Goldfinger

Goldfinger

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by Ian Fleming
     
 

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Auric Goldfinger, the most phenomenal criminal Bond has ever faced, is an evil genius who likes his cash in gold bars. This powerful villain is planning the biggest and most daring heist in history-robbing all the gold in Fort Knox.

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Auric Goldfinger, the most phenomenal criminal Bond has ever faced, is an evil genius who likes his cash in gold bars. This powerful villain is planning the biggest and most daring heist in history-robbing all the gold in Fort Knox.

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Library Journal
The allure of James Bond was best described by Raymond Chandler, who insisted that 007 is "what every man would like to be and what every woman would like to have between her sheets." Who can argue with that? This month marks the 40th anniversary of the film release of Dr. No, which was the first Bond adventure to make the big screen, and two big coffee-table books are being published to honor the occasion (LJ 10/1/02, p. 96). Shockingly, Fleming's original novels have gone out of print, but Penguin here reproduces a trio of the British secret agent's early outings, released in 1952, 1958, and 1959, respectively, sporting stylish cover art. These stories were racy for the nifty Fifties but are quite tame by today's standards. Still, they can be fun. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780141187525
Publisher:
Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
Publication date:
06/28/2004

Meet the Author

Ian Lancaster Fleming was an English author, journalist and naval intelligence officer, best known for his James Bond series of spy novels.

During his writing career, Fleming produced twelve Bond novels and several short stories featuring his super spy. Fleming's first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953. He saw his famed character brought to life on the big screen in 1962's Dr. No with Sean Connery as James Bond. With the help of producer Cubby Broccoli, Fleming's creation became the central figure in one of the longest run film franchises in movie history. He later wrote Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, a story about a magical car, to entertain his son.

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Goldfinger (James Bond Series #7) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
pelon More than 1 year ago
yes, the book is more believable than the 2-hour on-screen fantasy of 1963. after all, with all the opportunities that goldfinger had to kill bond, but hey, then neither the book nor the movie would have been possible, eh ? i the book, goldfinger has bond cornered and helpless in switzerland and could have killed him right there, but then hires him instead to help rob fort knox. otherwise, the stories which followed this one could never have been written.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
I appreciated that this is a story from a time when being a secret agent wasn’t all about blowing things up.  Because of this the novel was much more interesting and thought provoking.  Fleming does not heedlessly race from scene to scene demolishing everything in his wake, but rather develops his scenes meticulously, both in the foreground and in the background.  By giving us the hows and whys of everything Fleming drew me deeper and deeper into this world. Fleming’s meticulous development is seen in his characters as well.  We go into the story with the assumption that we’ve met Bond before (and in this day in age, who hasn’t, even if just from the movies).  That said, Fleming ensures that we get to know him quite well in this novel.  His mannerisms are so unique and well done that you could pick him out of a crowd anywhere just from a description.  I also appreciated the way that the rest of the cast was presented and developed.  Everything was done gradually, allowing readers the time to get acquainted with the individuals.  I will admit, this is my first foray into the world of 007 (in literary form anyways).  It most definitely will not be my last.  This is a series that should be read in order, but I thoroughly enjoyed this as a standalone none the less.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Please bring back to the nook and I would buy them all-- Garrett
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Goldfinger, by Ian Fleming was a very entertaining book. this James Bond novel takes you into acutely-described, and luscious settings. Goldfinger is a very suspenseful and gripping tale about a billionaire gold smuggler, Goldfinger, out to achieve the pinnacle of human endeavor in crime: rob Fort Knox! This book kept me attached and attentive throughout. Goldfinger has many well -developed and interesting characters: Goldfinger, a billionaire with a fetish for gold; Oddjob, Goldfinger's mute and frighteningly powerful chauffer/servant; and the mysterious Pussy Galore. In comparison to the movie, the book is much better. The only fault that the novel Goldfinger might have is that you can sort of follow along with the book and know what will happen if you've seen the movie. But even though I've seen the movie hundreds of times, the book was still a suspenseful and moving expperience.