The Midas Touch,
This review is from: Goldfinger (Audio CD)
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After Blofeld, Goldfinger is probably the most notorious Bond villain, and this also happens to be the book that forms the basis for the most celebrated of the early Bond movies. In that respect, it's interesting to reflect that some innovations, such as the per-credits mini-adventure, were here in the book all along, and that changes made in the screenplay (the early death of Tilly Masterson, the expansion of Goldfinger's master plan) were more or less all improvements.
The book itself is fairly good for the most part - Goldfinger is a well-drawn character (though his portrayal ventures into the ridiculous a little too often towards the end) and a blow-by-blow account of a game of golf, which is a centrepiece of the book and the film, just about outstays its welcome. It's very much a product of its times as well, not only in its social attitudes, but just try to imagine the closing chapters happening in an era of modern airport security..
The I've given it four stars, is Hugh Bonneville. He reads it with just enough gravitas to sell it, but also just enough wry humour to acknowledge the fact that if you give it any thought the whole thing is ultimately pretty silly. As with the other actors chosen to read these books, it seems they made the right choice for the particular material. So if you want to experience Goldfinger the novel, this is a pretty good way to go.