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Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
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To: M

From : Jane Moneypenny

Subject: An assessment of Agent 007's conduct during operation “Casino Royale”


Dear Sir,

I am aware of concerns raised by certain members of the Service regarding Agent 007’s performance during the abovementioned operation. Therefore, I would like to offer my personal assessment, based on the debriefing reports and my own long familiarity with the subject.

It is true that Agent 007 had somewhat compromised the operation by letting himself getting caught by the Target, otherwise known as “Le Chiffre”. It is also undoubtedly true that he might have compromised the integrity of the valuable intelligence that we gathered by becoming an intimate of No. 3030, a.k.a. Vesper Lynd. However, despite all of that, he had managed to accomplish all of our objectives in the operation, as well as unmasking a potentially dangerous double agent.

I can personally vouch that the ‘errors’ that Agent 007 had allegedly committed stemmed not from gross negligence or willful disobedience, but strictly from certain aspects of his character, which are regrettable but perfectly understandable in a man of his persuasion. The most obvious of these is his antipathy toward female operatives, best illustrated by these quotes from the debriefing report:

“And there was this pest of a girl. Women were for recreation. On a job, they got in the way and fogged things up with sex and hurt feelings and all the emotional baggage they carried around. One had to look out for them and take care of them.”

And also:

“These blithering women who thought that they could do a man’s work. Why the hell couldn’t they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave men’s work to the men.”

Isn’t it patently obvious, sir, that such preconceived notions caused him to fall for the Target’s devious trap? However, he had subsequently paid dearly for such deplorable misogyny by suffering the worst kind of torture known to the male of the species --- a ghastly affair that involved a cane chair with cut out seat, a 3 foot long carpet beater and Agent 007’s naked nether regions --- the details of which is available in the medical report attached to Head of S’s memorandum.

Further on, his psychological condition during the long convalescence led him to develop certain feelings for Miss Lynd, to the extent that he was prepared to propose marriage to her. I can assure you that such feelings were genuine (even though he later rather callously repudiated them) and that he truly had honorable intentions toward her. It is obvious from Miss Lynd’s unfortunate reaction that the feeling was mutual.

Based on the aforementioned reasons, I propose that we keep Agent 007 in active duty as he had proved that he was able to overcome his personal weaknesses for the good of the Service. Besides, we now have incontrovertible proof that Agent 007 is irresistible to enemy females, a quality that might come handy in future missions that might require such ability.


Signed: Second Officer Jane Moneypenny, WRNS.


P.S. : Please disregard any insinuation from certain members of the Service (you know who they are, sir) that I have a ‘crush’ on James Agent 007.
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Praj Hahaha!! wow! Emphasize on the 'crush' aspects.Specifics would be highly entertained.


Grace Tjan Praj wrote: "Hahaha!! wow! Emphasize on the 'crush' aspects.Specifics would be highly entertained."

Actually, specifics are offered in subsequent missions, not in this one, but insinuations abound, especially in the cinematic version.


Praj Sandy, as far as the cinematic versions go; I'm game for Mr. Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan.( Specifically in this order).


Grace Tjan Praj wrote: "Sandy, as far as the cinematic versions go; I'm game for Mr. Sean Connery and Pierce Brosnan.( Specifically in this order)."

Praj, I'm partial to Mr. Brosnan, which I think is physically closer to the literary Bond, although I have great respect for Mr. Connery, who is the original cinematic Bond.


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Manny I have never believed a word of the idle tittle-tattle concerning Moneypenny and Bond. Glad to discover that I was right.


Grace Tjan Manny wrote: "I have never believed a word of the idle tittle-tattle concerning Moneypenny and Bond. Glad to discover that I was right."

Hmm, but what about that scene in Die Another Day?


message 7: by Manny (new)

Manny Sandybanks wrote: "Manny wrote: "I have never believed a word of the idle tittle-tattle concerning Moneypenny and Bond. Glad to discover that I was right."

Hmm, but what about that scene in Die Another Day?"


Puh-lease. Obviously faked. I mean, they even show you that it's a VR sequence. To be honest, I'm surprised you fell for this transparent piece of black propaganda.

My personal theory is that it's really the other way around. Bond has a long-standing unrequited passion for Moneypenny, and she just pretends to play along so as not to hurt his feelings. She's a nice girl.


Grace Tjan Manny wrote: "Sandybanks wrote: "Manny wrote: "I have never believed a word of the idle tittle-tattle concerning Moneypenny and Bond. Glad to discover that I was right."

Hmm, but what about that scene in Die An..."


Ah, but I seem to recall that she is acting out her fantasies in that VR scene.

The lady doth protest too much, methinks.


message 9: by j (new)

j love this review!


Grace Tjan Joel wrote: "love this review!"

Thanks, Joel. It was fun to write!

But FRWL is a much better book. The most surprising thing about this one is the the torture scene --- I thought that it was invented by the movie's screenwriters.


message 11: by Rauf (new)

Rauf What he said about dames....Ah those days of Mad Men and roses...


Grace Tjan Rauf wrote: "What he said about dames....Ah those days of Mad Men and roses..."

CR was published in 1953, so it's actually pre-MM. But, yes, the same attitude. And so much smoking! Bond smokes at least 70 cigarettes a day.

Now I know why Roger Moore gasped and wheezed when he chased that bad guy up the hill.


Devlin Scott Brilliant. And I agree, FRWL is, in my opinion, Ian's best in the series.


Grace Tjan Devlin wrote: "Brilliant. And I agree, FRWL is, in my opinion, Ian's best in the series."

Thanks.


message 15: by Paul (new) - rated it 4 stars

Paul Vye The best review on Goodreads yet!


Grace Tjan Paul wrote: "The best review on Goodreads yet!"

Thanks, Paul. Glad you enjoy it!


message 17: by Mel (new) - rated it 4 stars

Mel I enjoyed that, too! But Vesper was Agent 3030, not 1801. Agent 1801 was Le Chiffre's mistress.


message 18: by Grace (last edited Dec 06, 2012 07:00PM) (new) - rated it 3 stars

Grace Tjan Mel wrote: "I enjoyed that, too! But Vesper was Agent 3030, not 1801. Agent 1801 was Le Chiffre's mistress."

Thanks for the correction. Vespers will regain her proper numerical designation in my review. :)


message 19: by Sunny (new) - rated it 1 star

Sunny At first I was reluctant to read this book because mysteries, espionage, and the likes are not my jam. But you, little lady, write a convincing report.
P.S. please don't take offense to 'little lady'; that is how I write.


Madri Gale Dear Miss Moneypenny,

Thank you for your considered review, which has been vetted and verified by other agents in the field as being reliable with no evidence of having been sexed-up. I do note one unfortunate omission which may be deliberate on your part and this is another reference to agent 007's apparent misogyny - specifically his reference to rape. At any rate, you will be pleased to know that agent 007 will remain on active service and that further detailed mission reports would be welcomed.
Yours, C.


Grace Tjan Dear C,

Yes, I am aware of Agent 007 describing an, er, amorous encounter, as 'having the sweet tang of rape' or some other nonsense. Par for the course, I say, considering his attitude towards the fairer sex. Thank you for reminding me of it. But in my humble opinion, he had paid for all of that deplorable misogny by enduring that ghastly beating. I am certain that after that incident, he is not going to enjoy anything amorous, sweet or otherwise, for a long while.

Signed: Second Officer Jane Moneypenny, WRNS.


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Johan wah reviewnya asik banget, bikin saya jadi pengen beli bukunya di Kino / Peri+, secara nomer urut ini nomer dua, yang terbaik itu resensi trilogi buku girl dragon tattoo yang bikin tertawa terbahak-bahak, lalu sy beli bukunya (belum dibaca, khawatir resensinya menutupi mataku :p )


Grace Tjan Johan wrote: "wah reviewnya asik banget, bikin saya jadi pengen beli bukunya di Kino / Peri+, secara nomer urut ini nomer dua, yang terbaik itu resensi trilogi buku girl dragon tattoo yang bikin tertawa terbaha..."

Makasih. Moga2 bukunya lebih asyik dari resensi saya. :p


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