The critic for Time magazine examined Raymond Chandler 's The Long Goodbye alongside Casino Royale ; he praised Casino Royale , saying that "Fleming keeps his incidents and characters spinning through their paces like juggling balls. Writing for The New York Times , Anthony Boucher wrote that the book belongs "pretty much to the private-eye school" of fiction.
You should certainly begin this book; but you might as well stop when the baccarat game is over. For this Americanised version of the story, Bond is an American agent, described as working for "Combined Intelligence", while the character Leiter from the original novel is British, renamed "Clarence Leiter". The agent for Station S. Feldman represented Ratoff's widow and obtained the rights to make a film version. Casino Royale was the first James Bond novel to be adapted as a daily comic strip ; it was published in The Daily Express and syndicated worldwide.
McLusky felt that Fleming's looked too "outdated" and "pre-war" and changed Bond to give him a more masculine look. Following the adaptation, the rights to the film remained with Columbia Films until when the studio, and the rights to their intellectual property portfolio was acquired by the Japanese company Sony.
This led to Eon Productions making the film Casino Royale. Casino Royale is a reboot ,  showing Bond at the beginning of his career as a agent and overall stays true to the original novel. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
Novel by Ian Fleming. For other uses, see Casino Royale. James Bond is the culmination of an important but much-maligned tradition in English literature. His genius was to repackage these antiquated adventures to fit the fashion of postwar Britain In Bond, he created a Bulldog Drummond for the jet age. Ian Fleming Publications state that it was "in not much more than two months",  while the academic Jeremy Black writes that it was on 18 March Ian's are the only modern thrillers with built-in commercials.
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Rankin, Nicholas London: Faber and Faber. Before you can say "double-oh-cross," enticing Vesper Lynd recruits baccarat ace Evelyn Tremble to impersonate the suave super-sleuth and confront the villain. Bond's illegitimate daughter, Mata Bond, whose mother was the late Mata Hari, is going to help out. The current agent using the Bond name, Cooper, has his hands full, despite his assistance by beautiful secretary, Moneypenny. Bond, hoping to clear his name from its current low repute, hires Evelyn Tremble to meet LeChiffre at the gambling tables at Casino Royale.
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He intends to recover the money he spent on brothels through gambling. Bond, an experienced gambler, plans to bankrupt Le Chiffre to stop him funneling money to the Communists. Even though Bond won against Le Chiffre, his evolution into a master spy is not yet complete. When Vesper is lured away by Le Chiffre and kidnapped, Bond follows to try to save her.
He gets into a car accident though, and is captured as well. Le Chiffre tortures him, and Bond learns first-hand the dangers he faces if he pursues a career as a spy. For the next three weeks, he is hospitalized. During that time, he considers whether or not he wants to be a spy. Bond decides he wants to marry Vesper and leave his life of espionage behind, but before he can propose, he witnesses her making a secret phone call.
Their relationship suffers. Finally, he cannot bear the tension between them anymore and he confronts her. They make love and when he goes to her room the following morning, he finds that she has committed suicide. Bond also learns that she was a double agent, working for the Russians. His anger at her betrayal pushes him to devote himself to spying for the British government, and his fate is decided.
The Cold War is an important theme in Casino Royale because it drives the main plot and provides part of Bond's motivation to become a spy. These nations took sides in an ideological conflict between democracy and capitalism on one side and communism on the other. It comes to a head when Bond demands to know her secret. She promises to tell him the next day. They make passionate love and Bond retires to his own room. In the morning he finds Vesper, dead from a suicide.
She was a double agent working for the Russians. This infuriates Bond and he recommits to his life as a spy. Read more from the Study Guide. Browse all BookRags Study Guides. Copyrights Casino Royale from BookRags.
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Very loosely based on Fleming's own experiences as a British intelligence officer, this book of Fleming's daydreams would start Bond on the path to pop-culture legend. The first print run was less than copies, and more than half of those are believed to have been sold to public libraries. Original black cloth, heart stamped in red on front board, spine lettered in red.
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The remaining copies of the first impression were sent out with these two omissions corrected by overstamping. Second impression dust jackets were reset completely though Gilbert notes that a number of the second state jackets from the over run of the first impression were used for the second impression as well. Condition: Near Fine. First Edition, First Printing Beautiful clean, near fine, first impression book with the original first printing unclipped dust jacket.
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Some edgespotting, jacket with some chips and tears; very good. A member of the wealthy brewing dynasty, Group Capt. Guinness also owned the sister ship Calypso. Whilst Calisto was used as the Guinness luxury yacht, the Calypso was fitted as a marine research vessel, becoming synonymous with the famous oceanic explorer Jacques-Yves Cousteau and featuring in his movie 'The Silent World' Cousteau and the Calypso are eulogised by Fleming in his travel book Thrilling Cities Gilbert A1a 2.
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Typical overall toning to the rear panel. The jacket is NOT price clipped and has the stated price of 10s 6d net to both the front and rear flaps. A very striking handsome example of this Fleming title in extremely scarce condition with the beautiful original unclipped dust jacket! Publisher's black cloth-effect paper over boards with red titles and 'Heart' design to upper, tail edge untrimmed. Book is near fine, clean inside, endpaper expertly replaced with stock of a similar tone and weight, covers remain fresh with no rubbing to the red blocking a common issue with this binding.
A beautiful near-fine copy without the jacket. The first James Bond novel; only copies of the first edition were published. This copy is a clean example with the original unclipped dust jacket book, having the same artwork as the first edition. Original crisp black covered boards with bright unfaded red titles to the spine, and a slightly rubbed red heart to the front.
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Of the four characters who are killed, only one of them dies in front of Bond. The other casualties occur off the page and seem a bit perfunctory. If you're stuck on a door stopper of short fiction like I was Edgar Allan Poe or reading non-fiction that's particularly heavy or deep, I highly recommend giving Ian Fleming a try to blast some cool fresh air through the musty corridor. My reading docket is being revise to make way for the second novel in the series: Live and Let Die.
View all 6 comments. Shelves: romantica , blood-and-danger. Ian Fleming has some poetry in his veins! I would never have guessed that. 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.
Don Draper Bond? Walter White Bond? I'm not sure if I'd call him a misogynist. Vesper visits him and treats him with kindness and empathy, and no mockery. Bond is a walking hard-on when he thinks about what's to come: She was thoughtful and full of consideration without being slavish and without compromising her arrogant spirit. And now he knew that she was profoundly, excitingly sensual, but that the conquest of her body, because of the central privacy in her, would each time have the sweet tang of rape.
Loving her physically would each time be a thrilling voyage without the anticlimax of arrival. She would surrender herself avidly, he thought, and greedily enjoy all the intimacies of the bed without ever allowing herself to be possessed.
Bond and Vesper are in love. Bond cannot or will not process Vesper's complicated back story and the effect she has had on him, so he destroys the memory of his love for her. Bond may be fooling himself but he hasn't fooled me. Vesper is a defining person in Bond's life, no matter how much he may want to discard his memory of her. I guess that's what losing the love of your life can do to a person. I'm not sure what I expected, but it certainly wasn't this.
View all 36 comments. This was a very interesting read. If you know the James Bond movies you might be a bit disappointed since the James Bond character shown here isn't the unbeatable superhero as on film. We have a casino setting with a compelling game going on between Bond and a villain named Le Chiffre. Then there is a secret agency named Smersh. What about Vesper, his female colleague on this case?
It's a nice story with a romantic twist at the end and a woman Vesper torn between two men. Don't get me wrong, a This was a very interesting read. Don't get me wrong, an interesting read bit of a pulp but I preferred the movie to the book.
Maybe I couldn't read the novel in an objective manner since I know all the Bond movies. The bond character in this book is different to the screen hero. Nevertheless worth a reading, since it is a spy classic! Sep 15, Lyn rated it liked it. The beginning of the James Bond stories.
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, t The beginning of the James Bond stories. Fleming, then a year-old first time writer, drew from his experience as a British naval intelligence officer during WWII and journalist to color his narrative about a secret agent.
I imagined Fleming writing in the early 50s, the war with Germany still fresh on his mind and the paradigm shift to the cold war with communism ongoing, before the films and the popular success. The short novel is fairly straightforward. Bond, a talented card player, is sent to beat and discredit a rogue Russian spy in a high stakes baccarat game. A good beginning, not what I expected, but entertaining and drawing the reader on to more Bond adventures.
View all 4 comments. Apr 06, J. Sutton rated it liked it. Representing all the tension of the Cold War, the entire first half of this book focuses on a sort of duel at the Baccarat tables. Fleming suggests that the Cold War will not be fought out on battlefields, but through the cool collective wit of spies like James Bond. Not sure I was impressed by the story, but it was amusing to see Bond fashioned as a superhero at the Baccarat tables before his other 'spy' skills are e It was interesting to read James Bond's debut in Ian Fleming's Casino Royale.
Not sure I was impressed by the story, but it was amusing to see Bond fashioned as a superhero at the Baccarat tables before his other 'spy' skills are emphasized. So it was entertaining. View 2 comments. Jun 04, Jason Koivu rated it really liked it. There is a time for every man and this man is of his time. 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 to There is a time for every man and this man is of his time.
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 to. He's going to fill up his closet with the severed limbs of his victims, because his boss told him to, and the victims won't be random. Bond objectifies women, often referring to them as "bitch," seeing them only as a sexual commodity, and so many complain that they simply do not like this literary version of Bond.
The movie versions of the books have conditioned people to like James Bond, portraying him as a dashing man's man who takes what he wants and discards the remains when he's done. It's cold-hearted, but we realize he's got a job to do I can't deny the difference between the two. One is lovable, the other is loathsome. One is exciting to watch, but is otherwise a boring person. The other is exciting to watch and is an intensely interesting person.
You watch the movies for fun and come away with a warm-fuzzy. You read the books for fun and come away leery of humanity. I'll put it simpler. Movie Bond likes to make ravaging love to his women. Book Bond has rape fantasies. I don't deny anyone's subjective tastes to like or dislike one over the other.
I see good reason to hate Book Bond. But I wouldn't read Ian Fleming's work for pure fun. He's created a singular character type. In his work with Intelligence during WWII, Fleming must have come across numerous spies that fit Bond's description: cold and calculating cut-throats with anti-social tendencies and a warped world-view.
James Bond is not a hero. He's a man paid to do a job. What you think of the man and your opinion of the job is entirely up to you. But real versions of these things have existed in our world and they are horribly fascinating. View all 15 comments. Dec 03, Will M. I've been a huge fan of James Bond ever since Casino Royale was shown in theatres.
I remember watching it with my family and my dream then was to become just like James Bond. I watched all the Bond movies that Daniel Craig starred in ever since that Royale movie. I haven't seen the older ones though, and I heard that this novel is similar to the older movies, and thankfully I haven't seen those.
There's this scene in this novel wherein the villain tortured Bond by repeatedly striking his m I've been a huge fan of James Bond ever since Casino Royale was shown in theatres. While reading the novel, I imagined Bond as Craig, and I don't think I can ever imagine him as someone else. The novel itself is very short, but substance filled. Is that a thing? Substance filled. I really enjoyed it, and it brought back a lot of memories.
Not that much action I guess, but this is Bond, and I'm pretty biased about him. Deep inside, I'm sure I'd still want to be a spy if given the chance. I almost forgot, this novel explained why Bond got the status, been wondering my whole life. Not sure if they told it in the movies, but I was 8 years old when I watched it, so I can't really remember much. He likes to smoke 70 cigarettes a day, take cold baths, and collect cool cars. I'm a huge car enthusiast, I hate cold baths, and I don't smoke, but one day, I still believe that I'll be just like James Bond.
I'm a huge crime-mystery-thriller fan, and I'm a huge Bond fan, so this novel was quite enjoyable for me. I've been deciding between 4 or 5 stars, but I believe I didn't find any flaws that bothered me that much. Like I said though, I'm really biased when it comes to Bond. Read this if you want a short but satisfying crime novel. The 1st part describes our hero's mental prowess and the second tells of why he hates chicks.
The film, in this case, is victorious over these primal sketches of the superstar But ce LA vie At least here's to be found pretty The 1st part describes our hero's mental prowess and the second tells of why he hates chicks. At least here's to be found pretty good arguments in that antiquated but always relevant case of good versus evil. PLUS, the exact way Dec 14, Heidi The Reader rated it it was ok Shelves: fiction , classics.
The first novel about James Bond, the 00 agent, takes place at the Casino Royale. 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 p The first novel about James Bond, the 00 agent, takes place at the Casino Royale. The best parts of the tale took place in the casino itself, the bar or the dinner table. There was only oneself to praise or blame. Luck was a servant, not a master. Luck had to be accepted with a shrug or to be taken advantage of up to the hilt.
But it had to be understood and recognized for what it was and not be confused with faulty appreciation of the odds. For, at gambling, the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck. Got it? I hate small portions of anything, particularly when they taste bad. This drink is my own invention. I'm going to patent it when I can think of a good name. This was just what he had been afraid of.
Why they 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? Recommended for I believe I'll stick to the films from now on. View all 7 comments. Casino Royale is the first book in the James Bond series.
I've seen the movie -- the new and the old version -- many times, but this is the first time I've actually read the book. James Bond is a much more complex character than the way he is portrayed in the movies. Yes, he travels to exotic places to kill people and he has more than his share of liaisons with beautiful women The complexity of the character just doesn't come through in the movies. The movies are pretty much just action-packed fight scenes separated by drinking martinis and having sex.
In Casino Royale, Bond infiltrates a high stakes baccarat game in order to bankrupt and ultimately ruin a Russian operative, Le Chiffre. But Le Chiffre is determined not to be ruined. He kidnaps Bond and Vesper Lynd, setting in motion events that might be the end of Bond.
This book contains one of the most gruesome torture scenes I have ever experienced in a book. The movie starring Daniel Craig depicted the basics of the torture, but left out much of the psychological brutality of the entire scene. I thought the movie version was traumatic It's an important scene that's integral to the plot of the book. It's not overdone and there is absolutely no detailed description of the event or in the injuries to Bond.
The horror comes in the matter of fact manner in which Le Chiffre explains what he is doing and why, and the description of how he goes about it. The coldness, the violence, the unfeeling nature of a very evil man In the movie, a knotted rope is used for the attack. But in the book it's a simple household tool, a carpet beater. Le Chiffre comments that it is easy to cause extreme pain and suffering to a man with the simplest of tools if one knows just how to do it.
The entire scene sent chills down my spine. It is definitely not for the feint of heart. The book has 3 distinct sections -- the baccarat game at the casino, the kidnapping and torture, and the aftermath. I didn't much care for the first section of the book. I have absolutely no interest in gambling and there is a lot of explanation about the game, the odds, what cards they are playing, etc.
Plus Fleming uses a lot of French, German and Russian words and phrases sprinkled throughout. While that does help create atmosphere, after awhile it just gets old, especially when it's gourmet food, wines, liquors and other details I felt weren't all that important.
For me, it was just a bit overdone. After the baccarat game, the action revved up considerably and the story became much more interesting for me. The ending is a bit abrupt, but it makes sense that it ends the way it does.
After reading this first Bond book, I have a better understanding of the character and why he is the way he is. I want to read through the entire Bond series this year as part of my goal to read more books that I've always wanted to read, but never actually took the time.
I'm glad I finally read Casino Royale. The book is so much more detailed than the movie. I listened to the audiobook version of Casino Royale from Audible. I'm glad I chose to listen to the audiobook as as I don't speak French, German or Russian and would have completely flubbed my way through a lot of wine, food, character and place names throughout the entire novel. At just over 5 hours long, it was a relatively quick listen.
Dan Stevens narrates. Stevens reads at a nice even pace, and did an excellent job with all different accents and voices of characters. I have hearing loss but was easily able to understand and enjoy this audiobook. Jun 25, Duane rated it really liked it Shelves: english-calssics , book-challenge , rated-books , reviewed-books , audio-books , guardian , mystery-crime. Everyone's heard of James Bond I'm guessing.
I've seen a few of the movies over the years but can't say I'm a big fan; I can take them or leave them. But I thought I would add a few of the Fleming novels to my read list and I always like to read the debut novel of any author, especially if it's a series. Casino Royale is not considered one of the best of the novels by critics, and I can't say I concur because I haven't read any of the others yet, but I can understand after reading it. I gave it Everyone's heard of James Bond I'm guessing.
I gave it 4 stars, but 3. About what I expected although there was more "serious" romance than I thought there would be. Then the soul-erosion produced by high gambling—a compost of greed and fear and nervous tension—becomes unbearable and the senses awake and revolt from it. 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 same way that J.
Rowling has with Harry Potter. And if Fleming did nothing else, at least most Americans learned how to pronounce Ian and Sean correctly! Back in the day, my dad was flying somewhere, reading the latest Bond, and he looked at his neighbour and across the aisle, and every one of them was reading a Bond mystery!
I remembered Bond as a smart, daring, sophisticated man of action, but with dangerously rough edges. Photo of Bond, James Bond, as played by Sean Connery The first half of the book — yes half — is devoted mostly to gambling, the rules, the odds, the chips, the millions of francs, the nerves, the rules, the odds, repeat. Perhaps in this was such a novel idea for a spy thriller that people were engrossed learning how to play.
In a deep champagne goblet. He wanted her cold and arrogant body. In fact, the whole book seems pretty juvenile. Then he lit his seventieth cigarette of the day. View all 20 comments. Apr 16, Chad rated it liked it.
Surprisingly most of the plot of the movie is in the book minus the parkour scenes in Africa. Bond is a cold ruthless bastard. It's hard to get past the sexism of the era The book was written in The plot is slow and plodding in places, especially the beginning. The excitement picks up after the baccarat scene. It's definitely a cold war era spy novel with lots of double crosses and twists and turns. Definitely not the best Bond novel, but first books for Surprisingly most of the plot of the movie is in the book minus the parkour scenes in Africa.
Definitely not the best Bond novel, but first books for a character rarely are. I finally got to read a Bond novel 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 s I finally got to read a Bond novel There is absolutely no suspense: one has seen it all. The Soviet Union is long since defunct, so its demonisation is not even objectionable now, only laughable especially when one considers what the "good guys" are doing nowadays. And Bond's attitude to women should have been objectionable even in those days - he is only interested in how to get them to bed.
In fact, he is interested in finishing the mission quickly so as to get down to the serious business of sexually exploiting the pretty girls in the story. In this book, Bond comes as surprisingly naive. His only positive contribution is his luck at Baccarat Ian Fleming somehow attributes it to his gambling prowess, but I failed to see the connection. He does not win a single fight, and lets himself be captured by acting like the hero of a third rate melodrama.
In fact, the story moves on despite Bond, not because of him. However, I liked the human face of the character. James Bond is not the cool and super-efficient murderous automaton of the movies here - he is very human and vulnerable too vulnerable where ladies are involved. Also, the novel is not entirely black and white with regard to heroes and villains: and the violence is graphic and the sex explicit for a book written in the fifties, which bespeaks boldness on part of the author.
I have decided to read all the original stories one by one, if only to see how the movies compare with the written word. View all 3 comments. Feb 28, BAM Endlessly Booked rated it really liked it Shelves: own , guardian-list , series-have-read , pulp , before-death. 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 Bond is after Le Chiffre, a money man for a communist organization who has embezzled. High stakes gambling ensues to recoup his losses. Bond challenges him at baccarat. This is a game I've never seen played.
Bond's eventual capture and torture is spot-on the movie. There is also a Vesper, but her story follows a different trail. I'm looking forward to reading all 13 of this series. Never before have I thought of myself specifically as a fan of the James Bond movies, although I did watch 13 out of overall 24 Bond films.
However, along with the recent release date of "Spectre" which I haven't seen yet , I wanted to discover how Ian Fleming's works influenced the successful movie adaptions and whether or not those movies lived up to the novel's expectations. Too high, I guess. Some amazing artwork originating from the movie can be found out there on the internet, and doesn't Casino Royale already sound pretty cool? Sexy double agents in suits with attractive girls surrounding them and villainous gangsters trying to take over the world who will probably end up being defeated after some sort of showdown - it's always the same procedure used in every film, yet all most of them become a huge success.
In contrast to many other Bond movies, I can understand how this success came about since the adaption of "Casino Royale" was pretty well done, but after reading Ian Fleming's original, I am nothing but bored by even hearing the name James Bond. But who is this James Bond in the novel? Raymond Chandler once said that "James Bond is what every man would like to be, and what every woman would like between her sheets".
So, if every man would like to be sexy, but tending to brutal, rapey behaviour, and protective with women, but degrading them, thinking of himself as superior to the other gender, and murdering numerous other people as a 'hobby' Never before did I encounter a character so unlikeable and abhorrent, and neither do I understand why people like those seem to have so much success with women.
I'm not opposed to unlikeable characters - some of the most interesting protagonists I've read about are anything but likeable - but the image of men and women depicted by Fleming is simply unbearable. Ian Fleming's writing is certainly not awful. He included some interesting sections reflecting Bond's behaviour, giving his character time to think over his situation, but it did nothing to transform Bond into a character with depth.
The double agent with a strong leaning towards sex with as many women as possible remains the only characteristic James Bond is allowed to have. But apart from that, the plot itself did not improve the novel's quality. Quite the contrary, the story of Casino Royale was boring. Yes, it was boring as hell. I caught myself skimming through the last chapters, being more annoyed by this book with every new sentence, and constantly struggling not to put it aside. There's one advantage, however: I could use this as a bedtime story and thus avoid any potential problems with falling asleep.
This was definitely the last Fleming novel I've read. In conclusion, I can recommend watching the movie and just skipping the novels in order to not waste any time with this. It isn't worth the expenditure of time. Aug 22, Richard Derus rated it liked it. Rating: well, why not? Forgot one. That's not fair Kind of a time capsule of what was wrong with Ya know What redeems it is the sheer balls-out what-did-I-just-watch comedic pace of the thing.
The return of Ursula Andress, this time as superspy Vesper Lynd not to be mistaken for 's Vesper, completely different character , is notable; but the turn to the comedic and ridiculous is signalled by Bond having a child by Mata Hari, yclept Mata Bond. It was one of the many moments where I rolled my eyes so hard I think I saw my brain.
Don't go into the film thinking it's a Bond flick and maybe it's okay Why watch it, then? Because David Niven is very good at being urbanely nuts. It's a meta-performance. If he arched his eyebrow any higher, he's lose it in his receding hairline. Because Ursula Andress is classic as Vesper. Because Orson Welles is endearingly baffled as Le Chiffre, seeming not to have seen a script before being shoved in front of the camera.
It's like a Warhol-movie moment. If you're a straight guy, Jacqueline Bisset and Barbara Bouchet are pneumatically endowed. But Peter Sellers was a major disappointment to me. Clouseau was his only character at that point, I guess. Not Bond, but fun. Sort of. Jul 02, BrokenTune rated it liked it Shelves: reviewed.
Here was a target for him, right to hand. Without SMERSH, without this cold weapon of death and revenge, the MWD would be just another bunch of civil servant spies, no better and no worse than any of the western services.
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 "Well, it was not too late. 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 such civil servant spies. Unfortunately, this is the only aspect of the Casino Royale story that I actually liked. The idea of James Bond and his mission is what draws me to the books, but not in fact the character of James Bond himself.
James Bond, as a character, is an utterly unlikable, chauvinist, self-centered idiot, who happens to be good at playing cards but is otherwise pretty lucky to have anything go his way - whether it is his involvement with women or his actually staying alive. I first read Casino Royale some years ago, shortly before the film was released, and really liked it for the plot and the fact that a card game could pose more danger to the world's biggest villains than any attempts of arrest or assassination.
However, I enjoyed that the book dwelt on thinking through Bond's moves at the baccarat table more than on action scenes. However, on this particular re-read of the story, I felt more drawn to paying attention to the way Bond interacts with the world around him and was reminded why in some of the subsequent books I tend to root for the villains - I just can't stand James Bond.
Would I still recommend this book? I think it is important to demystify the legend and the franchise - even tho I do enjoy the films! Casino Royale is one of my favourite novels. A Casino Royale is one of my favourite novels. One down, 13 to go. View all 9 comments. Sep 16, Dave Schaafsma rated it liked it Shelves: mystery-detective-thriller. I got back into Bond from the comics adaptations that are being made by Dynamite, meant to be in keeping with the original tone of Ian Fleming's novels.
I had read some of them over the years, but like most people, when I think of Bond I think of Sean Connery: Suave, sophisticated, urbane, vodka martini shaken, not stirred , fast cars, the latest guns and gadgets, great clothes, and hot women.
My sister and I used to watch all the movies again and again and we assessed the hotness of the women I got back into Bond from the comics adaptations that are being made by Dynamite, meant to be in keeping with the original tone of Ian Fleming's novels. My sister and I used to watch all the movies again and again and we assessed the hotness of the women and their worthiness for Bond.
The look had to be right, and increasingly, they had to have physical skills in addition to sexual ones of which you actually never saw evidence, really, in the PG movies. In rereading through listening to Casino Royale today for five hours in the car, I was struck by how dated and sexist the book is with respect to women, but if you like Bond films, even today's versions, you don't expect deeply feminist stories.
Casino Royale is basically divided into three parts: 1 Bond teaching us to play Baccarat at the Casino Royale; 2 Bond being extensively tortured by the guy whose money he won, and 3 a romance Bond has with a woman named Vesper.
The mainly surprising part is the way Bind falls for Vesper, to a consideration of marriage. The surprising turn of events in the end may have something to do with Bond's cooly aloof relationship with women in the later works of the series, but my impression is that the first Fleming glimpse of Bond is both tougher the torture, the murders, the unsentimental hard edge to his talk and demeanor and then softer he speaks of love and marriage in a matter of days?!
Is this Romeo and Juliet? Sep 19, W rated it did not like it Shelves: seen-as-movies , thriller. If that hadn't happened,James Bond would be totally forgotten by now. The movies reinvented the character,they spiced up everything. The entertainment and the escapism was taken to a whole new level. I had watched all the movies when I finally decided to check out Ian Fleming's books. The first one I read was Live and Let Die. It disappointed but I somehow struggled through it. Fleming's Bond didn't appeal to me at all.
But I tried again and Casino Royale was even worse. Gambling is something I've never been into anyway and there was plenty of it in this book. It was dull,it was dry and it felt very dated. I didn't get even a semblance of enjoyment. One line deserves mention. In Bond's view,"women were for recreation". The movie with Daniel Craig is better than the book,though to me it didn't feel like a James Bond movie.
Cubby Broccoli's guiding hand was missing. Even the spoof movie Casino Royale,which was a bit of a mess and featured mutiple Bonds was more entertaining than Ian Fleming's first entry in the Bond series. The contrast can't be greater. I love the Bond movies excluding the ones with Daniel Criag.
I hate the Fleming books. View all 8 comments. Sep 11, K. Shelves: spy , core. My name is Bond. James Bond. My dad used to bring us, his kids, to 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 , was the first James Bond book. Casino Royale has the unique distinction of being the only James Bond novel to be adapted three times: as a American TV production , a spoof film , and finally as the basis for the film of the same name.
The head of Station S, Fawcett formulates a plan to take down SMERSH operative Le Chiffre who is the head of communist sympathizing trade unions in northern France , who is attempting to earn money in game in Baccarat Chemin de fer in order to compensate for the loss of his chain of brothels which were shut down after a law banning prostitution surfaced in France.
M sends out his finest gambler, 00 agent Commander James Bond to play in the game. Bond checks into the hotel and prepares his operation. Before Bond has a chance to face off with Le Chiffre, Soviet agents make an attempt on his life. Bond survives a bomb blast unscathed. He makes it to the casino and squares off against Le Chiffre. During the game, Bond is nearly killed by a gunman hired by Le Chiffre. Soon Bond goes bankrupt, but Felix Leiter provides him with extra capital to continue playing.
Bond ultimately wins and bankrupts Le Chiffre, earning a sum of 40, Francs. After his win Bond takes Vesper out for a drink. However, she is lured into the parking lot and kidnapped by Le Chiffre. Bond pursues her in his Bentley but, after Le Chiffre makes him crash, he is captured himself. Subsequently Vesper is taken away by Le Chiffre's men while he physically tortures Bond's genitals, seeking to know where the cheque for the money he won was hidden.
After a while, he decides he couldn't extract information from Bond and begins sadistic mental torture on him. Delirious, exhausted and in tremendous pain, Bond passes out immediately afterward. Two days later, Bond regains consciousness and Vesper nurses him back to health. While in the hospital Bond contemplates his future as a spy. Three weeks later, they go on vacation where Bond starts a romantic relationship with Vesper.
They take a vacation at a French seaside inn. They start a passionate relationship and Bond decides he will ask Vesper to marry him. Vesper grows increasingly fearful and paranoid of this man as he occasionally passes by.
Bond catches Vesper making a secret phone call and acting duplicitously. Bond is frustrated and their relationship becomes strained. It comes to a head when Bond demands to know her secret. She promises to tell him the next day. They make passionate love and Bond retires to his own room. Finally, unable to handle the guilt, Vesper deliberately overdoses on sleeping pills that night to commit suicide. She had also nearly sabotaged the operation in the casino by not getting in between the gunman.
Vesper also stated she wanted to escape to South America, start up a new life with Bond, and have a baby with him. She then finishes the letter with "My love, my love. The novel then ends with Bond telling his liaison officer that "the bitch is dead now". Casino Royale was the first James Bond novel to be adapted as a daily comic strip which was published in the Daily Express newspaper and syndicated worldwide.
To aid the Daily Express in illustrating James Bond, Ian Fleming commissioned an artist to create a sketch of what he believed James Bond to look like. The illustrator, John McLusky, however, felt that Fleming's looked too "outdated" and "pre-war" and thus changed Bond to give him a more masculine look. This wiki. This wiki All wikis.
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