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Casino Royale Vintage 007 (Paperback)

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'Surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles.' In "Casino Royale", the first of Fleming's 007 adventures, a game of cards is James Bond's only chance to bring down the desperate SMERSH agent Le Chiffre. But Bond soon discovers that there is far more at stake than money.

Fiction & PoetryCrime & ThrillersEspionage & spy thrillerFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Vintage Publication Date: 01/09/2012 ISBN-13: 9780099576853  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in London on 28 May 1908 and was educated at Eton College before spending a formative period studying languages in Europe. His first job was with Reuters news agency, followed by a brief spell as a stockbroker. On the outbreak of the Second World War he was appointed assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence, Admiral Godfrey, where he played a key part in British and Allied espionage operations. After the war he joined Kemsley Newspapers as Foreign Manager of the Sunday Times, running a network of correspondents who were intimately involved in the Cold War. His first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953 and introduced James Bond, Special Agent 007, to the world. The first print run sold out within a month. Following this initial success, he published a Bond title every year until his death. His own travels, interests and wartime experience gave authority to everything he wrote. Raymond Chandler hailed him as 'the most forceful and driving writer of thrillers in England.' The fifth title, From Russia with Love, was particularly well received and sales soared when President Kennedy named it as one of his favourite books. The Bond novels have sold more than sixty million copies and inspired a hugely successful film franchise which began in 1962 with the release of Dr No starring Sean Connery as 007. The Bond books were written in Jamaica, a country Fleming fell in love with during the war and where he built a house, 'Goldeneye'. He married Anne Rothermere in 1952. His story about a magical car, written in 1961 for their only child Caspar, went on to become the well-loved novel and film, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. Fleming died of heart failure on 12 August 1964, aged fifty-six. www.ianfleming.com

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I never thought I'd read a Bond novel but then a friend of mine gave me this book for my birthday and I was honestly surprised at how good it was. It is pretty different to the Bond you may know from the films: this James Bond is extravagant in every way and some of the most impressive pieces of writing in this book are about the sumptuous meals he demands. A fun read, but make sure you've got your cupboards stocked at home when reading - you will feel a craving for tasty food.

Emily, Charing Cross Road

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 15/04/2016

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