Casino Royale

Version: Unabridged
Author: Ian Fleming
Narrator: Robert Whitfield
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
Published In: September 2000
# of Units: 4 CDs
Length: 3 hours, 15 minutes
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Bond was not amused. "What the hell do they want to send me a woman for?" he said bitterly. "Do they think this is a bloody picnic?"

Mathis interrupted. "Calm yourself, my dear James. She is as serious as you could wish and as cold as an icicle. She speaks French like a native and knows her job backwards. Her cover's perfect and I have arranged for her to team up with you quite smoothly. What is more natural than that you should pick up a pretty girl here? As a Jamaican millionaire", he coughed respectfully, "what with your hot blood and all, you would look naked without one".

Bond grunted dubiously.

"Any other surprises?" he asked suspiciously.

At the Casino in Deauville, Bond's game is baccarat -- for stakes that run into millions of francs. But away from the discreet salons, the caviar and champagne, it's 007 versus one of Russia's most powerful and ruthless agents -- and the prize is a bullet in the head from a S.M.E.R.S.H. assassin.

Reviews (5)

James Bond

Written by Anonymous on August 6th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

It is a James Bond book. Need I say more? It is a bit dated though.

Casino Royale

Written by Anonymous on March 8th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This was excellent. I have seen all the Bond movies, but had never read a Bond book. This gave me a clearer picture of what Bond is about. I recommend this to all Bond fans.

Casino Royale

Written by Michael Scott from Santa Cruz, CA on December 11th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 4/5

While admittedly being a major Bond film fan, this is actually the 1st Bond book I've "read". I'd always known that the Fleming books were supposed to be a tad cheesy, but have always been intrigued by the fact that JFK had a voracious appetite for them. After recently finishing several Biographies of JFK, I decided the time had come to give the books a try. And while visions of characters from the Bond films kept spinning in my minds eye while listening to this title (particularly Sean Connery, Adolfo Celi, George Lazenby, and Diana Rigg, though none were even IN the film version of this title), I found myself rather enjoying the journey through the story.

Sure, he's a twit...

Written by Anonymous from Athens, GA on May 16th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

but this is one of the better Bond books on audiobook. Although how anyone can say, "S.M.E.R.S.H." without snickering is a better man than I, Agent Din.

Casino Royale

Written by Daniel Wainwright from Fresno, CA on November 16th, 2004

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Very surprising book. A lot more character development than I expected.

Author Details

Author Details

Fleming, Ian

"Born in Mayfair, London, Ian Fleming was the younger brother of the travel writer, Peter Fleming. He was educated at Eton College and Sandhurst military academy, then went to university on the Continent to study languages. He worked as a journalist and stockbroker before the Second World War. On the eve of war he was recruited as personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Rear-Admiral John Godfrey.

Fleming's background in intelligence work gave him the background and experience to write somewhat convincing spy novels. The first James Bond story, Casino Royale, was published in 1953. It is believed that in this initial story he based the female character ""Vesper Lynd"" on real life SOE agent, Christine Granville. As for the inspiration behind James Bond, one of the strongest candidates is said to have been Merlin Minshall, who worked for Fleming as a spy during the Second World War. Another is a fictional character called Duckworth Drew, created by writer and journalist William Le Queux.

Besides the twelve novels and nine short stories he wrote featuring James Bond, Fleming is also known for the children's story, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

Ian Fleming is interred in the Church yard cemetery at the village of Sevenhampton, near Swindon, next to his wife Ann Geraldine Mary Fleming (1913-1981) and son, Caspar Robert Fleming (1952-1975).

Actor Christopher Lee is his cousin. Fleming wanted Lee to play the first Bond film villain, Dr No. (Some sources say Lee was also considered for the role of Bond as well.) Lee later played the title villain in The Man with the Golden Gun.

Fleming worked in UK Naval Intelligence during World War II, and was author of a plan ? not in the end carried out ? for capturing Naval Enigma material: Operation Ruthless.

In the book The Man Who Was M: The Life of Charles Henry Maxwell Knight by Anthony Masters, ISBN 0-631-13392-5 it is claimed that during the war Fleming conceived the plan that successfully lured Rudolf Hess to fly into captivity in Britain. There's no other source for these claims."