Category: film

Notes on James Bond: Goldfinger


Fantastic, short and sweet pre-credits intro. Realised that this is the second film that the Dom Perignon ’53 has been brought up by name and year. Pocket squares alternative from square to triangles for the first time, and change throughout. DB5 introduced.

Martinis: 1

Sour Mash “but not too sweet please.”

The fight between Oddjob and Bond is brilliant.

Another great drinks exchange:
Felix: ‘Liquor for three’
Bond: ‘Who are the other two?’
Felix: ‘Oh there are no other two’

Overall, fantastic, best Bond out of the first three. Solid storyline, good lines, well-paced, the best story out of all of them even if the nuke Fort Knox plan does seem a little preposterous, although given the economic outcome, fascinating to consider.

Overarching feeling, however, that – if you are head of a criminal organisation/terrorist group – and you get a 00 agent in your hands, you’d probably just kill him.

Which leads me to the interesting point on ego, which seems to be a huge theme. If it wasn’t for the enemy’s ego in needing to impress Bond, then most of the time they’d get away with it. Likewise, if it wasn’t for Bond’s ego, he wouldn’t get ensnared by so many women so often, who typically lead to his downfall (and then so far, happily lead to his victory at the end).

Watching three in quick succession has made me see how formulaic they are.

Definite standout, however, will be hard to beat.

Notes on James Bond – Dr. No & From Russia with Love

So next month (October) is the 50th anniversary of Dr. No. As the sort of person who likes watching series’ in big and fast swoops, I’ve kinda decided to watch all the Bonds between now and then/when the next film is out, from the start.

And considering I can’t actually remember that many of them in that much detail, it’s actually quite fun. So I thought I’d share my thoughts on each film as I watch them.

Will update as I go.

Dr. No

Brilliant first Bond film. Really solid storyline, great action even if it obviously does look very dated. Great introduction to Spectre. Interestingly, I realise that I had forgotten almost all of the film, with the exception of the infamous Ursula Andress moment.

Bond’s Martinis: the first time explicitly referred to as ‘not stirred’ and the second with the infamous ‘shaken not stirred’ line.

From Russia with Love

Slow-paced. Far too much of it happened on a train, which doesn’t help pace. Felt a little formulaic in that – you think someone’s good, but then they’re bad, they almost kill Bond, he kills them, ad infinitum. Best moment was realising the Spectre storylines are ongoing, something I seem to have forgotten since childhood.

Martinis: None to recollection, though there was a smug (read: great) moment when Bond criticised one of his captors for drinking red wine with fish.