Sean Connery definitely becomes the archetype of James Bond in Goldfinger. He’s charming and witty with even more quips than the previous films and is a joy to watch.
Pussy Galore (Honor Blackman) is my favourite Bond girl so far. She is a pilot who is competent and can take on Bond in a fight. She even goes as far as saving him, which makes a nice change. Oddjob (Harold Sakata) is a great villain’s accomplice – he doesn’t say much but his stature is imposing and he has a deadly hat.
Like From Russia with Love, the fight scenes are often better in close quarters otherwise I just looks like Bond and whoever he is fighting are just jumping around the place. The car chases are great though and the car itself is the ultimate Bond car full of gadgets – including the ejector seat.
I haven’t talked about them before but I do love Moneypenny (Lois Maxwell) and Q (Desmond Llewelyn). Moneypenny is fun and flirty with Bond but she seems to know how far she can push him and it doesn’t turn into the hopeless infatuation that I remember from the Pierce Brosnan-era Bond films. Q loves his gadgets but won’t deal with Bond’s nonsense and it’s a very funny relationship to watch develop.
Goldfinger is (from what I’ve seen so far) the definitive Bond film. It has iconic moments, villains, gadgets and song as well as being action-packed and funny. It’s definitely my favourite Bond film I’ve watched so far. 5/5.