Thursday, October 18, 2012

The 10 Best Moments from Goldfinger (1964): Countdown to Skyfall— Nov. 9th!

Spoilers, of course. Although at times I've been purposefully oblique: if you're a fan, you'll get the references.

Here's my list of the top ten best moments from Goldfinger. I've tried to pick actual individual moments rather than sequences. What are your favorite moments? 

10. In the pre-title sequence, seeing a man about to knock him out in the girl's eye, Bond puts her in the way of the blow.

9. Goldfinger misses an easy putt, eyeing the gold bar Bond has thrown down on the green.

8. Revealing the Slazenger 7, Bond calls the golf match for himself.

7. Bond instructs the card cheating Goldfinger through his earpiece to start losing.

6. The bomb is defused after Bond sweats it out.

5. Oddjob gets fried.

4. Q's deadly serious response to Bond's incredulity of an ejector seat in the Aston Martin.


3. Bond reacts to Pussy Galore's introduction of herself.

2. Goldfinger's line following Bond's "Do you expect me to talk?"

1. Bond discovers Jill Masterson's body.

Goldfinger most cleverly changes the exact plan at Fort Knox from the novel to a much more realistic one, but conversely it's change from tainting the drinking water to the ridiculous gassing from above adds a particularly cartoonish aspect to the proceedings; nonetheless, Goldfinger is easily the most iconic entry in the 007 movie cannon.

For good measure, what I think is the worst moment from Goldfinger: We learn that Bond isn't hip to the Beatles!

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