My favourite Bond film: Goldfinger
In the script, the car was armed only with a smoke screen , but every crew member began suggesting gadgets to install in it: Hamilton conceived the revolving licence plate because he had been getting lots of parking tickets, while his stepson suggested the ejector seat which he saw on television. The first take, in which the car drives through the fake wall,  can be seen in the trailer. It was reused for Thunderball. Lasers did not exist in when the book was written, nor did high-power industrial lasers at the time the film was made, making them a novelty.
In the novel, Goldfinger uses a circular saw to try to kill Bond, but the filmmakers changed it to a laser to make the film feel fresher. Ken Adam was advised on the laser's design by two Harvard scientists who helped design the water reactor in Dr No. For close-ups where the flame cuts through metal, technician Bert Luxford heated the metal with a blowtorch from underneath the table to which Bond was strapped. The opening credit sequence was designed by graphic artist Robert Brownjohn , featuring clips of all James Bond films thus far projected on Margaret Nolan 's body.
Its design was inspired by seeing light projecting on people's bodies as they got up and left a cinema. Visually, the film uses many golden motifs, reflecting the novel's treatment of Goldfinger's obsession with the metal. All of Goldfinger's female henchwomen in the film except his private jet's co-pilot black hair and stewardess who is Korean are red-blonde, or blonde, including Pussy Galore and her Flying Circus crew both the characters Tilly Masterson and Pussy specifically have black hair in the novel.
Jill Masterson is famously killed by being painted with gold, which according to Bond causes her to die of "skin suffocation". An entirely fictional cause of death, but the iconic scene caused much of the public to accept it as a medical fact. Goldfinger's factory henchmen in the film wear yellow sashes, Pussy Galore twice wears a metallic gold vest, and Pussy's pilots all wear yellow sunburst insignia on their uniforms.
Goldfinger's Jetstar hostess, Mei-Lei, wears a golden bodice and gold-accented sarong. The model jet used for wide shots of Goldfinger's Lockheed JetStar was painted differently on the right side to be used as the presidential plane that crashes at the film's end. The Continental had its engine removed before being placed in a car crusher , and the destroyed car had to be partially cut so that the bed of the Ford Falcon Ranchero in which it was deposited could support the weight.
Since the release date for the film had been pre-determined and filming had finished close to that date, John Barry received some edits directly from the cutting room floor , rather than as a finished edit, and scored some sequences from the rough initial prints. The film's score is described as "brassy and raunchy" with "a sassy sexiness to it". Goldfinger began the tradition of Bond theme songs introduced over the opening title sequence , the style of the song from the pop genre and using popular artists.
Shirley Bassey established the opening title tradition giving her distinguished style to " Goldfinger ", and would sing the theme songs for two future Bond films, Diamonds are Forever and Moonraker. These lyrics were described in one contemporary newspaper as "puerile",  but what remained undisturbed was the Shirley Bassey interpretation world impact.
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Like the score, the arrangement makes heavy use of brass, meeting well Miss Bassey's signature belting , and incorporates the Bond theme from Dr. Newley recorded the early versions, which were even considered for inclusion in the film. The soundtrack album topped the Billboard chart,  and reached 14th place in the UK Albums Chart. Goldfinger premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square in London on 17 September , with general release in the United Kingdom the following day.
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Leicester Square was packed with sightseers and fans and police were unable to control the crowd. A set of glass doors to the cinema was accidentally broken and the premiere was shown ten minutes late because of the confusion. The film's marketing campaign began as soon as filming started in Florida, with Eon allowing photographers to enter the set to take pictures of Shirley Eaton painted in gold.
Robert Brownjohn, who designed the opening credits, was responsible for the posters for the advertising campaign, which also used actress Margaret Nolan. Goldfinger was generally a critical success.
It is fast, it is most entertainingly preposterous and it is exciting. The reviewer from The Times said "All the devices are infinitely sophisticated, and so is the film: the tradition of self-mockery continues, though at times it over-reaches itself", also saying that "It is the mixture as before, only more so: it is superb hokum. Bernard Lee and Mr. Harold Sakata: Mr. Penelope Gilliatt , writing in The Observer , said that the film had "a spoofing callousness" and that it was "absurd, funny and vile".
Philip Oakes of The Sunday Telegraph said that the film was "dazzling in its technical ingenuity",  while Time said that "this picture is a thriller exuberantly travestied. There's lots of humor, gimmicks, excitement, an amusing yet tense golf contest between Bond and Goldfinger, thrilling fights to the death between Bond and Oddjob and Bond and Goldfinger, and a fascinating central crime The website's consensus reads, " Goldfinger is where James Bond as we know him comes into focus — it features one of 's most famous lines 'A martini.
Shaken, not stirred' and a wide range of gadgets that would become the series' trademark". The film distributor Park Circus re-released Goldfinger in the UK on 27 July at multiplex cinemas, on digital prints. Shaken, not stirred " ,  No. Goldfinger' s script became a template for subsequent Bond films. Also introduced for the first of many appearances is the briefing in Q-branch, allowing the viewer to see the gadgets in development.
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Goldfinger has been described as perhaps "the most highly and consistently praised Bond picture of them all"  and after Goldfinger , Bond "became a true phenomenon. Even within the Bond canon, Goldfinger is acknowledged; the 22nd Bond film, Quantum of Solace , includes an homage to the gold body paint death scene by having a female character dead on a bed nude, covered in crude oil. The success of the film led to Ian Fleming's Bond novels receiving an increase of popularity  and nearly 6 million books were sold in the United Kingdom in , including , copies of Goldfinger alone.
The video game Legends features a level based on Goldfinger. American Film Institute lists. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Goldfinger disambiguation. British cinema poster for Goldfinger , designed by Robert Brownjohn. Harry Saltzman Albert R.
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