1) 1964’s Goldfinger
There are a lot of people who think a Bond movie or two are better than Goldfinger, but I’m not sure I’ve ever met a single person that would rank the 1964 classic outside their personal top five. It’s just too well-executed, and it does too many things incredibly well. In fact, it warrants inclusion in just about every single Bond-related debate, no matter what the category. You ask a question, and I can probably come up with a contender that warrants consideration.

Who is the greatest henchman of all-time? Oddjob. What is the greatest Bond theme of all-time? Shirley Bassey’s “Goldfinger”. Best plot? Breaking into Fort Knox. Most iconic scene? Bond strapped to the table with a laser. Best Name? Pussy Galore. Best death? Smothered with gold. Best villain? Goldfinger.

Goldfinger is also a wonderfully balanced movie. It cares about sex, golf, lasers, fighting, gold, airplane stunts, gambling and murder in just about equal measure. It speeds up when it needs to and gives its characters time to breath when the moments are right. Director Guy Hamilton makes the right decisions over and over again, and Connery is extremely comfortable here in his third time at bat as 007. It’s as close to perfect as a Bond movie has ever been, and even if they make another 23, I’m not sure anyone will ever do better than this.

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