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With Goldfinger, the James Bond series took a turn away from relatively straightforward spy thrillers and toward campy gadgetry, extravagant sets, and kitschy jokes. Bond (Sean Connery) has to prevent a notorious gold smuggler, appropriately named Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe), from robbing Fort Knox. Goldfinger is surrounded by evil henchmen such as the sexy female pilot Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) and Oddjob (Harold Sakata), who kills with his steel-rimmed bowler hats. In order to stop Goldfinger, Bond has to survive several perilous situations, including a huge, deadly laser. Goldfinger is one… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 96%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"In scene after scene Director Guy Hamilton has contrived some hilariously horrible sight gags."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Presented here in a newly restored digital print, it should look especially swish on the big screen."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"All the tropes are genre highs, from the iconic title song to the archetypal cool car to the endlessly quotable sadistic one-liners."
‑ Steve Schneider, Orlando Weekly
"GOLDFINGER, for me, isn't the perfect Bond movie (though it does have all the elements to be perfect), but it's still a fun, corny time. Definition of a popcorn movie."
‑ Austin Kennedy, Sin Magazine
"Thrilling action comedy may be the best Bond."
‑ David Gurney, Common Sense Media
"There's not the least sign of staleness in this third sample of the Bond 007 formula."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"... what they give us in Goldfinger is an excess of-science-fiction fun, a mess of mechanical melodrama and a minimum of bedroom farce."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"Ours not to reason why with "Goldfinger"; ours but to gape and admire; which is very easy and enjoyable until the story's iceberg of extravagance finally appears in its true proportions."
‑ Eric Shorter, Daily Telegraph
"Gone is any and all idea of James Bond's vulnerability. However, "Goldfinger" swaps in a gaudier, glitzier subtext directly related to how this blockbuster took aim almost squarely at an American audience."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"...remains a cut above its Bond brethren..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"This 1964 entry is the most enjoyable of the James Bond thrillers starring Sean Connery -- perhaps because it's the most comic and cartoony in look as well as conception."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"If it is not a great film, it is a great entertainment, and contains all the elements of the Bond formula that would work again and again."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"For 007 fans or action adventure/spy movie fans in general, it really doesn't get much better than "Goldfinger," a tremendous blockbuster that entertains on every level."
‑ Jeffrey Lyles, Lyles' Movie Files
"There's a very special, and weird, purity about the Bond formula as it is presented here: all the excess is in place but still reined in by some last measure of discipline."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
‑ Ian Nathan, Empire Magazine
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