Greenwich Library Cult Films, our new series of programs devoted to bringing various classic movies from Hollywood, Europe and the rest of the world that have continued to entertain audiences and influence new film makers, returns WEDNESDAY NIGHT, SEPTEMBER 10th at 6:30 PM. We'll be showing the 1964 James Bond 007 film "Goldfinger" starring Sean Connery as Bond.
This was the third official 007 installment in the popular series, released fifty years ago this month in Europe. (The film reached American shores three months later.) First time Bond director Guy Hamilton, working from a tight script by Richard Maibaum and Paul Dehn, does a great job mixing suspense and humor, without descending into broad comedy.
And the cast! Sean Connery (my favorite Bond!) is at his most confident and assured, tossing off one-liners and punches without breaking a sweat. Gert Frobe as Goldfinger and Harold Sakata as Oddjob are outstanding as the main villains while Honor Blackman makes the most of her role as pilot Pussy Galore. Note Shirley Eaton's brief but memorable performance as Jill Masterson, who receives a rather bizarre fate at the hands of Oddjob.
This is the Bond film that kicked off the 60s spy mania. There are gadgets galore, including the classic Aston Martin DB5 with its various functions (don't press that red button!). The production design of the film, including the fantastic Fort Knox set, is breathtaking! Composer John Barry created a unforgettable score and theme song, the latter belted out in style by Shirley Bassey!
The program begins at 6:30 pm (note time) in the second floor meeting room. The film runs 111 minutes and is in color. Rated (more or less) PG.
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I usually begin each screening with a brief discussion of the film's production and its influence over the decades. Both film buffs and ingénues are welcome. Hope you can join us! And check out our future upcoming films by clicking here.
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