“Do you expect me to talk?”
“No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.”
Perhaps the most famous quote from the Bond franchise appeared in the third film in the series, one of my all-time favorite Bond films, Goldfinger.
Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) is our main villain in this installment, a man with an obsession for gold and a plan to irradiate the gold supply at Fort Knox. James Bond (Sean Connery) is along for the ride in an attempt to stop him.
There are some iconic moments and characters that appeared in Goldfinger. Auric Goldfinger’s loyal right hand man, Oddjob (Harold Sakata) and his projectile hat was seen here. We also meet the one and only Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman), the most appropriately named Bond girl ever. The movie contains perhaps one of the most infamous death scenes in film history with the gold paint on the girl, that even appeared on the movie poster.
I have to say, rewatching this after so many years, there is a scene that makes me pretty uncomfortable. James Bond certainly seems as if he forces himself on to Pussy in the barn. They play it off as if she was seduced and became enthralled with Bond, but it sure looked like, at the minimum, sexual assault and, at the worst, rape. This was a different era, but that scene truly plays worse in today’s world.
The rest of the movie is solid, superspy action with an iconic villain facing off against Bond. Bond was off his game nearly the entire film, as Auric kept him distracted throughout. Goldfinger certainly let his “super villain” tendency get in the way of his evil plan. He should have let that laser cut through Bond in that famous scene and his plan would have gone off without a hitch. His own negative tendencies led to his own demise.
It was also interesting how the film recast Felix Leiter. At first, in Dr. No, the CIA agent was played by Jack Lord, who declined the role when offered to him, and now he was portrayed by Cec Linder.
One of the best components of this film is the awesome theme song, something that becomes more of an important part to the franchise moving forward. Goldfinger was sung by Dame Shirley Bassey and it kicks the film off with a mysterious and eerie beginning.
Still near the top of the Bond films, I did find that scene in the hay with James and Pussy to be iffy. Otherwise, this is a classic Bond adventure that redefined the franchise moving forward.