CLASSIC REEL: Goldfinger
Cast: Sir Sean Connery, Gert Frobe and Honor Blackman
Year of release: 1964
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
With No Time To Die, the Bond franchise's 25th instalment, scheduled to be out next year, it's time to go way back to 1964, the year of the 3rd Bond instalment- Goldfinger. Sir Sean Connery first brought Ian Fleming's creation to life in 1962's Dr No and even after he was replaced with George Lazenby, the late Sir Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan and then Daniel Craig; the Scottish actor is still regarded as the face and most memorable Bond to date. Of course, most Bond fans have their favourite, yet Connery always seems to be at the top of the list. Connery played Bond less cold-blooded than Ian Fleming described, flirty, full of dry wit and ready with his fists and gun.
Goldfinger is a straight forward, action-packed Bond thriller, and the most memorable, which is why it's mostly regarded as the best entry in the Bond franchise. It is the first to have a pre-credits sequence where Bond is seen on a mission before the movie's main one, the first to have a theme song with lyrics which sums up the villain's personality - Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger,
the first to introduce Bond's signature car- the gadget modified Aston Martin DB5 (which was recently auctioned), the first where Bond uses gadgets and the first to have a Bond girl who had better things to do than swoon over his charms. It's also so sixties, no mobile phones, no internet, men wearing fedoras and Bond mentioning the Beatles who were reigning at the time.
There is of course, the very memorable Bond villain- Audric Goldfinger played by German actor, Gerte Forbe. Goldfinger is a very wealthy man; articulate, no-nonsense, cunning and a psychopath with a creepy obsession with gold which is glaringly spelt out; particularly the unforgettable scene where he has his 'mistress' Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) murdered via skin suffocation-
There is the Bond girl with the most offensive name, Pussy Galore, played by Honor Blackman. For some reason Fleming chose to give some of the Bond Girls weird and inappropriate names; in Dr No, it was Honey Ryder (Ursula Andress), Moonraker, it was Holly Goodhead (Lois Chiles), in Octopussy it was... well, Octopussy (Maud Adams) and A View To a Kill, a female character introduced herself as 'Jenny Flex', which made Bond (then played by Roger Moore) reply, 'I'm sure you are.' Hmph.
'I'm a damn good pilot, period!'
Goldfinger began the formula of Bond's use of gadgets, Q Branch equipping him with new ones in the later entries of the franchise.
Honor Blackman is 6 years older than Sir Sean Connery.
Goldfinger was initially banned in Israel because Gert Forbe once belonged to the Nazi Party. But it was lifted after it was discovered he left the Party before World War II and hid some Jews from the Nazis, saving them from the concentration camps.
Gert Forbe spoke very little English, hence had to be voice dubbed.
Goldfinger was the first Bond film to win an Oscar.
The story's plot involving economic dominance was used much later on in the 18th entry- Tomorrow Never Dies, where the main villain attempts to induce a war between China and the UK in order to sell more newspapers.
Gerte Forbe appeared in another Ian Fleming adaptation, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in 1968.