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Digitally Restored 4K DCP Copy Of Goldfinger

By: Anders Frejdh
Goldfinger Norwegian film poster
The international premiere of the digitally restored 4K DCP version of Goldfinger (1964) (1964) takes place at Berlinale on Saturday 7th February, 2015, courtsey of Park Circus and with legendary production designer Sir Ken Adam in attendance. (Sir Ken also attended the our 50th anniversary screening of Goldfinger in Oslo in May 2014.) The film, by many considered to be the best and definitive James Bond film, celebrated it's 50th Anniversary in 2014.


One of the highlights of the Berlinale Classics programme will be Goldfinger (1964), probably the most famous of James Bond films, with Sean Connery and Gert Fröbe in the leads. The international premiere of the digitally restored version will screen in 4K DCP. Responsible for the restoration were Eon Productions Ltd. (London), and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (Beverly Hills/CA). Sir Ken Adam, two-time Academy Award winner and production designer of the film - and to whom the special exhibition Bigger Than Life is currently dedicated at the Deutsche Kinemathek - Museum für Film und Fernsehen in Berlin - will attend the screening and introduce Goldfinger personally.

English bullion magnate Auric Goldfinger is suspected of smuggling a vast amount of gold out of the country. James Bond on her majesty’s secret service is tasked with shadowing him. But Goldfinger uncovers his identity and takes Bond captive in Switzerland. He then has his pilot, Pussy Galore, fly 007 to his farm in Kentucky, where the agent discovers Goldfinger’s perfidious plan to detonate a nuclear device inside Fort Knox, rendering the American gold reserves unusable and boosting the value of Goldfinger’s bullion ... Ken Adam’s extravagant production design, including the interior of Fort Knox, seems to defy the laws of physics.

In 2008, the designer said: “I’d seen the interiors of the gold vaults at the Bank of England, and found them most uninteresting – a series of low tunnels really. So I decided to use stylization. And I had quite a battle about whether it was over the top. I wanted to build a cathedral of gold, almost forty foot high – completely impractical; gold is too heavy for that. But it worked”. (From Ken Adam, Christopher Frayling: Ken Adam Designs the Movies. James Bond and Beyond. London 2008)

Film details:
Running time: 112 minutes
Language: English
Rating: R16
Director: Guy Hamilton
Cast: Sean Connery, Gert Fröbe, Honor Blackman, Shirley Eaton, Tania Mallet, Harold Sakata, Bernard Lee, Martin Benson, Cec Linder, Austin Willis, Lois Maxwell

Editor's note:
For more James Bond film screenings preented on From Sweden with Love, click here.

For more about Sir Ken Adam on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Photo above:
The original Norwegian film poster for Goldfinger (1964) from the FSWL collection.

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