English bullion magnate Auric Goldfinger is suspected of smuggling a vast amount of gold out of the country. James Bond on her majesty’s secret service is tasked with shadowing him. But Goldfinger uncovers his identity and takes Bond captive in Switzerland. He then has his pilot, Pussy Galore, fly 007 to his farm in Kentucky, where the agent discovers Goldfinger’s perfidious plan to detonate a nuclear device inside Fort Knox, rendering the American gold reserves unusable and boosting the value of Goldfinger’s bullion ... Ken Adam’s extravagant production design, including the interior of Fort Knox, seems to defy the laws of physics. In 2008, the designer said “I’d seen the interiors of the gold vaults at the Bank of England, and found them most uninteresting – a series of low tunnels really. So I decided to use stylization. And I had quite a battle about whether it was over the top. I wanted to build a cathedral of gold, almost forty foot high – completely impractical; gold is too heavy for that. But it worked”. (From Ken Adam, Christopher Frayling: Ken Adam Designs the Movies. James Bond and Beyond. London 2008) – International premiere of the digitally restored 4K DCP version.
by Guy Hamilton
with Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton, Tania Mallett, Harold Sakata, Bernard Lee, Martin Benson, Cec Linder, Austin Willis, Lois Maxwell
United Kingdom / USA 1964