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August 2018: Espionage > Casino Royale / Ian Fleming - 3*** (Decathlon)

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Book Concierge (tessabookconcierge) | 6391 comments Casino Royale (James Bond, #1) by Ian Fleming
Casino Royale – Ian Fleming
Book on CD read by Simon Vance.

“The name is Bond, James Bond.” And this is the book that started it all.

Bond is in France, on a mission to foil the Russian operative known as “le Chiffre” at the Baccarat table. The hope is that Bond will bankrupt the Russian, forcing his Soviet leaders to “retire” him. He’s not entirely happy when he’s sent a woman as back-up, but apparently, she makes a good cover. What could be more natural that for a wealthy Jamaican playboy to pick up a pretty girl at a casino?

It’s still a fast-paced, spy thriller, that entertains. I first read this back when I was a teenager, vacationing with my best friend and her parents in Puerto Rico. I think we read six or seven of the books out on the beach or by the pool. We were taken by Bond’s good looks and sophistication. Not to mention the danger, and the sex. Now I’m a bit appalled by his attitude towards women. But he’s a product of his time, and of the genre.

Simon Vance is one of those audio performers who can do no wrong in my book. He’s marvelous narrating this audio book.

LINK to my review

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Amy N. | 256 comments I'm curious how the book stacks up against the movie. I'm also curious if Ian Fleming holds up or if he's more of a nostalgia read. I've always wanted to give James Bond the book character a try, but I've been leery.

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annapi | 5156 comments IMO, nostalgia read. I first picked him up long ago, in the 80's I believe, and I was disappointed. The latest movies IMO have eclipsed the book Bond, but that's just a product of the modern times. The older movies (Connery & Moore) might be pretty close to the books.

Kristel (kristelh) | 699 comments It was easier to read Ian Fleming in the 60s than now days. I read a few of the Bond books back then but didn’t read this one until more recent times and I was not as engaged as I was in the sixties.

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