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
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.