Goldfinger

Movie review by
David Gurney, Common Sense Media
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Thrilling action comedy may be the best Bond.
  • PG
  • 1964
  • 110 minutes
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 10+
Based on 34 reviews

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Positive messages

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

Positive role models & representations

Though known for being suave and debonair as he escapes one scrape after another, this 1960s version of James Bond is also a womanizer who has no problem with making sexual innuendos. While Pussy Galore is a strong character with considerable responsibilities, almost all the women in this movie are little more than bikini-clad sex objects who exist to provide implied sexual gratification for Bond. 

Violence

Frequent action violence. A man is electrocuted to death in a bathtub; another man is electrocuted to death later in the movie. Men are knocked unconscious with kicks to the face. Massive explosions when a building is blown up with dynamite. Fight and battle scenes. A woman's dead body is discovered in a hotel bed entirely covered in gold paint. 

Sex

One of the lead characters is named "Pussy Galore." 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). Bond slaps a bikini-clad woman on the rear end as she walks away. 

Language

A main character is named Pussy Galore -- probably the most risqué/sexual "Bond girl" name. Some sexual innuendo; references to being "entirely satisfied." 

Consumerism

Bond drives an Aston Martin.

Drinking, drugs & smoking

Alcohol drinking. Cigar smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Goldfinger, the 1964 James Bond film, is considered by many to be among the best in the Bond series. Per all Bond films, expect plenty of sexual innuendo from 007. Though it's delivered in a frothy way, it's still pervasive and by this point quite dated. And yes, this is the Bond movie with a character named Pussy Galore. Though 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 violence sprinkled throughout the movie -- gunshots, electrocutions, fistfights. 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). 

User Reviews

Parent Written byRocketshipMoon April 5, 2013

Rape scene inappropriate for children

Although this movie is PG, James Bond basically rapes P. Galore (he lures her into a barn, fights her and forces himself on her) in order to "turn" he...
Parent of a 3 year old Written bygerbowski August 20, 2013
Kid, 9 years old December 31, 2012

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...
Teen, 15 years old Written byJoker15 July 2, 2009

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 m...

What's the story?

In GOLDFINGER, James Bond (Sean Connery) is asked to monitor Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe), an international gold merchant whom 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?

The third installment in the James Bond franchise finds Sean 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.

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 ... ).

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about 007's attitudes toward women in Goldfinger and in general. Does his constant use of them as pawns -- or treating them as pushovers -- seem necessary to create his cool facade? 

  • Is it right for Bond to use force in service of his government-appointed mission? Do you think real spies act this way? Why, or why not?

  • Why do you think James Bond films have been so popular for so many decades? 

  • How does James Bond demonstrate perseverance and courage in Goldfinger? Why are those important character strengths?

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