A game of canasta turns out crooked and a golden girl ends up dead. It seems that Auric Goldfinger is a bad loser when it comes to cards. He’s also the world’s most ruthless and successful gold smuggler. As James Bond follows his trail, he discovers that Goldfinger’s real game is the heist of fifteen billion dollars of US government bullion. The final hand is played at Fort Knox, in a spectacular display of deception and intrigue.
Includes an exclusive bonus interview with Hugh Bonneville.
Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908. He was educated at Eton and worked as a journalist in Moscow and a banker and stockbroker in London before becoming personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. He wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, in 1952 at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica. Since then James Bond has gone on to become a global phenomenon.
Hugh Bonneville is perhaps best known for his role as Robert Crawley, Earl of Grantham in the hit series Downton Abbey. Other TV credits include W1A, Twenty Twelve, Lost in Austen, Bonekickers, The Silence and Rev. On the big screen he’s been seen in Monuments Men, Iris, Notting Hill, and the James Bond movie, Tomorrow Never Dies.
"Fantastic…Nobody else does this sort of thing as well as Mr. Fleming." (
"A superlative thriller from our foremost literary magician." ( New York Herald Tribune)
"Highly entertaining." ( New York Times)
"Maniacally readable." ( Observer)
"Gilt-edged Bond." ( Sunday Times)
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Bond at His Best
It's up there among the best. I've listened to this read by Rufus Sewell in the past which was excellent, and I feared listening to the 'Earl of Grantham' do Bond may feel odd, but the narration was great.
This Flemming at his best. Bond is on excellent form having been on night duty for a number of months and when he gets his chance to head out into the field again he grasps it. The golf scene is a real classic.
I liked the fact that I barely noticed it was wasn't Connery. Hugh Bonneville doesn't attempt any awkward Connery impression, he does it in his own style and it works.
Um... The name's Bond, James Bond.
Well worth a listen. You know what you're getting if you're a Flemming fan, if you're not, this is a great place to start.
great story great pace
well read, well written really engaging story
nearly as good as from Russia with love - in my opinion
good pace, narration doesn't distract from the story but his performance draws you in.
Bond better than Reacher
one of my favourites - if they made the Bond films more like the books we would have much better films