Goldfinger by Ian Fleming
(James Bond)

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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 007’s superiors at MI6. 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.

The text in this edition has been restored by the Fleming family company Ian Fleming Publications, to reflect the work as it was originally published.

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About Ian Fleming

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Ian Fleming was born in London on May 28, 1908. He was educated at Eton College and later spent a formative period studying languages in Europe. His first job was with Reuters News Agency where a Moscow posting gave him firsthand experience with what would become his literary bête noire — the Soviet Union. During World War II he served as Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence and played a key role in Allied espionage operations. After the war, he worked as foreign manager of the Sunday Times, a job that allowed him to spend two months each year in Jamaica. Here, in 1952, at his home “Goldeneye,” he wrote a book called Casino Royale — and James Bond was born. The first print run sold out within a month. For the next twelve years Fleming produced a novel a year featuring Special Agent 007, the most famous spy of the century. The Bond novels have sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide, boosted by the hugely successful film franchise that began in 1962 with the release of Dr. No. His travels, interests, and wartime experience lent authority to everything he wrote. Based on those experiences, he wrote two pieces of nonfiction — Thrilling Cities and The Diamond Smugglers. He married Anne Rothermere in 1952. His story about a magical car, written in 1961 for their only son, Caspar, went on to become the well-loved novel and film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Fleming died of heart failure on August 12, 1964, at the age of fifty-six.
 
Published October 16, 2012 by Thomas & Mercer. 297 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Education & Reference, Horror, Crime, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books. Fiction

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James Bond, whom time doesn't quite mellow, is still a little more subdued than in his last appearance, but no slower as he faces a new opponent -- Goldfinger -- known to have twenty million pounds of gold bars cached, and suspected as a member of SMERSH- that organization which again threatens w...

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Ian Fleming's James Bond canon consists of 10 books.

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SciFi Online

Having foiled a gambling scam by the millionaire Auric Goldfinger, James Bond is coincidentally assigned to investigate the same man's suspected gold-smuggling activities.

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