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Often cited as the best of the James Bond movies Goldfinger(1964)represents the zenith of the 1960’s espionage adventure genre.
Three movies into the series the James Bond concern was becoming a complex marketing package.
The theme song was composed by John Barry (b.1933), with lyrics by Anthony Newley (1931–1999) and Leslie Bricusse (b.1931).
The definitive version that was used for the movie was recorded by Shilrey Bassey (b.1937) and produced by George Martin (b.1926).
Some trivia- Leslie Bricusse and Anthony Newley wrote the score of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, based on the story by Roald Dahl.
Dahl wrote two screenplays that were adaptations of novels by Ian Fleming; the James Bond film You Only Live Twice and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Desmond Llewelyn ( Q /Mr. Coggins)and Gert Frobe (Auric Goldfinger/ Baron Bombast) appeared in both Goldfinger and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Here we have Anthony Newley’s version of Goldfinger, along with the more familiar Shirley Bassey recording.


Nostalgia… cars, women, exotic locations, adventure, guns, smart clothes, wit…
Pa Kartoshka used to take me to the cinema to see the James Bond movies (the Sean Connery ones) and I’ve always retained a fondness for them. Back home my mother had a musty and already dog-eared selection of the Ian Fleming novels. They became the first ‘grown up’ books that I read. Just thinking about them now reminds me of my bed on a winter’s night, under the heavy covers, understanding about 50% of what I was reading.