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Goldfinger (James Bond (Original Series) #7)

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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 March 23rd 1959)
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Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, the third time it’s enemy action.

This quote from the novel is quite relevant, since Goldfinger, the book, is separated in three parts precisely named after the terms: “Happenstance”, “Coincidence” and “Enemy Action”, describing the interaction between James Bond and Auric Goldfinger, respectively protagonist and antagonist in the story. Also, defining how the story in general is evolving in its own development.

Apr 28, 2015 Carmen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who are not easily offended
It was going to be fun playing hare and hounds across Europe. The sun was shining out of a clear sky. Bond felt a moment's sharp thrill down his spine. He smiled to himself, a hard, cold, cruel smile. Goldfinger, he thought, for the first time in your life you're in trouble - bad trouble.

Bond is drinking bourbon in the Miami airport and philosophizing about life and death. He has just neatly taken care of heroin distribution ring. You may think of Bond as a cold, hard killer – but actually in th
Richard Derus
Jun 28, 2014 Richard Derus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
The movie has got to be better than this shit. Yes, I shall procure a copy for myself, and watch it all the way through. I must confess I have only seen parts of this cinematic Sean Connery classic, and the parts I have seen did offer up a slight sense of endearment for yours truly. But my attention span waned, and my movie prowess faltered, and I must confess I sometimes have the attention span of a fruit fly. But I shall push through, much as I did with this piece of male chauvinistic trash.

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
The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)
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
Jun 30, 2012 Jerome rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Emma Thompson
Nov 30, 2011 Emma Thompson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 31, 2008 Ryan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 25, 2009 Lelah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Sep 22, 2014 Joe rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: listened-to
Ho boy, this one was insane-o. "Goldfinger" has always been my favorite Bond film. (The rest of the top 3? Casino Royale, for awesomeness, and Octopussy, because it's called Octopussy). The movie had a strong villain in Auric Goldfinger. I mean Oddjob, Pussy Galore, "No Mister Bond, I expect you to die", fantastic stuff.

I had always heard the book had less gadgets and that is true. No exploding pens or hats, plants, I guess. I had figured it was SERIOUS spy stuff. Was it? Well yes and
Finn Cullen
Sep 27, 2010 Finn Cullen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 24, 2009 steven rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Shannon (Giraffe Days)
Sep 18, 2011 Shannon (Giraffe Days) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: espionage, 2011
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 ...more
Jason Reeser
Apr 05, 2013 Jason Reeser rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 17, 2016 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy
All in all, I liked the movie better, although it was a rather fanciful take-off of Ian Fleming's plot. It seemed that the author was more interested in a canasta game played in Miami, followed by a golf game at the course in Sandwich -- both of which times James Bond defeated SMERSH villain Auric Goldfinger.

Still and all, Goldfinger was a good read. I had thought I had the book back when I was a student at Dartmouth trying to avoid studying, but it was too unfamiliar. All the things I remembere
Steven Peterson
Dec 18, 2010 Steven Peterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jan 28, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The James Bond books are always a solid and reliable choice for when you want a good, entertaining read. I don't think I appreciated first time around just how much description Fleming writes with. I can't think of any other author recently who can get away with writing a chapter about a game of golf and yet in the Bond books it works. I like losing myself in the secret espionage world of Bond and all the riches and exoticness that comes with it.

Goldfinger is an excellent bad guy, although havin
Auric Goldfinger, Pussy Galore and James Bond. They're all here for another romp as Bond tries to derail SMERSH again.
Benjamin Thomas
Nov 18, 2014 Benjamin Thomas rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller-spy
The seventh novel in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series was first published in 1959 and, interestingly was originally titled, “The Richest Man in the World”. I think we can all agree that “Goldfinger” is a much better title. The plot surrounds the investigation by Bond into the gold smuggling activities of Auric Goldfinger, also suspected by MI6 of being connected to SMERSH, the Soviet counter-intelligence organization. But Bond is only handed the assignment after first encountering Goldfinger in M ...more
Jonel Boyko
Nov 08, 2014 Jonel Boyko rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I appreciated that this is a story from a time when being a secret agent wasn’t all about blowing things up. Because of this the novel was much more interesting and thought provoking. Fleming does not heedlessly race from scene to scene demolishing everything in his wake, but rather develops his scenes meticulously, both in the foreground and in the background. By giving us the hows and whys of everything Fleming drew me deeper and deeper into this world.

Fleming’s meticulous development is seen
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
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
Jul 04, 2013 Ken rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jul 19, 2009 F.R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 26, 2012 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
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