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Goldfinger (1964)

Updated: Oct 16, 2022

Plot Summary: The powerful tycoon Auric Goldfinger has initiated Operation Grand Slam, a cataclysmic scheme to raid Fort Knox and obliterate the world economy. James Bond, armed with his specially equipped Aston Martin, must stop the plan by overcoming several outrageous adversaries.

*Recognition: Won Best Sound Effects; The American Film Institute has honoured the film four times: ranking it No. 90 for best movie quote ("A martini. Shaken, not stirred"), No. 53 for best song ("Goldfinger"), No. 49 for best villain (Auric Goldfinger), and No. 71 for most thrilling film. Often credited as the Best James Bond film.

What is this movie is about?: Secret Agent saves the day while balancing a life of fast cars, fast women, and fast liquor in some of the most exotic and beautiful locations in the world?

Best Performance: Sean Connery

Best Secondary Performance: Harold Sakata

Most Charismatic Award: Sean Connery

Best Scene: Laser Table/Defusing the Bomb

Favorite Scene: Slazenger 7/Laser Table

Most Indelible Moment: Oddjob knocks off the head of the statue/Gold-painted Murder

Best Line:

James Bond: A martini. Shaken, not stirred.

Honorable Mention:

James Bond: You expect me to talk?

Auric Goldfinger: {chuckles}No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die. There's nothing you can talk to me about that I don't already know!

Funniest Line:

Hawker: If that's his original ball, I'm Arnold Palmer.

James Bond: 'Tisn't.

Hawker: How do you know?

James Bond: I'm standing on it.

The Stanley Rubric:

Legacy: 9.5

Impact/Significance: 9

Novelty: 7.5

Classic-ness: 5.75

Rewatchability: 9.25

Audience Score: 8.9

Total: 49.9

Remaining Questions:

  • How did the pilots not die too?

  • Why show all the gangsters your plan if you were going to kill them anyway?

  • How the hell does Bond flip Pussy Galore?

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