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[Ian Fleming's Goldfinger]
section break "Auric Goldfinger: cruel, clever, frustratingly careful. A cheat at canasta and a crook on a massive scale. The sort of man James Bond hates. So it's fortunate that Bond is the man charged by both the Bank of England and MI5 to discover what this, the richest man in the country, intends to do with his ill-gotten gains - and what his connection is with SMERSH, the feared Soviet spy-killing corps. But once inside this deadly criminal's organization, 007 finds that Goldfinger's schemes are more grandiose - and lethel - than anyone could have imagined. Not only is robbing Fort Knox on his agenda, but mass murder as well."
-From the 2002 Penguin Edition

Someone has been smuggling gold out of Britain and into secret vaults in Switzerland. But how? The Treasury calls on James Bond to investigate Auric Goldfinger, a former pawnbroker who travels with a chauffeur and human weapon named Oddjob. Tracking Goldfinger across two continents, Bond stumbles onto the crime of the century, as well as the luscious Pussy Galore. Ride shotgun with Bond as he drives along a golden chain of danger to the explosive conclusion!

This book was far ahead of its time, ignored for the most part after its initial publication, but selling in the millions after the film's release almost a decade later. Give Fleming credit for enormous creative powers in dreaming up a story that, with its castrating laser beams, deadly Korean bodyguards, obese villains and beautiful women, resonated deeply in the darkness of a movie theater. But Fleming's role in helping create modern blockbuster entertainment is only part of the story. The James Bond books as a series are much darker than the films, and "Goldfinger" is no exception, but it's filled with descriptive prose that's among the best of the post-WWII era. Returning to this book after fifteen years confirms an earlier impression that one is dealing with more than a competent thriller-writer here. Though steeped in the Cold War era, and filled with fantastic plot contrivances, Fleming had a keen eye for irony, humor, and the truthful human observation.

Fan Reviews:

Often when reading books and watching the movies of the same story, no matter which order, we often find the books different from the movies. Goldfinger, is no exception. At times, it is quite similar, others, quite different. The book is involving, and enjoyable. As a golf fan, the golf game within the book was an interesting experience. This book is a great one for any Bond fan. Highlights include: The fight with the capungo, Goldfinger's canasta game with Mr. Du Pont, Bond catching Golfinger cheating, the golf game, Bond snooping about Goldfinger's mansion, Oddjob's demonstration, the car chase, Bond ramming Tilly Masterton, (with the car, of course!) Bond and Tilly discovered by Oddjob at the Enterprises Auric, the torture scene, the Operation Grand Slam planning, Fort Knox dawn raid, the death of Oddjob, and the death of Goldfinger.

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March 23, 1959
Author: Ian Fleming

Villain: Auric Goldfinger
Organization: SMERSH
Bond Girl: Pussy Galore;
                 Tilly Masterson;
                 Jill Masterson
Allies: Felix Leiter




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 Live and Let Die
 Diamonds Are Forever
 From Russia With Love
 Dr. No
 For Your Eyes Only
 The Spy Who Loved Me
 On Her Majesty's Secret

 You Only Live Twice
 The Man With The Golden


 Ian Fleming Biography

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