James Bond 50: The Golden Girl

 

As the world’s most famous spy celebrates 50 years as a movie star, the time has come to celebrate everything we love about him. In 22 blog posts, I’ll find something in every Bond movie, from Dr. No (1962) to Quantum of Solace (2008), that’s worth illustrating. Yes, even the bad ones.

The third film is universally loved, perhaps the one Bond that everyone would agree is exceptional. There is much to say about it, but since I can only pick one great ingredient it has to be the title sequence. Beautifully designed by Robert Brownjohn, with scenes from the movie displayed on a woman’s golden skin. Sometimes the silver screen just can’t compete… Many other future Bond openings would imitate Brownjohn’s work. As for Shirley Bassey’s iconic tune, it isn’t one of my personal favorites but its impact is undeniably huge.

My 2006 review of Goldfinger.

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