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Goldfinger [Hardcover]

Ian Fleming
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Book Description

July 1997
In this, James Bond's first encounter with the deadly Blofeld, a deadly game of canasta turns out to be thoroughly crooked and a beautiful golden girl ends up dead. This is one of the well-known 007 novels featuring the urbane hero, James Bond.
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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Fine Communications (July 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1567310516
  • ISBN-13: 978-1567310511
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.5 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,378,149 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo, Mr Bond! 28 July 2008
By Jay Lew
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another excellent release in the series 18 Oct 2012
By S. Lindgren VINE VOICE
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Goldfinger is probably the best known of all Fleming's Bond stories, and here we have the complete book, unabridged, spread across 8 CDs and read, rather well, by Hugh Bonneville.

It is not my favourite Bond novel -Casino Royale and the oft-forgotten Man with the Golden Gun are my pick, along with the two volumes of short stories- but it's still a good adventure story, with gloriously caricatured figures and sharply observed details. If you are only used to the films, the novels and their comparative lack of gadgets and sometimes slow pacing may come as a shock -personally I prefer that, but to each their own. Just something to be aware of when making a decision whether or not to buy. Likewise, if you have read some of the books and don't care for the books, an audio book version isn't likely to change your mind, other than perhaps helping give a better feel of the atmosphere.

As with the other readings in the series, this is a straight audio book, without any additional frippery, effects, music or other distractions. Hugo Bonneville's pacing is excellent, as you would expect, and he never gets in the way of the text, giving a good feel of the atmosphere Fleming was trying to create. The packaging is solid, but as in the other releases, the discs are held on a single central clip, which is something I dislike: the discs can bend significantly when being extracted, and it hampers swift access. Given the price though, this is not a major objection.

Overall, well worth a purchase if you like Fleming's novels and want an audiobook version of Goldfinger.
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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
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Even I am not capable of that, Mr Bond 12 Sep 2013
By Bridgey
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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Published 6 months ago by Mr Blofeld
5.0 out of 5 stars my names bond james bond pleased to meet you
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Bought as a gift - cant comment really but only downside is that cover looks a little "plain". Arrived on time
Published 11 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
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