Goldfinger: James Bond 007 Paperback – 4 Oct 2012
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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)
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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 ›
What makes it interesting is trying to fathom out what Bond is really all about as well as the added dimension of seeing how the book varies from the film. What makes it curious is trying to make sense of the sometimes subtle, sometimes blatant homophobia, racism and misogyny in the book.
It's the sort of thing that could make a good book club read; a good story and plenty to spark a lively debate. I think I'll propose it for the next Glasgow book club meeting.
A truly unlikable villain, really well brought to life in all of his coldness, with some superb scenes of a criminal mind at sinister work and great descriptive writing of scenes and places.
This is gilt-edged Bond magic.
The films are, of course, all about the action. Expecting the novels to be similar, I was initially surprised and annoyed with the extremely slow pace of the first half of this novel - to put that in context, half the book amounts to four CDs - In the first CD, Bond is between assignments in Miami and decides to take up a businessman on his request that he find out how someone called Auric Goldfinger is cheating him at cards. Bond finds out, turns the tables on Goldfinger, and then takes his own cut for his trouble. Noticing that Goldfinger's accomplice's "breasts thrust against the black silk of the brassiere" (Did Fleming ever win the "bad sex award"?), Bond takes her off with him as well.
Back in London, and onto the second CD, Bond learns that Goldfinger only likes to cheat people as a hobby - he's actually suspected to be one of the world's richest criminals. Bond gets a long lecture on how people can get rich by moving gold about. To be fair, it's almost interesting - although in another piece of terrible Fleming hyperbole Bond finds himself "smothered by this cataract of gold history" - but then Bond spends the third CD playing golf with Goldfinger, and although there is cheating and counter-cheating going on, still there is no action. Come CD4, Bond thinks Goldfinger has taken him into his confidence and is invited to his house.Read more ›
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Read this years ago and recently re read. Still as good and far more entertaining than the daft films.Published 27 days ago by johnwardharrison
I read the James Bond books through several times as a teenager, so re-reading one now reminds me of a time when I was more easily impressed and things seemed simpler and less... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jeremy Walton
A pure gold triller, so typical of Ian Fleming's James Bond. Gold bars, cars, golf and trains and Pussy GalorePublished 2 months ago by Paul J. Smith
I’ve read quite a few of the different Bond novels now, and I’m sorry to say that Goldfinger was probably my least favourite so far. Read morePublished 3 months ago by SocialBookshelves.com
This book was immensely enthralling and once you pick it up you can stop reading.I recommend this book to 14 to 25 but it does have some strong language in it.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is so much better than the film.
It is good to see the background behind the story - the parts that were either changed or omitted... Read more