British Secret Service agent James Bond, a.k.a. 007, is sent to play in a high-stakes baccarat game in an effort to take down Le Chiffre, a financier for the villainous SMERSH. Things get more complex when Bond is partnered with Vesper Lynd, a beautiful and smart MI6 employee with a dark secret.
James Bond is one of the most iconic characters in 20th-century literature. In addition to the 12 novels and 9 short stories written by Ian Fleming, there have been over 40 novels and short stories written about the spy by other authors, and 26 films produced, starring actors such as Sean Connery and Daniel Craig as 007.
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
After so many incarnations of James Bond, it was a delight to go back to Ian Fleming’s original 007 novel. 1953’s Casino Royale follows the quintessential spy on a mission to intercept a Russian agent in Northern France—and portrays a Bond who has more depth, vulnerability and range than his big-screen descendants. For today's reader, there’s an undeniable Mad Menesque thrill in the midcentury details (including our hero’s penchant for combining champagne with motorsports). Ultimately, it’s the breakneck pace of the plot—packed with action and romance—that makes Casino Royale a pulpy success.