Saturday 13 April 2013
Casino Royale (the birth of James Bond)
There is a birthday to celebrate today: 60 years ago, Casino Royale was published. A small book, a simple story about a British secret agent trying to thwart a Communist agent by ruining him in a French casino, learning through the process about love and then betrayal. The secret agent, of course, was James Bond. I have quoted the incipit of the novel, which illustrates Fleming's talent. Casino Royale is not the first novel of Ian Fleming I read, I actually started with Thunderball, the source of my favourite Bond movie. I read Casino Royale a few months before the movie was released. It was my second Bond novel. Now I read them all. And the first one is among my favourite. I will commemorate by reading a bit of the novel and watching bits of the movie tonight.