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. Goldfinger is the seventh (007) novel in the series of James Bond original books, and you wont be mistaken how relevant this story is, in the middle of the legacy of the most famous secret agent in literatura (and movies). 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 isnt 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.
Goldfinger, he thought, for the first time in your life you're in trouble - bad trouble. 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. Du Pont can't figure out how Goldfinger is cheating him and tells Bond he'll give him $10,000 for solving the mystery. 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 much more serious criminal activity than cheating at cards. 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... The really offensive stuff is poured on Koreans and lesbians. The book lets us know that: Koreans have no respect for human life. Koreans enjoy hurting/raping/killing white women. 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. I have quite a few lesbian friends and it cracks me up that Ian Fleming really believes this. The part where Fleming tells us that lesbians are created when girls or teenagers are raped. (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!
*swoon* If you don't like the song, don't ever tell me. 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* and...I'd better stop, things could get messy. Odd Job, the villain with the lethal hat, comes to a shocking (heh) end, after a balletic slugfest. 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.
A good ole fashioned penis measuring contest between Bond and his villain de jeur, Aurich Goldfinger. 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.
"Fear, Mr Bond, takes gold out of circulation and hoards it against the evil day." - Ian Fleming, Goldfinger A very enjoyable read except for a couple nagging complaints. I loved the way the novel was structured into the three run-ins with Goldfinger (I.
The glamour isnt worth the priceAles Kot Well, I think I am just about done reading Ian Flemings stories of Agent oo7, James Bond, thank you very much. 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. One of Goldfingers assistants is Pussy Galore, who leads a band of mercenary lesbians. We know Bond is also a capitalist, and imperialist; he loves everything Goldfinger loves, the Best of Everything. But the difference between Bond/us and Goldfinger is that we wont do ANYTHING to get those finer things. He literally paints his women (normally prostitutes) gold before sex, which is a thing you know from book and film covers. Fleming, I am told, wanted the censors to allow calling Goldfinger Goldprick! Things I liked: *Bond is a bit more complex 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. Things I didnt 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. Fleming feels that lesbians are a product of womens 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. 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; Im immune. *I continue to find it fascinating, Flemings obsession with torturing Bond; in this one, Goldfingers assistant, Oddjob, is the guy for the job. But the things that at one time for me made Bond attractive--the sex, the sadism, the vulgarity of money for its own sakeare not quite so fun anymore.
But the way she falls for James Bond made me want to hurl up a Happy Meal. She may have been a lesbian, but shed never met a man like James Bond. More than anything, though, I wanted to hear one of the most famous exchanges of all time, and I ended up with zip. Why, its this one: James Bond: Do you expect me to talk? Auric Goldfinger: No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!
How soon could he manage to die?" I'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!
Next time Im feeling down about the role of women and minorities in our society and feeling like change is taking for-bloody-ever, Ill pick up the next Bond book for a reminder of exactly how far we have come. I shouldnt be so surprised, I guess, as he read a lot and spent a fair amount of time with literary people, including one of my favourites, Raymond Chandler.