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Starring: Sean Connery
Director: Guy Hamilton
Genre: Action
Year: 1964
Rating: 4 / 5

Just as I have made no secrets about the fact that I consider Sean Connery to be the true James Bond, I also consider Goldfinger to be the best Bond movie ever - absolutely and without question. Released in 1964, Goldfinger, the third film in the series, already enjoyed a significant advantage in England and America, thanks in no small part to its two predecessors. Nonetheless, Goldfinger delivers one of James Bond's most intriguing villains in Auric Goldfinger and one of its most alluring vixens in Pussy Galore. These two characters, combined with a loosened sense of humor from our hero, lead to a thoroughly entertaining ride.

James Bond (Sean Connery) is on leave at an exclusive beach resort when he is told to begin pursuit of Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), a world-renowned collector of gold. It seems that British Intelligence seems to feel that Goldfinger has something up his sleeve, leaving them to dispatch Agent 007 on his tail. After letting Goldfinger know, in no uncertain terms, that there is a new player in town, Bond learns a little bit of his nemesis' power. Odd Job (Harold Sakata), Goldfinger's chief henchman and the best the series has ever offered, leaves Bond shaken and his companion, Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton), as a visible reminder of the breadth of Goldfinger's reach.

Following Goldfinger to his secluded home, James Bond finds himself captured and flown across the ocean to America. It seems that Goldfinger has a grand scheme in mind - Operation Grand Slam - and it involves Fort Knox, the United States gold depository. From there, it's up to James Bond to escape from the clutches of Goldfinger and thwart his attempts to wreck havoc with the world economy. Of course, Goldfinger and Odd Job are not all that stand in his way - the beautiful Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) proves to be a fair match for Bond in both sophistication and fisticuffs. But then, what would a James Bond adventure be without gorgeous women?

If I were introducing a new fan to the world of James Bond, Goldfinger would be the film I would ask him to see. Just as Michael Keaton will forever be the only Batman for me, so will Sean Connery always be the only James Bond. That being said, this is his best Bond film, and one of the best efforts of his career, campy though it may be. James Bond is meant to be enjoyed, not picked apart over small idiosyncrasies. To me, it is all summed up in the cool, suave manner in which Bond greets one of the many men whose life he ends. After electrocuting a villain in a bathtub early in the film, Bond turns away, pauses, and utters, in typical Bond fashion, "Shocking." Maybe, but this film's success certainly is not.

Sean Connery..........James Bond
Honor Blackman..........Pussy Galore
Gert Frobe..........Auric Goldfinger
Shirley Eaton..........Jill Masterson

Certification: Rated PG.
Running Time: 112 minutes.

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