Goldfinger Is A Silly Movie. It's An Even Sillier Chapter Of 007 Legends

Goldfinger might be the most iconic of all the James Bond films. Even if you've never seen it (or, like me, saw it once, long ago, at about three in the morning while not really paying attention), you know its big beats. Goldfinger is the onewhere Bond is strapped to a table with that giant laser beam heading slowly toward his nether regions.

The one with Oddjob, the guy who throws his deadly hat. The one where the villain (Goldfinger) goes all, "No, Mister Bond... I expect you to die!"

Yeah, that one.

So, Goldfinger is kind of a ridiculous movie. And it translates into some rather ridiculous sections of game, in this week's 007 Legends. Kotaku's own Chris Person has assembled the silliest bits together for your viewing pleasure.


    Silly compared to what? Die Another Day? Pan's Labyrinth? Plan Nine From Outer Space?

    I ask only to better understand the comment.

    For myself, I think it's exciting, entertaining and stands up well with the previous two, even now.

    I do appreciate the clip of the game. Whereas others may like it, to me it seems an abomination.

    Setting Goldfinger in the present day is preposterous and absurd.

    So much of what made it work is that it was set in the 1960s.

    America is no longer on the gold standard. Lasers are mundane household items, not exotic.

    With so many games (and TV shows) nowadays proving popular by offering period settings, I'm baffled as to why the approach taken in the clip shown deliberately eschews this trend.

    Is the current state of the Bond franchise so bereft of confidence that they need to appropriate all past glories and rejacket them as their own? Or is this squarely a lack of care by the publisher and due concern from the rights holder?

    The voice acting in the clip seemed naff, and the modification to classic dialogue an insult to the very people one would have thought would be the target audience. It's generic shash, and lacks the subtleties of the original. Goldfinger spoke of "an atomic device", not a nuclear weapon. And his line about 007 choosing his next witticism carefully as it could be his last is apparently considered less important than what appears to be lacklustre gameplay. Even the humour in the defusing of the bomb is gone. Instead we get to listen in on jokes about Oddjob's eating. For shame!

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