Goldfinger (soundtrack)

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Goldfinger
Soundtrack album by John Barry
Released 1964
Recorded August 1964
Genre Spy music
Length 41:09
Label EMI
Producer Frank Collura (Reissue)
John Barry chronology
Zulu
(1963)
Goldfinger
(1964)
Four in the Morning
(1965)
James Bond soundtrack chronology
From Russia with Love
(1963)
Goldfinger
(1964)
Thunderball
(1965)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars

Goldfinger is the soundtrack for the third James Bond film of the same name.

This is the first of three James Bond films with a theme song sung by Shirley Bassey, whose forceful, dramatic style became a series trademark (she would go on to sing Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker). "Goldfinger" was composed by John Barry, with lyrics by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse, and is widely acknowledged as a classic of its genre. Famously, co-producer Harry Saltzman hated the song and only agreed to use it when persuaded by Albert Broccoli.[citation needed]

Originally, Newley recorded a version of the theme song, but it was later re-recorded with Bassey's voice for the film and soundtrack album. In 1992, Newley's version was released for the 30th Anniversary of James Bond on film, in the compilation collectors edition The Best of Bond...James Bond.

The score was composed by Barry, making this his second, credited Bond score. The score makes regular use of instrumental arrangements of the title theme, as well as the Bond theme from Dr. No used in the gun barrel sequence . The score makes heavy use of brass. The distinctive music for Goldfinger's henchman, Oddjob, makes use of repeated strokes on a metallic anvil. Metallic chimes are also heard in many scenes associated with Oddjob or gold, notably that in which the dead golden girl is discovered. The very effective use of music and various sound effects in the film won it an Academy Award for Best Sound Editing. The album reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and spent 70 total weeks on the chart, but for reasons that remain unclear, received no RIAA certification.[1][2]

Much of the music from the film's final reel was unreleased on the original soundtrack. In 2003, a remastered Goldfinger soundtrack album was released which contained four tracks that had previously been available on only the British soundtrack album. The US soundtrack album did not have these tracks but featured a Barry guitar cover version of the main theme that did not appear in the film. Barry also used the theme on his 1965 John Barry Plays Goldfinger album that featured Robert Brownjohn artwork.[3]

The harp melody at the beginning of the song "6 Underground" is sampled from the track "Golden Girl" from the Goldfinger soundtrack (specifically the scene where Bond discovers Jill Masterson covered in gold paint).

Track listing[edit]

Side One
  1. "Main Title – Into Miami- Goldfinger (3:31)" – Shirley Bassey
  2. "Alpine Drive – Auric's Factory (4:22)"
  3. "Oddjob's Pressing Engagement (3:06)"
  4. "Bond Back in Action Again (2:31)"[A]
  5. "Teasing the Korean (2:11)"
  6. "Gassing the Gangsters (1:04)"
Side Two
  1. "Goldfinger (Instrumental Version)(2:59)"
  2. "Dawn Raid on Fort Knox (4:57)"
  3. "The Arrival of the Bomb and Count Down (2:23)"
  4. "The Death of Goldfinger – End Titles (2:31)"
Bonus tracks only on the 2003 remastered Goldfinger Soundtrack CD
  1. "Golden Girl"
  2. "Death of Tilly"
  3. "The Laser Beam"
  4. "Pussy Galore's Flying Circus"


  1. ^ contains the James Bond Theme, originally composed for the Dr. No soundtrack


Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1965 Billboard Pop Albums (Billboard 200) 1

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
  2. ^ Whitburn, Joel (2007), Joel Whitburn Presents the Billboard Albums (6th ed.), Record Research, ISBN 0-89820-166-7 
  3. ^ Billboard – Google Books. Books.google.com.au. 27 March 1965. Retrieved 18 February 2012. 
Preceded by
Mary Poppins (soundtrack)
by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman
Billboard 200 number-one album
20 March 1965 – 9 April 1965
Succeeded by
Beatles VI by The Beatles