Casino Royale

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Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

The Denver Post
Here Bond is not the charming, witty sophisticate that Sean Connery, Roger Moore and other actors have made him. Casino Royale is noticeably lacking in humor, and Bond is equally noticeably cold and ruthless, yet at the same time a romantic susceptible to love's pangs. In fact, the novel is as much a love story - with a sad ending - as an espionage thriller. — Roger K. Miller
Library Journal
The allure of James Bond was best described by Raymond Chandler, who insisted that 007 is "what every man would like to be and what every woman would like to have between her sheets." Who can argue with that? This month marks the 40th anniversary of the film release of Dr. No, which was the first Bond adventure to make the big screen, and two big coffee-table books are being published to honor the occasion (LJ 10/1/02, p. 96). Shockingly, Fleming's original novels have gone out of print, but Penguin here reproduces a trio of the British secret agent's early outings, released in 1952, 1958, and 1959, respectively, sporting stylish cover art. These stories were racy for the nifty Fifties but are quite tame by today's standards. Still, they can be fun. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
B Wright
...The first part of the book is a brilliant novelette in itself, dealing with the unlikely but imaginitive plot to ruin a Communist agent by gambling against him for high stakes...But then he decides to pad out the book to novel length and leads the weary reader through a set of tough cliches to an ending which surprises no one save operative 007... Books of the Century, New York Times review April 1954
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781612185439
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
  • Publication date: 10/16/2012
  • Series: James Bond Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 30,714
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Ian Fleming (1908–1964) was born in London and educated at Eton and Sandhurst. During World War II, he served in British Naval Intelligence, playing a key role in shaping the prototype CIA. His wide-ranging, fast-paced life would provide the backdrop for his beloved spy novels featuring the perennially charming James Bond.

Dan Stevens is an acclaimed English actor best known for his portrayal of Matthew Crawley on the popular television show Downton Abbey. He has worked extensively in theater in Britain and the United States, performing alongside such actors as Peter Bowles and Dame Judi Dench. Currently Stevens is starring in the CW television series The Tomorrow People.

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  • Posted May 2, 2009

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    The best Bond book.

    Fleming's character descriptions are so elaborate you will find yourself remembering visual scenes after finishing the book, only to realize it was those scenes were just words you read not pictures you saw. The story is suspenseful and exciting. Fleming helps you to connect with the characters: You'll wish the villain to lose and for Bond to win. You'll feel tense when Bond is in a tight spot and relief when he escapes. The writing is very concise; each paragraph furthers the plot. This is the best book in the Bond series.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2009

    Never read a 007 book until now. I missed out! NUF CED!

    Fantastic!! Ian Fleming knows how to introduce a thriller! Vesper Lynd was suuuuuper hot and sexxxxxxxxxxxxy! Le Chiffe was super evil! The book was like a movie in book form. It was wonderful!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    Never seen the movies... But love the book!

    I am 11 and I have never seen any James Bond movies, but these books are really good. They are actually not too appropriate for me but the action is great. And if you like this book, you will like the others: Live and Let Die, Moonraker, From Russia with Love, The Man with the Golden Gun... The list goes on and on. Short books but overall, really great reads.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2008

    Different

    The movies are totally different than the books. They make Bond out to be some superspy. He doesn't even use gagets in the book which makes him more realistic. There is not as much action in the book as in the movies, but that doesn't make the book boring. If you have watched the movies and want to know how bond really is read this book. The new version of Casino Royale with Daniel Craig is very good also.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2008

    Bond has Arrived

    Okay, so this is the first Bond novel I have ever read. However, in the past couple of years I have grown into Bond through all twenty-one of the movies. I can't believe that it took me so long to get one of Fleming's books in my hand but finally, on my 17th birthday, it happened. It only took me three days to read this, the pages practically flew by in my hands. It is an easy read, even though it was written in the fifties and a bit dated. I was disappointed with the ending it could have been more impressive but it left me satisfied. I've already ordered Live and Let Die and I absolutely can't wait for Quantum of Solace to hit the silver screen, but back to the book. My advice to you: READ IT!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 1, 2008

    Best Bond book written

    Normally when I see a movie, I oftentimes will steer clear of the book, as Hollywood has a way of bastardizing a novelist's work, and I do not want the magic of the movie to be destroyed. However, with Casino Royale, I was pleasantly surprised. Granted, no Elipsis conspiracy, high-priced airline stock market debauchle, or global terrorist network bent on world domination and the end of capitalism. But this Bond is far more realistic and believable than the gadget-toting, fast car-driving, socializing and womanizing Bond that Hollywood has created. This is by far one of the best books I have ever read! It completely held my attention, and was totally riveting. I found myself completely enthralled with the story, so much so that I look forward to purchasing and reading the other titles in the franchise.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2008

    Dated but wonderful

    The book is wonderfully crafted and fun to read. Some of the situations and references are fairly dated, but that adds to the texture of it. Any true Bond fan ought to check it out. They'll love it.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2008

    I've never finished a book for pleasure before besides a select few

    and so when i went to B&N to get a book for pleasure, i was very picky. I saw the James Bond books and found the first one, (Casino Royale), and went home. When I started reading I literally couldn't stop. I finished the book in one night! (took me about 7 hours) I had already seen the movie, but about twenty pages into it you will realize they are almost completely different. A must read for Bond Fans!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 6, 2014

    Click here

    I haz 007 legens

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 30, 2013

    I am so sad that this disappeared as a nook book. Casino Royale

    I am so sad that this disappeared as a nook book. Casino Royale along with a few other Bond books were available on the nook just a few days ago and I am kicking myself that I didn't buy them tgen. However, if anyone else out there is interested please go to where you van request this as a nook book as it is available as an ebook other sources and I am more than happy to take my money elsewhere if Barnes and Noble does not respond.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 1, 2012

    James Bond is as much of a weapon as his Beretta 418, although h

    James Bond is as much of a weapon as his Beretta 418, although he’s more of an agent by chance than by choice, a weapon as sleek as his 1933 Bentley convertible. He has his vices: gambling, martinis, cigarettes, and sex. Ian Fleming may not have painted women in the most favorable light, may have used a different writing style for a thriller than I’m accustomed to—the agency brief, plenty of inner dialogue and thoughts, and only a dusting of intense action sequences—but this was an enjoyable read for me from the first page to the last.

    Having watched and enjoyed all the Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig James Bond films, along with a few other films from previous James Bond actors, I wanted to look at the man behind the mask, and I must say I’m rather glad I did. This was a quick read, although I wouldn’t necessarily call it light, and while I won’t rush to read the rest of the Ian Fleming novels, I do want to see how both his main character and writing style develop.

    Robert Downs
    Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 20, 2009

    Timeless Wisdom

    Fleming is a great author and writes a thrilling spy novel, but I read him mostly to absorb his misogynistic views. He poignantly expresses these throughout Casino Royale with statements such as, "Bond saw luck as a woman, to be softly wooed or brutally ravaged, never pandered to or pursued."

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  • Posted February 26, 2009

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    Flemings' First

    Great Book, better than the movie. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted October 31, 2008

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    Bond, James Bond

    They say the book is always better than the movie. I usually agree, but in this case I'd say they're equal, but different. No high tech gadgets or fancy special effects here, but you get to see Bond as the author originally created, which makes this well worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2008

    Dated Fun

    The first Bond novel gets started quickly, matching Bond against a French communist in a heated battle of...baccarat? Well, at least it wasn't Texas Hold 'Em like the recent film. Bond is not the overly polished Pierce Brosnan type, nor the suave and sophisticated Sean Connery type, and he doesn't have gadgets either. Some of the story elements are a bit dated, but the action moves along quickly. Overall, a fun, inconsequential read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2008

    Enjoyable read, grittier than the remake

    This is perhaps the only book I read when I viewed its cinematic version first. It follows a slightly different path than the movie but nonetheless is absolutely thrilling. 'Royale' really kept my attention. So much so that I nearly missed my stop while on my morning commute occasionally.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2007

    Bond

    They say the book is always better than the movie. I usually agree, but in this case I'd say they're equal, but different. No high tech gadgets or fancy special effects here, but you get to see Bond as the author originally created, which makes this well worth the read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 24, 2007

    Fantastic read! Great for true spy lovers!

    Ian Fleming was an outstanding writer. The book shows the gritiness of the secret agent field. Much better than all the movies, which used to lean toward silly at times. Don't get me wrong, I loved the movies or I wouldn't have picked up the book. But the writing is better than anything new I've read and in a style that really lets you understand Bond in a way the movies can't. However, you will realize in the book that this is a terribly complex man. Can't wait to see how he evolves over the series. I'm off to buy #2!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2006

    Witness the real James Bond

    This is the real James Bond in action. Although I like the movies, the books are always better. In fact, it's like a new story even though I saw the new movie the day before. The books are rarely anything like the movie, and again, much more enjoyable.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2006

    Bond for beginners...

    This was the first Bond book and it is remarkable in many ways that someone who knows 007 from the films alone may not appreciate. Fleming saw Bond as a 'blunt instrument' and it is only in the later books that he acquires a patina of wit and sophistication. He is NEVER humorous in any of the books, so those looking for the snappy one liner or wink-wink double entendre will be disappointed. Remember this book was written well over a half century ago...that will give the reader some appreciation of the avant-garde quality Fleming brought to a dead (at the time) genre.

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