memorably named accomplice Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), who plan to create a "masterpiece of crime" by raiding the US gold reserves at Fort Knox.

From its eponymous villain (Gert Froebe, looking like a bronze Buddha), who plans to create a "masterpiece of crime" by irradiating the US gold reserves in Fort Knox; to his henchman Oddjob (Harold Sakata), a mute giant with a razor-rimmed bowler; to the most famously and outrageously named Bond girl of them all, Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), a butchy pilot with an all-female flying circus; to Bond's tricked-out Aston Martin DB5, Shirley Eaton's deathly "golden girl" and the brassy title tune belted out by Shirley Bassey, Goldfinger is perhaps the quintessential Bond film, and unquestionably the most iconic. Setting the template for the series in its episodic, globe-trotting narrative, technological super-modernity and over-the-top self-spoofery, Goldfinger jettisons the first two films' delicate balance between realism and fantasy and goes for gloss and gusto with unabashed, comic-book panache. Sean Connery, meanwhile — who first appears in scuba gear with a decoy duck on his head, before stripping down to reveal an immaculate white tuxedo complete with boutonniere — perfects the tongue-in-cheeky wit that would become a signature part of the series.