Bowled over by ‘Goldfinger’
Fans of James Bond movies know exactly what I mean, but if you’re new to 1964′s spy thriller “Goldfinger,” let me catch you up to speed.
“Goldfinger” is the third James Bond movie in the still-active franchise, and it is easily the best. Sean Connery stars as the heroic Agent 007. After detonating a Cuban heroine operation, he is assigned to investigate a gold smuggler named Auric Goldfinger, played by German actor Gert Frobe. Goldfinger is only mildly bad until we learn he plans to set off an “atomic device” in Fort Knox–irradiating the U.S. gold supply and jacking up the value of his gold stock piles.
Getting to Goldfinger would be easy, if it wasn’t for his silent Korean butler named Oddjob (Harold Sakata). Oddjob is built like a truck and a master of judo. He also has a secret weapon: a bowler. Of course, as this is the Bond flick with the most clever gadgets introduced in one movie, Oddjob’s bowler is no ordinary men’s hat.
The hat of this gentleman’s gentleman has a steel brim. When flung across the screen he can sever the head from a marble statue or snap the neck of a beautiful blonde. Why no one thinks to duck when this deadly bowler is thrown at them from 20 yards away is immaterial. It is one bad bowler in the hands of a master.
Sadly, Hats Plus does not carry any steel-brimmed assassin’s bowlers. However, we do carry many stately bowlers.
As the characters in Bond movies are always dressed in the most refined fashions, we suggest a bowler by Christys’. Like Bond, Christys’ is based in London. It also is considered the maker of premium men’s hats. Christys’ bowler is made from genuine fur felt that makes it soft and smooth. The up-turned pre-formed brim has a distinguished grosgrain-bound edge that matches the hat band. Inside it is satin lined with a soft leather sweatband.
Be the cutting-edge of high fashion with this bowler, even if it can’t cut through any statuary.