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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: AudioGO Limited (6 Sept. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781471309434
  • ISBN-13: 978-1471309434
  • ASIN: 1471309436
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.4 x 14.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 219,425 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.

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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 the Paperback edition.

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

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sonia Carey on 28 July 2008
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 By Greshon on 1 Mar. 2008
Format: Paperback
The seventh (1959) instalment in the Bond series is up to the usual high standard (only Diamonds are Forever has disappointed so far), and is another fine adventure story. Goldfinger's focus on mind games rather than physical adventure is more From Russia With Love than Live and Let Die, Moonraker or Dr No, but Goldfinger is a little more fast-paced than From Russia With Love, and simpler in structure. The focus is on Bond all the way. In Casino Royal Fleming manages to make a game of cards very interesting, even for the non-card player. He pulls off a similar trick here with an 18-hole round of golf.

The male chauvinism, of course is in there. When Bond first meets Tilly Masterton, "Their eyes met and exchanged a flurry of masculine/feminine master/slave signals" (pg 149). On page 222 Bond laments "giving the votes to women" and argues that, as a rsult, "feminine qualities were dying out and being transferred to males", making "panises" out of both sexes, who are "not yet comletely homosexual" but are "confused" - what a theory! As in the film, Pussy Galore changes her sexual orientation when she meets Bond. The book, however, delves into the causes of her lesbianism (and, by extension, the cause of lesbianism in general in the Fleming world picture) - it stems from chillhood sexual abuse.

There is also the usual racial superiority - there is some shocking prejudice against the Koreans (of which race Oddjob is a member). At one point, Goldfinger explains to Bond how he supplies his Korean workforce with "street women" from London: "The women are not much to look at, but they are white and that is all the Koreans ask - to submit the white race to the grossest indignaties" (pg 129).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bridgey on 12 Sept. 2013
Format: Paperback
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.

As with the film Bond is pitted against Auric Goldfinger and his personal assistant Oddjob. So many reviewers here seem to give away the plot twists that make the book different from the film, so I won't go into any plot detail. Suffice to say that there is enough of a difference to allow the reader a few oohs and aahs as they follow Bond on his journey.

Fleming (in more than any of the previous novels) allows us into the thoughts and feelings of Bond on various subjects - or are they Flemings?....

Views on Koreans, Homosexuals and short men are expressed. But any reader should place the book in the context of the time that it was written. Too many people seem to give a book a negative review because it fails to meet todays PC attitudes.

As usual with Fleming excellent descriptions of people and places are included that allows the reader to really get involved. The only reason that I have given the book 4 stars instead of 5 is the whole chapter dedicated to an almost shot by shot narrative of the golf game got a little weary.

As any fans of the film will tell you the most iconic shot is Bond spread-eagled under the laser beam. And the immortal 'Do you expect me to talk Goldfinger....' replied with 'No Mr Bond, I expect you to die!' The book in my opinion far exceeds this dialogue, and is replaced by these words:

Bond:"Then you can go and f*** yourself" Goldfinger: "Even I am not capable of that, Mr Bond")

Pure brilliance.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hfffoman TOP 500 REVIEWER on 15 Nov. 2012
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Watching old James Bond films takes you back in time but the books feel even more dated. James Bond's comments about Koreans being apes, and lesbians having mixed up hormones caused by 50 years of emancipation, will take your breath away. Look at this extraordinary conversation between Bond and Goldfinger:

"I was very impressed by that chauffeur of yours. Where did he learn that fantastic combat stuff?

...Have you ever heard of Karate? No? Well that man is one of the three in the world who have achieved the black belt in karate. Karate is a branch of judo..."

The golf match between Bond and Goldfinger contains so much golf detail, it takes more than half an hour of narration, including Bond's agonizing over whether to cheat. I normally find anything to do with golf excruciatingly boring but I have to admit that this detail created a realistic feel.

I found it interesting to see how the tongue in cheek, witty film compares with its source, a book that takes its absurd story seriously. You have to keep reminding yourself that crazy villains trying to take over the world from subterranean superbases were a new idea in Fleming's day. The concept simply didn't exist in the popular imagination as it does now. Fleming's original readers didn't half-laugh, as we do at the films, they were supposed to take the books seriously, to be impressed by the power and technology, appalled at the villainy. The Bond that emerges is more of a real human than the film character. He has fears and insecurities, curses his mistakes and worries about pain and defeat.

I have several of this set. My favourite was On Her Majesty's secret Service. (I reviewed it separately so won't go on about it here except to say that I found David Tenant the best of the readers.) Hugh Bonneville's reading is also good.
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