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The Bank of England is alarmed to learn that a mysterious operator is stockpiling vast quantities of gold probably the infamous bullion dealer Auric Goldfinger. The Bank requests that James Bond investigate, and he uncovers the daring plot to commit the crime of the century and bring economic chaos to the West.

"Often considered the definitive Bond film, Goldfinger dazzles with an action-packed story of lust and greed, bringing to the screen arguably one of the world's most memorable villains. Who can forget Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore (the ultimate Bond woman), Shirley Eaton as the gold-painted beauty and Gert Frobe as the man with the Midas touch? This is Sean Connery at his most handsome, most vulnerable and most sexy, plus we are haunted by Shirley Bassey's jolting rendition of perhaps the best Bond theme tune ever.

Offered in widescreen, Goldfinger DVD is presented in a dual layer single sided disc and is absolutely jam-packed with features. The Making of Goldfinger (of Ian Fleming's 7th novel, and the 3rd Bond film), is a fascinating 20 minute featurette narrated by Patrick Macnee covering background, interviews and trivia, giving a detailed insight into not only the film, but those involved and the era. Director Guy Hamilton (who was also an old friend of Connery), talks about how the pre-credits sequence has nothing whatsoever to do with the film's plot, but is an entertaining mini-adventure of its own filled with fun. No guesses where the inspiration for the opening sequence for True Lies came from Connery with a seagull on his head in a wet suit, later revealing a tailored white tux is miles ahead of the Schwarzenegger action film. The Aston Martin DB5, of course, is considered one of the most famous vehicles in screen history, and there's much talk about its modification. Hamilton was getting lots of parking tickets at the time, and his contribution was the revolving number plates. This is the car dreams are made of, and in the second featurette, The Goldfinger Phenomenon, there are anecdotes including some footage of a miniature which was made for a young Prince Charles. We talk to Honor Blackman as she is today, who admits that Connery was indeed the sexiest man she has ever met and what fun they had rolling around the hay. We even see Gert Frobe's screen test, and hear about his language problems. There's also an original publicity featurette and we hear original radio interviews with Connery. In fact there is so much detail, if you have ever been interested in Bond, you mustn't miss this.

Then there are the two extraordinary full length audio commentaries one with director Hamilton, the other with members of the cast and crew, who are able to take you back to the time and involve us even further with the making of this classic. You may be interested to know that the inspiration for the title song came from Mac the Knife, and the album (which of course went gold) eclipsed even the Beatles on the charts. We hear from the stuntmen, special effects director, editor and second unit director, who each bring a different insight into the experience. You can add the 'making of' booklet to your collection and check out the behind the scenes still gallery. Bond continues to fascinate us all; this icon who uses sex as a weapon, remains a hero for men and women alike."
Louise Keller

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CAST: Sean Connery, Honor Blackman, Gert Frobe, Bernard Lee, Lois Maxwell, Shirley Eaton, Tania Mallet, Harold Sakata, Martin Benson, Cec Linder, Bill Nagy

DIRECTOR: Guy Hamilton

RUNNING TIME: 105 minutes

DVD Distributor: Fox Home Entertainment

DVD RELEASE: July 12, 2000


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