Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Book - 1953
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Publisher: London, J. Cape [1953]
Branch Call Number: MYS FLEMI-I
Characteristics: 218 p. 20 cm


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Apr 13, 2020

A perfect spy novel/ origin story for the most famous of all British spies. The last words of Agent 007 would later inspire James Bond's delivery of "I never miss" in the 1999 film, "The World is Not Enough".

Sep 14, 2019

1st re-read since junior-high a very long time ago. Actually not a great read but the story in the book is better than the movie. But includes the original Vesper recipe- more than just a Vodka Martini, which I will try once I get a bottle of Lillet Blanc. Basically Gordons Gin, Vodka,& Lillet Blanc. Interesting that Flemming does not specify a brand of Vodka. Also Flemming clearly states that Bond should look like Hoagy Carmichael. IMO Sean Connery being the next best. The rest are just pretty boys. RM should have stuck to the Saint.

Jun 23, 2019

CASINO ROYALE is a mostly taut thriller marred by casual misogyny and the occasional rambling passage. However, it's a quick read and Bond is an iconic character for good reason. I definitely now get why Daniel Craig is considered the most "Fleming faithful" movie version of the character.

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.

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!

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.

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.

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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