Goldfinger

  • Review Date: July 24, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1964
  • Running Time: 110 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Thrilling action comedy may be the best Bond.
  • Review Date: July 24, 2005
  • Rated: PG
  • Genre: Action/Adventure
  • Release Year: 1964
  • Running Time: 110 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Bond stands up against thievery, but he also indulges in a lot of sexist behavior and is known for his vices (drinking, etc.). Some implication that Japanese characters are evil.

Violence

Typical action-movie mayhem: Explosions, fistfights, gun battles, etc. Plenty of deaths, but not that much blood.

Sex

Strong sexual implications and innuendo (a Bond trademark), although no graphic nudity or sex acts are shown. A female character dies as a result of having her naked body painted gold (shown from behind).

Language

A main character is named Pussy Galore -- probably the most risque/sexual "Bond girl" names.

Consumerism

Bond drives an Aston Martin.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Bond loves his martinis; an authority figure smokes cigars (not unusual for the film's '60s' setting).

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that teen action fans will definitely be drawn to the James Bond series -- and the movies play on TV so often they're hard to avoid. Per all Bond films, expect plenty of sexual energy and innuendo from 007. Though it's delivered in a frothy way, it's still pervasive. And yes, this is the Bond movie with a character named Pussy Galore. While she's depicted as an intelligent, skilled aircraft pilot, she falls literally head over heels for Bond during some rough foreplay. There are also plenty of explosions, car chases, and general action set pieces sprinkled throughout the movie. Bond is a frequent drinker who doesn't really suffer from any adverse effects. Goldfinger's henchmen and collaborators are largely Japanese men, which means that all Japanese characters in the film appear to be evil (although there are no racial slurs used or verbal stereotyping). A woman is murdered by having her naked body covered in gold (she's only shown from behind).

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Kids say

What's the story?

In GOLDGINFER, James Bond (Sean Connery) is asked to monitor Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe), an international gold merchant who the British government suspects is plotting something vaguely fiendish. Goldfinger's plan is found to be a rather elaborate, dangerous assault on Fort Knox, the United States' gold reserve.

Is it any good?

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The third installment in the James Bond franchise finds Connery playing up the cheekier side of Bond for the first time, following the more serious stakes of Dr. No and From Russia With Love. The film spends far more time on Bond's gadgetry (particularly his defensively outfitted Aston Martin) and his womanizing than it does on his foiling of Goldfinger's devious scheme. More than anything else, Bond's luck and charm seem to allow him to drift in and out of danger while rather inadvertently saving the day in the end.

For these reasons, this film truly serves as the template of all subsequent Bond films. There's an emphasis on humor even in the most dire of circumstances. Connery plays Bond with seemingly little effort, and his charm is hard to resist, even when he's dismissively tapping a female friend's buttocks to push her out of the frame, telling her that it's time for "man's work." (Oh, James...).

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about James Bond, sexism, and violence. Does 007's attitude toward women -- often using them as pawns or treating them as pushovers -- seem necessary to create his cool facade? Is it right for him to use the force that he does in service of his government-appointed mission? Do you think real spies act this way? Why or why not?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:December 22, 1964
DVD release date:April 17, 2001
Cast:Gert Frobe, Honor Blackman, Sean Connery
Director:Guy Hamilton
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Action/Adventure
Topics:Adventures
Run time:110 minutes
MPAA rating:PG

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Teen, 16 years old Written bymoviemogul April 9, 2008
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Teen, 15 years old Written byJoker15 July 2, 2009
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The Best Bond!

I love this film. It is definitely the Best Bond in the series. The Violence is mild to moderate, but there's no apparant blood. In three scenes, Bond makes out with the bond girls. He's seen topless in the first one. Jill Masterson's naked dead body is shown covered in gold paint. We can see the side of her butt. A woman in the pre-title sequence is seen wearing a scantly clad dress. Bond has his usual vodka martinis, shaken, not stirred. I don't know why this is ranked for ages 13 and; kids age 10 and up should be OK. It's iffy for ages 7-9. Q's line in the movie is classic.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
Kid, 9 years old December 31, 2012
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James Bond inappropiate Review!

One thing that you should know is that quite disturbing (if your child is under the age of 10) you should skip the credits (at the beginning) because they do a little slide show of the gold woman (full body). There is sex but not too much compared to other James Bond movies. Another thing that is inappropriate is that Bond uses women. Fast forward the kissing, its VERY wild. But over all one of the best James Bond movies ever!
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much sex
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