Monday’s M word * Movie time

This Monday it’s a Movie and a Martini !

That’s James Bond to the ones in the know. My Mom was a big fan and introduced me to them at an early age. Our favorite where always the originals and this weekend i had the fun of binge watching some of our favorites: Lisa

Goldfinger is a 1964 spy film based on Ian Fleming’s James Bond. The movie stars Sir Sean Connery as Bond and was the fastest-grossing movie during the time of its release. The movie shows Bond investigating a gold-smuggling businessman named Goldfinger.

The movie is among the top spy films of the 60s, with its classic Aston Martin DB5 and Sir Sean Connery’s timeless style. Did you know that this is the first movie to feature a title song that plays during the opening credits? Read the interesting facts and trivia of Goldfinger below.

  • The movie was the fastest grossing movie in the history when it was released and was entered into the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • Sir Sean Connery never went to the United States to film those parts of the movie. Every US scene was shot at Pinewood Studios outside London.
  • This had the first appearance of a laser beam in a movie.
  • Sir Sean Connery hurt his back during the fight sequence with Harold Sakata (Oddjob) in Fort Knox. The incident delayed filming. 
  • The debut of the Aston Martin happened in this film. Sales of the Aston Martin DB5 increased by fifty per cent after the release of the movie

Moonraker :

 For the scene involving the opening of the musical electronic laboratory door lock in Venice, producer Albert R. Broccoli requested special permission from director Steven Spielberg to use the five-note melody from his film Close Encounters of the Third Kind. Spielberg agreed, but said Broccoli would owe him one, and so in 1985 Broccoli returned the favour by fulfilling Spielberg’s request to use the James Bond theme music for a scene in Spielberg’s film The Goonies.

Moonraker was the third of three Bond films for which the theme song was performed by Shirley Bassey (following Goldfinger and Diamonds Are Forever), but Miss Bassey was not the first choice.

Moonraker was noted for its high production cost of $34 million, almost twice as much as predecessor The Spy Who Loved Me, and more than the combined budget of the first six James Bond movies – in fact, Maurice Binder’s title sequence cost more than the entire budget of Dr. No!

James Bond Martini:


3 ounces Gordon gin

1 ounce vodka

1/2 ounce Lillet Blanc

3 blue cheese-stuffed olives, skewered on a pick

Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add the gin, vodka and Lillet Blanc. Shake well and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with the stuffed olives.

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