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Preview — Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Casino Royale: James Bond 007
'Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles'
In Casino Royale, the first of Fleming's 007 adventures, a game of cards is James Bond's only chance to bring down the desperate SMERSH agent Le Chiffre. But Bond soon discovers that there is far more at stake than money.
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Notes: James Bond, embittered professional killer, gambles on humanity and love, while we learn the intricacies of baccarat.
From : Jane Moneypenny
Subject: An assessment of Agent 007's conduct during operation Casino Royale
I am aware of concerns raised by certain members of the Service regarding Agent 007s 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, ...more
This will be a review of not just Casino Royale, but of the James Bond books in general. I think that there is a good argument to be made, that the Bond books are the most misunderstood books of all prominent books, because the very subtext that accounts for their enduring appeal is buried so deeply that it just passes most people by.
The best way to understand the James Bond books is to understand the heroines of the books. These heroines are often characterized as being glamorous women ...more
James Bond smokes 70 cigarettes per day.
James Bond loves his car.
James Bond likes to sleep naked.
This is the first Bond novel (1953) and it's a doozy. We have SMERSH, gambling, kidnapping, torture, intrigue, double-crossing, and cackling villains.
Bond is set up with millions of British pounds and told to go to France and out-gamble the evil Le Chiffre, a holocaust survivor with no "Christian name" and, supposedly, no memory of his life before age ...more
It is the years following World War II, and the Cold War has emerged from the ashes of Europe. The Russian intelligence agency SMERSH with backing of Arabian oil money has become a threat to take ...more
Casino Royale did not blow me away - it is a bit dry and slow. I wasn't going to let that deter me from my quest to work ...more
James Bond, Secret Agent for M16, 007 with a license to kill. This was the 1st entry in Ian Fleming's James Bond series and introduces the world's most famous fictional spy in great fashion.
Bond is in France gambling his nights away at the Royale Casino. It all sounds enjoyable however this is ...more
I'm glad I read the book, I think, but I probably won't bother to read the rest of the series, because James Bond, much like Daniel 'Trout Pout' Craig, is an unrelenting pain in the arse...
James Bond suddenly knew that he was tired. He always knew when his body or his mind had had enough and he always acted on the knowledge. This helped him avoid staleness and the sensual bluntness that breeds mistakes.
Thus begins Casino Royale, which in 1953 ...more
In his mind he fingered the necklace of the days to come.so ...more
The moonlight shone through the half-closed shutters and lapped at the secret shadows in the snow of her body...
Bond awoke in his own room at dawn and for a time he lay and stroked his memories.
And what an odd beginning.
Yes, we are introduced to Bond and provided some backstory, we know that his 00 nomenclature is because he has killed and is licensed to kill again in his service to Queen and country. We learn that he is a spy and a gambler, a heavy smoker and likes his vodka martini (shaken not stirred).
But this is almost more of a romance. Fleming describes a decidedly more vulnerable and human Bond than has been portrayed in films. Fleming, ...more
If Bond fails in his mission by losing at the card table, then British government will be directly funding communists. No pressure.
I have a thing for Bond. Cool under pressure, fast cars, looks fabulous in a tux...
I thought I would like this a lot, but I didn't. I don't think the story has aged well.
The best parts of the tale took ...more
I might go a step further and say, a profession for every man and this man is of his profession, for James Bond is a psychopath and one would need to be in order to do the things his job requires of him. He is a controllable psychopath. He's not the loner, loose cannon type. He's the loner, well-aimed cannon type. He's not going to fill up his closet with the severed limbs of his random victims, because the voices in his head told him ...more
THE SECRET AGENT
The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. Then the soul-erosion produced by high gamblinga compost of greed and fear and nervous tensionbecomes unbearable and the senses awake and revolt from it.
It's 1953, and what a start to a brand new series and probably new genre of spy fiction! I read and enjoyed many of the Bond books in my youth, as did a lot of people. I suspect Ian Fleming brought a lot of people to reading in much the ...more
There's this scene in this novel wherein the villain tortured Bond by repeatedly striking his ...more
Yes, so far I had not read any of his books, but had religiously seen almost all the movies (especially the ones released during the late seventies and the early eighties - my teens and twenties). I enjoyed the movies for their goofy speed, silly plots, the imperturbability of Bond and all those lovely ladies (MMMMM!). But somehow, I never got around to the material where these films took off from.
And now I realise that I am too late. There is absolutely no ...more
Oops! Forgot one. This is 1967's film version I'm discussing, not the book, which was *awful*. That's not fair...it's not horrid writing, it's just so very very very dated and not in a good way. Kind of a time capsule of what was wrong with 1954.
Ya know...this film version was pretty damn lame, too. What redeems it is the sheer balls-out what-did-I-just-watch comedic pace of the thing. David Niven is LUDICROUS as Bond, but good as this character who isn't Bond ...more
And so begin the extraordinary adventures of the most famous of all spies. Had it not been for his involvement in bringing down the villain known as Le Chiffre, James Bond could just have been another one of ...more
This is my first Ian Fleming's (1908-1964) novel about MI6 agent called James Bond. My dad used to bring us, his kids, to 007 movies when we were kids and I can still remember all the expensive cars exploding on the screen, shapely Bond girls in their bikinis, the high-powered guns and James Bond running, being chased by bad guys, escaping death in a millisecond precision.
I am heartened to know that Casino Royale, first published in 1953, was the first James Bond ...more
When one reads these pages one is struck by the description of the character and his actions; he's cold, aloof, calculating, isolated. He's not a swaggering, macho, seducing machine. Don't get me wrong! Bond likes the ladies, but they have their uses. They are props and they are there for an affair once the case is solved. He's probably the most attractive man in the room.
In Casino Royale ...more
Misogynist zingers aside, it's at least 70 pages too long. When it wasn't repulsive and offensive, it was really boring. I'm not saying it didn't have its fun moments, but they were surprisingly few and far between.
Raymond Chandler is quoted on the back as saying, "Bond is what every man would like to be and ...more
My first surprise was at how well written Casino Royale is, particularly since I had ...more
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Ian Lancaster Fleming was a British author, journalist and Second World War Navy Commander. He was a grandson of the Scottish financier Robert Fleming, who founded the Scottish American Investment Trust and the merchant bank Robert Fleming & Co.
Fleming is best remembered for creating the character of James ...more