Casino Royale

Casino Royale

by Ian Fleming


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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.

The text in this edition has been restored by the Fleming family company Ian Fleming Publications, to reflect the work as it was originally published.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781612185439
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 10/16/2012
Series: James Bond Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 188
Sales rank: 32,379
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.30(d)

About the Author

Ian Fleming was born in London on May 28, 1908. He was educated at Eton College and later spent a formative period studying languages in Europe. His first job was with Reuters News Agency where a Moscow posting gave him firsthand experience with what would become his literary bete noire--the Soviet Union. During World War II he served as Assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence and played a key role in Allied espionage operations.

After the war he worked as foreign manager of the Sunday Times, a job that allowed him to spend two months each year in Jamaica. Here, in 1952, at his home "Goldeneye," he wrote a book called Casino Royale--and James Bond was born. The first print run sold out within a month. For the next twelve years Fleming produced a novel a year featuring Special Agent 007, the most famous spy of the century. His travels, interests, and wartime experience lent authority to everything he wrote. Raymond Chandler described him as "the most forceful and driving writer of thrillers in England." Sales soared when President Kennedy named the fifth title, From Russia With Love, one of his favorite books. The Bond novels have sold more than one hundred million copies worldwide, boosted by the hugely successful film franchise that began in 1962 with the release of Dr. No.

He married Anne Rothermere in 1952. His story about a magical car, written in 1961 for their only son Caspar, went on to become the well-loved novel and film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

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Casino Royale (James Bond Series #1) 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
FutureBond More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
whbiii on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Brisk, terse and surprisingly engaging - far better and more interesting and suspenseful than any film versions (yes, I'm looking at YOU Daniel Craig). The baccarat showdown (no, not Texas Hold 'Em) is exciting and the strategic details of baccarat are laid out with elegant simplicity. Although lacking in depth, this Bond is, nonetheless, an interesting - if violent - epicurean.
Cecilturtle on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
It's difficult to read a James Bond without comparing it to the movies and I was astounded by the differences! Bond as a misogynistic, fallible, emotional (under that tough exterior) man was a discovery! I was also surprised by the lack of action, basic story line and character development but great attention to aesthetic details. In general I enjoyed the book and this other side of Bond but it was definitely not what I was expecting.
deslni01 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Bond - James Bond", one of the most well-known quotes in the Western world spoken by one of the most well-known characters to ever grace the pages and screens. Casino Royale is Sir Ian Fleming's introduction to the character of Bond, and sets the stage for the many successful and popular sequels to follow.James Bond - Agent 007 - must play a high-stakes game of Baccarat against a Russian named Le Chiffre, and must prevent him from winning roughly 50 million francs. Bond's sole objective is to prevent Le Chiffre from obtaining that money, which would result in a fate worse for Le Chiffre than merely death.It seems difficult to make a game of Baccarat interesting, yet Fleming did just that and more, adding a great deal of suspense and action, as well as a woman typical of the Bond franchise. The books offer a different glimpse into the life of Bond than the movies, in that the reader is able to understand the thought process of Bond, rather than just witness his actions. This provides a compelling tale of the most famous secret agent in the world, and Casino Royale provides a glimpse into what turns him into the womanizing man he is famous for - especially the chilling last line of the novel.
neiljohnford on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this in two sittings in a doctors waiting room and on a park bench in the Czech Republic. Really enjoyed it to. I think if you've grown up watching the James Bond films every bank holiday monday you might be in for a bit extra from the books. There's something cruel, even psychotic about the character that you get from the books but you don't really get from the films. I guess the exception is the two recent reincarnations, Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace, where the character has a cold streak that you get from the books. I'm not sure how well these have aged with the non-pc language but that's sort of interesting in itself - this pretty normal stuff in it's day but now looks misogynistic and racist in places. Interesting how social attitudes change.Most interesting for me was the moral debate about the nature of good and evil being just different perspectives. Sort of deep for a thriller that fits in your back pocket.
lightparade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In came Daniel Craig, so I thought, let's read a Bond novel, never done that before, never say never again (ha ha). Got myself a Penguin and got to work.Well, that was it. Read the first eight Bond novels end-to-end in about three weeks, and have since completed the canon (well, I aborted The Spy Who Loved Me). Despite the nonsense (the train in Diamonds..., the entire premise of Moonraker), these are marvellous books, but Casino Royale is perhaps the best and the most human, as Fleming pieced together his creation with no idea of where it might all lead! Yes, Le Carre is the "better writer", but Bond is the one, and I can't wait for the Sebastian Faulkes take in May...
snarkhunt on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Surprisingly good! Know this - Bond is a bastard. He's cruel, he's emotionally unavailable, he's a bit... distant from it all. On the other hand, the book's good bits are just as exciting as the movies. I was tense as the bets stacked up in the casino and worried as recovery led to love led to misery.Sure, the thinking is archaic, the treatment of fashion and sexism are laughable, but that's true of all ancient literature. Bond's from the past.Another reason to read this book is for the great last line, which tells a whole story in itself.
IronMike on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in Ian Fleming's James Bond series. Two summers ago I read all the James Bond books in sequence. While we're not exactly talking literature here, it was an absolute hoot! As usual, there are differences between the books and the movies. Some of the movies in this case were possibly better than the books. But there are important differences. The Bond character develops as the books follow in proper sequence. Bond falls in love, his love turns out to be a double spy who kills herself; Bond rejects his love for her and calls her a "bitch," establishing his character as a man whose country comes first. Then in a later novel Bond visits her grave. None of this comes through in the movies. On the other hand, The Spy Who Loved Me, may be the worst novel ever written. The paperback editions to buy are the ones with artwork by Richie Fahey (I think that's his name, but I'll check back later if correction is needed.) These paperbacks were approved by the Ian Fleming Estate. Other paperbacks may contain changes to the texts by the politically correct police. (I'm not kidding.) In one book there's a chapter heading "Eighth Avenue." but that's not what you'll find in the original. I found that when I read the books, the music from the movies popped into my head as I read the exciting parts. Enjoy.
girlwriter on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this so much more than the Bond movies. But suspect part of that is my post-WWII Britain fetish.
LouieLouie on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Ian Fleming introduced 007 in this crisply written thriller. Good stuff.
JBreedlove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A surprisingly good read. Sharp and well written. The original literary character was enough like Sean Connery's to work well in my imagination. That and the story-line was close enough to the latest movie to make it a quick read. I also enjoy reading about post WWII life and there were enough refences to give you a feel for the world as it was.
clark.hallman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the first OO7 James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming in 1953. It does a good job of introducing Bond, M, SMERSH (the USSR's feared organization that vows "death to spies" who might have hindered the Soviet's mission. In this book Bond is assigned to ruin a Russian operative named Le Chiffre by bankrupting him at the Baccarat table. Of course Bond succeeds, but gets even with him and his current love, who turns out to be someone he didn¿t expect. The Baccarat games were somewhat boring, but the punishment Bond endures at Le Chiffre¿s hands is brutal, and for me the last two sentences in the book made it worth reading.
tyroeternal on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.
Polaris- on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
My first Ian Fleming book and I really enjoyed it. The story of Bond's need to defeat the corrupt 'communist' Le Chiffre at the high stakes game of baccarat at Royale's casino - so as to nullify any chance of his maintaining his dastardly actions - is straightforward enough. It is the small details of the plot that make this book so much fun to read. That said, the extensive torture sequence is totally wince-inducing and much more frightening than anything dreamt up in any of the films. There's a nice twist at the end as well. Highly recommended for a quick diversion. Live and Let Die is next...
amerynth on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As someone who has enjoyed the various incarnations of James Bond in film, I'm surprised I really didn't enjoy "Casino Royale" as much as I expected. It's hard to say why, really.Perhaps, it's because it was harder to ignore 007's sexist and misogynistic attitude in print... or that the charms of a smirking, handsome Englishman weren't there as a distraction. I found Ian Fleming's writing style to be too heavy with the descriptions, which I know fit in with the character's eye for detail, and too slight with the action. Perhaps as his style became more refined, there would be a better balance in later Bond books. Unfortunately, I really didn't enjoy this one enough to try reading another.
Timothy_Dalton007 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Forget all the high tech gizmos and witchcraft, there is none of the movie allure in this book. Also, it shows a much darker Bond than the smarmy flirt that exudes from the different actors on screen. This was quite an interesting spy novel, however, not as spy like as I would have imagined it would have been. This novel may share character names and locations but it is a far cry from the movie adaptation. Forget the whole beginning chase in the movie, or the seducing of a bomb maker liaison's wife. The terrorist explosion of a jumbo jet for stock market gambles. Heck, even the game at which Bond is to take out Le Chiffre is not in the game. Texas Hold em' isn't present nor does it even show it's face as a cameo. The game that is the deciding factor to get Le Chiffre on the run is baccarat. Having never played the game it was a little difficult in attempting to figure out the rules based on the one time explanation as the novel progress. I am interested now in learning to game just so I can make sense of their card table war game! Other than that all that I can say about Ian Fleming's first Bond novel is that I do believe it was way ahead of it's time for the spy thriller. Obviously having been written in the 40's during the high point of War and the goal of defeating Communism.
theokester on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've been a fan of the James Bond movies for a long, long time. I finally decided to read some of the books that inspired the movies and where better to start than with the first book in the James Bond series? When Casino Royale came to theaters a few years back, I was a little nervous at first about the new "grittier" bond. I'd always enjoyed the cheesy humor. But I really felt like Daniel Craig did a great job in Casino Royale and I look forward to seeing future movies.As is expected with any book-->movie scenario, there were a few notable differences between the book and the movie. Some of the action scenes were different. A little bit of the flow of the book was different. The interaction between Bond and the other major characters was a little more withdrawn in the book.Another notable difference was that instead of playing Texas Hold 'Em (as they did in the movie), Bond played High Stakes Baccarat. I'd seen Baccarat played in some earlier Bond movies but I've never played or learned to play. Flemming did a fabulous job of not only teaching the reader the game of Baccarat but in doing so in such a way that felt natural to the narrative of the story. The action sequences were fast paced and interesting without becoming terribly graphic or gory. Even the scene where Bond is tortured extensively is done in such a way that it makes the reader squirm but through higher level narrative or inferences rather than graphic descriptions. Don't get me wrong, there is definitely some lower level fighting and violence but it's done in a way that shouldn't turn the reader off. Except for Bond, the characters were a little flat, stereotyped and predictable. There were some interesting character interactions and motivations, but generally speaking the book felt like Bond's story was a one-man-show and even though the characters were there, they were just window dressing for him. Bond was a bit flat at times as well¿his character being the stereotypical "hard man" who doesn't really like authority, women, or process. He's cold and methodical and gets the job done.If you've seen the movies, you'll know Bond's reputation as a ladies man. Interestingly, in this novel, he seemed very much against the idea of mixing business with pleasure. He commented that he didn't like having women around to distract him while on a job. He stayed cool and distant towards Vesper. They had a couple of scenes that should have been brimming with romantic tension but instead had a cold and distant bond beside a semi-confused Vesper. We came away from those scenes with a degree of tension but more with a sense of frustration for the romantic connection that could have been.Bond's interaction with the local authorities and with the Americans was played a little different in the book than in the movie. Once again, Bond was the center of attention and the external forces were wholly peripheral and seemed to exist only to play on Bond's needs. And when Bond needed them, they suddenly arrived just in time with all of the proper resources and aid. This again felt a bit strained, but still worked in the sense of the novel.When Bond finally did warm to Vesper and their romance bloomed, it seemed a little forced/manipulated. While there was a sense of realism to the nature of his growing to like her, the way it was written left me feeling unconvinced. The ending of the book was much less action packed than the movie but followed a fairly similar plot arc. I didn't feel the same sense of Bond's loss as in the movie. In fact, in the book Bond seemed almost less effected. I think that was largely due to the distant nature of his character through the book.Interestingly as I look back at my thoughts/review, I feel like I am coming off as extremely negative towards the book. I agree that the book wasn't as good as I'd hoped but it was still entertaining and still pure James Bond adventure. I give it a little leeway knowing that this was the first b
DuffDaddy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
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.