So I'm watching James Bond's Goldfinger

And at some point Miss Galore’s pilots spray this gas over Fort Knox that’s supposed to knock out every recruit in there. Now I wonder.. there’s lots of buildings and housing complexes there, and when they tested the gas on the smugglers earlier, the gas did not leave the room, or they would have gassed Bond/Galore/the horses.

I hope they’ll answer this as I watch it until the end. I assume I still have some odd 20 minutes until the end.

1- How are they going to handle the army recruits that are in buildings that have gasmasks?

2- How come that Miss Galore and her flight girls aren’t affected by the gas? There should be some sort of air vent in a small plane. Does it have a filter?

Jon Burlingame, author of The Music of James Bond, talks about the commercial success of the theme tune for the film Goldfinger, which celebrates its 50th anniversary today.  

More significantly, the public seemed to be paying equal attention to Goldfinger’s bold, brassy Barry score. “The musical soundtrack is slickly furnished by John Barry, who also composed the title song,” noted Variety’s film critic; its music critic later praised the album as “the strongest Bond film score to date.” In the United Kingdom, the soundtrack album made the charts on October 31 and reached number 14. But in America, it appeared on December 12 and rocketed up the charts, reaching number 1 on March 20, 1965. It edged out the Mary Poppins soundtrack (which in turn had displaced Beatles ’65 at the top) and remained the most popular album in America for three weeks.

Goldfinger would be the only Bond soundtrack album to reach the top of the charts. Barry was nominated for a Grammy Award, and although there was no Oscar attention—for Barry, that would come later, and not for James Bond—there was the satisfaction of worldwide commercial success. United Artists Records released Barry’s driving rock instrumental of Goldfinger (with Flick on guitar) and, a few months later, an LP titled John Barry Plays Goldfinger (acompilation of his arrangements from the first three Bond films plus a handful of easy-listening tunes).

You can learn more about temperamental artists, unexpected hits, and the unforgettable theme tune behind Bond, James Bond in The Music of James Bond

Did you know?

The James Bond classic Goldfinger was the first film to feature the Ford Mustang, in a scene where James slashes a convertible driven by Tilly Masterson to bits. Ford Motor Company contributed quite a few cars to the production, including a 1963 Lincoln Continental. When the car was later crushed during filming, the cubed Lincoln destroyed the rear suspension of the truck it was loaded on to.

Ironically, Ford would later become the owners of another brand associated with the Bond franchise…. Aston Martin.

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Happy “GOLDEN 50th" Anniversary to the greatest classic Bond film of all time….SEAN CONNERY as Ian Fleming’s JAMES BOND 007 in "GOLDFINGER" (1964).



Released on SEPTEMBER 17, 1964


Cast
GERT FROBE as AURIC GOLDFINGER
HONOR BLACKMAN as PUSSY GALORE
HAROLD SAKATA as ODDJOB
SHIRLEY EATON as JILL MASTERSON
TANIA MALLET as TILLY MASTERSON
CEC LINDER as FELIX LEITER
BERNARD LEE as M
LOIS MAXWELL as MONEYPENNY
DESMOND LLEWELYN as Q


Directed by GUY HAMILTON
Produced by ALBERT R. BROCCOLI & HARRY SALTZMAN
Screenplay by RICHARD MAIBAUM & PAUL DEHN
Director of Photography TED MOORE
Production Design by KEN ADAM
Edited by PETER HUNT
Music by JOHN BARRY
"GOLDFINGER" Theme Song Performed by SHIRLEY BASSEY



SYNOPSIS: :British Secret Service Agent JAMES BOND 007 (Connery) is tasked by M (Lee) to investigate bullion-magnate AURIC GOLDFINGER (Frobe) who is suspected of operating a secret international gold smuggling ring. While charming Goldfinger’s beautiful assistant, JILL MASTERSON (Eaton) and resulting to a tragic end, Bond pursues Goldfinger in his state of the art ASTON MARTIN DB 5 provided by quartermaster Q (Llewelyn) from the golf-courses in London to the beautiful Swiss Alps of Switzerland where Goldfinger’s smuggling plant resides. But Bond discovers that Goldfinger is planning something more than just gold smuggling. As he is captured and taken prisoner with only a bluff to keep him alive, Bond meets beautiful, but cold-steel air-pilot PUSSY GALORE (Blackman) who may be either friend or foe. And it all comes down to the climatic battle in FORT KNOX where Bond must foil Goldfinger’s scheme to irradiate the US Gold Depository with an atomic bomb and also confront ODDJOB (Sakata), Goldfinger’s lethal hat-thrower henchman.


GOLDFINGER is based on the 7th Novel of the JAMES BOND 007 SERIES written and created by IAN FLEMING. Goldfinger was the first BOND FILM to become a major BLOCKBUSTER ever, which herald the blueprint for the BOND VILLAIN archetype, the LETHAL HENCHMEN motif, the STRONG, but BEAUTIFUL BOND GIRL, an ADRENALINE-FUELED CAR CHASE action set-piece, A TRAGIC BOND GIRL DEATH (which included the film’s iconic GOLDEN GIRL scene), THE GADGETS (which includes THAT BEAUTIFUL TECHNOLOGICAL wonder of the ASTON MARTIN DB 5) and of course, the TITLE SONG performed by a well-known artist. Such was the song GOLDFINGER sung by singer artist SHIRLEY BASSEY, who paved the way for future Bond Title songs to come, and returned for two more film title songs, DIAMONDS ARE FOREVER (1973) also starred CONNERY as JAMES BOND 007 and MOONRAKER (1979) with ROGER MOORE as JAMES BOND 007. Its budget was equal to both of its predecessors, DR. NO (1962) and FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963). Ian Fleming’s Goldfinger was/and still is the quintessential, but greatest iconic BOND film ever made.

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