Casino Royale: A James Bond Novel

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Penguin Books, 1953 - Fiction - 181 pages
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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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This is the first James Bond novel that I have read. What struck me is that the novel isnít quite as action oriented with as much high spots as the movies typically are. Bond came off as a little more ... Read full review

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I didn't think I would care for this, but I always keep my mind open for surprises. Having read a biography of Ian Fleming, and watched some of the early Bond movies, I suspected that this would be ... Read full review

Contents

The Secret Agent
1
Dossier for M
8
Number 007
17
Copyright

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About the author (1953)

Ian Fleming (1908-1964), creator of the world's best-known secret agent, is the author of fourteen James Bond books. Born in London in 1908 and educated at Eton and Sandhurst, he became the Reuters Moscow correspondent in 1929. In the spring of 1939, Fleming went back to Moscow as a special correspondent for the London Times. In June of that same year, he joined Naval Intelligence and served throughout World War II, finally earning the rank of Commander, RNVSR (Sp.). Much of the James Bond material was drawn directly from Fleming's experiences as an intelligence officer. Later, Fleming became a consultant on foreign affairs for the London Sunday Times, by which time he had become far better known as the creator of James Bond.

Mr. Fleming died August 12, 1964, at the age of fifty-six.

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