GOLDFINGER

Fleming’s seventh Bond novel, Goldfinger, follows the pursuits of a wealthy criminal with a penchant for torture.  The novel features some iconic scenes synonymous with Bond, one in which a treacherous Bond girl is suffocated by having her body coated in gold paint and another where 007 is strapped to a table as a circular saw moves slowly towards his groin.  The book cover was illustrated by up-and-coming artist Richard Chopping, who had been responsible for the jacket for From Russia with Love.  From this point onwards, Chopping created every UK first edition Bond cover.

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1st edition book jacket of Goldfinger, created by Richard Chopping

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