Goldfinger Themes & Symbolism

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Goldfinger has a complex interweaving of themes. The most important of these is wealth. SMERSH and its agent Goldfinger attack the wealth of nations. The smuggling and the assault on Fort Knox are meant to undermine Western economies and to bolster SMERSH's own schemes. "The Russians were notoriously incompetent payers of their own men," Bond notes. Goldfinger's smuggling provides revenue for paying SMERSH's assassins. Bond's own attitude toward wealth is primarily a clinical one; he has learned to recognize wealthy people by their mannerisms. When he blackmails $10,000 from Goldfinger, he gives the money to Jill Masterton because he likes her. Later, after winning another $10,000 from Goldfinger in a game of golf, he gives the money to the White Cross, the British Secret Service's widows and orphans fund. Goldfinger's attitude is the opposite of Bond's. Acquisitiveness is a mania for Goldfinger, and wealth is his tool for fulfilling his...

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