||23rd March 1959
||Auric Goldfinger, Oddjob
||Theft of gold from Fort Knox to fund SMERSH and to
increase his personal stock.
||Jill Masterson, Tilly Masterson, Pussy Galore
||London, UK; Miami, USA; New York, USA; Switzerland;
Kentucky, Fort Knox; USA
||Golf game, Fort Knox attack, final battle in plane
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.
Above: 1st edition Jonathan Cape hardback (UK). Artwork
by Richard Chopping.
Official Blurb (Penguin 2002 Edition)
‘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. I propose
to wring the truth out of you.’ Goldfinger’s eyes
slid slowly past Bond’s head. ‘Oddjob. The Pressure
Auric Goldfinger: cruel, clever, frustratingly careful. A cheat
at Canasta and a crook on a massive scale in everyday life. 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 lethal – than anyone
could have imagined. Not only is he planning the greatest gold
robbery in history, but mass murder as well...
Official Blurb (Penguin 2004 Edition)
Returning from Mexico after cracking a squalid heroin ring, Bond
is only too happy to stay at a Miami hotel and figure out how
Auric Goldfinger is cheating at Canasta. It seems that the Bank
of England are interested in him too, and charge 007 to discover
what the richest man in England is doing with the vast quantities
of gold he has acquired – and what his connection is with
SMERSH, the Soviet spy-killing organization.
Up against Goldfinger and his henchman Oddjob – a bowler-hatted
thug with a Black Belt in Karate – Bond soon finds that
this criminal genius’s schemes are greater, and more lethal,
than anyone could have imagined …
Part One / Happenstance
- Reflections in a Double Bourbon
- Living It Up
- The Man with Agoraphobia
- Over the Barrel
- Night Duty
- Talk of Gold
- Thoughts in a DB III
Part Two/ Coincidence
All to Play For
The Cup and the Lip
Up at the Grange
The Odd-Job Man
Long Tail on a Ghost
'If You Touch Me There...'
Things That Go Thump in the Night
Part Three / Enemy Action
The Pressure Room
The Last and the Biggest
Crime de la Crime
Journey into Holocaust
The Richest Man in History
The Last Trick
Above: British Pan paperback 1st-3rd editions (1961
"Yes," Goldfinger nodded. "That is exactly
what we are going to do. 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
Above: British Book
Club hardback edition (1959); American Signet paperback
8th-17th editions (1963 onwards); British
Pan paperback 9th-13th editions (1963)
James Bond is at the airport reflecting on a successful mission
in Mexico when he bumps into Mr Du Pont who was on the same table
as him in Casino Royale. He thinks he is being cheated at Canasta
by a Mr Goldfinger, and offers Bond five-star accommodation to
find out how. Bond accepts, and realises that Goldfinger is using
his secretary with binoculars in the hotel above to communicate
with him via an earpiece. Bond photographs the evidence, humiliates
Goldfinger and beds his secretary, Jill Masterson, on the train
to New York.
Back in London, M orders Bond to investigate gold smuggling to
India from the England, and it turns out the Goldfinger, Britain's
richest millionaire, is a prime suspect. Colonel Smithers from
the Bank of England briefs Bond, who sets up a golf game in which
he again humiliated Goldfinger by out-cheating him on the final
hole and winning another $10,000. Goldfinger suggests they meet
for supper at his house in Kent, and they do so. Bond pries about
but discovers nothing, except the extraordinary Karate abilities
of Oddjob, one of Goldfinger's Korean manservant's.
Bond follows Goldfinger to the airport, but a search of his Rolls
Royce reveals nothing. He then pursues him across Europe thanks
to a homing device. While spying on Goldfinger's factory in Switzerland,
Bond spots Tilly Soames, a girl he met earlier and crashed into
to stop her following him, about to try and shoot Goldfinger.
They both get captured, but not before Bond spots that Goldfinger's
Rolls is made entirely from white gold, and in this way the villain
is transporting gold to Switzerland, where it is then made into
plane seats for a passenger flight to India.
Bond avoids a torturous death by deliberately fainting, and he
is taken to Goldfinger's base in Kentucky. There Goldfinger decides
to use Bond and Tilly as secretaries. It turns out Tilly was Jill's
sister, and Jill was killed by skin asphyxiation when Goldfinger
captured her and had Oddjob paint her completely gold. Bond and
Tilly sit in on a convention of American gang leaders, who agree
to partake in Goldfinger's plan to raid Fort Knox. Goldfinger
will use a chemical weapon to poison the water supplies and kill
the residents, and then use an atom bomb he purchased to blow
open the entrance to the vaults.
Bond leaves a message on the toilet seat of his plane, hoping
a cleaner will deliver it to Felix Leiter who could organise it.
Things look bad when Goldfinger, disguised as a doctor among a
team of nurses led by Lesbian gangster Pussy Galore manages to
get into the deserted holocaust. But then the Americans appear
and start shooting everyone. The message had indeed reached Felix.
However, the gangsters all escape.
After his red-carpet reception in Washington, Bond prepares to
board the BOAC aircraft home, but he is tricked by a doctor and
put to sleep by an injection. He wakes up on a BOAC plane hijacked
by Goldfinger. Pussy Galore is aboard and delivers a message telling
Bond she is on his side. Using a knife concealed in his shoe,
Bond destroys the plane's window, and Oddjob is sucked out. The
pilots ditch the plane, and only Pussy and Bond survive when they
sit together at the back of the plane. Pussy Galore is a heterosexual
by the end of the book.
"You see, Mr Bond. You were wrong and I was right.
Ten more minutes and I shall be the richest man in the world,
the richest man in history!"
"Bond always distrusted 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 had caused all the trouble in
"Bond went back to his suitcase again and took out
a thick book - The Bible Designed to be Read as Literature
- opened it and extracted his Walther PPK in the Berns
Martin holster. He slipped the holster inside his trouser
band to the left. He tried one or two quick drawers. They
"As soon as Bond had hit the shot he knew it wouldn't
do. The difference between a good golf shot and a bad one
is the same as the difference between a beautiful and a
plain woman - a matter of millimetres."
"I don't myself drink or smoke, Mr Bond. Smoking,
I find the most ridiculous of all the varieties of human
behaviour and practically the only one that is entirely
against nature. Can you imagine a cow or any animal taking
a mouthful of smoldering straw the breathing in the smoke
and blowing it out through its nostrils? Pah!"
Above: British Pan paperback 22nd-26th
editions (1972 onwards)
Above: British Pan
paperback 21st edition (1969); British Coronet paperback
6th edition (1988); British Penguin paperback edition
... Nobody else does this sort of thing as well as Mr Fleming"
- Sunday Times
"Goldfinger the "formula" for the rest of
his best Bond books. We have the outlandish villain, bizarre
methods of death, exotic locations, the melodramatic names
(Goldfinger, Pussy Galore), and the insider's knowledge.
Ian Fleming's Goldfinger, the seventh title in his popular
series, is partly just a darn good read and partly a sort
of cultural primer. Set (as are the other Bond novels) in
the bygone mid-century world of the British upper class,
where a man's golf shoes were a reliable indicator of his
character, the book is replete with card games, golfing
and champagne suppers. The cars are superb, the martinis
are dry, and even the villains are gentlemen – although
not as much so, of course, as Bond. The book is full of
the fantastic gizmos, intricate plots and the dazzling action
scenes that Fleming made famous.
- April Chase, Curled Up
Above: Penguin USA paperback 1st edition