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Casino Royale (Penguin Modern Classics) (original 1953; edition 2004)

by Ian Fleming

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Title:Casino Royale (Penguin Modern Classics)
Authors:Ian Fleming
Info:Penguin Classics (2004), Edition: New Ed, Paperback, 192 pages
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Casino Royale by Ian Fleming (1953)

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    The Kobra Manifesto by Adam Hall (benfulton)
    benfulton: Very similar spy stories. Quiller is a bit more physical than Bond, I think.
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An enjoyable little book. Unlike the movies, the books are dead serious, more like the tone of spy novels a la John LeCarre. They are also somewhat dated in that racism and sexism is quite blatant. Nevertheless, they are fun to read. I learned how baccarat is played (basically very similar to black jack), and that Bond feels pain and experiences fear, and also just how cold-hearted and unforgiving James Bond really is. ( )
  Marse | Aug 13, 2015 |
Having recently read Silverfin a story about the young James Bond by Charlie Higson, I decided to revisit the James Bond books that I loved as a teenager. This is the introduction to Bond and the series promises to be a lot of fun. Although the gambling strategies related to baccarat are beyond my understanding, the excitement and suspense was clear. The story was just as entertaining as I remember, even though it wasn't one of my favourites. The reader must also remember that it pre-dates modern politically-correct sensitivities. A word of advice: resist forming an opinion of Ian Fleming books on the James Bond movies, most of which, though fun, are cheesy, cheap reproductions. ( )
  VivienneR | Jun 11, 2015 |
The first book in the James Bond Series by Ian Fleming. It wasn't what I was expecting. Here we have secret agent Bond, time worn, a caricature of a real person. He only lives for the his job, nothing else. Its a gritty, dark world. Not heroic, not spy like. Bond does what he has to survive.

Its an interesting read - at times too convoluted, at other times, too simple. The writing is short, to the point. I had a hard time keeping track of the characters. The ending seemed a bit tacked on - it seemed like an after thought to tie up loose ends.

That isn't to say this book is bad - while at times, the writing is too dry, when its good, its really really good. ( )
  TheDivineOomba | Jun 8, 2015 |
Brisk and brusque, cosmopolitan and sensuous, whilst deceptive and brutal, “Casino Royale,” the first James Bond novel, is a very good, fluid, and quick read. It’s a simple and exciting novel that I’d bring along for a long train trip, though its smatterings of old world sophistication may seem at times too detail-oriented and too sentimental. Also, its ending just seemed to drag on and on towards its manly but ultimately unsatisfying, vindictive, and empty final line. I’m now reading “Live and Let Die” and I hope it’s at least as good as the original. ( )
  GYKM | May 28, 2015 |
Classic.

Not like the films, much darker.

Highly recommended ( )
  dham340 | May 10, 2015 |
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The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning.
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The Devil has no prophets to write his Ten Commandments and no teams of authors to write his biography. His case has gone completely by default. We know nothing about him but a lot of fairy stories from our parents and schoolmasters. He has no book from which we can learn the nature of evil in all its forms, with parables about evil people, proverbs about evil people, folk-lore about evil people. All we have is the living example of the people who are least good, or our own intuition.
"surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles. But don't let me down and become human yourself. We would lose such a wonderful machine."
“Your own injuries are serious, but your life is not in danger... If all goes well, you will recover completely and none of the functions of your body will be impaired... But I fear that you will continue to be in pain for several days...”
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James Bond

closed his eyes and waited for the pain. He knew that the beginning of torture was the worst.

Le Chiffre
The formidable, dangerous French Communist with large sexual appetites. Paymaster of SMERSH and a master sadist.

Vesper Lynd
the conquest of her body would each time have the sweet tang of rape.

A superlative thriller. Replete with elegant, enigmatic women, superb food and service, explosions, torture and sudden death. - Boston Sunday Post

The best gambling scene one can recall and the most revolting torture scenes. - The Birmingham Post

Hums with tension - Time Magazine
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Double Oh Seven
gambles with a union boss
who's a SMERSH agent.
(yoyogod)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 014200202X, Paperback)

In the first of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, 007 declares war on Le Chiffre, French communist and paymaster of the Soviet murder organization SMERSH.

The battle begins with a fifty-million-franc game of baccarat, gains momentum during Bond's fiery love affair with a sensuous lady spy, and reaches a chilling climax with fiendish torture at the hands of a master sadist. For incredible suspense, unexpected thrills, and extraordinary danger, nothing can beat James Bond in his inaugural adventure.



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In the first James Bond novel, originally published in 1953, 007 takes on Le Chiffre, a French communist and paymaster of the Soviet murder organization SMERSH, as the suave agent becomes involved in a high-stakes game of baccarat, enjoys a fiery love affair with a sexy female spy, and endures torture at the hands of a master sadist.… (more)

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