Goldfinger

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Product Overview

007 battles a world-class criminal who has plans to destroy the U.S. Gold reserves.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203939746
UPC 027616066275
UPC 14 00027616066275
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
007
Action
Adventure
Based On A Novel
Classic
James Bond
Live-Action
Recommended
Romance
Scantily Clad Women
Secret Agents
Spies
Spy
Theatrical Release
Thriller
Editors Note
Note The quintessential Bond film is born with this third Connery installment.
Memorable Quotes
Quote "Do you expect me to talk?"--James Bond (Sean Connery)|"No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die."--Goldfinger (Gert Frobe)
Reviews
Chicago Sun-Times "...Of all the Bonds, GOLDFINGER is the best.....It is a great entertainment, and contains all the elements of the Bond formula that would work again and again..." 01/31/1999 p.5
Entertainment Weekly "...Nearly 40 years later, the formula still cooks..." 01/11/2002 p.32
Uncut 4 stars out of 5 -- "It doesn't matter which side you take in the eternal Connery vs. Moore debate, everyone can agree that this is where the template was struck for the Bond franchise." 08/01/2007 p.135
Directors
Guy Hamilton
Actors
Sean Connery
Cast & Crew
Albert R. Broccoli - Producer
Bernard Lee - Actor
Desmond Llewelyn - Actor
Gert Frobe - Actor
Guy Hamilton - Director
Harold Sakata - Actor
Harry Saltzman - Producer
Honor Blackman - Actor
Ian Fleming - Based On Novel By
John Barry - Original Music By
Lois Maxwell - Actor
Paul Dehn - Writer
Peter R. Hunt - Editor
Richard Maibaum - Writer
Sean Connery - Actor
Shirley Eaton - Actor
Ted Moore - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1964
Catalog ID 114156
UPC 00027616066275
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 110 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.66:1
Awards
Nominee (1965) British Academy Awards, Ken Adam, Best British Art Direction (Colour),Grammy, John Barry, Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Show
Winner (1965) Oscar, Norman Wanstall, Best Effects, Sound Effects
Grammy (1965) John Barry, Nominee, Best Original Score Written for a Motion Picture or Television Show
British Academy Awards (1965) Ken Adam, Nominee, Best British Art Direction (Colour)
Oscar (1965) Norman Wanstall, Winner, Best Effects, Sound Effects
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review With 1964's Goldfinger, the third James Bond story to reach the screen, the "Bond formula" had reached maturity. Screenwriter Richard Maibaum, a participant in the scripting of the previous two movies, Dr. No and From Russia with Love, had identified those elements of the series that audiences liked. So, for this film, his storyline (adapted loosely from Ian Fleming's 1959 novel) enhanced the action sequences, added more beautiful women, gave 007 an Aston Martin loaded with neat gadgets, and offered actor Sean Connery more opportunities to deliver one-liners and act suave...One of the last Bond films to clock in at under two hours, Goldfinger is tightly-paced and economical in its usage of extraneous material. The character development of From Russia with Love is replaced by a greater attention to action. There are several memorable fight sequences (including a climactic struggle between 007 and Goldfinger's nasty henchman, Oddjob) and a lengthy car chase that has Bond's Aston Martin trailing smoke screens and oil slicks, firing built-in guns, and ejecting the passenger seat. The level of excitement in Goldfinger is up a notch from its predecessors...Sean Connery, back for the third time in the role that made him famous, plays the lead character with the same easy elegance and wit he displayed in From Russia with Love...In the midst of Bond's "golden era" of the '60s, it's hard to single out one film as the best, but history has shown Goldfinger to be among the series' most enduring entries. Although more gimmicky than From Russia with Love, this film is equally as entertaining. And, of course, it takes the Bond films in a slightly different direction, blazing a trail that they have been following ever since, all the way from Goldfinger to Goldeneye.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review The third entry in the Bond series after Dr. No and From Russia with Love, Goldfinger proved to be the one that turned the franchise into a worldwide phenomena. When Sean Connery, the best of the Bonds, stepped out of a wet suit to reveal the immaculate white dinner jacket underneath before the credits even rolled, the audience knew they were in for a night of very special entertainment. With characters with offbeat names like Odd Job and - in those pre-politically correct days - Pussy Galore, murders by such bizarre means as hats and gold paint, and a smolderingly sexy secret agent in Connery, Goldfinger couldn't very well miss. Adding to the sophisticated fun are John Barry's evocative score and the dazzling title sequence set to Shirley Bassey's throaty rendition of the theme song.
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Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 10
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review Of all the Bonds, "Goldfinger" (1964) is the best, and can stand as a surrogate for the others. If it is not a great film, it is a great entertainment, and contains all the elements of the Bond formula that would work again and again. It's also interesting as the link between the more modest first two Bonds and the later big-budget extravaganzas; after this one, producers Albert "Cubby" Broccoli and Harry Saltzman could be certain that 007 was good for the long run...At 111 minutes, "Goldfinger" ties with "Dr. No" as the shortest of the James Bond films, and yet it probably contains more durable images than any other title in the series: the young woman killed by being coated with gold paint; the steel-rimmed bowler of the mute Korean assassin Odd Job (Harold Sakata); the Aston-Martin tricked out with deadly gimmicks and an ejector seat; Bond's sexy karate match with Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman); the villain Goldfinger with his gold-plated Rolls-Royce, and of course the laser beam pointed at that portion of Bond's lower anatomy that he most required if he were to continue as hero of the series...Connery had the sleek self-assurance needed for the role, and a gift with deadpan double entendres. But he had something else that none of the others, save perhaps Dalton, could muster: Steely toughness. When his eyes narrowed and his body tensed up, you knew the playing was over and the bloodshed was about to begin...At a time when "Swinging London" was overtaking pop culture, the Bond series was perfectly positioned (although Bond makes a rare lapse of taste in "Goldfinger" when he recommends listening to the new Beatles with earmuffs on). But Swinging London has swung, and Bond stays on.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 10
Features
DVD, No Longer Produced
Product Attributes
Actor Connery,Sean
Label Mgm Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Almar Haflidason, BBC Film Review ...tough action and the introduction of such memorable gadgets...there's never a dull moment...
Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide Entertaining, exciting James Bond adventure...Full of ingenious gadgets and nefarious villains...
Steve Rhodes, Internet Reviews If spy-action films ever had a classic, then this is it.
Almar Haflidason, BBC Online ...with some tough action and the introduction of such memorable gadgets as Bond's Aston Martin car, there's never a dull moment...
Christopher Null, FilmCritic.com ...the perfect blend of action, adventure, gunplay, fisticuffs, gadgetry (that Aston Martin!), romance, derring-do, and just about everything else.
Pam Grady, Reel.com The third entry in the Bond series...Goldfinger proved to be the one that turned the franchise into a worldwide phenomena.

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