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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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"Where's 007 now that we really need him? He's back with the old derring-do in Penguin's dazzling new reprints" The Washington Post

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"Bond is what every man would like to be and what every woman would like to have between her sheets." Raymond Chandler

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"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...as an espionage thriller." Roger K. Miller, The Denver Post

Review:

"These stories were racy for the nifty Fifties but are quite tame by today's standards. Still, they can be fun." Library Journal

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"The first part of the book is a brilliant novelette in itself....But then [Fleming] 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..." The New York Times (April 1954)

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In the first of Ian Fleming's tales of 007, Bond finds himself on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called "Le Chiffre."

Synopsis:

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.

About the Author

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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lukas, December 11, 2009 (view all comments by lukas)
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.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780142002025
Author:
Fleming, Ian
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Espionage/Intrigue
Subject:
France
Subject:
British
Subject:
Spy stories
Subject:
Bond, James
Subject:
Espionage
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Technothrillers
Copyright:
Edition Number:
Reprint ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
James Bond Novels
Publication Date:
August 2002
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.72x5.13x.53 in. .34 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 192 pages Penguin Books - English 9780142002025 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Where's 007 now that we really need him? He's back with the old derring-do in Penguin's dazzling new reprints"
"Review" by , "Bond is what every man would like to be and what every woman would like to have between her sheets."
"Review" by , "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...as an espionage thriller."
"Review" by , "These stories were racy for the nifty Fifties but are quite tame by today's standards. Still, they can be fun."
"Review" by , "The first part of the book is a brilliant novelette in itself....But then [Fleming] 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..."
"Synopsis" by , In the first of Ian Fleming's tales of 007, Bond finds himself on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called "Le Chiffre."
"Synopsis" by ,
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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