- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Classics; 1st Thus edition (6 Sept. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099576937
- ISBN-13: 978-0099576938
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (109 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 142,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Goldfinger: James Bond 007 (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 6 Sep 2012
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"Nobody else does this sort of thing as well as Mr. Fleming...it offers more passages of sustained excitement than we are likely to get from any other thriller this year" (Sunday Times)
"The plot of Goldfinger is hugely enjoyable and moves with breakneck speed…Then there's the style, hard-edged and laconic. The overview, then, might be of a superbly written, fast-paced and entertaining thriller ... pulp fiction with wonderful characters and unforgettable scenes that pop up throughout the oeuvre" (Telegraph)
"Mr Fleming is the best thriller writer since Buchan" (Evening Standard)
"Highly entertaining" (New York Times)
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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).Read more ›
It is good to see the background behind the story - the parts that were either changed or omitted when making the film. For example, the book reveals Felix's background and how he came to be involved with James Bond.
Part of the value of reading the book is that it includes things that could never make it into a screenplay, for example Bond’s thought processes. He is always alert, aware of gestures which are designed to look innocent such as a stranger in the street who casually asks Bond, like a hawker, if he wants a woman. Bond declines, so the stranger offers him dirty photos and reaches into his pocket to pull some out to show him. ‘The gesture of the hand slipping into the coat was so well known to Bond, so full of old dangers, that, when the hand flashed out and the long silver finger went for his throat, Bond was on balance and ready for him’.
You get to see a side of Bond that never comes across in the films. After murdering the above man, Bond says that he doesn’t like killing people. But it is his job. ‘Regret was unprofessional – worse, it was death-watch beetle in the soul’. The quality of the prose is superb.
There is a darkness to Bond that does not come out in the film (though it has started to be expressed in the Daniel Craig films). Bond, at an airport to catch a flight, watches an aircraft take off. ‘The windows in the transit lounge rattled softly. People got up to watch. Bond tried to read their expressions. Did they hope the plane would crash – give them something to watch, something to talk about, something to fill their empty lives? Or did they wish it well? Which way were they willing the sixty passengers? To live or to die?Read more ›
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Loved the book. Really good, bit slow to begin with but after half way picked up with speed. Seems to be the one book that the films follow the closest to.Published 27 days ago by Alistair
What's not to like about Ian Fleming and James Bond. A classic!Published 2 months ago by nicholas grant
An absolute classic. This is where the books and the films seem to merge although this is still very different. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Kindle Customer
Never read any of Ian Flemings stuff before but this book is so good you just can't put it down. Well written and fast paced. Will be reading a lot more of his stuff.Published 3 months ago by Mr Richard Ebdon
A bit surreal if you have seen the film first due to the obvious differences but a thoroughly enjoyable readPublished 3 months ago by Scaramanga
More of an interesting or curious read rather than a good one - although it certainly isn't a bad book. The plot moves along at pace but it really isn't a convincing story. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Partick Potter