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The film with the Midas Touch – GOLDFINGER @ 50

Goldfinger @ 50


A Sunday in March, 1964

Auric Goldfinger’s Ford Country Squire station wagon motors its charge along Main Street on a Sunday afternoon, passing the Embassy Picturehouse and pulling up dutifully at the lights. Its Mustang poppy-red and faux wooden panelling is 1960s Ford personified and the car’s wide dimensions spill into neighbouring lanes of traffic.

But this is not America. And the car’s fictional owner Auric Goldfinger is not at the wheel. Nor is his fictional chauffeur, Oddjob. James Bond is not even sat captive on the back seat as he does in Goldfinger.

This is Esher, Surrey. The year is indeed 1964, but Jimmy O’Connell is driving, his wing man is my Uncle Gerald and my dad, John, is sat in the back. The locals frequenting the pubs of Esher – including Jimmy’s much-loved The Bear – are most intrigued by the left-hand drive and Yankie expanse of the Ford …. and how it handles “like a tart’s waterbed on wheels”. Not very James Bond.

(extract from Chapter 8, Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan)


“Like all institutions that must safeguard their survival, the Bond series adapts and adopts. Three films in and we already recognise where the villains, heroes and those in between are positioned. The film’s glossy calling-card of dousing Jill Masterson (Shirley Eaton) in gold paint is not just a proficient and nasty way of telling the audience all we need to know about Auric Goldfinger. It tells us what this film series now wants to be – bespoke action adventures, a little bit kinky, a little bit violent, often original, always stylish, yet forever aimed at mass audiences. The Bond films are now in the business of showing their intent rather than telling it.”

(extract from Chapter 8, Catching Bullets – Memoirs of a Bond Fan)


BOND IN MOTION is back!!
Having spent an extended and highly popular run at Beaulieu’s Motor Museum until Christmas 2013, Eon Productions & the London Film Museum have announced that BOND IN MOTION is to take on the capital and open in London in March 2014.
Based at the London Film Museum, the newly revised exhibition will offer folk the opportunity to rub bumpers with a stellar cast of around fifty of 007’s wheeled co-stars – from the Connery days, the 1970s, possibly half a Parisian Renault, an Octopussy tuk-tuk, Skyfall‘s vehicular support acts (including the 1/3 scale Merlin helicopter models), You Only Live Twice‘s Little Nelly, Goldfinger‘s Rolls Royce Phantom III, The Spy Who Loved Me’s Lotus Esprit S1 and a certain Aston Martin DB5.
In the heart of London’s Covent Garden and marking the first time such a collection has been on display in the capital, this one is not to be missed… BOND IN MOTION.
For more details and tickets go to London Film Museum’s site.


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