Casino Royale: James Bond 007
- Publication Date:
- 06 September 2012
- Espionage & Spy Thriller
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Bond no. 1, 1953; the novels are something totally different from the old Bond movies, that much has to be said. They are a good and thrilling read, sometimes even poetic, in the classic thriller style of the "old" days featuring the iron curtain. And the more one gets forward into the books unfolding Mr. Bond's life, one will be forced to admit that Sean Connery was the one and only Mr. Bond (down to the perfect look alike as Fleming describes him) there ever will be. Casino Royale as opener is one of the best of the series.
I was encouraged to step into the Bond series by my wife, so I picked up with the first in the series. Casino Royale was my favorite bond movie and while there are quite a number of differences from the book (as with all of the books/movies in the series) there was a remarkably similar feel between the two.What I came to enjoy the most was not even the story, which in and of itself is well told, but the perspective and manner of speaking used to tell the story. Hearing the thoughts and emotions that swirl around in Bond's head was a very different experience from the movie adaptations. I was also impressed by the size of the book. Fleming's writing is extremely compact and to the point and I did enjoy that a lot. It made for a fast, exciting, and enjoyable read. I look forward to the rest of the books.
James Bond's first outing...playing baccarat against Le Chiffre. Assisted by Vesper who turns out to be a double agent for Russia. USA spy Felix Lieter and French spy Rene Mathis make the scene. After beating Le Chiffre at baccarat, Vesper is kidnapped and Bond nabbed in an attempt to help her. He is tourtured (sitting in a bottomless seat and having his balls swatted with a rug beater) until a SMERSH (death to spys) agent kills Le Chiffre. Bond is rescued by Mathis, rehabbed and goes off with Vesper to recuperate by the sea. After killing herself, we learn she is a double agent and fell in love with Bond. It's then that Bond dedicates himself to battle SMERSH.
'm not a huge fan of the Bond movies, I've been known to like a few, particularly the recent Casino Royale. This, however, was not what led me to begin reading Ian Fleming's infamous series. I was at the bookstore, my boyfriend said he would buy me a book because he's a sweetheart, etc etc. So I was roaming, and I suddenly saw the spines of all these books with really awesome cover art. And they were the Bond books. I bought the first few, and I absolutely have to go back and buy the rest so I'll have them. The cover art is so great on all of them. Anyways...I was really impressed with how well written this was and how much I enjoyed it. Kudos to Ian Fleming for creating a macho male character that I felt I could somewhat relate to.
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