Casino Royale by Ian Fleming
Write 6 words you would put on this book if it were in the “Blind Date With A Book” shelf.
Gambling, Espionage, France, Champagne, Double Agents
Any particular reason for choosing this book? I wanted to read the entire James Bond series by Ian Fleming and this is was #1 on the list.
Genre: Classic Spy Novel
What did you think of the cover art? I read a copy that had the 2006 movie poster with Daniel Craig slapped on it. I would have much preferred the original (or any of the countless other covers that have been done).
Who was your favorite character and why? Felix Leiter was my favorite because he was humble and generous.
Who was your least favorite character and why? Le Chiffre because he was so sadistic
Did it grab you immediately or did it take a while? It grabbed me early on and kept it’s momentum until the very end.
Was it plot or character driven? More plot driven, but the main characters were well fleshed out.
What did you think of the ending? Brilliant but tragic ending.
What was the moral of the story? Be very careful who you trust, especially if you’re a spy.
Did you learn anything? How to play baccarat.
Favorite quote: “The trouble always is not how to get enough caviar, but how to get enough toast with it.” James Bond to Vesper Lynd.
What would you change? I know it was written in 1953, but I would remove all references to cigarette smoking; that just grosses me out.
Have you read other books in the series? Not yet, but my plan is to read the remainder of the series (14 novels in total by Ian Fleming).
How does the book compare to the film? It has been adapted 3 times to date with the latest film in 2006 which is very similar to the novel with only some modern updates.
Who would you recommend it to? Spy novel fans, James Bond/Ian Fleming fans.
Number of unknown words: 1 English, 14 French
Architectural Detail: Main Facade of the Casino Royale (this image is actually from the one in Monaco)
Beer pairing: Fischer’s Tradition Amber Ale
Recipe: Vesper Martini
Craft/Activity: Learn how to play baccarat.
What is the most deceptive thing anyone has ever done to you?