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    Description'Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.' In "Casino Royale", the first of Fleming's 007 adventures, a game of cards is James Bond's only chance to bring down the desperate SMERSH agent Le Chiffre. But Bond soon discovers that there is far more at stake than money.


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    Title
    Casino Royale
    Subtitle
    James Bond 007
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ian Fleming
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 129 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 17 mm
    Weight: 185 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780099576853
    ISBN 10: 0099576856
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: THR
    BIC subject category V2: FA, FHD
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: F2.1
    Libri: ENGM1020
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 21200
    Libri: ENGL3030
    BISAC V2.8: FIC006000
    DC23: 823.914
    Publisher
    VINTAGE
    Imprint name
    Vintage Classics
    Publication date
    06 September 2012
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Author Information
    Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in London on 28 May 1908 and was educated at Eton College before spending a formative period studying languages in Europe. His first job was with Reuters news agency, followed by a brief spell as a stockbroker. On the outbreak of the Second World War he was appointed assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Admiral Godfrey, where he played a key part in British and Allied espionage operations. After the war he joined Kemsley Newspapers as Foreign Manager of the Sunday Times, running a network of correspondents who were intimately involved in the Cold War. His first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953 and introduced James Bond, Special Agent 007, to the world. The first print run sold out within a month. Following this initial success, he published a Bond title every year until his death. His own travels, interests and wartime experience gave authority to everything he wrote. Raymond Chandler hailed him as 'the most forceful and driving writer of thrillers in England.' The fifth title, From Russia with Love, was particularly well received and sales soared when President Kennedy named it as one of his favourite books. The Bond novels have sold more than sixty million copies and inspired a hugely successful film franchise which began in 1962 with the release of Dr No starring Sean Connery as 007. The Bond books were written in Jamaica, a country Fleming fell in love with during the war and where he built a house, 'Goldeneye'. He married Anne Rothermere in 1952. His story about a magical car, written in 1961 for their only child Caspar, went on to become the well-loved novel and film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Fleming died of heart failure on 12 August 1964, aged fifty-six. www.ianfleming.com
    Review quote
    "Ian Fleming has discovered the secret of narrative art...the reader has to go on reading" -- John Betjeman "A superb gambling scene, a torture scene which still haunts me, a beautiful girl" -- Raymond Chandler "Mr Fleming's first novel is an extremely engaging affair...the especial charm of the book is the high poetry with which he invests the green blaize lagoons of the casino tables...Mr Fleming has produced a book that is both exciting and extremely civilized" Times Literary Supplement "[Casino Royale is] lively, most ingenious in detail, on the surface as tough as they are made and charmingly well-bred beneath" Spectator "One of the most original spy thrillers that has ever tickled a jaded palate" Empire News
    Review text
    One of the most original spy thrillers that has ever tickled a jaded palate
    Back cover copy
    When Ian Fleming quit Naval Intelligence in 1945 he had a plan – to write the spy story to beat all spy stories. And so the world got the hero it had been waiting for – James Bond. ‘Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles’ In Casino Royale, the first of Fleming’s 007 adventures, a game of cards is James Bond's only chance to bring down the desperate SMERSH agent Le Chiffre. But Bond soon discovers that there is far more at stake than money. ‘Ian Fleming has discovered the secret of narrative art…the reader has to go on reading’ John Betjeman See also: Live and Let Die