5 10 2010

Goldfinger by Ian Fleming

Remember Le Chiffre, Sir Hugo Drax, Rosa Klebb, Dr No? Now meet James Bond’s seventh adversary, the man who has planned the ‘Crime de la Crime’ – Goldfinger!

Good fun Bond stuff this and surprised to see how faithful the movie was to the original. The novel Bond is a rather less attractive and much colder figure than the screen representations of him. But the story is a pretty gripping yarn with the exception of the game of golf between Bond and Goldfinger (during which the latter cheats frequently and is only beaten by better cheating by Bond and his caddie) where every single hole, all 18 of them, is detailed. Really extremely dull passage.

The most bizarre element though is the representation of Pussy Galore as a rough and tough lesbian gangster (a bit different from the film) who, and sorry to spoil this for anyone reading the book in future, is converted to heterosexuality by the sheer manliness of our hero. Hilarious.

Leaving aside these two elements, it’s still worth a read though.




One response

21 12 2010

Golf? Dull? Surely not zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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