The death of Sean Connery on October 31 brought with it an inevitable tide of recollection and nostalgia – not least of all for his generally acknowledged reputation as The Best James Bond Ever. With this came an even more inevitable peering down at the great man's section of the 007 back catalogue – and at how the films he made might be weighed and measured. Does Dr. No rank above From Russia With Love? Does Thunderball out-strip Diamonds Are Forever? Does Never Say Never Again really count? And is Goldfinger the finest movie in the history of the whole franchise? The latter is perhaps the most interesting question – even if the British Film Institute (BFI) answered it with a shake of the head, putting it at number 70 in a 1999 list of the top 100 British films, 29 places below Dr. No. But critical appraisal rarely leaves Goldfinger too low in the hierarchy, and it drew in both paying customers and shiny statues – recouping its budget within two weeks of its release in 1964, and becoming the first Bond film to win an Oscar (for Best Sound Editing) at the 1965 Academy Awards. Throw in a heavyweight villain (Gert Frobe as the titular baddie), a timeless henchman (Harold Sakata as Oddjob), an engagingly silly plot about blowing up Fort Knox, and a theme tune, sung by Shirley Bassey, that you can hear in your head even as you read this, and you have one of the classic adaptations of the Fleming blueprint.
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