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For Conservative Movie Lovers: Ian Fleming, Sean Connery, and ‘Goldfinger’ Part 5
Big Hollywood ^ | 04.10.10 | Leo Grin

Posted on 04/11/2010 4:52:26 AM PDT by Perdogg

Almost fifty years ago, in the film journal Sight and Sound for Winter 1964/65, critic Roger Hudson wrote that the talent of motion picture production designers “is often overlooked, except where it is the greatest element in a film’s success, as it is in Goldfinger.”

The greatest element — that’s a bold claim, considering the hot competition among the movie’s other collaborators. But in hindsight, few would argue that the marvelous sets, vehicles, and spy gadgets of Goldfinger, masterminded by production designer Ken Adam, are any less iconic than Ian Fleming’s novel, Sean Connery’s performance, or John Barry’s musical score.

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TOPICS: Books/Literature; Chit/Chat; Music/Entertainment; TV/Movies
KEYWORDS: bondjamesbond; conservativemovies; goldfinger; hollywood; jamesbond

1 posted on 04/11/2010 4:52:27 AM PDT by Perdogg
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To: GSP.FAN; Young Werther; Guenevere; SJSAMPLE; omega4179; Larry Lucido; fieldmarshaldj; Clemenza; ...

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2 posted on 04/11/2010 4:53:51 AM PDT by Perdogg (Nancy Pelosi did more damage to America on 03/21 than Al Qaeda did on 09/11)
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To: Perdogg
The original book covers were iconic in their own way.


3 posted on 04/11/2010 4:59:34 AM PDT by xp38
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To: xp38

4 posted on 04/11/2010 5:03:32 AM PDT by Perdogg (Nancy Pelosi did more damage to America on 03/21 than Al Qaeda did on 09/11)
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To: Perdogg

I think I was about 12 when Goldfinger came out and I paid to watch it 10 or so times at our small town theater.


5 posted on 04/11/2010 5:14:37 AM PDT by HD1200
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To: xp38

The book and the movie were excellent, even without the F word interspersed about every 50 words like today’s movies.


6 posted on 04/11/2010 5:15:52 AM PDT by HD1200
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7 posted on 04/11/2010 5:22:34 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Perdogg

That was in my early college days. Bond movies were all the rage. We just could not wait for the next one to come out.
God, how I miss those days, when America was America, and
Bond was Bond, James Bond.


8 posted on 04/11/2010 5:22:47 AM PDT by AlexW (Now in the Philippines . Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: Perdogg
adam_aston_martin_sketch An admitted “sports-car freak,” Adam went nuts pimping out Bond’s ride with its now-legendary array of special options, using the rationale that “all the gimmickry and gadgets were just what I would have wanted in my own car.” The entire crew was encouraged to submit their own ideas for upgrades, and by the time he was finished he had spent 25,000 pounds — almost double the total production design budget of Dr. No — on the Aston Martin alone. As it happened the vehicle was only on screen for thirteen minutes, but Adam’s conception of it was so wildly inventive and fun that it became the most famous car in movie history.

A couple of hidden fitty-cals, an onboard computer or two, and this* could've been one of The Greats.

* also by Ian Fleming

9 posted on 04/11/2010 5:37:07 AM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: Perdogg

Goldfinger was the first Bond film I saw. I was 10 and at my cousin’s birthday party. His mother called the parish priest to see if it was ok if we all went to see it. Can’t believe he said yes!

I think it’s still my favorite Bond film.


10 posted on 04/11/2010 5:40:22 AM PDT by Castigar
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To: Castigar
"first Bond film"

The first Bond film I saw was "From Russia With Love" which I viewed with a friend when I was thirteen. My old man had a fit since the film was rated B by the Legion of Decency which my father regarded as the word of the Pope. Now the flick would almost get a G rating the "suggestive" scenes are so mild compared to today.

11 posted on 04/11/2010 5:51:43 AM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: driftless2
Yep, hard to get the folks say OK to anything other than A2 or A3 but we managed to catch the Bond fliks.

I remember thinking that Bardot must have been really hot because every film she was in was rated C.

12 posted on 04/11/2010 5:56:40 AM PDT by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: wtc911

Just to show how prudish the Legion of Decency was they condemned the Dean Martin flick “Kiss Me Stupid” because the word “virgin” was used in the movie.


13 posted on 04/11/2010 6:10:51 AM PDT by driftless2 (for long term happiness, learn how to play the accordion)
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To: Perdogg

a truly great movie, 2nd only to Thunderball


14 posted on 04/11/2010 6:17:11 AM PDT by henry_reardon
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To: Perdogg

I remember seeing “Goldfinger” at the drive in with my sister and parents. First we played on the HUGE playset right at the screen, then watched “Deputy Dawg” cartoons as the show opener. We’d get some greasy egg rolls at the snack hut and then listen to the movie through an awful little speaker hooked to the car door. Very fond memories!


15 posted on 04/11/2010 6:32:01 AM PDT by albie
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To: Perdogg

Although From Russia With Love is my favorite Bond movie, Goldfinger comes in a close second, largely because of the great golf game scenes between Bond and Goldfinger.

That and the greatest verbal exchange between Bond and the villain in the entire series:

"Do you expect me to talk?"

No, Mr. Bond! I expect you to die!!

16 posted on 04/11/2010 6:37:02 AM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: martin_fierro
Also starring.
17 posted on 04/11/2010 7:41:33 AM PDT by GSP.FAN (Some days, it's not even worth chewing through the restraints.)
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To: Cincinatus

I greup reading all Ian Fleming’s novels, they were utterly fantastic.

All the early Bond films with Sean Connery are classics an (for me) it would be hard to pick a clear winner, but I guess Dr No would be my choice.

On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is a great film, but Lazenby just couldn’t act, but Diana Rigg was the film for me and she should have lived and Lazenby should have ‘bit the dust’.

“We Have All the Time in the World,” performed by The Great Satchmo, Louis Armstrong. Followed by Live and Let Die” performed by Paul McCartney and Wings.

Sean Connery, of course, started it all and I think he captures the essence of the Bond character the best. His six films all helped set a tone for a franchise that has lasted over 40 years.

Favorite Bond actor would naturally be:
1. Sean Connery, (suave and he kicked butt, exactly how Bond should be) (closest to Fleming’s original character I believe)
2. Roger Moore, (suave, handsome with a dash of humor, the “thinking man’s Bond”) (but will always be The Saint too)
3. Pierce Brosnan, (the ‘new’ Bond, post cold war and all) (Will always be Remmington Steele)(plus, when I see him I think about that scene from Mrs. Doubtfire when he’s choking on his food)
4. Timothy Dalton, (dark moody Bond seemed oddly shaken & stirred)
5. Daniel Craig (pretty realistic and actually get hurt lot)(he has a ‘wicked grin’)
6. George Lazenby (last and least)

Favorite Bond Girls name, why ‘Pussy Galore’ of course. However Ursula Andress and Halle Berry are the creme of the crop. Sexy ladies.

For women I guess this is the ‘manlicious’ and ‘manjoyment’ series of films of all time. For the guys, well maybe it’s the Bond Girls.

Memorable quote: Kamal Khan in Octopussy (referring to James Bond): “You have a nasty habit of surviving.” Very prophetic about the entire Bond franchise.


18 posted on 04/11/2010 7:43:56 AM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: K-oneTexas
Good list. Hard to do, but I might have to call it a tie between Connery and Moore as the “best” Bond. They were each great in their own way. Connery was definitely the “serious spy” of the two, but I loved Sir Roger's play on the character with a bit of subtle British humor. Connery got to make it with Pussy Galore, but don't forget that Roger had a tumble with Octopussy. Maud Adams is definitely a Swedish valkyrie. Then there was the famous zero-g scene at the end of Moonraker with Holly Goodhead (a great name for a Bond girl if there was one). On a 1-10 scale of feminine beauty, Lois Chiles rates at least an 11. Yummy...:-)
19 posted on 04/11/2010 7:57:50 AM PDT by chimera
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To: chimera

I must admit, Ian Fleming had some wonderful names for the women in his Bond novels. And casting of many of the actresses for those roles was spot on.

Casting for the villains has also been good. Though frankly I just didn’t see Donald Pleasence (’You Only Live Twice’) or Telly Savalas (come on Kojak -’On Her Majesty’s Secret Service’) as Blofeld. They should have hired back the other guy from ‘Thunderball’ or ‘From Russia With Love’.

Always loved British humor and comedy, I agree with you call on Moore. It was tough to ‘choose’ between the two cause they were the best in different ways.

I am not overly thrilled with Craig but he’s okay. I see him more as a SMERSH/SPECTRE villain than as Bond.


20 posted on 04/11/2010 9:08:37 AM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: K-oneTexas

Yeah, the Bond villains had some choice, scenery-chewing roles. Probably the most memorable is Joseph Wiseman as Dr. Julius No. But we all probably remember Gert Fröbe as Auric Goldfinger more. I knew Fröbe was German but I didn’t know they overdubbed his voice in Goldfinger.


21 posted on 04/11/2010 9:31:58 AM PDT by chimera
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To: chimera

Yes, I’d put those two at the top of the villain list too.


22 posted on 04/11/2010 9:34:46 AM PDT by K-oneTexas (I'm not a judge and there ain't enough of me to be a jury. (Zell Miller, A National Party No More))
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To: potlatch


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23 posted on 04/14/2010 10:50:14 PM PDT by devolve ( . . . . . . . . I can see Commies in the White House from my house . . . . . . . . . .)
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To: devolve

That’s darling devolve, wonder if that’s the one you got.


24 posted on 04/14/2010 10:54:47 PM PDT by potlatch (~~"Where secrecy or mystery begins, vice or roguery is not far off. "~~)
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To: potlatch

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Yes - That is the one

Dead on replicas from “Goldfinger”

5” long Rolls Royce in 1/36 scale

Some are impossible to find

The Sunbeam Alpine James Bond (Sean Connery) drove in Dr No

They rented it from a local woman to film the scene -

A big expense - 15 Shillings a day - for 3 days!

Dr No cost a tad over 2 million bucks to produce and promote

I believe it grossed over 75 million bucks

The next few Bond films cost 3-6 million to make - but made over 105 million

Then costs and grosses skyrocketed
The first 007 flicks made huge profits-to-cost ratios

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The red Ferrari 355 in the begining of Goldeneye

I saw one (1) in the US - mucho bucks - in the UK those smaller 007 diecast model are more abundant

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1/36 is an oddball scale -

CORGI also made some in a sub-1/43 scale too - usually advertised as a true 1/43 scale - but mucho smaller than 1/43 - Buyer beware

Get the length and width correct

Some original CORGI Aston Martin DB5 “Goldfinger” models are going in the hundreds now - lots of working gadgets on those - CORGI limited production

The recent DB5 from Casino Royale - a mere $12

A 1/18 10” long large original Aston Martin Goldfinger car (ERTL) can go used for $200-$500 used easy in mint condtion

Copies were cheaper - but not available anywhere now

Looks like a mucho safer investment then Obama Bucks or Obama Bonds


25 posted on 04/14/2010 11:19:22 PM PDT by devolve ( . . . . . . . . I can see Commies in the White House from my house . . . . . . . . . .)
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