Director: Guy Hamilton
Producers: Albert R. Broccoli, Harry Saltzman
Writers: Richard Maibuam, Paul Dehn
Cinematographer: Ted Moore
Editor: Peter R. Hunt
Composer: John Barry
Theme Song: "Goldfinger" by Shirley Bassey
James Bond (Sean Connery) is on vacation in Miami Beach when he is approached by Felix Leiter (Cec Linder), with a new mission from MI6; to investigate Auric Goldfinger (Gert Frobe), an aptly-named gold magnate, whom both MI6 and the CIA suspect is an international gold smuggler.
Tasked with finding out how Goldfinger smuggles his gold from country to country, Bond follows him to Switzerland, where he is taken captive by Goldfinger's henchman Oddjob (Harold Sakata) and personal pilot Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman). Stripped of his weapons and cut off from Felix and M (Bernard Lee), Bond must rely on his wits and charm to foil Goldfinger's ultimate plan: to irradiate the entire gold supply at Fort Knox and bring economic chaos to the West.
The film that made James Bond a box-office sensation, Goldfinger is the point in the series where
reality ceases to exist. From this point on, the series is camp fantasy, filled with sexual innuendos and kitschy humor. But those looking for a great, thrilling spy film will no doubt have issues with this third Bond film, for the suspense is non-existent; as diabolical as Goldfinger's plot is, the lighter tone robs it of any sense of menace or danger. Furthermore, the action is surprisingly tamped down, with only three fights, two chases and the big shootout at Fort Knox, most of which is merely adequate.
Despite these flaws, Goldfinger, like most Bond films, is not about chair-gripping tension, but about having fun and that's exactly what Guy Hamilton delivers. From beginning to end, this film is a crazy good time and endlessly re-watchable and a lot of the credit goes to the classy sense of humor, which despite the sexual innuendos never becomes lowbrow or unsophisticated. In addition, Hamilton delivers a stylish, colorful film with striking imagery and classic sets, while Maibaum and Dehn's script keeps the story going at a rapid pace, introduces such classic Bond motifs as the Vodka Martini and the Aston Martin and develops amusing relationships between Bond and his enemies.