BBC Radio 4 - James Bond Radio Drama, Goldfinger


(4.8 stars; 13 reviews)

Dramatisation of Ian Fleming's classic novel. When James Bond begins his pursuit of an international criminal, he discovers that a daring heist is on the agenda - and mass murder. Ian Fleming's 1959 novel faithfully dramatised by Archie Scottney and directed by Martin Jarvis. Toby Stephens returns as 007, and a glittering cast is led by Ian McKellen in the title role. With cameo roles by top actors - all delighted to contribute to this remarkable Fleming adventure. Rosamund Pike plays wacky gang-boss Pussy Galore and Lisa Dillon is the vengeful Tilly Masterton. John Standing returns as 'M.' Tom Hollander, Tim Pigott-Smith and American star Hector Elizondo as New York City mobsters. Bond and Goldfinger are joined in the famous golf game by Alistair McGowan as the caddie, Hawker. Henry Goodman, Ian Ogilvy and Lloyd Owen contribute to the excitement. And Jon David Yu throws his bowler-hat with deadly effect as 'Oddjob.' Auric Goldfinger is not only a cheat at canasta and golf, he's also an international criminal on a massive scale. His obsession: gold. James Bond is charged by the Bank of England and MI5 to discover what Goldfinger is actually doing with his vast hoards of gold. Is he somehow connected with SMERSH - the feared soviet spy-killing organisation? When 007 becomes an undercover member of Goldfinger's team he soon learns that the madman's plans are more grandiose than even 'M' could possibly have imagined. Amazingly, robbing Fort Knox is on the agenda - and mass murder... Cast:  Goldfinger ...... Ian McKellen  James Bond .....Toby Stephens  'M'..... John Standing  Col.Smithers ..... Ian Ogilvy  Pussy Galore ......Rosamund Pike  Tilly Masterton ..... Lisa Dillon Johnny Solo .....Tim Pigott-Smith  Mr. Strap .....Tom Hollander  Du Pont .....Henry Goodman  Hawker ..... Alistair McGowan  Helmut Springer .....Hector Elizondo Felix Leiter ..... Lloyd Owen  Jed Midnight .....Nigel Anthony Jill Masterton ..... Anna Louise Plowman  Oddjob ..... Jon David Yu Alfred .....Alan Shearman Nigel .....Matthew Wolf Fleming .....Martin Jarvis Doctors & Pilot .....Kyle Stoller Nurse .....Tracy Pattin Dramatised by Archie Scottney. Music composed by Mark Holden and Sam Barbour. Producer: Rosalind Ayres Director: Martin Jarvis A Jarvis & Ayres production for BBC Radio 4. DISCLAIMER: I do not own the rights to this radio drama. All rights go to BBC Radio 4 and all its contributors. ENJOY!

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

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(5 stars)

James Bond done right so highly recommend it as well as the others like it