A planned heist against Fort Knox, a person named after genitalia, a mute man with a killer hat, a British spy with enough charm to turn a gay woman straight, and a villain obsessed with gold. Here’s the fourth best Bond movie ever made, 1964’s Goldfinger! (With four weeks until the U.S. premiere of Spectre, the 24th James Bond movie, Jalopnik’s resident 007 scholar Justin Westbrook is counting down the 10 best entries in the series, with Goldfinger at number 4.) DOSSIER The third film in the Bond franchise, and the third in three consecutive years (they used to churn these suckers out!), Goldfinger is considered the first “blockbuster” in America. The popularity of the franchise exploded following Dr. No and From Russia With Love, and the masses showed up in force to see 007’s most extravagant story yet. When the great Ian Fleming decided to write a book about a plot to steal the U.S. Treasury’s gold bullion from Fort Knox, he had the perfect man in mind to inspire his wealth-crazed villain: a very real architect named Ernő Goldfinger whom he absolutely despised. Goldfinger’s architectural work is known to be a key part of the Modern Movement starting back in the 1930’s, which viewed traditional values as obsolete. Fleming, being a traditional-minded person, hated the very fundamentals of the movement, and in particular Goldfinger due to a set of buildings he designed in London. The buildings of Goldfinger were large and bland, with bold, straight lines and large,… [Read full story]
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