Goldfinger

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Auric Goldfinger is the richest man in England—though his wealth can’t be found in banks. He’s been hoarding vast stockpiles of his namesake metal, and it’s attracted the suspicion of 007’s superiors at MI6. Sent to investigate, Bond uncovers an ingenious gold-smuggling scheme, as well as Goldfinger’s most daring caper yet: Operation Grand Slam, a gold heist so audacious it could bring down the world economy and put the fate of the West in the hands of SMERSH. To stop Goldfinger, Bond will have to survive a ...

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Overview

Auric Goldfinger is the richest man in England—though his wealth can’t be found in banks. He’s been hoarding vast stockpiles of his namesake metal, and it’s attracted the suspicion of 007’s superiors at MI6. Sent to investigate, Bond uncovers an ingenious gold-smuggling scheme, as well as Goldfinger’s most daring caper yet: Operation Grand Slam, a gold heist so audacious it could bring down the world economy and put the fate of the West in the hands of SMERSH. To stop Goldfinger, Bond will have to survive a showdown with the sinister millionaire’s henchman, Oddjob, a tenacious karate master who can kill with one well-aimed toss of his razor-rimmed bowler hat.

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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612185507
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Series: James Bond Series , #7
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 62,738
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Fleming (1908-1964), creator of the world's best-known secret agent, is the author of fourteen James Bond books. Born in London in 1908 and educated at Eton and Sandhurst, he became the Reuters Moscow correspondent in 1929. In the spring of 1939, Fleming went back to Moscow as a special correspondent for the London Times. In June of that same year, he joined Naval Intelligence and served throughout World War II, finally earning the rank of Commander, RNVSR (Sp.). Much of the James Bond material was drawn directly from Fleming's experiences as an intelligence officer. Later, Fleming became a consultant on foreign affairs for the London Sunday Times, by which time he had become far better known as the creator of James Bond.

Mr. Fleming died August 12, 1964, at the age of fifty-six.

Ian Fleming (1908-1964), creator of the world's best-known secret agent, is the author of fourteen James Bond books. Born in London in 1908 and educated at Eton and Sandhurst, he became the Reuters Moscow correspondent in 1929. In the spring of 1939, Fleming went back to Moscow as a special correspondent for the London Times. In June of that same year, he joined Naval Intelligence and served throughout World War II, finally earning the rank of Commander, RNVSR (Sp.). Much of the James Bond material was drawn directly from Fleming's experiences as an intelligence officer. Later, Fleming became a consultant on foreign affairs for the London Sunday Times, by which time he had become far better known as the creator of James Bond.

Mr. Fleming died August 12, 1964, at the age of fifty-six.

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  • Posted December 8, 2011

    better than the movie

    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.

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    Posted December 29, 2013

    Please bring back to the nook and I would buy them all-- Garrett

    Please bring back to the nook and I would buy them all-- Garrett

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2001

    Goldfinger: Best Bond Novel

    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.

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