Yesterday evening I finished my reading of James Bradley’s Flags of Our Fathers. Last week, my wife was kind enough to drop by the library and pick up a few books for me, one of which is my next read, Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale.
Of course, I’ve seen the movie Casino Royale starring Daniel Craig, and it’s definitely one of the better Bond movies in years; however, I have never read an Ian Fleming book, and I’ve been watching James Bond movies since my father introduced them to my brother and I back in the 1980s when we were growing up. So I’m definitely looking forward to tackling my first book.
My wife was kind enough to check out the paperback version from our library, and here’s a quick summary of the book:
Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome; chillingly ruthless and licensed to kill. This, the first of Ian Fleming’s tales of secret agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called simply “Le Chiffre” – by ruining him at the Baccarat table and forcing his Soviet spymasters to “retire” him. It seems that lady luck is taken with 007 – Le Chiffre has hit a losing 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 savior…
I’m looking forward to seeing how different the book is from the movie that I’ve seen several times. If you’ve read Casino Royale, or any other Ian Fleming books, I’d definitely love to hear your thoughts on them!