Dr Gibson, a dedicated fan of 007 was in regular correspondence with the writer of the novels and in June of 1959 wrote to Ian Fleming complaining that he had changed Pussy Galore from “a criminal Lesbian into a clinging honey-bun (to be bottled by Bond) in the last chapter”.
an agent of Goldfinger, in Ian Fleming's 1959 007 novel, is a thoroughly
modern, independent woman, equal, or superior, to most of the men around
her. She is the only woman in the USA known
to be running an organised crime gang and is 'immune'
to James Bond’s charms. Bond describes
her has as having black hair, pale skin, and the only violet eyes that he has
ever seen. She is in her thirties, her voice is low and attractive and he is
under her spell.
In the novel she
tells Bond that she became a lesbian after she was sexually abused by her uncle at the
age of 12. But by the end of the novel
Bond has helped Pussy Galore find her inner domestic goddess, as she turns her
back on the world of crime and falls in love with a man. Bond looks deep into her eyes and says, ‘They
told me you only liked women’. He then promises her “a course of TLC”, before
she looks up at his “passionate, rather cruel mouth” and it comes “ruthlessly
down on hers”.
In response Dr
Gibson’s letter, James Bond’s writer, Ian Fleming, wrote that Pussy Galore,
Goldfinger’s lesbian love interest, only needed ‘the right man to come along
and cure her psycho-pathological malady”.
from Ian Fleming to Dr Gibson will be auctioned on the 11th November, by
Bonhams for an estimated price of between £3,000 and £4,000.