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Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
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Feb 21, 2011

it was ok
bookshelves: 1001-books, ebook
Read from February 21 to 23, 2011

2.5 stars.

the first book in the james bond series is perhaps more interesting for what it's not than for what actually is going on. it's safe to say that the movie adaptations far overshadow the source text, and now we have this popular image of 007 as debonair, sophisticated (a bit of a dandy, perhaps), suave with the ladies, solidly a "good guy", and just a little campy. he fights villains from the scooby-doo flavored eeevil of SPECTRE while saving damsels with sexually suggestive coy names. the recent version of 'casino royale' seemed a fresh reboot of the series, with daniel craig's no-nonsense practical cold bond.

nope, it wipes just straight from the source material.

ian flemming's bond approaches sociopathy with his near lack of emotion. he's sophisticated because he's an extreme loner and likes to have very nice things done exactly the way he wants them without anyone else's input. he contemplates his own death or that of others with cool detachment. it's a little creepy to be as in his head as you are with this book. and that graphic torture scene that seemed so modern, so rawly edgy in the movie? right here in this book from the Donna reed 50s.

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Reading Progress

02/23/2011 page 65
34.0% "huh, thought bond would be more thriller-y. well, just got to an explosion anyway."
02/23/2011 page 140
73.0% "holy $%?!!! that god-awful brutal torture scene from the Daniel Craig movie is in this book from the Donna reed 50s!!!!!"

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