Greed And Sexism In Goldfinger, By Ian Fleming

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Goldfinger, written by Ian Fleming, is a fictitious novel in which James Bond, an undercover spy, is ordered to find out plans devised by Auric Goldfinger which could destroy the American economy. This book is set in the 1960s, an era of lust and greed. The setting in the movie reenactment perfectly captures the mood of the time period. From reading just the book, it is quite easy to visualize the scenes in which Bond methodically plays golf with Goldfinger, or when he encounters various women because of the descriptive context. The movie may be much more condensed in terms of content and exposition, but it represents the scenes that are also in the book efficiently, but with a twist of sexism and racism. Furthermore, the themes from the book carry over extremely well. In both the movie and the novel, the themes of manipulation, greed, and sexism all play a part in elaborating the plot and the characters ' motives and desires. Greed, according to Merriam-Webster, is defined as "a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (such as money) than is needed". Goldfinger is no exception to that requirement. His excessive desire for money and for things to go his way drives the plot forwards, as the cravings never seem to dissipate. "This is gold, Mr. Bond. All my life, I 've been in love with its color, its brilliance, its divine heaviness. I welcome any enterprise that will increase my stock, which is considerable." This quote from the movie shows that Auric Goldfinger
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