Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Book - 2012
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British secret agent James Bond takes on "Le Chiffre", a lethal Soviet operative with a weakness for gambling. Bond's mission is to bankrupt Le Chiffre at the baccarat table so Moscow will kill him to avoid further embarassment.
Publisher: Las Vegas, NV :, Thomas & Mercer, 2012
Edition: Thomas & Mercer edition
Description: 178 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN: 9781612185439
1612185436
Branch Call Number: Flem

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axeman
Mar 09, 2017

If your feeling nostalgic, this book might be your perfect fix. Bond is a super character and somewhat more vulnerable and sensitive than the character in the movies. These books also have a great story structure which make them fun and entertaining to read. Casino Royale is in my opinion, the best of the bunch. All you need is this book and a batch of martinis and you have a great Sunday afternoon planned.

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cath9977
Feb 26, 2016

I was amazed by this book. First of all it is nothing like the movies. It was the first Bond book that Fleming wrote and it is a masterpiece of writing. It is a profound and tragic love story concerning the sordid life of spies. It is realistic and could have happened. I think it is better than the book Ashenden by W. Somerset Maugham, which is several stories about spies and based on the author's experiences. I read a biography of Roald Dahl which told how Fleming was a friend of his and admired Dahl's writing very much. It said that Fleming felt that Dahl was a REAL writer and Fleming felt he was inferior, just a hack. Although Dahl is terrific, I'm sorry that Fleming isn't alive so I could write and tell him: Casino Royale is a masterpiece!

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lukasevansherman
Nov 18, 2015

The first of the James Bond novels, written by Fleming shortly before his marriage. Some may say this was his way of dealing with a mid-life crisis. If you just know Bond from the movies, this is quite a bit different. Bond is tough and taciturn and there are few one liners or charismatic villains. "Casino Royale" is one of the better written of the series, but Fleming, even at his best, was a limited writer. For those who aren't familiar with baccarat, there are far too many gambling scenes. And there's a casual sexism that creeps in way too often. But it is a swift, enjoyable escapist thriller, which is all it's meant to be. It also contains the recipe for the Vesper cocktail.

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theyawner
Jul 11, 2013

The first and best of all of the Bond novels. It is raw, gritty, and morally ambiguous. The only one were Bond questions the morality and philosophy of his world.

etillery Apr 05, 2013

Normally, I can't stand Bond movies because they're so horribly predictable. Not gonna lie, there were certain aspects of this book that were predictable, but I enjoyed this book greAtly. Instead of mindless violence and explosions, this book delves more into the actual spy elements that get lost in the movies. This particular novel also showed a more human side of Bond,the emotions behind the cold exterior that aren't fleshed out on screen. Well done, Ian Fleming.

As a side note, he is the same guy who wrote"Chitty Chitty Bang Bang". Mind=blown.

SpencerSpencer Feb 13, 2013

Yes, yes, it's dated, a little dry, a little comic book, but this is a good, fun espionage story. Very cool reading about the origin and development of James Bond. Fun story to read. Interesting insight into the character and history.

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mleco032
Nov 10, 2012

Quite a good book. Since it was written during the cold war there, of course, are differences compared to the relatively recent movie of the same name. As a result, it would be unfair to make a comparison to something that was updated for the modern audiences.

That being said, this is still a well-paced book that does an excellent job of setting up the character of James Bond for the rest of the book series. Looking forward to reading the next in line, Live and Let Die.

adeline22 Aug 04, 2011

Good book, not good if you are expecting the movie in words. not too similar to the movie but good in its own way. A short Thriller

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A_Summers_Day
May 11, 2011

I was rather disappointed in this book; as the first of Fleming's Bond series, I was expecting much more. Both the characters and the story lack a lot of depth, both feeling very one-dimensional. The last quarter of the story is very slow, and features an unsatisfying ending. The character of Vesper Lynd is so poorly developed - Fleming wrote her with such a misogynous/sexist bias that she was just pathetic. James Bond didn't do too much either; nothing like any of the movies. Though an interesting comparison to the movie franchise, I wouldn't read this book again.

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e_long
Dec 08, 2010

The only Bond book that I've read which is worth reading.

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