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(James Bond (Original Series) #7)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  20,630 ratings  ·  967 reviews
Auric Goldfinger is the richest man in England—though his wealth can’t be found in banks. He’s been hoarding vast stockpiles of his namesake metal, and it’s attracted the suspicion of 007’s superiors at MI6. Sent to investigate, Bond uncovers an ingenious gold-smuggling scheme, as well as Goldfinger’s most daring caper yet: Operation Grand Slam, a gold heist so audacious i ...more
Kindle Edition, 297 pages
Published October 16th 2012 by Thomas & Mercer (first published 1959)
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(A-) 83% | Very Good
Notes: James Bond peels the snakeskin from the card-cheat to find a dragon in disguise, while lesbians make things difficult.
Reading, Good Reading!


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 developm
Sep 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good ole fashioned penis measuring contest between Bond and his villain de jeur, Aurich Goldfinger.

Ever the conjurer of DC comics quality bad guys, Ian Fleming has here crafted a gem with Goldfinger – a Ted Nugent capitalist’s capitalist who lives to win at everything. And if you’re not cheating, you’re not trying. And we get a double helping of MALEVOLENT as his odd job man – Oddjob – is a Nietzschean superman Asian Mike Tyson action hero figure of badassery.

Good sports writing is an under ap
Jan 04, 2015 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
Aug 12, 2013 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
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018, espionage, british
"Fear, Mr Bond, takes gold out of circulation and hoards it against the evil day."
- Ian Fleming, Goldfinger


A very enjoyable read except for a couple nagging complaints. I hate Fleming/Bond's attitude towards asians (Koreans in this book, but it was Chinese in Dr. No) and women (lesbians in this book). It doesn't age well. While I wasn't alive in the 50s, and I suspect it was more normal 60 years ago, it still reads a bit too heavy with white, masculine overcompensation.

I would have given this o
David Schaafsma
“The glamour isn’t worth the price”—Ales Kot

Well, I think I am just about done reading Ian Fleming’s stories of Agent oo7, James Bond, thank you very much. This is in spite of my being a completist; I set out to read the series and read them all I usually would do. But I think I sort of have the pattern here: Bond meets a villain, meets a “girl” and defeats the villain. You do what you can to ignore the (casual?) racism and misogyny in exchange for the glamour, and well, the best of James.

This o
Dec 30, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.

Mar 07, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
"Casually, one hand reached out to the control panel and pressed down a switch. There came a slow metallic growl from the end of the table on which Bond lay. It curved quickly up to a harsh whine and then to a shrill high whistle that was barely audible. Bond turned his head wearily away. How soon could he manage to die?"

I've been trying to write up a review for Goldfinger - probably the most famous of the Bond adventures - for a couple of days now. Well, since this was a re-read, I guess you c
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
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
2.5 stars

***2018 Summer of Spies***

I spent part of the Labour Day weekend finishing up my Summer of Spies and finishing up Goldfinger. I’ve had fun with earlier installments of Bond, but found this book a bit of a grind. It started, Goddess aid me, with card games yet again and then continued on with one of the only subjects that I consider more boring than cards, golf! There was much eye rolling and boredom on my part, but I realize that these subjects excite other people, and certainly wer
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
Nov 30, 2011 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
aPriL does feral sometimes
Heinous crimes are described in ‘Goldfinger’, number 7 in Ian Fleming’s James Bond series! Goldfinger is pure evil! He not only kills a lot of people through torture, HE KILLS CATS!

The horror.

I need a moment.

I’m sorry. I can’t in all conscience give this book a decent review. I won’t give this fiend a platform. Omg. I’ll never recover from this. Never. I’m SO shaken, not just stirred.

James Bond, you are my hero, sort of, sometimes. Asshole. Gentle reader, Bond makes it right, anyway. Of course
Aug 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: action, mystery, spy
he's the man,
the man with the Midas touch
A spider's touch
Such a cold finger
beckons you to enter his web of sin
But don't go in
- Leslie Bricusse & Anthony Newley

I was really excited to read this book. Goldfinger was the first James Bond movie I ever saw so I have a special place in my heart for it. The screenplay was written by Richard Maibaum (dec.) and Paul Dehn (dec.) and how they turned this book into that movie is worthy of accolades and rewards. Posthumous awards

Standard disc
Dec 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
7th in the 007 canon, it finds Bond meeting an acquaintance in an airport. Mr DuPont says he's lost several thousand to a Mr Goldfinger in cards, and would Bond like to sit in and tell him how he's doing it?

Thus begins the adventure from London to Ft. Knox, involving 6 different crime syndicates in the plan to steal billions in gold.

Almost 60 years after it was written, it's interesting to see the society structure and politically incorrect status of Mr Fleming's world.
Mike (the Paladin)
Nov 15, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spy-fi
I was torn again here. 3 or 4? This novel has it's almost silly moments but mostly it's far more "adult" in it's themes. It's more violent, and the sex is a little more "there" than the ones that went before. While there isn't any real overt sex in the bond books despite their rep, the theme in this one ups the stakes a bit. (view spoiler) ...more
Jun 30, 2012 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
Did not like this, but I'll give a 3 because it wasn't Fleming's fault that it was made into a fantastic film which was my favorite. Gert Frobe, Goldfinger "I expect you to die Mr. Bond"
Jul 13, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Amazing story. Heaps of awesome scenes 5 stars for this.

Loses 2 stars because it's very sexist and racist! Fucked up view of anyone who isn't a straight, white alpha male.
Dec 10, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"There was no doubt about it, Goldfinger was an artist - a scientist in crime as great in his field as Cellini or Einstein in theirs." - "Goldfinger" by Ian Fleming

As films, "Dr. No" and "From Russia With Love" were very similar to Fleming's original work. Not only did "Goldfinger" make some departures into the elements we know and love today (the byplay with Q, the Aston Martin DB5, and the golden-painted Jill Masterson), but it made several interesting departures from Fleming's work so it pres
Mar 31, 2008 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
Stacy Bearse
Dec 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
It's been 50 years since I first read this novel. I recently stumbled upon a leather-bound set of all the James Bond books, and am slowly working my way through them again. Re-reading Ian Fleming reminded me of his consummate skill as a wordsmith and storyteller. Sure, some specifics are off (you cannot see the Gulf from the Miami Airport) but in general, Fleming's writing crackles with details and color. Read these books for entertainment. And read them to remember a simpler time, when Don Drap ...more
May 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
This is my second James Bond book and I liked this one as well. The James Bond in these books though, don't feel like the same James Bond on the silver screen. But that is okay with me....I still really enjoy these books. There was even a scene where James is playing golf with Goldfinger and as much as I dislike golf, I was riveted to that scene. Reading this makes me want to look up the movie.

These are fun. I want to add more to my reading list.
Sean O
Jul 05, 2020 rated it liked it
In my opinion, "Goldfinger" is the best Bond movie (tie with "From Russia with Love.") The book is pretty good, but not as good as the movie.

The novel is divided into three sections: the first is the classic "Bond catches Goldfinger cheating at cards" scene (which is done perfectly in the book.)

The second section is "Bond beats Goldfinger at golf" which is a bit of a snooze, TBH. The third part ("Goldfinger trys to knock over Fort Knox") comes pretty late in the book (71% according to my Kindle
Jul 18, 2009 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
Feb 24, 2009 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
Jul 07, 2009 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
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Librarian Note: There is more than one author in the Goodreads database with this name.

Ian Lancaster Fleming was a British author, journalist and Second World War Navy Commander. He was a grandson of the Scottish financier Robert Fleming, who founded the Scottish American Investment Trust and the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co.

Fleming is best remembered for creating the character of James Bond

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