by Ian Fleming

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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 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.

The text in this edition has been restored by the Fleming family company Ian Fleming Publications, to reflect the work as it was originally published.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612185507
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Series: James Bond Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 195,165
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.40(d)

About 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) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 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.
brettjames on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
An exciting read, if by 'exciting read' you mean a mercilessly complete, thirty-page description of a golf game.
DMatty5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Yes, it's dated, and yes, it's sexist, and yes, many of the plot devices have been used by Fleming before ... but it still has good forward momentum and stylish writing. Not his best (by a long shot) but enjoyable -- and I (for one) enjoyed the golf match. May be the only Bond novel that the movie is superior to the book.
orangemonkey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Despite having seen many of the films, this was my first exposure to one of Ian Fleming's Bond novels. The plot, basically, involves Bond having to stop the dastardly Auric Goldfinger from stealing all of the bullion in Fort Knox and using the money to finance anti-American spy interests. The book is an amazing document of its time - in addition to the Red Menace of Communist influence over Western politics, there are also discussions of the inherent genetic cruelty of Korean people, and how lesbianism is an unfortunate but predictable outcome of allowing women to vote. In these regards it's so ludicrous you almost can't get offended (I mean, seriously, how does one come out against SUFFRAGE?!?), but I'm sure some would be prevented from enjoying the book on those grounds. Overall, though, it's a fairly interesting but straightforward spy story. Fleming's Bond is an interest character, because he shows absolutely no hesitation when required to kill, but at the same time, he feels guilty about it afterwards. That's an interesting quirk that you don't see in enough modern action heroes, and it was nice to find it in what was otherwise a constant stream of stiff-upper-lippism.
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.