Dry as ice, dripping with deadpan witticisms, only Sean Connery's Bond would dare disparage the Beatles, that other 1964 phenomenon. No one but Connery can believably seduce women so effortlessly, kill with almost as much ... more »ease, and then pull another bottle of Dom Perignon '53 out of the fridge. Goldfinger contains many of the most memorable scenes in the Bond series: gorgeous Shirley Eaton (as Jill Masterson) coated in gold paint by evil Auric Goldfinger and deposited in Bond's bed; silent Oddjob, flipping a razor-sharp derby like a Frisbee to sever heads; our hero spread-eagle on a table while a laser beam moves threateningly toward his crotch. Honor Blackman's Pussy Galore is the prototype for the series' rash of man-hating supermodels. And Desmond Llewelyn reprises his role as Q, giving Bond what is still his most impressive car, a snazzy little number that fires off smoke screens, punctures the tires of vehicles on the chase, and boasts a handy ejector seat. Goldfinger's two climaxes, inside Fort Knox and aboard a private plane, have to be seen to be believed. --Raphael Shargel« less
"Imagine leading a guided tour of 21st century adolescents through the museum of early Bond films---"Well,kids,they weren't like today---yes,back then,they did sit around and talk a lot more---but hey,that was to make the story and the characters more believable---O.K?".Not O.K.,because I don't think those explanations fly with modern ticket-buyers---otherwise we wouldn't have "The World Is Not Enough",which is itself a kind of rebuke to everything that used to be Bond.Those of us who made the rite of passage into (perceived)adulthood on the heels of seeing "Goldfinger" must finally admit that this is the kind of action movie they're just not going to make anymore.First of all,there's really not that much action---after the bang-up teaser opening,it's mostly exposition---something quite unthinkable in today's marketplace.Consider this---after 007 finds Shirley Eaton covered in gold,there are THREE individual segments in which Bond's mission is discussed and instructions given---this is in the first act,mind you.Today,they'd be past the third boat chase and into the second free-fall from a plane in flight."Goldfinger's" next "action" highlight is a golf game---Get Out! ---but what humor and suspense it generates---will Goldfinger discover the ball switch?It still puts me on the edge of my seat,and I've seen it two dozen times.The greatness of this movie lies in the powerful visual images it so casually presents---the Golden Girl on the bed---I won't even try to describe the electricity that went through the audience when that scene flashed on in '64(and well into '65)---if you're too young,ask your father to tell you about it.Oh,and the laser--you know,where it's pointed and all that---need I mention the effect on twelve-year old boys hitherto nursed on the likes of "Son Of Flubber"?---and when Pussy Galore introduced herself---someone might just as well have set off a cherry bomb in the theatre.What I'm saying is,you had to be there.The middle-aged among us who like an occasional express ride back to childhood will want this DVD,with all it's fabulous extras.For those of you who missed the sixties,here is an opportunity to understand your elders a little better---order "Goldfinger" today---find out what some of the excitement of our youth was all about---chances are it will lead to a happy Bond-ing experience with someone you love."
The Quintessential Bond Film
Scott T. Rivers | Los Angeles, CA USA | 02/18/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Though "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love" got the ball rolling, it was "Goldfinger" (1964) that started the 007 phenomenon - establishing a cinematic formula that has endured from Sean Connery to Pierce Brosnan. In a recent interview, Connery said his portrayal of James Bond may have set too high a standard for the other actors to match. The same can be said for the early 007 films. With the exception of "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" (1969), it's hard to top the excitement and inventiveness of "Goldfinger." The villains, gadgets and locales are top notch, with Connery in splendid form. Admittedly, the Fort Knox climax is a bit hokey in spots and it's obvious that American gangsters are played by British actors. Despite these dated elements, "Goldfinger" is a definite highpoint in the 007 series."
ACTION/BOND FANS: YOU JUST STRUCK GOLD
Red Wings 11 Cups | Ohio, USA | 03/11/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's a shame that the Special Edition Bonds' were not released in chronological order, but that's about the only complaint you'll read here.GOLDFINGER showcases Connery in his third outing, and perhaps, in his most complete. There are just no weaknesses: from the hot women (Pussy Galore, the Masterson sisters), the gadgets (Bond's incredible Aston-Martin DB 5), the villains (Auric Goldfinger, and the ominous Oddjob) to the killer locations and action sequences, first-time Bond-director Guy Hamilton delivers. He not only seamlessly integrates action, comedy, and super-cool guy-machismo in one 110-minute package, but he strengthens, while innovating, the spy-action hybrid genre. This DVD contains 2 very good commentary tracks, 2 documentaries, photos, radio interviews, trailers, etc. The start-up motion-menu is high-tech and gets you in the Bond mood. The mono soundtrack is adequate, buy hey MGM! Remix in 5.1. PLEASE! Picture quality is the same as the previously released DVD-version and looks very good, but the trained eye can catch some minor inadequacies in the print (grit, dust, etc).All in all, GOLDFINGER ranks among the top-5 Bond films, while enduring as a ground-breaking action film that deserves to be called a classic in every sense of the word."
Completely new feeling
Christian Z. | Germany | 11/19/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have seen Goldfinger quite a lot of times on Video and TV - but watching it on DVD seems like watching a completely new Goldfinger: perfect picture and best sound ever! It seems like it was shot only yesterday. The Bonus material is simply a must for every Bond-Fan: Just sit down, relax, have a Martini and let Guy Hamilton or Honor Blackman or... tell you about the making the movie using the commentary in the Bonus-Section. A lot of unknown behind the scenes pictures and the two very good documentaries make this quite a complete 007-DVD. Not that I want to complain but it would even be better if more different languages would be optional and the music score would be on it."
James Bond get's the Operation Grand Slam Restoration
John Sunyak | Brooklyn | 02/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This has to be quite a exciting and shocking suprise to all the DVD review sources who anticipated just another re-packaging/marketing release of the James Bond collection. The John Lowry Digital group has taken these James Bond films to another level with their restoration work. This has to be by far Lowry's finest achievement. In some cases Lowry' may have had a lot to work with considering each film with It's own set of unique characteristics. But the results are what counts and In this case Lowry' has made a remarkable step forward and has raised the bar for film restoration to a new standard. You have to see these films again to believe them. Too bad Lowry' doesn't do all the dvd's in the marketplace, I for one sure wish they did. This Is the high quality that dvd was ment for. The marketing Of The James Bond Ultimate Collection could have been handled a bit better. For those buyers Interested In purchasing the box sets at a attractive price, well that's fine, you can get all 20 of the James Bond's and your satisfied. However, If MGM released each Ultimate slim(2)disc dvd seperately for purchase, that would have also been a smart move, but they didn't. Even If released Individually at a higher price, they would still sell. The Ultimate releases are selling on Ebay for up to $28.00 each and that's not Including shipping. The Ebay sellers are making the money that should have gone to MGM. Again, the box sets are great, but what we're finding out Is that consumers are willing to pay more for what they want and that's the bottom line. Well let's just wait and see what happens next, sometimes you can never tell."