Casino Royale- Ian Fleming
A thrilling ride into the world of espionage and James Bond.
As a big fan of the James Bond films, I endeavoured to read the novels which made them possible and see Fleming’s work that has created one of the longest running film franchises ever in its entirety. It is a 213-page book and because of the fast paced nature of spy fiction, the reader becomes wrapped in the world of espionage and before you know it, you’ve finished it and you have become hooked. I have already put the next two books from the Bond series onto my list to read.
The most recent Casino Royale film (2006) starring Daniel Craig, despite being filmed 50 years after the book was published, the film overall stuck to the original story very well. If you enjoyed the film and that you are a Bond film buff, then most likely you’ll enjoy reading this as this is the starting point for the phenomenon, which is the James Bond franchise.
Those who are unfamiliar with the story, it is as this; Bond is pitched into a high stakes game of baccarat with Le Chiffre, who is a paymaster for a SMERSH (Soviet Counterintelligence) controlled trade union, and his mission is to win and bankrupt him. Bond is accompanied by the personal assistant to the Head of Section S (Soviet Union), Vesper Lynd. Vesper acts as his companion and so does Felix Leiter (CIA) and Renee Mathis (French Intelligence Agency). Fleming explores the relentless battle of mind-games between Bond and Le Chiffre while playing the multi-million-pound game at the Casino Royale-les-Eaux. The way Fleming sets the scene and conveys their emotions is done in such a crisp and concisely described way so that reader can easily imagine the visual and emotional scenery.
It is a thrilling book that I read in a flash. The James Bond books may be short but the way Fleming presents everything so precisely and effectively, he has made time for himself to create brilliant action, develop Bond’s persona and guides the reader further into the world of espionage, spies and secrets. This is a journey I am willing to go on thanks to this brilliant opening act.