April 14, 2012

Review: Casino Royale

Casino Royale by Ian Flemming 

About: In the first of Ian Fleming's James Bond novels, 007 declares war on Le Chiffre, French communist and paymaster of the Soviet murder organization SMERSH.

The battle begins with a fifty-million-franc game of baccarat, gains momentum during Bond's fiery love affair with a sensuous lady spy, and reaches a chilling climax with fiendish torture at the hands of a master sadist. For incredible suspense, unexpected thrills, and extraordinary danger, nothing can beat James Bond in his inaugural adventure. (from amazon.com)

Review: Bond is one of those classic characters you just love. To be honest I've never really watched any of the older Bond films with Pierce Brosnan or Sean Connery. But the idea of reading the Bond series intrigued me. After reading that one of my favourite bloggers Foxtrot Echo November aka Fen was reading them and was really enjoying them, I thought I'd give them a try, and I did. Bond was more realistic in the book. He was this suave handsome British guy who did get the ladies but she wasn't as 'invincible' as they make it out to be in the movies. I did enjoy reading about how he analyzed situations and the way Ian Flemming set a good scene. The book was similar to the recent Daniel Craig version of Casino Royal. With the secret lady, American CIA, Le Chiffre, the infamous card game. Along with the Bond character I did like the leading lady as well. I've already purchased the second book while in Kitchener, Ontario while I was in Canada. Now I can't wait to see where Bond heads next, and his new leading lady.