Goldfinger (1964)

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Secret agent James Bond is back in action again. This time, the Bank of England and Mi6 needs him to investigate a man named Auric Goldfinger whom they suspect is building a large cache of gold bars. While nothing seems overtly special about the tycoon, once Bond catches wind of a secret scheme he’s involved in, Bond realizes that the fate of the west’s entire economy may be at stake if he’s not stopped.

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‘Goldfinger’ Movie Summary

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Goldfinger (1964)Goldfinger is a man of immense wealth, primarily derived from smuggling gold across international borders and using it to eliminate disloyal women. The British authorities dispatch James Bond to monitor Goldfinger’s activities and engage in a romantic liaison with his secretary. Amidst espionage and romance, Bond stumbles upon something known as “Operation Grand Slam,” which, contrary to his initial assumptions, has nothing to do with flight attendants and baseballs.

Following an intense and tragic car chase, Goldfinger captures Bond during his gold smuggling operation and contemplates using a laser beam to slice him in half. However, he has a change of heart and instead decides to take Bond to Kentucky for a horse racing event. Accompanied by Pussy Galore, who pilots Goldfinger’s jet, they fly to Kentucky and imprison Bond. Nonetheless, he manages to escape and eavesdrops on Goldfinger’s meeting with some mobsters, exposing the sinister plot. Goldfinger plans to gas all the military personnel at Fort Knox, then break into the vault to steal the gold.

Bond becomes aware of Goldfinger’s true intentions—to nuke the gold in Fort Knox, thus driving up the value of his own gold holdings. The plan commences with Pussy Galore’s team of stunt flyers spraying a seemingly deadly poison on Fort Knox, creating an opportunity for infiltration. However, Bond discovers that the gas was actually fake, and the army regains consciousness to confront Goldfinger’s men. Meanwhile, Bond confronts Oddjob, Goldfinger’s henchman, who handcuffs him to a nuclear bomb. Yet, to Bond’s surprise, Pussy Galore switches sides and helps him in his endeavor. The bomb is stopped just in the nick of time, displaying the digits “007” on the counter.

After the dust settles, Bond heads to Washington, D.C., to meet the President. However, Goldfinger hijacks the flight, seeking to settle the score. In a deadly struggle, Goldfinger accidentally discharges his gun, leading to his demise as he is sucked out of the plane. Bond, on the other hand, manages to parachute safely to the ground, where there is Pussy Galore waiting to welcome him.

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United Artists released Goldfinger to theaters on January 9, 1965. Guy Hamilton directed the film starring Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, and Honor Blackman.

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