I’m in the process of watching every Bond movie, from the first to the most current. I will be giving my thoughts on each film as I go along. Not many people have seen every Bond film, and so I feel that this should be an interesting journey. These aren’t reviews, just thoughts. I encourage you to hop aboard. The James Bond film franchise is one of the largest out there. They’ve been around for 50 years for a reason. Let’s get started!
Goldfinger is the first Bond film that feels like a Bond film. In this movie, 007 is no longer playing the role of a detective. He actually does spy-like things.
For the first time, gadgets and gear, as well as the signature Aston Martin, are given to 007. Prior to this movie, Bond had been given a nifty briefcase, but this time around, he’s got gadgets that have significantly more presence on screen.
The opening credits become increasingly more lavish with each Bond installment. Goldfinger raises the bar by featuring a now-iconic song sung/composed for the film, as well as more zany visuals. This time around, text and images featuring Bond are projected onto gold-painted women.
In this installment, Bond’s humor isn’t overdone. His catchphrases are still there, but his character is approached more seriously. Humor all-around was dusted in nicely, where it fit. Bond wasn’t joking at every opportunity he had, thankfully. This conservative approach grounded his character in reality.
The villain was awesome. He reminded me of Toronto Mayor Rob Ford.
Goldfinger was a briskly paced Bond movie, trimmed of most of its fat and constantly progressing. The whole film felt grander than its predecessors, more confident, and was concluded well. The movie’s large budget made a clear difference in its quality. In regards to the first three Bond films, Goldfinger is easily the best.
In this movie, Bond gets more gadgets, drives his Aston Martin, and does some fantastic spy-work. It’s interesting to see his character get molded and shaped into the Bond that we all know today. I look forward to the next movie!
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