| 'A superb gambling scene, a torture scene which still haunts me, and, of course a beautiful girl' Raymond Chandler|
Date Published : 1953
Original Summary of the Plot
The dry riffle of the cards and the soft whirr of the roulette wheel, the sharp call of the croupiers and the feverish mutter of a crowded casino hide the thick voice at Bond's ear which says, 'I will count up to ten.'
Anyone who has ever gambled will find this tense and sometimes horrifying story of espionage and high gambling irresistible. So will readers who have never entered a casino. Connoisseurs of realistic fiction will particularly note the careful documentation of the Secret Service background, the chilling portrait of Le Chiffre, the authentic menace of SMERSH, and the sensual appeal of the girl in 'soie sauvage'.
Current Summary of the Plot
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
Title used for film: 2006
In November 2006 Casino Royale, starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, became the first Bond film to be based on an original Ian Fleming novel since The Living Daylights. Tie-in editions of the novel featuring cover film artwork were published worldwide.