Dr. No and From Russia With Love had been highly successful, well-regarded films, but it is Goldfinger which truly began the James Bond phenomenon. The series had a new director, a new tone, and a leading man who had become a genuine superstar.
This resulted in what was, at the time, one of the biggest box-office smashes in film history, a hit so large that it paved the way for the series to continue into at least the next five decades. It wouldn't be exaggeration to suggest that this is a feat virtually unparalleled in cinema.
How has Goldfinger withstood the duration of those decades? Is it still a world-class entertainment, or is it a relic of bygone times?
Well, I can't speak to that; not, at least, without sounding like a pretentious mix of vinegar and water. However, I am amply qualified to speak as to how the film has withstood the test of years for me on a personal level.