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Ian Fleming
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26 Oct 2006
Auric Goldfinger: cruel, clever, frustratingly careful. A cheat at Canasta and a crook on a massive scale in everyday life. The sort of man James Bond hates. So it’s fortunate that Bond is the man charged by both the Bank of England and MI5 to discover what this, the richest man in the country intends to do with his ill-gotten gains – and what his connection is with SMERSH, the feared Soviet spy-killing corps. But once inside this deadly criminal’s organization, 007 finds that Goldfinger’s schemes are more grandiose – and lethal – than anyone could have imagined. Not only is he planning the greatest gold robbery in history, but mass murder as well …


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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; New Ed edition (26 Oct 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141028319
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141028316
  • Product Dimensions: 2.4 x 11.4 x 18.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Ian Fleming was born in 1908 and educated at Eton. After a brief period at the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, he went abroad to further his education. In 1931, having failed to get an appointment in the Foreign Office, he joined Reuters News Agency. During the Second World War, he was personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence at the Admiralty, rising to the rank of Commander. His wartime experiences provided him with a first-hand knowledge of secret operations.

After the war he became Foreign Manager of Kemsley Newspapers. He built his house, Goldeneye, in Jamaica and there at the age of forty-four he wrote Casino Royale, the first of his novels featuring Commander James Bond. By the time of his death in 1964, the James Bond adventures had sold more than forty million copies. Dr No, starring Sean Connery, was released in 1962 and the Bond films continue to be huge international successes. He is also the author of the magical children's book Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

The novels of Ian Fleming were immediately recognised as classic thrillers by his contemporaries Kingsley Amis, Raymond Chandler and John Betjeman. With the invention of James Bond, Ian Fleming created the greatest British fictional icon of the late twentieth century.

(The picture is reproduced with the permission of the copyright owners, Ian Fleming Publications Limited and the Ian Fleming Will Trust)

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"Nobody does this sort of thing as well as Mr Fleming" (Sunday Times)

"Highly entertaining" (New York Times)

"Mr Fleming is the best thriller writer since Buchan" (Evening Standard)

"Everything happens in this one - and you believe it" (Saturday Review) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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There is only one Bond. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, Mr Bond! 28 July 2008
By Jay Lew
Format:Paperback
For any Bond afficionado this novel is a 'must read'. Fleming's descriptive knack with very few words is underestimated. The golf game is a masterpiece of its kind, breaking up the technicalities of the sport with an evocation of beautiful, peaceful England in high summer as a backdrop to the deadly intent of the game being played out against lengthening, afternoon shadows. There is plenty of depth to the plot and the background story of gold, delivered to Bond by Colonel Smithers of the Bank of England, is interesting in itself, particularly when viewed in comparison to today's money markets. The revelation that Goldfinger is not just an obsessive meglomaniac but also in thrall to the Russians is a masterly detail that gives real substance to the cold-war ploy to rob Fort Knox. The gangsters necessary for Goldfinger's purposes are deployed with a light, almost amusing, touch but none of the heroines have much empathetic appeal, not even the fabulously named Pussy Galore. The Masterton sisters are very one-dimensional. Jill is only there, really, to kickstart the second part of the story and, although Fleming tries to make Tilly interesting with her lesbianism, she comes across instead as 'neither flesh nor good, red herring'. In fairness, this is how Bond sees her when he deliberates patronisingly over her mixed up hormones. There are remarks about Japs and Koreans that would never make it into print today, but the joy of Bond is that he is so much a product of the 1940s and '50s, forever politically incorrect. I know many people love the films, but for me the books are incomparably better.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Happenstance, Coincidence and Enemy Action 23 Dec 2012
By Steve Benner TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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If your only experience of James Bond has come via the big screen, then Ian Fleming's original creation may come as something of a revelation. Gone are all traces of the debonair, suave and entirely self-assured silver screen version of 007; Fleming's version of the character is altogether more fallible and often haunted by self-doubt. Fleming's version is more nuanced than you'll find portrayed in the films, often at odds with the world as it is. There is also no snobbery about him, either; rather the exact opposite, as he often finds himself having more in common with the men he is sent after than for those whom he serves. And while driven by a deep sense of honour and of chivalry, he is, if anything, even more sexist, misogynistic and homophobic than his silver screen alter ego. These latter unpleasant traits really come to the fore in "Goldfinger", the seventh of the novels, dating from 1959 -- and rather showing its age, these days.

Fleming's original storylines are generally far more involved and much better structured than the bastardised versions adopted by the film franchise. This isn't so true of "Goldfinger" however, which has as somewhat rambling and unsatisfying storyline in the book -- effectively being three story episodes stitched together to make a larger narrative, in places making even less sense than the screenplay. Bond's role in the book, particularly in the later stages is more as passive observer than as action figure, giving the story an unbalanced and unsatisfying feel.

For those who would rather have books read to them than read them for themselves, AudioGo's series of complete and unexpurgated CD audio books of Ian Fleming Bond stories, released under the series title, "007 Reloaded", offer an excellent alternative to printed copy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves 2 July 2004
Format:Paperback
The first half of this book is as fine as any that Fleming wrote: Auric Goldfinger is the paradigm of the classic Bond villian; memorable, ingenious and with a soupçon of depravity. The cat-eating Oddjob, the blueprint for the many indestuctible sidekicks that the Bond movies seem to love, is unforgettable and fascinating. All the illustrious features of the film-version are present and correct, in fact: the gadget-filled Aston Martin; the razor-rimmed bowler hat; the testosterone-fuelled one-upmanship in the celebrated golf game; a gold-painted Jill Masterton; Pussy Galore. The plot-device that introduces Goldfinger, the game of two-handed Canasta, is a delight and the aforementioned game of golf is very much an extended version of the brilliant card-game scene from Moonraker, and very enjoyable for it.
Much is different from the film, of course, mainly the second half of the story, and this is where the book does actually suffer in comparison to the celluloid version. The book's plot features a much more prosaic (and strangely less believable)attempt to steal the gold from Fort Knox, rather than the ingenious idea to irradiate the bullion. Pussy Galore is a lesbian, and is subject to rather un-PC treatment by Fleming. In fact, this book is where Bond starts to become rather eyebrow-raisingly chauvinistic and occassionally racist (towards Koreans mainly).
One of the other reviewers on this site stated that there is a startling revelation towards the end of the book that Goldinger works for SMERSH; in actuality, this is strongly hinted at throughout the book, and it is Bond's suspicions regarding this matter that motivate many of his actions throughout the story.
So, to summarise, it could have been brilliant, but a slack and not vey plausible second-half lets the side down to the extent that all in all it's a bit of a mixed bag, but enjoyable nontheless.
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4.0 out of 5 stars great
Exciting, concise. Great read and very educating. A classic which I found more enjoyable than the movie. Happy to read again
Published 7 days ago by rhl
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing service
I ordered the book on Saturday morning and it was with me on Sunday morning. I am impress.
The book itself is what it said. It is in perfect condition.
Published 1 month ago by Azucena Keatley
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Great value for money fast delivery
does every thing is says on the tin
I would recommend it to friends
a great read
Published 2 months ago by colin jeary
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Bond story
Fantastic story and it's fun to spot the differences from the film. A great read full of action and adventure.
Published 2 months ago by Mr Blofeld
5.0 out of 5 stars my names bond james bond pleased to meet you
it is an all action film and the showing of the gadget full aston martin
good story line too sean connery played the perfect bond
Published 2 months ago by peter kimber
4.0 out of 5 stars Even I am not capable of that, Mr Bond
Bond's seventh outing under the pen of Ian Fleming. I have been reading the Bond books in order and have to say that with each novel they just keep getting better. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Bridgey
4.0 out of 5 stars CLASSIC READ
Bought as a gift - cant comment really but only downside is that cover looks a little "plain". Arrived on time
Published 7 months ago by Mrs. Janet Cleary
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Bond
I think Ian Fleming is one of the best spy writers in the fiction world. Bravo Mr Ian Fleming a brilliant book and will be reading for ever more
Published 8 months ago by Dawn Parkin
5.0 out of 5 stars i enjoy all james bond books
exlent read, dont no any similar books. used this product four weeks. battery fine. to big for shirt pocket. enjoyable
Published 8 months ago by Alan James Brock
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Fleming never disappoints so ideal Father's Day present. For the man who has everything and is a Fleming fan of old.
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