Goldfinger (James Bond, #7)
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Goldfinger (James Bond (Original Series) #7)

3.77 of 5 stars 3.77  ·  rating details  ·  10,225 ratings  ·  395 reviews
Auric Goldfinger, the most phenomenal criminal Bond has ever faced, is an evil genius who likes his cash in gold bars and his women dressed only in gold paint. After smuggling tons of gold out of Britain into secret vaults in Switzerland, this powerful villain is planning the biggest and most daring heist in history-robbing all the gold in Fort Knox. That is, unless Secret...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published May 1st 1982 by Berkley (first published 1959)
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Richard Reviles Censorship Always in All Ways
Rating: 4.8* of five

The 1964 film gets almost five stars. I doubt very seriously the book would get more than one.

So, first let's talk about the song. *swoon* If you don't like the song, don't ever tell me. I will unfriend you and make a voodoo dolly to do awful, awful things to you. Ever read The Wasp Factory? Yeah, that'll sound like Sunday school. K? Clear enough? Good.

Then there's Connery beefcakin' around in a skimpy swimsuit. There's a passel of cool cars, including the iconic Aston Martin...more
Manny
We watched Goldfinger last night on DVD - I'd seen it once before, around 1975, but I could hardly remember a thing about it. Really quite interesting! Some reactions:

The women

OMG. There are some scenes one could hardly believe. This was our favourite. Felix Leiter, Bond's opposite number from the CIA, turns up in Miami, where Bond is lounging by a swimming pool, having his shoulders massaged by an opulent blonde. They have the following exchange (from memory):

Leiter: Ah, Bond, I thought I'd fin...more
El
Goldfinger, movie trailer.

Oh, Bond. What are you up to now?

Lessee... "Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago: 'Once is happenstance. Twice is coincidence. The third time it's enemy action.' Miami, Sandwich and now Geneva." - Auric Goldfinger

The book is broken up into these three sections detailing Bond's three interactions with Auric Goldfinger, a nasty sort of fellow who cheats at canasta and smuggles gold. This is the first of the Bond books I've read that takes place primarily in America (yee...more
Whispers from the Pirate's Ghost Whisper
1.Plot – Plot? Okay, it’s James Bond. Who doesn’t know the plot? Megalomaniac wants to rule the world. James Bond Kicks his ass, then gets laid at least twice.

Oh, all right, he played golf too.

I guess I just mean to say, this is an old book, that became an old movie. There were no surprises in the plot. Sean Connery’s Bond fits very well with Ian Fleming’s book.

Bond, on his way back to England after tracking down drug dealers in Mexico gets delayed at the airport. While there, he accepts a pr...more
Ryan
Despite having seen many of the films, this was my first exposure to one of Ian Fleming's Bond novels. The plot, basically, involves Bond having to stop the dastardly Auric Goldfinger from stealing all of the bullion in Fort Knox and using the money to finance anti-American spy interests. [return]The book is an amazing document of its time - in addition to the Red Menace of Communist influence over Western politics, there are also discussions of the inherent genetic cruelty of Korean people, and...more
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Having completed an assignment in Mexico, James Bond, Secret Service agent 007 (licensed to kill), is having a drink at the airport in Miami while he waits for his connecting flight when he's approached by a man he met during the infamous poker game in Casino Royale , Mr Du Pont. It's soon apparent that this older, overweight, wealthy American has an ulterior motive in striking up a conversation with Bond: he wants to hire James to check out a man Mr Du Pont has been daily playing canasta with a...more
Finn Cullen
Marvellous book in the James Bond series. I really must recommend these to anyone who likes thrilling fiction and especially to people whose only exposure to James Bond has been the primping buffoon so commonly portrayed in talkies.

Fleming's Bond is thoughtful, with all too frequent dark moods and self doubt. A man who hates violence, and especially hates the fact that he is so good at it, and that it is of required of him. This book in fact opens with Bond in an airport lounge returning from a...more
Jerome
Very rarely does a film improve upon the source novel. The novel is too long, is illogical in some parts, offensive in others and makes the reader realize what a superb job screenwriter Richard Maibaum did in adapting it for the film. These weaknesses stand out in particular:

First, the behavior of villain Auric Goldfinger is completely illogical during the torture scene. You might remember the terrific laser beam scene in the film where Goldfinger, played by Gert Frobe, threatens to slice James...more
Emma Thompson
Running on fond memories of watching the Bond films in my childhood, I was recently inspired to pick this up. I wish I hadn't bothered. See, it wasn't the I didn't expect the sexism and the racism...ok I probably didn't expect the homophobia...but I didn't expect it to be so blatant! I expected useless women who's only function to the plot was to fall into Bond's arms or die, to be honest I'm used to it. I didn't expect a diatribe blaming homosexuality on women getting the vote. I didn't expect...more
Lelah
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James
Auric Goldfinger, Pussy Galore and James Bond. They're all here for another romp as Bond tries to derail SMERSH again.
Jason Reeser
I enjoyed this 007 outing very much. Fleming keeps an even pace in this book. It is the slower, more laid-back Bond. No wild chases here. No feats of strength. There is, in fact, a very long, detailed round of golf that is well written. Not for the more modern reader is this "spy thriller".
Auric Goldfinger is an interesting villain in the movie. In the book, he is menacing, fascinating, and I enjoyed his character. Even Oddjob is more...odd, than his counterpart in the movie. The infamous Pussy...more
Alice
2.5 stars

After having read, and enjoyed, Casino Royale I was looking forward to Goldfinger. I am very disappointed that it didn't live up to the promise of CR. I now know way too many things about golf. I found Gf for the most part boring and the ending didn't help me respect either the writer or the character any more. In fact it left a distinctly poor taste in my mouth. It was, to my mind, worse than the typical Bond mentality.

Another blah read for me. I will try Fleming/Bond again though. Be...more
Thom Swennes
Fleming makes name dropping into a literary art. I think he was one of the first authors to incorporate name brands into his works as a descriptive implement. In this book the author displays an almost Dickensian talent in character descriptions. This is the seventh book about the illusive and incomparable 007; James Bond. Like in the book Moonraker Bond is presented with the proposition to expose a card cheat. Mr. Junius Du Pont, a very wealthy businessman that had the chance to see Bond’s prof...more
Steven Peterson
One of the better James Bond novels. . . . Fleming wrote fairly well; his characterizations sometimes wandered a bit (in one novel, Bond went from distrusting someone to trusting the eventual villain, to distrusting him for not much apparent reason for any of the changes). Here, we come up against some fine adversaries--Goldfinger and Oddjob. The premise is rather breathtaking.

Not a great novel, but an amusing and entertaining read.
Bruce
The preliminary contention between Bond and Goldfinger in the first two sections, before their adversity is seriously established, is the most interesting part of the novel. The high point is a golf game with an intriguing undercurrent of enmity and violence far more enticing than their eventual emergence. The final section, though inferior, is ably executed, and so does not spoil the memory of a fascinating beginning.
Michael
Goldfinger was the first Bond novel I read during the summer of between my sophomore and junior years of high school. It was a summer when I checked out a LOT of Bond novels from the library, reading them in random order based on the movie titles and which ones I wanted to see.

The last impression I took away from my teenage reading a)that the movie was fairly faithful to the book and b)boy the differences between the book and the movie sure were interesting. For example, did you know in the book...more
Ken
What a difference does fifty years make! I found GOLDFINGER to be nothing more than a novel of great cultural curiosity with a rather mundane storyline that faultlessly embodied the social and political correctness of an era that is most thankfully behind us.

If you have been awake at any time during the last few decades it's nearly impossible to consider James Bond as anything more than a very dated potboiler fantasy/action adventure hero. And, more to the point his entire character deftly pr...more
Sean McBride
Bond books are just good ole' fashioned fun. Racist, sexist and quintessentially chauvinist and yet you can tell, if you look close enough in between the lines, that Mr. Fleming is utilizing this for the ever increasing camp he's incorporating in the novels (for example this book introduces the gang lord "Mrs. Pussy Galore" who is a lesbian crime boss who leads an all lesbian mob! Fleming's play on words is priceless and not just in this case but many more). To that fact I get the feeling after...more
F.R.
Ben Schott's introduction to my edition tells of the muted critical reception this book received. Indeed it was the novel that prompted Paul Johnson's famous description: "Sex, Snobbery and Sadism". But to be honest, I don't think the three S's are more priminent in this book than in the previous adventures of J. Bond esq. In fact I greeted them like old and welcome friends. What bothered me about this book is just how ridiculous it is.

It's said the film adapatation of Goldfinger was the movie t...more
Andrew
The 7th in the series of 007 novels by the increasingly curmudgeonly Fleming finds Bond pitting his
considerable wits,if not wit (the literary James Bond is not nearly as flippant as Sean Connery's celluloid portrayal of him!), against the superbly malevolent villain,Auric Goldfinger,red-haired,foul-featured but a criminal genius. In a series of increasingly desperate encounters with Goldfinger,OddJob(his Korean henchman with a hat of death!)& assorted minions,including a fantasy lesbian,Puss...more
S.
right on the fence of the 3 or the 4, in order to avoid thinking too deeply about these fun little thrillers, I guess what I will do is confirm Live or Let Die at the 4, and with Casino Royale at 5, On HM's Secret Service at 3, and Murder on the Orient Express From Russia With Love at 4, would round out Ian Fleming's top 5 books at an average of 3.8, which sounds about right. Goldfinger, #7 in the series, seems to bring to its top degree the best and worst about the Bond franchise, over-the-top...more
Margaret
Bond is back again. He is waiting in an airport, contemplating life and his killing of a Mexican involved in the drug trade, when someone who he once knew at a certain casino (the Royale, anyone?) asks him for help. Turns out there's a man who cheats at cards and this Royale alum has lost a significant amount of money. Goldfinger's title character shows up as a sunburned, obese red-head who seems like he's out to cheat unsuspecting tourists. There is more afoot as Bond quickly discovers, and he'...more
steven
Sadly, probably the worst Bond book I've read thus far.

The overarching plot is good -- evil overlord joins forces with criminals all over the United States to rob Fort Knox in a daring plan that only Bond can foil. The trouble is the middle.

To establish that the evil overlord is, well, evil, there's a long section (two chapters? three? seventeen billion?) of Bond and the antagonist playing golf. In excruciating detail, we are forced to watch the two traverse all eighteen holes, in which Bond mus...more
Barry
A classic example of pulp fiction. International adventure and espionage, and grandiose crimes thrown in for good measure. Each of the novels, I feel, portrays the true essences of what makes Bond Bond, far better than the movies. The novels do not overwhelm the reader with gadgets and explosive actions. It is the very lifestyle that Bond lives that creates the marketed saying, "women want him; men want to be him." Roaming Europe in luxury cars (and also being in a dangerous chase), staying in l...more
Guy Priel
I have always been a fan of James Bond and Ian Fleming. I like spy novels almost as much as I like classic mystery novels. This book is better than the movie. If you've seen the movie, read the book and you'll see for yourself. Very fast paced, action filled and definitely a great read.
Beth
This book is part of the recently re-released series of James Bond novels, written by Ian Fleming. The snazzy cover art is a huge part of the pleasure of reading them. "Goldfinger" is about Bond's efforts to thwart the villain Auric Goldfinger's plan to rob Fort Knox. Despite being racist, sexist, and overflowing with implausible plot details, the book really is great fun. Fleming was a terrific writer who garnered great respect from many of his more high-brow literary peers. He lavishes the rea...more
Daniela
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This was actually my first time reading an original James Bond book! (I've dabbled in the 'Young Bond' books by Charlie Higson) Although it is the seventh in the series, it's not difficult at all to pick up on the premise. It's almost everything I could have asked for in a tale of espionage: adventure, suspense and a dash of cool gadgetry.

Sadly, James Bond is so iconic and the stories so widely alluded to that a lot of the plot comp...more
Andrew
I really really enjoyed this book. Once again, I read it with my head full of the film, and once again the bare bones of the story is very similar.
But in movie terms, this is where they started to deviate from the books to deliver spectacle. The end of the book (the actual attack on Fort Knox) is very different, but apart from that most of the other differences are superficial.
But actually the book was far more interesting. We see Bond in a desperate situation, he actually feels like he is goi...more
Joe Gande
Feb 11, 2014 Joe Gande rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: James Bond Lovers, Spy novel enthusiasts
I recently discovered my old collection of James Bond 50's and '60's paperbacks and hardcover books that I bought when I was a teenager, so I am currently reading them all again for nostalgic reasons as I love all things vintage and retro and especially all things Brit....and also to simply rediscover and enjoy these timeless classics! :) Great story if this your kind of thing and have seen the movies time and time again but maybe never had read the books...If I was to get picky and hadn't alrea...more
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Ian Lancaster Fleming was a British author, journalist and Second World War Navy Commander. Fleming is best remembered for creating the character of James Bond and chronicling his adventures in twelve novels and nine short stories. Additionally, Fleming wrote the children's story Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and two...more
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