It’s undeniable that James Bond films are awesome, despite their gender stereotypes. Because we can’t help but be fascinated by the female girl power, and the high-tech adventures in exotic lands. And of course, the catchy soundtrack adds to the mystique!
So here’s one of my feel-good Bond tunes, ‘Goldgfinger’ by Shirley Bassey. Perfect for a dance party in the living room, or for karaoke in front of the mirror. xo -Iddi doll
#goldfinger #jamesbond007 #james #bond #007 #spy #filmfranchise #film #franchise #seanconnery #sean #connery #24sheet #24 #sheet #billboard #movieposter #movie #poster This is my favorite movie starring Seam Connery as James Bond.
The next movie in our Bond-athon is Goldfinger, quite possible the most beloved of all the films. This is the epitome of Bond movies, one that
hits all of the best clichés that are spoken of in the genre. Fast cars, beautiful women, ridiculous quips
and an over the top villain, not to mention the greatest henchman of all
The film starts with James infiltrating an enemy base while
wearing an absolutely smashing hat with a seagull attached. I understand the purpose of camouflage but I
feel like there had to be something better than taxidermy bird hats. Come on Q-Branch. Step it up.
But in terms of other fashion statements in the movie, I really do love
the style of the sixties. If we could
bring that back without the gender roles, I would be a happy, happy
person. Maybe I’ll try to bring it
back. I could start a trend from the
middle of the godforsaken desert, right?
Speaking of gender roles, James Bond continues to devalue
the entire female gender. It makes my
skin crawl and I look forward to the arrival of the Daniel Craig era because at
least there the women give as good as they get.
The frustration starts nearly immediately when we meet Felix Leiter
(greatest American spy of all time, eat it Jason Bourne) who is with a woman
James instantly dismisses, “Say goodbye to Felix, darling. Man talk.” Cue eye roll from me and yet she takes it
with a fond smile and leaves the room without question.
When Bond encounters the first ‘Bond-girl’ of the movie,
Jill Masterson, it is quickly apparent that she is far too good for him. Smart, sweet, and by way of meeting James,
guaranteed a quick and probably painful death.
That happens sooner rather than later, and James finds her dead body
painted gold and left on the bed; an iconic scene but one that says volumes
about how women are viewed in the early films of this series (and some of the
later films as well).
As a roleplayer, one of my favourite partners plays Bill
Hart, aka Agent 008. So when M threatens
to replace Bond with 008, my thoughts immediately went to good old Bill. Luckily for Hart, he doesn’t end up going
against Goldfinger because this is Bond’s movie and what fun would it be if he
The best part of any Bond movie (in my oh-so-humble opinion)
is the appearance of my beloved Q along with whatever gadgets he has and his
sly sense of humour. While Ben Whishaw
has my heart with his version of Q, every single one of them has some traits
that continue throughout every incarnation.
One of them being Q chastising James for not returning his equipment,
especially considering how wonderful all the things are. Goldfinger gives us an Aston Martin with fun
tricks like oil spills and ejector seats.
Q: the only reason James Bond has survived as long as he has. Let us give thanks to Q-Branch.
Goldfinger is an iconic villain, possibly the most iconic of
all time. He’s a megalomaniac who is so
obsessed with gold that he is willing to send a dirty bomb into Fort Knox to
make sure he his gold becomes even more valuable. He dies in a spectacular fashion but even so,
he is secondary in my mind.
My favourite Bond villain of the Connery era isn’t one of
the main ones, but a henchman named Oddjob.
This is his movie and he is awesome.
The man says nothing the whole film aside from the occasional
grunt. He’s built like a rock so when
Bond punches him, Oddjob grins and Bond shakes off his hurting fist. But what
about Oddjob makes him so great? His
weapon of choice. While many would use a
gun, or a knife, or something traditional, Oddjob throws his hat. Yes, you read that right.
He throws his hat.
This ends up being his downfall as well, the love he has for
that hat leads him to a shocking
situation. But it’s hilarious to watch
Bond vacillate between confusion, amusement and fear. Oddjob brings out more emotions in James Bond
than any other character so far.
While I love Oddjob, there is one other who I love more and
wish could have been treated properly by the film and the main character. The main ‘Bond-girl’ of the film, Pussy
Galore. I can’t even write that name
without rolling my eyes. Ms. Galore is
Goldfinger’s pilot and a badass woman the likes of which we haven’t seen yet in
Bond films. She stands up to James, and
even gets a few good shots in on him.
She has no interest in him whatsoever, which unfortunately spurs him to
the lowest point I have seen so far.
Pussy Galore said no.
James Bond didn’t listen. Guess
which one got his or her way.
The way women are treated in these films makes my skin crawl
and I just want to cry. It did lead to a
fabulous conversation with my son about why what Bond did was so awful but
still, I wish I didn’t have to explain that in the first place.
Overall, if you can look past the mysoginstic trappings and
rape apologetics, this film is fun. I
understand why it is the most beloved of all 007 films. But I have trouble dissociating myself from
the horrible treatment women and minorities suffer from and often find it
difficult to see James as anything other than an asshole who should be in jail.
English model and actress TANIA MALLET👑 who is best known for her role as tilly masterson in the james bond film Goldfinger.
She is in a wide-collared coral shantung sheath by Matita. Shot a tourettes sur-loup in the south of france.
Photographed by📷 Eugene vernier, July 1960.
Tania Mallet was born in the seaside resort of Blackpool, England. She took a course at Lucy Clayton’s School Of Modelling, and started working as a model at just 16 years old.
In 1963 she was considered for the role of the lead Bond girl in Desde Rusia con amor (1963) , but she didn’t get it. However, the following year she was cast in the next Bond film, James Bond contra Goldfinger (1964) , playing the ill-fated, Tilly Masterson. She agreed to appear in “Goldfinger” as an experiment. She was earning £2,000 a week as a model, and after much bargaining managed to secure only £150 a week as her fee for the film. She claimed that she could not afford to continue working as an actress, because she was earning more as a model.
Tania had mixed feelings about her time on “Goldfinger”. Filming was fun, but in her personal life her long-time boyfriend had died at the same time. She took a couple of other tiny roles in smaller films, including Michael Winner’s The System (1964) but had no desire to pursue a career as an actress. She is married to her second husband. She continues to attend Bond events and autographs her photographs at these events.
things i’ve cried about (today) since weaning off my anti-depressants/anxiety medication
1. the book “go dog go” 2. the theme to the james bond film “goldfinger” 3. when an animal welfare canvasser came up to me and asked “do you think animals deserve to be treated properly?” 4. a particularly moving verse in othello 5. the start-up screen in mario 64
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