Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
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In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming’s agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who’s been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table.

One of SMERSH’s most deadly operatives, the man known only as “Le Chiffre,” has been a prime target of the British Secret Service for years. If Bond can wipe out his bankroll, Le Chiffre will likely be “retired” by his paymasters in Moscow. But what if the cards won’t cooperate? After a brutal night at the gaming tables, Bond soon finds himself dodging would-be assassins, fighting off brutal torturers, and going all-in to save the life of his beautiful female counterpart, Vesper Lynd.

Taut, tense, and effortlessly stylish, Ian Fleming’s inaugural James Bond adventure has all the hallmarks that made the series a touchstone for a generation of readers.

The text in this edition has been restored by the Fleming family company Ian Fleming Publications, to reflect the work as it was originally published.

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About Ian Fleming

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Ian Fleming was born in 1908 in London, England. He attended Eton College and then the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. He left there after a year to go study languages in Munich and Geneva. Fleming served as the Moscow correspondent for the Reuters News Agency from 1929 till 1933. he then became a banker and a stockholder in London until the beginning of World War II. When the war began, Fleming became the personal assistant to the Director of British Naval Intelligence, where he learned most of his espionage terms. When the war was over, he worked as the foreign manager of The Sunday Times in London. Fleming wrote twelve James Bond novels, nearly all of which were made into Motion Pictures. He died in 1964.
 
Published October 16, 2012 by Thomas & Mercer. 189 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Arts & Photography, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment, Westerns, Health, Fitness & Dieting, Children's Books, Crime. Fiction

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An expensive game of counterespionage is played out in a French gambling casino when Bond, a Secret Service man, is assigned to defeat Le Chiffre Communist agent at the tables.

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The Guardian

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Casino Royale, by Ian Fleming (Penguin, £6.99) Are you becoming a little tired of James Bond?

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Casino Royale by Ian Fleming Penguin, £7.99 The world contained in the pages of Ian Fleming's first Bond book (and now the latest Bond movie), written when he was a ripe 43, is not just the escapism we might expect.

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BC Books

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I hate to buck the trend of those critics who are hailing the new James Bond film, Casino Royale, as a return to form and reinvention of the superhero spy franchise, but I found the film, while technically proficient, overlong and underwhelming.

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The James Bond films carry certain expectations: guns, cars, gadgets, martinis shaken, not stirred, girls, sex, and cringe-worthy double entendres are chief among them.

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Examiner

To aid in my 52 books to read goal, I started reading the James Bond books.

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Time Out New York

Bond: ‘A vodka martini, please.’ Casino barman: ‘Shaken or stirred?’ Bond: ‘Do I look like I give a damn?’ It’s a sharp and knowing line – probably penned by Paul Haggis, the talented, final scriptwriter of this highly enjoyable ‘back-to-basics re-boot’ of the 007 franchise – that not only simult...

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Horror News Net

Foremost among the Bond imitators were the Matt Helm series of films starring Dean Martin – The Silencers (1966), Murderer’s Row (1966), The Ambushers (1967), The Wrecking Crew (1969) – the two Derek Flint films starring James Coburn – Our Man Flint (1966), In Like Flint (1967) – and the various ...

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David G. Schwartz

Given that in the next paragraph, Bond fantasizes over whether the other thug’s hair covers his whole body (Bond thinks it does: “Naked, Bond supposed, he would be an obscene object” is how the paragraph ends), you can ask yourself how this novel became the template for one of the most successful...

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If all you know of James Bond, espionage fiction's most recognizable character, comes from the decadent films, you owe it to you

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