Magazine November 30, 2020, Issue

James Bond, in Literature & Cinema: A Retrospective

Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger, 1964 (Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios/IMDb)

Midway through Steven Spielberg’s effervescent 1960s-era comedy-drama Catch Me If You Can, a young and ambitious conman called Frank Abagnale (Leonardo DiCaprio) treats himself to a gray three-piece suit. It’s not just any suit, but a close copy of the suit Sean Connery wore as James Bond in the 1964 movie Goldfinger. “Now you’re sure this is the suit, right?” Frank anxiously asks the tailor. “This is the exact suit he wore in the movie,” the man replies, adding, “Now all you need is one of those little foreign sports cars that he drives.” Then, in a magical moment, Spielberg

This article appears as “Paging 007” in the November 30, 2020, print edition of National Review.

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Peter Tonguette — Mr. Tonguette is the author of the forthcoming book Picturing Peter Bogdanovich: My Conversations with the New Hollywood Director.

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