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Goldfinger [Reading] ➺ Goldfinger By Ian Fleming – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 s superiors at M 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 ofs superiors at MI 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.


10 thoughts on “Goldfinger

  1. Jayson Jayson says:

    A 83% Very Good NotesJames Bond peels the snakeskin from the card cheat to find a dragon in disguise, while lesbians make things difficult.


  2. Alejandro Alejandro says:

    Reading, Good Reading GOOD AS GOLD Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, the third time it s enemy action. This quote from the novel is quite relevant, since Goldfinger, the book, is separated in three parts precisely named after the terms Happenstance , Coincidence and Enemy Action , describing the interaction between James Bond and Auric Goldfinger, respectively protagonist and antagonist in the story Also, defining how the story in general is evolving in its own developm Reading, Good Reading GOOD AS GOLD Once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, the third time it s enemy action. This quote from the novel is quite relevant, since Goldfinger, the book, is separated in three parts precisely named after the terms Happenstance , Coincidence and Enemy Action , describing the interaction between James Bond and Auric Goldfinger, respectively protagonist and antagonist in the story Also, defining how the story in general is evolving in its own development Goldfinger is the seventh 007 novel in the series of James Bond original books, and you won t be mistaken how relevant this story is, in the middle of the legacy of the most famous secret agent in literatura and movies.I have watched A LOT of times the film of the same name, and finally I was able to read the original novel I liked that while both format have many similitudes, both are enough different to justify the reading and giving a great experience while doing it.The Bond movies weren t produced in the same order of the books, so Goldfinger while was the seventh book, it was the third movie, but definitely, besides being my favorite movie of the Connery Era , it was a crucial one to ensure turning the movie into a saga In the movie is re introduced the musical theme from Dr No becoming now The Bond Theme Also, it s presented the now famous Austin Martin DB5 on the novel it s an Austin Martin Mark III, that I guess was the latest model at the time of the publishing of the book starting a legacy of cool cars with techno gadgets And finally presenting Pussy Galore , one of the Bond Girls with one of the names most remembered by the audience for obvious reasons but also, if Pussy was a memorable character on the movie due being portraited by Honor Blackman getting previous fame on the British TV series The Avengers , on the book she is certainly one of the most complicated and unusual kind of Bond Girl ever, she isn t just somehing shining in the scenario, but a relevant character in the story, with an important role in the plot, but also with an unexpected interaction with James Bond making her certainly unique in the long list of female characters attached to the Bond Girls List Prohibition is the trigger of crime It was good to see that the character of Tilly Masterson has a longer role in the book than in the movie, and also due her relationship to Pussy Galore, becoming ainteresting character in the book.Oddjob is the same as cool and dangerous henchman in the book as he is in the movie.While both presentations of Auric Goldfinger in book movie are quite similar, I was left with a sensation that Goldfinger is a littlemenacing and smart in the movie version than his original presentation on the book It s interesting the introduction of the story in the book, since until the main plot of Operation Grand Slam begins to kick off, the narrative islike a noir detective one than an espionage secret agent tale.Even while it could be called like a braking scene when James Bond is instructed about gold smuggling methods at the end of the first part in the book I liked that scene since it s a fair showing that while James Bond is formidable, it s impossible for him to know it all about everything, so it s a realistic touch in the middle of this glamorous world of techno cars and villain organizations to see that depending of the details of certain mission, even a top agent from the 00 section of MI6 needs to learn new stuff to be better prepared on the field


  3. Lyn Lyn says:

    A good ole fashioned penis measuring contest between Bond and his villain de jeur, Aurich Goldfinger.Ever the conjurer of DC comics quality bad guys, Ian Fleming has here crafted a gem with Goldfinger a Ted Nugent capitalist s capitalist who lives to win at everything And if you re not cheating, you re not trying And we get a double helping of MALEVOLENT as his odd job man Oddjob is a Nietzschean superman Asian Mike Tyson action hero figure of badassery.Good sports writing is an under ap A good ole fashioned penis measuring contest between Bond and his villain de jeur, Aurich Goldfinger.Ever the conjurer of DC comics quality bad guys, Ian Fleming has here crafted a gem with Goldfinger a Ted Nugent capitalist s capitalist who lives to win at everything And if you re not cheating, you re not trying And we get a double helping of MALEVOLENT as his odd job man Oddjob is a Nietzschean superman Asian Mike Tyson action hero figure of badassery.Good sports writing is an under appreciated field of endeavor in literature and Fleming demonstrates his ability with the long chapter devoted to the round of golf between Bond and Goldfinger Clearly a golfer, Fleming fills this memorable scene with enough game jargon to impress any low handicapper More than that, Fleming is able to aptly convey the primal competitive urges between these two alpha males that is contextually relevant to the story Bond is a 9 handicap BTW.And of course the Bond girl this time with as AWESOME a character name as anything this side of Neal Stephenson s Hiro Protagonist Pussy Galore.Bond and Goldfinger play cat and mouse and then mano y mano in a high stake bid to wreck the global economy through a spectacular and evil plot.Critics may cite Fleming s racist and sexist worldview and his over the top commentary in this visit with Bond, but if you re easily offended you likely are not reading Fleming anyway There s also some elements that stretch the believability meter into the red, keeping this from being great.All considered, good fun in one of the most memorable Bond novels


  4. Carmen Carmen says:

    It was going to be fun playing hare and hounds across Europe The sun was shining out of a clear sky Bond felt a moment s sharp thrill down his spine He smiled to himself, a hard, cold, cruel smile Goldfinger, he thought, for the first time in your life you re in trouble bad trouble.Bond is drinking bourbon in the Miami airport and philosophizing about life and death He has just neatly taken care of heroin distribution ring You may think of Bond as a cold, hard killer but actually in th It was going to be fun playing hare and hounds across Europe The sun was shining out of a clear sky Bond felt a moment s sharp thrill down his spine He smiled to himself, a hard, cold, cruel smile Goldfinger, he thought, for the first time in your life you re in trouble bad trouble.Bond is drinking bourbon in the Miami airport and philosophizing about life and death He has just neatly taken care of heroin distribution ring You may think of Bond as a cold, hard killer but actually in the books he is very philosophical and is always thinking about life, death, and his place in the world.Bond s flight is delayed and he s approached by a rich American named Du Pont, a small character from Casino Royale This character is having a spot of trouble and Bond agrees to help him It appears Du Pont, a millionaire, is being cheated at cards by a strange fellow named Auric Goldfinger Du Pont can t figure out how Goldfinger is cheating him and tells Bond he ll give him 10,000 for solving the mystery Bond, bored with his rough work and in need of a break, agrees.Goldfinger is, of course, a cheat And Bond busts his game wide open and obtains proof, 10,000, and a gorgeous young woman named Jill Masterton who has been helping Goldfinger fleece people Unfortunately for Bond, Goldfinger is involved in muchserious criminal activity than cheating at cards And he loves revenge almost as much as he loves gold This book is a fascinating Bond book on many levels OFFENSIVELet s get the offensiveness out of the way first This book is very offensive It is derogatory towards the following Mexicans, Jews, blacks, Koreans, lesbians, people with a cleft palate, gay men, feminists, Americans who live in the South I think that s it.The really offensive stuff is poured on Koreans and lesbians Fleming just does not stop with his comments about these two groups The book lets us know that Koreans have no respect for human lifeRetired policemen have a respect for human life That is no good if I wish to stay alive The Koreans have no such feelings That is why the Japanese employed them as guards for their prison camps during the war They are the cruelest, most ruthless people in the world.Koreans enjoy eating catsI am tired of seeing this animal around You may have it for dinner The Korean s eyes gleamed.Koreans enjoy hurting raping killing white womenThe women are not much to look at, but they are white and that is all the Koreans ask to submit the white race to the grossest indignities There are sometimes accidents Koreans are less than human Bond intended to stay alive on his own terms Those terms included putting Oddjob and any other Korean firmly in his place, which, in Bond s estimation, was rather lower than apes in the mammalian hierarchy.You can find tonsthose are just the highlights.Fleming also exhibits some rather bizarre ideas about lesbians and homosexuality in general For instance, he blames women s lib for homosexuality in general He s also confused about what a lesbian really is Allow me to illustrate Bond came to the conclusion that she was one of those girls whose hormones had got mixed up He knew the type well and thought they and their male counterparts were a direct consequence of giving votes to women and sex equality As a result of fifty years of emancipation, feminine qualities were dying out or being transferred to the males Pansies of both sexes were everywhere, not yet completely homosexual, but confused, not knowing what they were The result was a herd of unhappy sexual misfits barren and full of frustrations, the women wanting to dominate and the men to be nannied He was sorry for them, but he had no time for them.Wow I honestly was laughing so hard during this passage I thought I was going to choke You could say, Carmen, how could you possibly be laughing at this You are a strong feminist Well, I ll tell you why it s just so absurd It s just so ridiculous that anyone ever thought this way that it cracks me up Oh, gosh Poor, confused Ian Fleming, you still had so much to learn about life And this is why I say Fleming doesn t understand what the word lesbian means One of the allegedly lesbian characters ends up in bed with James Bond When he says, They told me you only liked women She said, I never met a man before. Get that Lesbians are only lesbians because they haven t met a real man who can put it down in bed for them I couldn t help laughing hysterically at this thought, either I have quite a few lesbian friends and it cracks me up that Ian Fleming really believes this Too pathetic.But wait it gets worse And this part I m NOT laughing at, at all The part where Fleming tells us that lesbians are created when girls or teenagers are raped He believes being a lesbian is a defense mechanism in response to rape at a young age view spoiler Pussy Galore admits to Bond that the reason she s been a lesbian for over a decade is because she s from the South and her uncle raped her when she was 12 and it put her off men But of course, now that she s met Bond, she s no longer a lesbian And will now immediately be ready to jump into a sexual relationship with Bond with no problems hide spoiler Yeah, that s realistic rolls eyes I never laugh about rape and am unable to find any humor in this misconception of Fleming s.Okay, let s get off the topic of James Bond books are very offensive and instead get to the fun VILLAINAuric Goldfinger is a rather underdeveloped character Bond is convinced that he is an evil criminal because he is a short and ugly man Bond believes he can psychoanalyze every villain I never agree with him, actually.The only thing Goldfinger is really good for is making villain speeches He is great at this There are two very notable ones although he gives about 6 or 7 villain speeches throughout the course of the novel One is on his love for gold It s creepy and you really see how gold is everything to him and how obsessed with it he is The other notable villain speech is when he s lecturing Bond about how there have been no great criminals until now and how he, Goldfinger, is the best and most original of all criminals, blah blah blah, you know how these criminal egomaniacs can never shut up about themselves Bond seems to sit patiently and listen to every single speech, and I feel sorry for that long suffering man If I was with Goldfinger I would tell him to put a sock in it already Jeez Louise, the man never shuts up It s very fitting to the book, though, and really adds to the James Bond ness of the whole thing.I don t believe anything about Goldfinger s working for SMERSH I just don t believe it With his amazing love of gold and his insatiable greed, it s very strange to me that he s donating incredible amounts of money to the evil Russian organization It doesn t make any sense Bond figures he s after an Order of Lenin, but I m just not buying it It makes no sense and doesn t fit in with his motives and personality at all I was scratching my head at this one Especially since he was a refugee from Riga, a Balt who was fleeing the Russians as they swallowed his country up It makes zero sense.Oddjob is another villain in this book that I believe deserves a mention This huge Korean man is built like a tank Ian Fleming also gives him a cleft palate, which serves to further enslave him to Goldfinger, who is the only man who can understand what he s saying He enjoys eating cats He smells like a zoo He is famous, of course, especially for his bowler hat which is lined with metal and he throws it at people to kill them view spoiler He kills Tilly Masterton this way in the book, breaking her neck hide spoiler But, Oddjob has no background or personality We get no indication that he has any intelligence higher than a dog this is exactly how Bond describes him, by the way Bond doesn t ever acknowledge Oddjob as a human, instead comparing him to various animals throughout the book and treating him as such.JAMES BOND IS SHOWS MERCY AND GIVES HIS PROTECTIONOne thing I really enjoyed about this book is how merciful Bond is First of all, in the opening pages, Bond shows mercy on one of the men in the heroin ring He could have easily killed this man or let him been arrested Instead, he calls the man on the phone, disguises his voice, and warns him to quit the ring and quit dealing in heroin He feels the man is basically a good man who just got caught up in something evil My heart always melts when Bond is kind like this It s not very frequent, especially towards a man.The other shows of mercy and protection pertain to attractive young women Bond shocked and amazed me with his treatment of Jill Masterton Bond is bringing down Goldfinger for cheating at cards in the first part of the book Now, from the minute Bond enters the room where Jill is helping Goldfinger cheat people, she s already dead There s no way Goldfinger would forgive any kind of betrayal or even the fact that Bond is emasculating him in front of a woman who s not even sleeping with him, by the way, only letting people think that she is I was very worried about her She is worried herself She begs Bond not to expose Goldfinger Suddenly she reached out and put a hand on his sleeve There was a Claddagh ring on her middle finger two gold hands clasped around a gold heart There were tears in her voice Must you Can t you leave him alone I don t know what he ll do to me Please She hesitated She was blushing furiously And I like you It s a long time since I ve seen someone like you Couldn t you just stay here for a littleShe looked down at the ground If only you d leave him alone I d do the words came out in a rush I d do anythingBond smiled.No wonder men like these books so much Well, now I know where Frank Miller got his inspirations for females in distress begging for mercy and offering their bodies up as payment for protection o.O I seriously was plunged right back into SIN CITY and Miller s insane masturbatory fantasies And I m thinking, Bond, you bastard And then he turns her down and says he must do the job he s getting paid, and also Goldfinger is a horrible person who needs to be punished And now I m convinced that Bond is a real bastard because anyone could see that the woman is fried Have you no mercy, Bond I asked I thought he was going to leave her to the wolves, I honestly did Then he surprises me and melts my heart by taking Jill as his hostage and getting her out of Goldfinger s clutches I was cheering He does evennot only is she safe, far away from Goldfinger s clutches view spoiler she stupidly decides to go back to his employ and gets herself killed when Goldfinger paints her with gold paint hide spoiler , but Bond gives her the 10,000 instead of keeping it for himself He s worried about her and he really doesn t want her to go back to her job with Goldfinger This way, she has the funds and means to escape and start a new life for herself.Some people would, Say Oh, this just is Bond making her into a whore I completely disagree Yes, the payment happens after they just spent 24 hours together in bed, but that s not why she did it, and it s certainly not why Bond is paying her He s really worried about her safety There s nothing dirty or wrong in what happens between Jill and Bond and I was very happy and satisfied with the way he treated her He went above and beyond his call of duty, I feel inways than one, see WOMEN I thought this whole relationship was charming and sweet That s two mercies, plus the man one.Another mercy view spoiler Bond trying valiantly to save Tilly, even though she s fighting him every step of the way, and putting his own life in danger for her hide spoiler.So in the end that s four mercies I don t count view spoiler when Bond shields Pussy Galore with his body as the plane is going down in the final pages hide spoiler I expect that of him and it s his responsibility Even though this was a good thing he did in the book, I don t count it as Bond showing mercy So our grand total is 4 Pretty good, Mr Bond.WOMENAh, yes The women Definitely one of the highlights of any James Bond books Besides his complete obsession with breasts, which he always goes on and one about, I have to say I always really enjoy seeing what woman is going to enter the picture and how she and Bond will interact Yes, I don t mind the sex at all, but his paragraph long descriptions of a woman s breasts get a little tiring What can I say I m a heterosexual woman and this does nothing for me Now, a notable difference between the book Bond and the film Bond is that the book Bond is less of a womanizer Now, don t get me wrong, he s still a womanizer M is always on his case about it , but he usually only has sex with one woman per novel, unlike in the films where the sky s the limit.This is a rare instance of him sleeping withthan one woman in a single novel He has sex with two different women in this book.There are three women love interests in the novel.1 Jill Masterton Bond saves Jill from Goldfinger s clutches and takes her away from his sphere of influence She has the palest blonde hair and deep blue eyes She is 5 10 and has a swimmer s body When Bond takes her away as a hostage , LOL they spend 24 hours on a train in which they have sex 5 times Wow That s pretty impressive, Bond And it s at her insistence too It was as if the girl was starved of physical love She had woken him twicein the night with soft demanding caresses, saying nothing, just reaching for his hard, lean body The next day she had twice pulled down the roller blinds to shut out the hard light and had taken him by the hand and said, Love me, James as if she were a child asking for a sweet.However, we never really get to know her or know much about her But I wasor less happy with this relationship as Bond is very good to her and he treats her right and does so much for her, I was pleased with his behavior.2 Tilly Soames view spoiler real name Tilly Masterton Jill s sister hide spoiler Tilly is an enigma to Bond Their relationship really starts long before they meet face to face, when Tilly passes James on the road in her convertible and he builds up in elaborate fantasy in his head about how much he d like to spend the week with her exploring France LOL No, but seriously, the fantasy is really sweet and cute and was also winning Bond points from me It wasn t at all offensive and I was actually charmed by him when he s doing this.When they meet, however, things don t go exactly as Bond had hoped For one thing, he introduces himself to her by deliberately backing his car into her s and rendering it undrivable We getof this Frank Miller type writing and dialogue Observe his thoughts Sorry, sweetheart I ve got to mess you up I ll be as gentle as I can Hold tight.He then proceeds to back into her car Then he says,If you touch me there again you ll have to marry meThat earns him a hard slap across the face Bond thinks, If only pretty girls were always angry they would be beautiful.I m laughing at all of this, of course Not only because I find Bond s antics amusing, but because the joke s on him view spoiler Tilly Masterton is a lesbian She never goes to bed with Bond for the whole book and it drives him nuts And he doesn t even figure out that she s a lesbian until 63 pages later 63 PAGES Come on A little slow on the uptake there, aren t we, James Jeez It was getting very obvious Goldfinger even basically tells James that Tilly bats for the other team, and James STILL doesn t understand what s going on It s hilarious hide spoiler At least, I found it hilarious view spoiler She later has a huge crush on Pussy Galore and it gets her killed She gets a hat in the neck from Oddjob Bond was trying his best to save her, but she was running to Pussy and it got her killed Bond blames himself, as usual hide spoiler Again, not much character development or personality with her She has black hair and deep blue eyes She s an ice skater Here s another little exchange with Bond to give you an idea of how things are between them Suddenly her eyes flared Only don t ever touch me or I shall kill you There came a click of Bond s bedroom door Bond looked mildly down at Tilly The challenge is attractive But don t worry I won t take it up He turned and strolled out of the room.LOL It was fun to see these two spar 3 Last, but certainly not least, we have Miss Pussy Galore She is a lesbian from Harlem who runs a gang of lesbian cat burglars acrobats called The Cement Mixers She has black hair and striking violet eyes view spoiler However, as I ve said before, she ends up in bed with James She was only lesbian because a she d never met a real man before, and b she was raped by her uncle when she was 12 Because she s from the South See also OFFENSIVE hide spoiler Sadly, she is the most underdeveloped woman in the whole book We barely get to know her I was disappointed.In summary on women, this is why I like the books where James Bond is with only one woman which is the norm This way, we get to actually know and hopefully like the female character and we get to really see a development of a relationship between her and Bond Sometimes it s serious, sometimes it s just for fun, but either way, I like getting afleshed out woman character in the book I felt like this book was a rip off Three women but no chance to get to know them as people and see how they would interact with Bond in a relationship And this is the funnest part for me So I was disappointed.HUMORAs my final point, I must add that there is a hilarious scene where James Bond thinks he has died and believes he s going to in heaven It s a hoot and a half Especially when he tries to figure out how he s going to introduce all his girlfriends to one another I am adding a whole extra star just for this scene It was the only time in this book when I felt I was laughing WITH Fleming instead of AT Fleming He doesn t usually add humor to his books and I appreciated this little scene.SUMMARY All in all, this book was exciting, fast paced, riveting, and a fun adventure There were a few boring parts for instance, Fleming s obsessed with cards and there were a few pages of boring card game descriptions Also, as a warning, there are 18 EIGHTEEN pages of golf Straight golf Bond vs Goldfinger Honestly, I was sort of nodding off at this part Fleming really does try to keep it interesting and I have to say it was not nearly as bad as it could have been, but I mean come on 18 pages of golf Have mercy on your poor readers Another drawback to the book is how offensive it is No holds barred Especially the Korean stuff There s almost no one left unoffended the only people who are treated as people by Fleming are heterosexual white males who are NOT Jewish and preferably are British If you can laugh at brush off the homophobia, racism, and misogyny in the book then it is a fun, gripping ride If you can t avoid this like the plague.MOVIE UPDATE IN COMMENTS DUE TO LACK OF SPACE 11


  5. Richard Derus Richard Derus says:

    Rating 4.8 of fiveThe 1964 film gets almost five stars I doubt very seriously the book would getthan one.So, first let s talk about the song swoon If you don t like the song, don t ever tell me I will unfriend you and make a voodoo dolly to do awful, awful things to you Ever read The Wasp Factory Yeah, that ll sound like Sunday school K Clear enough Good.Then there s Connery beefcakin around in a skimpy swimsuit There s a passel of cool cars, including the iconic Aston Martin Rating 4.8 of fiveThe 1964 film gets almost five stars I doubt very seriously the book would getthan one.So, first let s talk about the song swoon If you don t like the song, don t ever tell me I will unfriend you and make a voodoo dolly to do awful, awful things to you Ever read The Wasp Factory Yeah, that ll sound like Sunday school K Clear enough Good.Then there s Connery beefcakin around in a skimpy swimsuit There s a passel of cool cars, including the iconic Aston Martin DB5 swoon and a 1964 Thunderbird and a 1964 1 2 Mustang convertible gasp andI d better stop, things could get messy.The real over the top putter moment is the fight sequence in Fort Knox, with all that lovely fake gold Odd Job, the villain with the lethal hat, comes to a shocking heh end, after a balletic slugfest And of course the nuclear bomb inside the truckbed tool case is disarmed at007 seconds to go I feel sure there was a plot in there somewhere, but frankly if you re watching Bond films for plot you re a sad creature It s got verve and gusto and style Watch it to bathe in the unrepentant sexism and piggery and racism of a bygone day, served up without malice It s all there, it s all appalling by today s lights, but it wasn t put there to shock or edify as it would be today That s just how it was, so that s what they show.If they remake this one in the Craig reboot, I will be on tenterhooks waiting to see what they come up with to call Pussy Galore the pilot.I loved every ridiculous frame of it


  6. Darwin8u Darwin8u says:

    Fear, Mr Bond, takes gold out of circulation and hoards it against the evil dayIan Fleming, GoldfingerA very enjoyable read except for a couple nagging complaints I hate Fleming Bond s attitude towards asians Koreans in this book, but it was Chinese in Dr No and women lesbians in this book It doesn t age well While I wasn t alive in the 50s, and I suspect it wasnormal 60 years ago, it still reads a bit too heavy with white, masculine overcompensation I would have given this oFear, Mr Bond, takes gold out of circulation and hoards it against the evil dayIan Fleming, GoldfingerA very enjoyable read except for a couple nagging complaints I hate Fleming Bond s attitude towards asians Koreans in this book, but it was Chinese in Dr No and women lesbians in this book It doesn t age well While I wasn t alive in the 50s, and I suspect it wasnormal 60 years ago, it still reads a bit too heavy with white, masculine overcompensation I would have given this over the top spy thriller four stars, except for the sexist racist complaints above It produced one of the best Bond movies of all time and also introduced one of the worst named, but most interesting characters Pussy Galore in the James Bond universe I loved the way the novel was structured into the three run ins with Goldfinger I Happenstance II Coincidence III Enemy Action , with each run in becomingandover the top I loved the car chase, the golf game, etc I think the best summary of this book came from Roy Perrott, writing for the Manchester Guardian, who said the novel washard to put down but some of us wish we had the good taste just to try


  7. David Schaafsma David Schaafsma says:

    The glamour isn t worth the price Ales KotWell, I think I am just about done reading Ian Fleming s stories of Agent oo7, James Bond, thank you very much This is in spite of my being a completist I set out to read the series and read them all I usually would do But I think I sort of have the pattern here Bond meets a villain, meets a girl and defeats the villain You do what you can to ignore the casual racism and misogyny in exchange for the glamour, and well, the best of James.This o The glamour isn t worth the price Ales KotWell, I think I am just about done reading Ian Fleming s stories of Agent oo7, James Bond, thank you very much This is in spite of my being a completist I set out to read the series and read them all I usually would do But I think I sort of have the pattern here Bond meets a villain, meets a girl and defeats the villain You do what you can to ignore the casual racism and misogyny in exchange for the glamour, and well, the best of James.This one begins with Bond on vaca meeting a man who is being cheated at Canasta by Goldfinger Bond exposes him, but then hangs out with him, having The Best Dinner of His Life at the Best Restaurant in the World He plays golf with Goldfinger at the Best Golf Course in the World, where Bond finds Goldfinger also cheats at golf They drive the Best Cars in the World, and drink the Best Whiskey We, who want to Be Bond, take notes on all the specifically named product placements Sales soar Auric Goldfinger is the richest man in Great Britain, and he is obsessed with gold, he can t get enough of it One of Goldfinger s assistants is Pussy Galore, who leads a band of mercenary lesbians Auric which also means gold he s a walking redundancy or tautology finds Bond is Not on His Side, forces Bond to work for him in his goal to knock off Fort Knox This plan does not work, but he does eventually get the girl and do the right thing in preventing AG from killing the 60K people he felt were expendable toward his goal Thus proving that imperialist Bond is not as bad as Goldfinger Goldfinger is really interested in winning, in accumulating, in money He doesn t really have what Bond has, which is lust for beautiful women Goldfinger replaces the deadly sin Lust with Greed.We know Bond is also a capitalist, and imperialist he loves everything Goldfinger loves, the Best of Everything He wants the Finer Things of Life, and we as readers are seduced as Bond is seduced I admit I have noted some brands of alcohol Bond orders I would love to own just one of his cars, even for a day We want those things, too But the difference between Bond us and Goldfinger is that we won t do ANYTHING to get those finer things We won t allow 60K people to die so we can be the Richest Man in the World He literally paints his women normally prostitutes gold before sex, which is a thing you know from book and film covers Cool Glamorous Uh, no, painting skin all gold is not good for you, as it turns out It can kill you As Kot makes clear, glamour is not worth the price you pay Fleming, I am told, wanted the censors to allow calling Goldfinger Goldprick They allowed Pussy Galore, though American publishers debated this, finally caving to Fleming Things I liked Bond is a bitcomplex in this book than any of the previous 6 Bond novels by Fleming James Bond, with two double bourbons inside him, sat in the final departure lounge of Miami Airport and thought about life and death The premise is almost always ludicrous, with cartoon characters for female leads and villains, and crazy fifties 1959 pulp thriller plots, and this is still the fun part Bond saves the world and America s Gold and gets the Girl why am I typing with all these capson the problem with the girl getting part, later I like what critique there is here of capitalism and greed, even implicated as Bond is in the process until the end I mean, Fleming is not critical at all of getting rich, but he ramps it up to ridiculous level in Goldfinger Things I didn t like Bond and, I learn Fleming goes out of his way to make a point about lesbians, in what is now a tired fashion He assumes that Pussy Galore, a lesbian, and Tilly Masterson, a lesbian, just need the Right Man to turn them A product of the time Sure, but Bond has sex with both Tilly and Pussy, changing their minds Fleming feels that lesbians are a product of women s suffrage, which creates confusion about sexual identity Bond came to the conclusion that Tilly Masterton was one of those girls whose hormones had got mixed up He knew the type well and thought they and their male counterparts were a direct consequence of giving votes to women and sex equality As a result of fifty years of emancipation, feminine qualities were dying out or being transferred to the males Pansies of both sexes were everywhere, not yet completely homosexual, but confused, not knowing what they were The result was a herd of unhappy sexual misfits barren and full of frustrations, the women wanting to dominate and the men to be nannied He was sorry for them, but he had no time for them Until he does Bond felt the sexual challenge all beautiful Lesbians have for men And so Bond stoops to have a brief and we are told intense affair for one night with Tilly It s a sign of righteous pity Bond can heal a lost lesbian soul with his body And according to Fleming, he does Later, lesbian gang leader Pussy Galore one of several offensive names for women Fleming invents, including Honeychile Rider, Octopussy, Holly Goodhead comes on the scene and tells Bond You can turn off the charm I m immune But apparently she s not Austin Powers International Man of Mystery features a character named Alotta Fagina, making fun of Fleming But are these names funny, or misogynistic I thought funny, as a clueless teenager but do we have many such dismissive names for men in Fleming I call this misogyny I continue to find it fascinating, Fleming s obsession with torturing Bond in this one, Goldfinger s assistant, Oddjob, is the guy for the job Okay, a little sadistic cruelty, sure, why not, it s an adventure story But in every book Bond s racism In this one it is all about the savage Koreans, who are not really fully human All the villains are physical freaks Dr No had prosthetic hands, after amputation, and this detail is to add to the fact that trans humans are less than normal, they are monsters Goldfinger here is very large, bald, a freak It is interesting that Goldfinger is British, rather than American, because Bond hates the crude tasteless American style, Viva Las Vegas, but Goldfinger embodies the rich American greed here But Goldfinger isn t really a true British citizen he s naturalized, actually Baltic, so he fails to meet the standard for the one drop rule for white British superiority Okay, so I am done with Bond, and my juvenile fascination with him oh, maybe for fun I ll still rewatch some of the movies This movie in particular I once loved, and will watch again soon, maybe But the things that at one time for me made Bond attractive the sex, the sadism, the vulgarity of money for its own sake are not quite so fun any


  8. Robert Robert says:

    The movie has got to be better than this shit Yes, I shall procure a copy for myself, and watch it all the way through I must confess I have only seen parts of this cinematic Sean Connery classic, and the parts I have seen did offer up a slight sense of endearment for yours truly But my attention span waned, and my movie prowess faltered, and I must confess I sometimes have the attention span of a fruit fly But I shall push through, much as I did with this piece of male chauvinistic trash.Th The movie has got to be better than this shit Yes, I shall procure a copy for myself, and watch it all the way through I must confess I have only seen parts of this cinematic Sean Connery classic, and the parts I have seen did offer up a slight sense of endearment for yours truly But my attention span waned, and my movie prowess faltered, and I must confess I sometimes have the attention span of a fruit fly But I shall push through, much as I did with this piece of male chauvinistic trash.The golf scene proved longwinded and a bit of a bore And I happen to really like golf After the scene, though, I wanted to chuck my clubs through an open window and burn my golf shirts in a bonfire So I ve got that going for me.Pussy Galore is one of the best names of all time, right Yes, you are absolutely correct But the way she falls for James Bond made me want to hurl up a Happy Meal She may have been a lesbian, but she d never met a man like James Bond I haven t either, but that doesn t mean I want to marry the bastard.Even Auric Goldfinger felt limp dicked compared to his grand cinematic self And I m sorry but I just didn t buy Bond and GOLDFINGER working together More than anything, though, I wanted to hear one of the most famous exchanges of all time, and I ended up with zip Zilch Nada What exchange You might ask Why, it s this one James Bond Do you expect me to talk Auric Goldfinger No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die I think it s safe to say I was screwed.Cross posted at Robert s Reads


  9. BrokenTune BrokenTune says:

    Casually, one hand reached out to the control panel and pressed down a switch There came a slow metallic growl from the end of the table on which Bond lay It curved quickly up to a harsh whine and then to a shrill high whistle that was barely audible Bond turned his head wearily away How soon could he manage to dieI ve been trying to write up a review for Goldfinger probably the most famous of the Bond adventures for a couple of days now Well, since this was a re read, I guess you cCasually, one hand reached out to the control panel and pressed down a switch There came a slow metallic growl from the end of the table on which Bond lay It curved quickly up to a harsh whine and then to a shrill high whistle that was barely audible Bond turned his head wearily away How soon could he manage to dieI ve been trying to write up a review for Goldfinger probably the most famous of the Bond adventures for a couple of days now Well, since this was a re read, I guess you could say I have been trying to write down my thought for a couple of years The problem is that I didn t find this one as interesting a story as some of the others Don t get me wrong, there are some great characters in this namely Auric Goldfinger and Tilly Masterton, and of course Pussy Galore, but the plot of this book was rather boring, especially when it became clear towards the end that the book heavily deviated from the film view spoiler In the book, they never get to conquer Fort Knox hide spoiler So, what about the characters In typical fashion, Fleming vilifies the baddies Goldfinger and his assistant Oddjob by endowing them with the appropriate physical descriptions.Goldfinger is another caricature villainPerhaps, Bond thought, it was to conceal his ugliness that Goldfinger made such a fetish of sunburn Without the red brown camouflage the pale body would be grotesque The face, under the cliff of crew cut carroty hair, was as startling, without being as ugly, as the body It was moon shaped without being moonlike The forehead was fine and high and the thin sandy brows were level above the large light blue eyes fringed with pale lashes The nose was fleshily aquiline between high cheek bones and cheeks that weremuscular than fat The mouth was thin and dead straight, but beautifully drawn The chin and jaws were firm and glinted with health To sum up, thought Bond, it the face of a thinker, perhaps a scientist, who was ruthless, sensual, stoical and tough An odd combination What else could he guess Bond always mistrusted short men They grew up from childhood with an inferiority complex All their lives they would strive to be big bigger than the others who had teased them as a child Napoleon had been short, and Hitler It was the short men that caused all the trouble in the world And what about a misshapen short man with red hair and a bizarre face That might add up to a really formidable misfit And Oddjob is another victim of Fleming s general racial stereotyping, which by now I am pretty much expecting from Fleming, even tho they are no less aggravatingBond had had a good look at the chauffeur He was a chunky flat faced Japanese, orprobably Korean, with a wild, almost mad glare in dramatically slanting eyes that belonged in a Japanese film rather than in a Rolls Royce on a sunny afternoon in Kent He had the snout like upper lip that sometimes goes with a cleft palate, but he said nothing and Bond had no opportunity of knowing whether his guess was right In his tight, almost bursting black suit and farcical bowler hat he looked rather like a Japanese wrestler on his day off But he was not a figure to make one smileYeah, this is the general description of Oddjob The, in this instance,than casual racism is added a little laterNow then, Oddjob had dressed and was standing respectfully at attention, you did well, Oddjob I m glad to see you are in training Here Goldfinger took the cat from under his arm and tossed it to the Korean who caught it eagerly I am tired of seeing this animal around You may have it for dinner The Korean s eyes gleamed However, Fleming s does like to make his villains interesting, and in Goldfinger, Fleming introduces his audience to new fighting skills that have been around in Europe but have not yet enjoyed the popular appeal that would come a couple of decades laterHave you ever heard of Karate No Well that man is one of the three in the world who have achieved the Black Belt in Karate.I thought this was interesting It shows that Fleming is still trying to keep the stories fresh and interesting The previous books have been outlandish and daring, but each had a slightly different twist Fleming enthusiasts may be able to conveyinsight on this than I can, but it would be interesting to find out if Fleming himself had some interest in Japan or Korea when writing Goldfinger and the later You Only Live Twice , since he seemed to have turned to Asia for inspiration in both books Of course, as mentioned in previous reviews, Fleming either seems to not have been a great believer in fact checking or he preferred to make use of sensationalist claims for the benefit of the story, but the claim of there only being three Black Belts in the world in 1959 is of course false In a way, I guess this is what irks me most about Fleming s writing When the plot does not hold up, the rest of the books crumbles with awkward writing, made up facts, and predictable characterisations Except,.Well, every now and then, Fleming does something to surprise either he comes up with an unexpected gem of a character like Pussy GaloreWho is this Pussy Galore from Harlem She is the only woman who runs a gang in America It is a gang of women I shall need some women for this operation She is entirely reliable She was a trapeze artiste She had a team It was called Pussy Galore and her Abrocats Goldfinger did not smile The team was unsuccessful, so she trained them as burglars, cat burglars It grew into a gang of outstanding ruthlessness It is a Lesbian organization which now calls itself The Cement Mixers Even the big American gangs respect them She is a remarkable womanYeah, don t get me started on the name or the idiotic ideas about sexuality in the book, but Fleming actually created another female character the first since Gala Brand in Moonraker that iscompetent than Bond view spoiler Pussy Galore pretty much saves the day in this book Of course, Fleming then spoils this by having her fall for Bond again idiotic notions but I give Fleming credit for trying hide spoiler The second surprise was that Fleming actually gives Bond a chance to be human in this one he tries to help Jill Masterton escape from Goldfinger, and later he helps her sister, Tilly, plot revenge So, while this was not the most exciting of Bond books and it definitely suffers by comparison with its predecessor Dr No there are some interesting parts in it It is just a shame that the plot is not one of them, and that the gimmicks are not enough to make it special


  10. El El says:

    Goldfinger, movie trailer.Oh, Bond What are you up to now Lessee Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago Once is happenstance Twice is coincidence The third time it s enemy action Miami, Sandwich and now Geneva Auric GoldfingerThe book is broken up into these three sections detailing Bond s three interactions with Auric Goldfinger, a nasty sort of fellow who cheats at canasta and smuggles gold This is the first of the Bond books I ve read that takes place primarily in America yee Goldfinger, movie trailer.Oh, Bond What are you up to now Lessee Mr Bond, they have a saying in Chicago Once is happenstance Twice is coincidence The third time it s enemy action Miami, Sandwich and now Geneva Auric GoldfingerThe book is broken up into these three sections detailing Bond s three interactions with Auric Goldfinger, a nasty sort of fellow who cheats at canasta and smuggles gold This is the first of the Bond books I ve read that takes place primarily in America yee haw and I was pleasantly surprised to see that Fleming wasn t all well yee haw about his descriptions of America.In the first section, Happenstance , Bond is asked to check this Goldfinger out because a buddy of Bond s has lost money in canasta and he thinks Goldfinger is cheating I sort of feel we haveimportant things for our MI6 agents to be doing with their time It s not like Bond was just switching planes after a drug bust in Mexico dude can t even catch a break by being allowed a nap next to the pool No no, let s put him back to work Slacker.In the second section, Coincidence , Bond and Goldfinger play golf GOLF That was an exciting chapter Also an exciting part in the movie I kept waiting for a golf ball to explode or Bond s golf club is also a gun but there was nothing like that in either the book or the movie Oh well, can t win them all And then in the final section, Enemy Action and things get a bitexciting and stuff goes boomso in the movie than the book.Everyone knows Goldfinger for two reasons, whether or not they ve read the book or seen the movie Oddjob and Pussy Galore.Let s start with Oddjob He s the Korean driver cum assassin of Goldfinger In the book he s described as having a cleft palate and, onthan one occasion, as being a Korean ape He doesn t speak, but speaks volumes with his wicked hat which can break people in half just by throwing it like a Frisbee That s pretty cool, both in the book and the movie But the racism is decidedly less cool Goldfinger has a little army of Koreans helping out his outfit, and there s a whole section on page 129 if memory serves where Goldfinger talks about how nasty Koreans are, and if he didn t take them in, who knows what they d do in the world Um, thanks Something about how all they want is a prostitute once in a while, I don t know, my eyes were glazing over by that point.Oddjob in the movie is a bitinteresting Again, never says a word though not due to a cleft palate but because he s described as being mute , but he crushes stuff and that s fun.Then there s Pussy Galore Ah, Pussy.Wow.What is there to say She doesn t have that large a part in the book, which I found surprising She s one of the mob members, and she had a role, and she and her outfit are described as lesbians with a capital L because that s how it was in the 60s apparently but in the movie, she has a larger role, she flies planes and she kicks a lot of ass Literally.One thing remained the same in the book and the movie and is evendisgusting and sexist in the book is that she throws her lesbian ways into the wind and falls into Bond s arms.Sigh.Because she never really knew a man, she says in the book She was abused by an uncle and therefore men suck, but now that she sees how gentle a man can be like Bond , she s willing to reconsider everything.Jebus.I think in this case I enjoyed the moviethan the book The movie was flashier and so over the top bad one can t help but laugh The book, however, is just sorta bad Interestingly, Wikipedia says Fleming developed the James Bond characterin Goldfinger than in the previous six novels, presenting him as acomplex individual, whilst also bringing out a theme of Bond as Saint George The Saint George theme is echoed by the fact that it is a British agent sorting out an American problem. Saint George, huh I ll get back to you on that one In fact, I ll get back to you on whether or not I think Bond has gottenor less complex as a character as well Right now I m not buying it Not even a little bit.Next up Thunderball


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