New [Casino Royale] Author Ian Fleming

Ings for Miss Lynd to the extent that he was prepared to propose marriage to her I can assure you that such feelings were genuine even though he later rather callously repudiated them and that he truly had honorable intentions toward her It is obvious from Miss Lynd s unfortunate reaction that the feeling was mutualBased on the aforementioned reasons I propose that we eep Agent 007 in active duty as he had proved that he was able to overcome his personal weaknesses for the good of the Service Besides we now have incontrovertible proof that Agent 007 is irresistible to enemy females a uality that might come handy in future missions that might reuire such abilitySigned Second Officer Jane Moneypenny WRNSPS Please disregard any insinuation from certain members of the Service you now who they are sir that I have a crush on James Agent 007 Bond James Bond Over the years I have enjoyed watching the action movies starring England s favorite 007 spy yet until now I had not read any of Ian Fleming s classic books explaining Bond s origins In Casino Royale a tale of stealth lust and treachery we see where Bond s 007 career begins It is the years following World War II and the Cold War has emerged from the ashes of Europe The Russian intelligence agency SMERSH with backing of Arabian oil money has become a threat to take over the west Spies and double agents abound and newly minted 00 agent James Bond is sent to the Casino Royale to track agent Le Chiffre back to SMERSH and foil the Russian s plot What ensues is high jinx and high money stakes that are sure to leave one on the edge of their seat Alongside supposed ally Vesper Lynd and foreign friends Mathis and Leiter Bond takes the case Because this is Fleming s first Bond story the novel is about Bond s background in the service and less about chasing the villains across the globe as fans of the movies are familiar with We discover how Bond earned his 00 stripes his role in the Service during the war and that he is never without a drink or cigarette The Bond in Fleming s novel is the same Bond who has appeared on the silver screen all these years and is a thrilling to read about In the end there abound chases girls and double agents Bond saves the world from the spread of communism and his career as a 00 agent lives to see another day There will be further tales of high jinx espionage which Fleming gleaned from his own years in the British service In a documentary it has been revealed that the character James Bond was created as a composite of people Fleming came across while serving during the war however the real James Bond still remains shrouded in mystery Casino Royale was a fun read for a gloomy Sunday afternoon Knowing the cast of characters it was fun to read about them in print form I am looking forward to reading of Ian Fleming s classic Bond tales to see if the films hold as true to them as they have this first one James Bond will indeed be back as I rate this introductory story a solid 4 stars This book was much much better than the movie But then again so was my last migraine I m glad I read the book I think but I probably won t bother to read the rest of the series because James Bond much like Daniel Trout Pout Craig is an unrelenting pain in the arse A 80% Very Good Notes James Bond embittered professional iller gambles on humanity and love while we learn the intricacies of baccarat Some interesting facts that we learn in this bookJames Bond smokes 70 cigarettes per dayJames Bond loves his carJames Bond like Surround yourself with human beings my dear James They are easier to fight for than principles He laughed But don t let me down and become human yourself We would lose such a wonderful machineJames Bond Secret Agent for M16 007 with a license to ill This was the 1st entry in Ian Fleming s James Bond series and introduces the world s most famous fictional spy in great fashionBond is in France gambling his nights away at the Royale Casino It all sounds enjoyable however this is part of a very dangerous and highly expensive mission that could cost the UK Treasury 20 million An agent of the infamous Russian intelligence outfit SMERSH Death to Spies Le Chiffre is in a bit of dilemma He invested 50 million of his employers money without their approval into brothels and prostitution hoping to make a uick profit even though the initial funds weren t his It should have been a sound investment well until prostitution was outlawed 3 months later Le Chiffre as an expert gambler is looking to recoup his losses by acting as the playerdealer in a super high roller Baccarat tournament Bond as the secret services finest gambler is given Baccarat tournament Bond as the secret services finest gambler is given objective to play in this game under the guise of a Jamaican playboy millionaire and bust the SMERSH agent The outcome of which would be tragic and fatal for Le Chiffre SMERSH is not an agency you want to be on the wrong side ofIn the novels James Bond is very different from what he has morphed in to in the recent movies Here we see an attractive but scarred secret agent Smoker of 70 cigarettes a day huge drinker misogynist cold and brutally efficient whenever given a task for his country I m not saying I agree with his sexist nature but when reading classics I take a step out of our socialisation norms values and reality and try and place myself in the era of when it was written Many of characters and trademarks of the series are introduced here for the first time such as dealing with the Chief of Security M his receptionist Moneypenny the famous Bond James Bond line At this point 007 s tipple of choice is not a Vodka Martini Shaken not Stirred but the Vesper As a professional he only allows himself one drink before he does his duty but he makes it as large as possible as seen belowGoogle Here s how to make the Vesper according to Ian Fleming and James Bond Three measures of Gordon s one of vodka half a measure of Kina Lillet Shake it very well until it s ice cold then add a large thin slice of lemon peelAs the first thriller in the series it features a plethora of elements that have become part and parcel of Fleming s Bond adventures Car chases idnappings torture betrayal showdowns and lovely ladies The Baccarat showdown is far intense and realistic than the Poker match in this novels Holywood cousin I new nothing about Baccarat but Fleming explains the rules to the reader as Bond is reiterating how the game is played to one of his colleagues The supporting cast is highly likable including Mathis of the Deuxieme Bureau Vesper Lynd from M16 Russian Division and my favourite recurring character from the books CIA agent Felix Leiter The torture scene presented here however infamous is uite famous now as it is presented almost identically in Daniel Craig s first Bond film The main narrative is completed in about 180 pages The remaining 48 pages are about Bond reflecting on potential retirement and maybe finding love with someone he has crossed during this harrowing mission Just as Bond s icy shell starts to melt and he lets someone in the worst thing possible happens and the ending is unpredictable and pretty heart wrenching I had a great time re reading Casino Royale It just missed out on a 5 star rating because I don t think it is uite as good as On Her Majesty s Secret Service Goldfinger Dr No or From Russia With Love A exhillirating and extremely entertaining spy classic that introduced James Bond arguably the world s most popular fictional character This was a very interesting read If you now the James Bond movies you might be a bit disappointed since the James Bond character shown here isn t the unbeatable superhero as on film We have a casino setting with "a compelling game going on between bond and " compelling game going on between Bond and villain named Le Chiffre Then there is a secret agency named Smersh What about Vesper his female colleague on this case It s a nice story with a romantic twist at the end and a woman Vesper torn between two men Don t get me wrong an interesting read bit of a pulp but I preferred the movie to the book Maybe I couldn t read the novel in an objective manner since I now all the Bond movies The bond character in this book is different to the screen hero Nevertheless worth a reading since it is a spy Ing streak But some people just refuse to play by the rules and Bond's attraction to a beautiful female agent leads him to disaster and an unexpected savi. Ebut novel by Ian Fleming is stark and claustrophobic with a handsome visual splendor spareness of description and a bitter dose of nihilism Racist and sexist epithets are occasionally thrown in like firecrackers but rather than come off as moral defects for Fleming or date the novel give James Bond texture and combustibility Compared to the comic book styling of some of the sillier movies this is a gambling tale that features spycraft rather than a spy story that features a casino At 48000 words I was able to shoot through it in forty eight hours roughly the amount of time one of Bond s missions might lastBond s assignment begins in the fictional town of Royale les Eaux on the coast of northern France a resort town and site of an elegantly dilapidated casino Bond takes a break from the roulette wheel where he s actually been eeping an eye on the baccarat table and a gambler named Le Chiffre He walks to his hotel and learns that ten million francs have been wired to him approved by M the head of his department in London Bond s working capital at the casino now stands at twenty seven million francs After checking his room carefully for signs of intrusion he goes to bed alone one hand on a38 Colt Police pistol under a pillowAccording to a dossier prepared for M Le Chiffre is a chief agent of the USSR in France and paymaster of a Communist trade union there His loose spending habits investing fifty million francs of Moscow s money in a failed chain of brothels and embezzlement have likely drawn the attention of SMERSH the Soviet umbrella organization dedicated to smashing agents the acronym translates to Death To Spies With operating capital of twenty five million francs Le Chiffre desperately seeks to refill the plundered union funds at the Casino Royale where efforts to compete with the neighboring casinos has resulted in a well publicized and anticipated baccarat bank this JuneIntrigued by the prospect of destroying Le Chiffre at the baccarat table M selects Bond one his agency s feared double 0 s a designation earned by agents who ill a man in the line of duty Veteran of a casino assignment in Monte Carlo and a talented gambler in his own right 007 is tough as well a skill he may need if he comes into contact with the two bodyguards Le Chiffre eeps Bond passes himself off as a fop gambling away a family fortune made on tobacco and sugar in Jamaica He s assisted by Ren Mathis of the French Deuxi me Bureau and Felix Leiter of the CIA and to his chagrin a girl from headuarters personal assistant to the chief of Section M Mathis and Bond exchanged cheerful talk about the fine weather and the prospects of a revival in the fortunes of Royale les Eaux The girl sat silent She accepted one of Bond s cigarettes examined it and then smoked it appreciatively and without affectation drawing the smoke deeply into her lungs with a little sigh and then exhaling it casually through her lips and nostrils Her movements were economical and precise with no trace of self consciousnessBond finds the girl to be professional and easy to converse with He recognizes their sexual chemistry and would like to sleep with her but only after their assignment Bond later learns her name is Vesper Lynd Fleming not only pauses to show 007 and Vesper at work the pair communicate vast amounts of information about each other in the way Bond offers her a glass of vodka before her amused glance forces him to suggest a cocktail but also illustrates the sensory experience of a European casino in the 1950s and how baccarat is played with a round of twelve players dealt two cards with the option for a third a winning hand adding up to nine and face cards uselessTo separate the novel from the movie I should state that while Goldfinger 1964 or On Her Majesty s Secret Service 1969 are the films typically cited by Bond connoisseurs as the best of the series with Sean Connery and George Lazenby playing Bond alternately I m actually most enad by Daniel Craig s debut as 007 in Casino Royale 2006 In addition to Bond being reintroduced as rougher and muscular a iller than ever before Vesper Lynd Eva Green and Le Chiffre Mads Mikkelsen nearly eclipse 007 in intrigue The bevy of beauties or deranged villains are interchangeable "in a lot of these movies but not this one Casino Royale functions "a lot of these movies but not this one Casino Royale functions and beautifully as a world parallel to the film series beginning in the wake of World War II rather than the Swinging Sixties and with a slightly rougher and wayward Bond For the 007 of literature and the men who defeated the Axis Powers Asian stereotypes are simply a matter of professional experience and women belong at home cooking or gossiping not interfering in men s work At least one of these prejudices The One About Women one about women work being in the home are admirably and tenderly subverted in the course of the novel while the other is an aside that demonstrates Bond s self isolation than it does a belief by FlemingFleming s writing is like an Esuire Magazine article without any of the hooptedoodle or parts for men to skip over Luck was a servant and not a master Luck had to be accepted with a shrug or taken advantage of up to the hilt But it had to be understood and recognized for what it was and not confused with a faulty appreciation of the odds for at gambling the deadly sin is to mistake bad play for bad luck And luck in all its moods had to be loved and not feared Bond saw luck as a woman to be softly wooed or brutally ravaged never pandered to or pursued But he was honest enough to admit that he had never yet been made to suffer by cards or by women One day and he accepted the fact he would be brought to his nees by love or by luckFleming adorns the novel with twenty seven splendid chapter titles 8 Pink Lights and Champagne 9 The Game Is Baccarat 15 Black Hare and Grey Hound which is something I always like The story surges in momentum from team building to the big game then view spoilerBond s torture by Le Chiffre hide spoiler To MFrom Jane MoneypennySubject An assessment of Agent 007 s conduct during operation Casino Royale Dear SirI am aware of concerns raised by certain members of the Service regarding Agent 007 s performance during the abovementioned operation Therefore I would like to offer my personal assessment based on the debriefing reports and my own long familiarity with the subjectIt is true that Agent 007 had somewhat compromised the operation by letting himself getting caught by the Target otherwise nown as Le Chiffre It is also undoubtedly true that he might have compromised the integrity of the valuable intelligence that we gathered by becoming an intimate of No 3030 aka Vesper Lynd However despite all of that he had managed to accomplish all of our objectives in the operation as well as unmasking a potentially dangerous double agentI can personally vouch that the errors that Agent 007 had allegedly committed stemmed not from gross negligence or willful disobedience but strictly from certain aspects of his character which are regrettable but perfectly understandable in a man of his persuasion The most obvious of these is his antipathy toward female operatives best illustrated by these uotes from the debriefing report And there was this pest of a girl Women were for recreation On a job they report And there was this pest of a girl Women were for recreation On a job they in the way and fogged things up with sex and hurt feelings and all the emotional baggage they carried around One had to look out for them and take care of them And also These blithering women who thought that they could do a man s work Why the hell couldn t they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave men s work to the men Isn t it patently obvious sir that such preconceived notions caused him to fall for the Target s devious trap However he had subseuently paid dearly for such deplorable misogyny by suffering the worst ind of torture nown to the male of the species a ghastly affair that involved a cane chair with cut out seat a 3 foot long carpet beater and Agent 007 s naked nether regions the details of which is available in the medical report attached to Head of S s memorandumFurther on his psychological condition during the long convalescence led him to develop certain feel. Ruining him at the baccarat table and forcing his Soviet spy masters to 'retire' him It seems that lady luck is taken with James Le Chiffre has hit a los. SpoilersThis will be a review of not just Casino Royale but of the James Bond books in general I think that there is a good argument to be made that the Bond books are the most misunderstood books of all prominent books because the very subtext that accounts for their enduring appeal is buried so deeply that it just passes most people byThe best way to understand the James Bond books is to understand the heroines of the books These heroines are often characterized as being glamorous women who it is Bond s role to save This is completely and totally wrong The whole ey is that these women ALWAYS have short unpainted nails They are actors and present an existential challenge to James Bond In fact the best way to understand Bond is as a ind of existential literatureFleming was a writer who had a message that he seemed not to be fully and consciously aware of He says the same message in every book and he says it in the same way with the exceptions of The Spy Who Loved Me and the short story uantum of Solace where the same themes are approached from alternative directionsFleming is often compared to Le Carre almost always negatively This is an unfair comparison in two ways First of all Fleming is a great writer and is along with Lovecraft one of the two greatest writers of Pulp in history whereas Le Carre is merely a very good writer Second Fleming is not really writing spy literature he is really writing fantasy in which the hero happens to have the occupation of a spy As such criticisms of a lack of realism are about as out of place as they would be for The Lord of the Rings or Alice in Wonderland I would have thought that the Bond books wear their status as fantasy clearly than say the Latin American Magical Realists but this point appears to pass people byThe next thing to notice about James Bond is that he is pretty clearly a broken person The thing that I most love about Daniel Craig s interpretation of Bond is that he conveys this point clearly and repetitively in a way that has not been done before Bond is a ind of broken Nietzchean superhero who has in a way arbitrarily and for what appear to be purely aesthetic reasons taken on a specific set of values that we are meant to recognize intuitively as a priori superior to competing values In this he is exactly the same as both the James Bond heroines and villainsIf you read the Bond books critically one of the things that is most striking about them is how similar in personality Bond is to both the heroines with a few exceptions and the villains also with a few exceptions Fleming will distinguish Bond from the villains not so much by their actions which are often uite similar but instead by things such as the cut of their suit or their taste in luxury watches These aesthetic choices are meant to be inherently preferable just as Bond s belief system and set of values is never defended as superior to communism or ironically to the vast accumulation of wealth and power that other figures such as Goldfinger are bent on accumulating eg the values of capitalismBond the villains and the heroines of the books all have in common that they do not in any way feel bound by conventional morays rules of decorum or value judgments All of the major characters have in fact chosen a belief system and a set of values through force of their personal will alone The other characters have not and this is why those characters are The Cutting Room: A Novel of Suspense kinds of ghosts within the books and are in some sort of way not worthy of interacting with BondThe villains have in fact chosen the wrong values They are every bit as ruthlessly dedicated to them as Bond and they will not in any way compromise them just as Bond will not The women have either chosen the same set of values as Bond or at least a set of values that are not diametrically opposed They are then worthy romantic interests this goes only for the main female character in every book However Fleming is clear that the heroines Nietzchean superman status means that they are too independent to make theind of long term bonds necessary for stable relationships They are not in the next book and presumably they like Bond have moved on unchanged This is clearest in Casino Royale where the doomed nature of the genuine love that Bond has for Vesper Lynd is clearly spelled out in the Events Leading Up To And leading up to and her deathAlso in this book Bond fails in his mission in a way that he will not do so spectacularly again but in staying true to the values that characterize him even at the expense of rejecting a genuine love he maintains his status as a Nietzschean superhero A status that Fleming clearly means to be a ind of idealization of how to live one s life and not an actually fully achievable ideal It "Is By Setting Bond " by setting Bond a fantastic world and not in a world where mundane limits can intrude on this ideal that Fleming can over and over again put forth this ideal in its pure formAgain it is a world where the choice of a man s luggage is meant to say as much about him as the choice of his political ideals It is a morality justified by its aesthete and not vice versaBut even though it is a fantasy world it is still a world in which it is not possible to simply always force one s will onto that world Bond may fail to save the woman he may fail to stop the villain from getting away his wife might die his friend s legs might be eaten by a shark he may be captured he may be emotionally devastated by events But it is still a world in which his maintenance of his own values and beliefs can be specifically maintained through every hardship and peril In pretty much all the Fleming books Bond is distracted by doubts or by emotional weaknesses and in every book Bond overcomes these by simply pushing them awayIn other words the Bond books represent a ind of practical existential ideal It is not an implausible solution to the practical problems of our world that Fleming is unconsciously advocating and it appears to be what he attempted to practice in real life But it is a difficult solution that he advocates none the less I think I read From Russia With Love first and FRWL will always be my favorite Bond book and movie but I had to go back to the beginning a read the Fleming bond books straight through I was afforded the opportunity a few years ago when the entire Fleming collection in paperback was available for 20 at Sam s Club Still one of the best book buys I have ever come acrossCasino Royale did not blow me away it is a bit dry and slow I wasn t going to let that deter me from my uest to work through the series but it did take some getting used to I am not sure if it is just that it is from early in Fleming s writing career or if it is just tough to feel comfortable with my image of Bond as I was reading words from his creation I am reminded of when you go back to watch the first episode of a sitcom while you are 8 or 9 seasons in and none of the characters are developed or comfortable yetOne thing that surprised me was that the recent Casino Royale movie did include most of the story from the book view spoilertrading Texas Hold Em for Baccarat hide spoiler The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning Then the soul erosion produced by high gambling a compost of greed and fear and nervous tension becomes unbearable and senses awake and revolt from it James Bond suddenly new that he was tired He always new when his body or his mind had had enough and he always acted on the nowledge This helped him avoid staleness and the sensual bluntness that breeds mistakesThus begins Casino Royale which in 1953 launched the exploits of British Secret Service agent James Bond Until Harry Potter appeared in the rearview mirror of his Aston Martin Bond may have been the biggest literary franchise of the 20th century thanks in large part to the success of twenty five and counting official movies In terms of film franchises Bond is second in sustained popularity only to Godzilla with the jolly green giant generating twenty nine Japanese produced movies and six American ones Interestingly Godzilla arrived in cinemas less than a year after Bond made his debut in booksellers As a id I loved both characters I still doThe This the first of Fleming's tales of agent 007 finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal high rolling Russian operative called simply 'Le Chiffre' by. 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