You can mine Goldfinger
(no pun intended) for plot holes and general absurdity, but for me, it's still the definitive Bond film -- maybe because I saw it at the tender impressionable age of 11 or so. It's one of the best written and paced Bond films. It has one of the best Bond songs, and two of the most memorable Bond women: Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore and Shirley Eaton as Jill Masterson (the chick who got painted gold).
Greg Cox wrote:
. . . I actually prefer NEVER SAY NEVER AGAIN to THUNDERBALL. The villains are much more colorful, and the underwater scenes don't drag as much.
had that cool yacht that split in two and became a superfast hydrofoil. The villain in Never Say Never Again
just had a regular old boat.
Then again, Never Say Never Again
had Kim Basinger.