Goldfinger (Agente 007- Missione Goldfinger) – UK 1964

Directed by: Guy Hamilton

Starring: Sean Connery; Honor Blackman; Gert Fröbe.

Someone out there has an insatiable appetite for gold and no intention to loyally fight to win it. There’s only one man who can stop him: his name is Bond, James Bond.

Released in 1964 and adapted from the Ian Fleming’s 1959 novel, “Goldfinger” is the third instalment of the James Bond film series started in 1962 with “Dr No” and based on the adventures of the charming MI6 agent, code name 007. This time James Bond must face the dangerous gold-obsessed millionaire Auric Golfinger who, to increase the value of the gold he owns, plans to sabotage the United States Bullion Depository, Fort Knox. To secure the success of his plot Golfinger is helped by his Korean mute and monstrously strong servant Oddjob (who also uses a bowler hat as a lethal weapon) and by Pussy Galore, his personal pilot and leader of an all-female team of pilots known as the Flying Circus (that will have an important role in the so called Operation Grand Slam). This woman, whose evocative name caused some trouble to the production, declares herself immune to Bond’s charm but will be seduced in the end and will help 007 to defeat Goldfinger.

Though spies in films were nothing new in 1960’s the James Bond series, and in particular “Goldfinger” that made Sean Connery a real movie star, influenced the spy genre and set new standards. Action, gadgets (in this film made their debut the super-accessorized Aston Martin DB5 and a laser beam weapon), girls (lot of girls), humour (Bond wearing a white tuxedo under a drysuit is great!) and, of course, a handsome womanizer with a licence to kill became the essential ingredients of many spy movies and lots of parodies.

Product placement and marketing has always been essential in 007 movies, the commercial nature of the series is not a secret. The showcase of the super Aston Martin at the 1964 New York World’s Fair was part of “Goldfinger” promotion and a toy reproducing this car was a best-selling toy the same year. Today an exhibition in London, “Designing 007 – Fifty years of Bond Style” (Barbican – until 05 September 2012), is celebrating the first fifty years of the film series while is about to be released “Skyfall” (starring Daniel Craig the 6th James Bond), the 23rd instalment, and 007 has found, thanks to the London Olympic Games, a new and very special testimonial who has also been able to replace (at least in newspapers commentaries) Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore), who was 39 when Goldfinger was filmed, as oldest Bond Girl: Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth II.

A few related movies you may like:

Our man in Havana – UK 1959 Directed by: Carol Reed Starring: Alec Guinness; Maurine O’Hara.

Our man Flint – USA 1966 Directed by: Daniel Mann Starring: James Coburn; Lee J. Cobb.

Casino Royale – UK  1967 Directed by: Ken Hughes; John Huston; Joseph McGrath; Robert Parrish; Val Guest. Starring: David Niven; Derborah Kerr; Orson Welles; Peter Sellers; Woody Allen; Ursula Andress…

Trainspotting – UK 1996 Directed by: Danny Boyle. Starring: Ewan McGregor; Robert Carlyle; Johnny Lee Miller; Ewen Bremner; Kevin McKidd; Kelly Mcdonald.

Casino Royale – UK/USA/Ger/ Czech Rep. 2006 Directed by: Martin Campbell Starring: Daniel Craig; Judi Dench; Eva Green.

C’è in giro qualcuno con un insaziabile appetito per l’oro e nessuna intenzione di battersi lealmente per conquistarlo. Solo un uomo può fermarlo: il suo nome è Bond, James Bond.

Uscito nel 1964 e tratto dal romanzo Missione Goldfinger, scritto da Ian Fleming e pubblicato nel 1959, “Agente 007 – Missione Goldfinger” è il terzo capitolo della serie cinematografica, iniziata nel 1962 con “Agente 007 – Licenza di uccidere”, che ha per protagonista James Bond, nome in codice 007, seduttore seriale e agente segreto del britannico MI6. Questa volta James Bond deve confrontarsi con Auric Golfinger, multimilionario ossessionato dall’oro che, per assicurare la crescita spropositata del valore del metallo giallo in suo possesso, mette a punto un piano per sabotare il Deposito delle riserve monetarie degli Stati Uniti, Fort Knox. Per assicurare il successo ai suoi disegni criminali Golfinger si fa aiutare da Oddjob, il suo servo Coreano muto e mostruosamente forte (che si serve anche di un cappello a bombetta truccato come di un’arma letale), e da Pussy Galore, pilota del suo aereo personale e leader di un gruppo tutto femminile di acrobate volanti, che ha un ruolo determinante nei piani di Goldfinger. Questa donna dal nome suggestivo, che ha creato più di un grattacapo ai produttori (in Italiano sarebbe più o meno “tanta Figa”, perdonate la traduttrice), si dichiara immune al fascino di Bond ma finirà col venirne sedotta e con l’aiutarlo a sconfiggere Goldfinger.

Anche se le spie al cinema non erano certo una novità negli anni ’60, i film di James Bond, ed in particolare questo che fece di Sean Connery una star planetaria, influenzarono i film di spionaggio e stabilirono una serie di nuovi standard per il genere. Azione, gadget tecnologici (in Missione Goldfinger debuttano la super accessoriata Aston Martin DB5 e una micidiale arma laser), ragazze (tante e disponibili), umorismo (impagabile 007 che si sfila la muta da sub svelando un sottostante smoking bianco) e, naturalmente, un prestante donnaiolo con licenza di uccidere diventarono ingredienti indispensabili per tanti film di spionaggio ma anche per innumerevoli parodie.

La pubblicità occulta e tanto marketing sono da sempre componenti essenziali della serie di 007 che non ha mai cercato di nascondere la sua natura commerciale. Missione Goldfinger fu pubblicizzato anche mettendo in mostra alla Fiera Mondiale di New York del 1964 la famosa super Aston Martin che divenne lo stesso anno il più venduto tra i giocattoli ispirati al film. In questi giorni una mostra londinese, “Designing 007 – Fifty years of Bond Style” (Barbican – fino al 5 settembre 2012), celebra i primi cinquant’anni della serie che arrivata al suo 23° episodio con l’imminente “Skyfall” (con Daniel Craig, il 6° James Bond), approfittando delle Olimpiadi in corso a Londra, ha trovato una testimonial d’eccezione che ha tolto a Honor Blackman (Pussy Galore), che aveva 39 anni nel 1964, il titolo di Bond Girl più matura: Sua Maestà la Regina Elisabetta II d’Inghilterra.

Alcuni film collegati che potrebbero piacervi:

Il nostro agente all’Avana – GB1959 Diretto da: Carol Reed. Con: Alec Guinness; Maurine O’Hara.

Il nostro agente Flint – USA 1966 Diretto da: Daniel Mann. Con: James Coburn; Lee J. Cobb.

James Bond 007-Casino Royale – GB1967 Diretto da: Ken Hughes; John Huston; Joseph McGrath; Robert Parrish; Val Guest. Con: David Niven; Derborah Kerr; Orson Welles; Peter Sellers; Woody Allen; Ursula Andress…

Trainspotting – GB1996 Diretto da: Danny Boyle. Con: Ewan McGregor; Robert Carlyle; Johnny Lee Miller; Ewen Bremner; Kevin McKidd; Kelly Mcdonald.

Casino Royale – GB/USA/Ger/ Czech Rep. 2006 Diretto da: Martin Campbell. Con: Daniel Craig; Judi Dench; Eva Green.

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5 responses »

  1. Anne Bonney says:

    A classic – enjoy

  2. I think you must search out one of my favourite movies of all time – La Decima Vittima, con Ursula Andress e Marcello Mastroianni. Ecco lo trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0kobrYqV7nk

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