Thursday, May 26, 2011

Movie Moments: #42

Goldfinger (1964)

Bonds may come and Bonds may go but the best remains Sean Connery. Apart from Connery, a good story, a memorable theme song sung by Shirley Bassey, Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore, a henchman named Oddjob who kills with his hat, a beautiful gold plated corpse and a scene that has become a classic, where Bond is about to lose his double-0’s by laser, make this one of the Bond classics.

Auric Goldfinger wants to steal the gold in Fort Knox and wipe out the world’s economy. Who is there to stop him and save civilisation as we know it?

James Bond: Do you expect me to talk?
Auric Goldfinger: No, Mr. Bond. I expect you to die.

Ian Fleming got the name "Goldfinger" from his alleged dislike of Hungarian modernist architect Erno Goldfinger. Among other things Erno Goldfinger designed London's Trellick Tower, built in 1968. When Ernö Goldfinger sought legal advice in regard to Ian Fleming using his surname in the "Goldfinger" novel, Fleming allegedly considered re-naming the character "Goldprick". The parody Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002) revives the idea.

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