MI6 tracks the legacy of Goldfinger, from Ian Fleming's novel, to the comic strip adaptation, feature film and computer game...

Goldfinger - The Legacy

Goldfinger was the seventh James Bond novel by Ian Fleming, first published in 1959. It was the third film in the official Eon Productions series, starring Sean Connery as 007 for the third time. Released in 1964, the film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, and directed by Guy Hamilton. The Daily Express began the comic strip adaptation by Henry Gammidge and artist John McLusky on 3rd October 1960.

The Novel
Ian Fleming penned his seventh James Bond title in 1958, and was published by Glidrose on 23rd March 1959. Goldfinger marked two transitional points in the literary series: Bond becomes increasingly obsessed with morality, and the plot is peppered with gadgetry and high technology.
Goldfinger Literary Coverage

James Bond is faced with Goldfinger, a millionaire who cheats at cards and golf. He discovers evidence that Goldfinger is the treasurer of SMERSH, and as the game is played out, 007 finds that the real stakes are greater still. Goldfinger plans to steal gold from Fort Knox to fund SMERSH and to increase his personal stock.

"We are going to burgle fifteen billion dollars’ worth of gold bullion, approximately half the supply of mined gold in the world. We are going, Mr Bond, to take Fort Knox."

Trivia: The villain's name was borrowed from Fleming's neighbour, architect Erno Goldfinger, and his character bears some resemblance.

Published: 23rd March 1959 (UK)
Preceded By: Dr. No
Followed By: For Your Eyes Only
Above: First edition cover art

"Man has climbed Mount Everest. Gone to the bottom of the ocean. He has fired rockets at the Moon. Split the atom. Achieved miracles in every field of human endeavour... except crime!"

The Comic Strip
Ian Fleming's original novel was adapted as a daily comic strip which was published in the Daily Express (UK) newspaper and syndicated around the world. The adaptation ran from 3rd October 1960 to 1st April 1961. The adaptation was written by Henry Gammidge and illustrated by John McLusky, and was largely faithful to the original material, with only a couple of small alterations.
Goldfinger Comic Strip Coverage

Above: The opening panel of "Goldfinger" (syndicated version)

Goldfinger: "In Chicago, Mr Bond, they have a saying: once is happenstance, twice is coincidence, the third time is enemy action. Miami, Sandwich and now Geneva..."

Trivia: The British version of "Goldfinger" was censored to remove Oddjob's knife in strip #829, whereas some syndicated versions keep it in place.  
Published: 3rd October 1960 (UK)
Preceded By: Dr. No
Followed By: Risico

The Film
The film was produced by Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman, and directed by Guy Hamilton, with a screenplay by Richard Maibaum and Paul Dehn. The headline cast starred Sean Connery as James Bond, Honor Blackman as Pussy Galore, Gert Frobe as Auric Goldfinger and Harold Sakata as Oddjob.
Goldfinger Movie Coverage

Agent 007 investigates a smuggling operation run by the obsessive millionaire Auric Goldfinger and uncovers a plot to irradiate the entire gold supply of the United States by detonating an atomic bomb inside Fort Knox.

Bond: "Do you expect me to talk?"
Goldfinger: "No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die!"

Trivia: Although many of the locations in the film are American, Sean Connery never set foot in America during filming.

Released: 17th September 1964 (UK), 22nd December 1964 (US)
Running Time: 111 minutes
Worldwide Box Office: $124.9m
Preceded by: From Russia With Love
Followed by: Thunderball

Above: Special Edition DVD cover art
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4 Word Reviews

  • 24 Carat gold Bond
  • Laser threatens Connery's castration
  • Man with Midas touch
  • I must be dreaming
  • Pussy's pilots have gas

Above: Sean Connery as James Bond 007

The Music
The title track of the same name, Goldfinger, was the first of three songs performed by Shirley Bassey for the film series.
Goldfinger Music Coverage

Written by John Barry and Anthony Newley, Bassey's theme sold over a million copies in the United States awarding her a Gold album. In the United Kingdom the theme reached number 21 on the charts.

The soundtrack was composed by John Barry, his second Bond film credit as composer.

The Media
Goldfinger was the first Bond film to be shown on U.S. commercial TV, on Sunday, 17 September 1972, earning the highest Neilson ratings for a single movie on TV up to that time. 49% of the nation's viewers tuned in that night, and ABC-TV, which showed the film, would retain the exclusive commercial U.S. TV rights to the Bond series for the next 28 years.

The Computer Game
Continuation author Raymond Benson designed and wrote the interactive text adventure computer game developed by Angelsoft and released by Mindscape in 1986 for the PC and Apple II. The game used advanced techniques that allowed you to give commands in plain English, and featured fully developed characters that responded realistically. Detailed prose placed players right in the middle of the action in the fully rendered all-text adventure.

You must stop Auric Goldfinger from taking the world's gold supply, stop the destruction of Kentucky, deal with Pussy Galore and even a fight with Oddjob. Not much for old 007 to do actually - it's all in a day's work (or is it adventure)?

Released: 1986
Genre: Text Adventure
Preceded By: A View to A Kill
Followed By: The Living Daylights
Above: Game cover art