Bond and "friend" Oddjob
The film boasts a great theme song performed by Shirley Bassey; a terrific overall set-up (Goldfinger loves for everything to be cast in eighteen-carat gold, including his Rolls Royce); and amazing set designs by Ken Adam. Honor Blackman is quite winning as Goldfinger's personal pilot, Pussy Galore ("I must be dreaming," Bond says when she tells him her name). There are several terrific gadgets, including the original Aston Martin DB5 complete with extras like built-in machine guns and front and rear bulletproof protection screens. Unforgettable Korean henchman Oddjob (played by Hawaiian pro wrestler Harold Sakata) throws his deadly steel-rimmed hat around like a buzzsaw boomerang.
The film opens with Bond shocking a bad guy to death in a bathtub. Soon 007 is sent to Miami where he is asked to keep an eye on Goldfinger. That leads to the death of the beautiful Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) by asphyxiation when her naked body is completely covered in gold paint-perhaps the single most enduring image in all of Bond. Things only escalate from there, with Bond eventually uncovering Goldfinger's scheme (known as "Operation Grand Slam") to take over Fort Knox and detonate a small atomic bomb inside in order to drive the price of gold up overseas. And, in one of the series' most remembered moments, Bond is captured and nearly cut in half with a giant industrial-strength laser beam. He utters, "Do you expect me to talk?" To which Goldfinger replies, "No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die!"
Another Memorable Sequence: The golf match between Bond and Goldfinger is right up there with parts of Caddyshack, and truly a blast to watch Bond outwitting his opponent by beating him at his own game.
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