March’s Book of the Month – Casino Royale

“A superb gambling scene, a torture scene which still haunts me, and, of course, a beautiful girl”
- Raymond Chandler

“Bond is a classic adventure-story hero … a hero for all time” - Jeffrey Deaver

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With 2012 the 50th anniversary of James Bond on film, You’re Booked’s March books feature pays homage to Britain’s most famous fictitious spy.

The secret agent’s success came long before the big screen, with the incredible books written by Ian Fleming, and continued following Fleming’s death by a procession of other authors who have continued to keep the literary James Bond flame alight, including Robert Markham (Kingsley Amis), Charlie Higson, Sebastian Faulks and Jeffery Deaver.

March’s Book of the Month, Casino Royale, goes back to where it all began. For Fleming’s first Bond Book, published in April 1953, the initial printing of 4,728 copies soon sold out, leading to a second edition just one month later, and in fact today, a copy of Casino Royale in good condition can go for tens of thousands of pounds, particularly if signed by Fleming himself.

Plot Sumary: Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome; chillingly ruthless and very deadly. This, the first of Fleming’s tales of agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralise 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 James – 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 saviour.

The Girl: Vesper Lynd

The Villain: ‘Le Chiffre’

Location: Royale les Eaux – French seaside resort, Lisbon, Portugal

To find out more about all of the books, visit Ian Fleming’s official website here

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