By on April 21, 2016

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Of all the Bond movies, there’s no doubt Goldfinger is the most iconic. Glamorous women, exotic locales, evil (and expendable) henchmen, nifty gadgets galore, and cars, cars, cars.

The 1964 film created the template for the movie franchise, and provided us with timeless images of vehicles we’ll probably never own in places we’ll probably never drive.

The man behind the movie, director Guy Hamilton, shuffled off this mortal coil yesterday at the age of 93. Though his career includes such classics as The Third Man, we can’t remember that film containing an ejection seat-equipped Aston Martin.

Hamilton knew what James Bond fans wanted, and he lost no time giving them exactly that.

“His directorial style successfully merged the distinctive mix of action adventure, sexual innuendo and black humour that audiences loved,” writes David Leigh at The James Bond Dossier.

Whether the setting is the Swiss Alps or Kentucky, Goldfinger heaps drool-worthy vehicles onto its audience. Who can forget the brief Furka Pass chase between Bond’s gadget-laden 1963 Aston Martin DB5 and Tilly Masterson’s 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible?

What about the chase between the DB5 and the Mercedes-Benz-driving baddies, where Bond deploys his vehicle’s smokescreen and bumper-mounted machine guns?

Though it isn’t a chase per se, our kudos go out to the brassy sequence that features a timeless 1964 Lincoln Continental driven by Oddjob, Auric Goldfinger’s hat-throwing henchman, and the 1964 Ford Thunderbird convertible driven by Bond’s CIA contacts.

We can’t condone the crushing of that Continental, but at the time, well, there were a lot more of them than now. It seemed expendable. Still, no one believes a Falcon-based Ford Ranchero could handle all that weight (shocker: it wasn’t the Lincoln in the Rancher’s bed).

Clearly, the Ford Motor Company got its money’s worth with this film.

Relive all the high-flying 1960s glamour with these choice clips, and a big “thank you” to Guy Hamilton for the memories.

[Image: Sean Connery in ‘Goldfinger’/United Artists]

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18 Comments on “‘Goldfinger’ Director Guy Hamilton Dies; Thanks for the Car Porn...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    The recreation of that DB5 scene by the road in Skyfall was epic. I loved seeing the car put to use against the bad guys at the house as well.

    I can only find the reveal, when people in the theatre gasped, then went “OH YEAH!”
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T93T9Udh_5s

  • avatar

    I love Guuuuuuoooooooooooooooold

  • avatar
    Skink

    Half of the fun of that era’s Bond movies were the schlocky special effects. They were a step or two behind the state of the art of the time, but hilarious nonetheless.

  • avatar
    "scarey"

    Hamilton…Guy Hamilton.

  • avatar
    bunkie

    Don’t forget Pussy Galore’s Flying Circus in Piper Cherokees…

  • avatar
    porschespeed

    Don’t forget a world that no longer exists. Generally clear enemies, mostly uncrowded roads, not so many police, police without radar and no mandate to make money, (some) gorgeous cars.

    Of course, things are much better today, by the numbers. But there was a freedom even as late the 1970s that will never exist in the US again.

  • avatar
    bullnuke

    That Studebaker Lark at the traffic light in the “crush” video was less than 30 days from showroom-new. I can tell because the front fender just ahead of the door hasn’t yet started to bubble and separate from rust.

  • avatar
    55_wrench

    It always cracked me up when you could drop a cubed 5,000 pound Lincoln into the back of a Falcon Ranchero and not bottom the suspension!

    also–take a look at the car crush video at 0:25…gas at 28-9/10 cents a gallon and 2 eggs in a restaurant for 39 cents!

    I remember stuff like that, was 9 when the movie came out.

  • avatar
    FreedMike

    My Top Ten rides from James Bond movies:

    10) The Corvette pimpmobile from “Live and Let Die”
    http://public.fotki.com/marktaylor/bond_live_and_let/bondpimp1.html

    9) Aston Martin DB10 from “Spectre”
    8) Toyota 2000GT roadster from “You Only Live Twice”
    7) The cell phone-controlled BMW 7-series from “Tomorrow Never Dies”
    6) Scaramanga’s flying AMC Matador from “Man With The Golden Gun”
    5) Goldfinger’s Rolls Royce Phantom III
    4) Aston Martin DBS from “Casino Royale”
    3) Bentley Mark IV from “From Russia With Love” (which actually gets my vote for best Bond movie)
    2) The Lotus Esprit submarine from “The Spy Who Loved Me”
    1) The Moonraker space shuttle…it’s a spaceship with a fully stocked luxury cabin, for crying out loud!

    The DB5’s not even on the list…it’s in a class of its own.

  • avatar
    PolestarBlueCobalt

    NOOO I just re-watched all of the 60’s movies.

  • avatar
    64andahalf

    “Who can forget the brief Furka Pass chase between Bond’s gadget-laden 1963 Aston Martin DB5 and Tilly Masterson’s 1964 1/2 Ford Mustang convertible?”

    Given my handle, it’s safe to say I haven’t forgotten that scene. Both cars were gorgeous.

    Or this one:

    Bond: “Goldfinger, do you expect me to talk?”
    Goldfinger: “No Mr. Bond. I expect you to DIE.”

  • avatar
    multicam

    How long ’till Bond drives an electric vehicle?

  • avatar

    You like ejector seats? Then this commercial (don’t know f this one is aired in the U.S.) can be seen as a funny homage to Guy Hamilton.

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