Casino Royale: James Bond 007

Casino Royale: James Bond 007

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By (author) Ian Fleming

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  • Publisher: Vintage Classics
  • Format: Paperback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 129mm x 198mm x 17mm | 185g
  • Publication date: 6 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0099576856
  • ISBN 13: 9780099576853
  • Sales rank: 7,577

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'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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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

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"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

Editorial reviews

[Casino Royale is] lively, most ingenious in detail, on the surface as tough as they are made and charmingly well-bred beneath

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