Le Chiffre is a businessman with expensive tastes, and SMERSH's chief operative in France. But as his dissolute lifestyle threatens to ruin him, his only hope is to risk his paymasters' money at the card table. James Bond, the finest gambler in the service, has a deadly new mission: to outplay Le... show more
Le Chiffre is a businessman with expensive tastes, and SMERSH's chief operative in France. But as his dissolute lifestyle threatens to ruin him, his only hope is to risk his paymasters' money at the card table. James Bond, the finest gambler in the service, has a deadly new mission: to outplay Le Chiffre and shatter his Soviet cell. Amidst the opulence of Casino Royale, the two men face each other for a game with the highest stakes of all.
Publish date: September 6th 2012
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Pages no: 228
Edition language: English
Series: James Bond (Original Series) (#1)
I have so many issues with this. The rampant misogyny, of course. The fact that, personally, I find the whole espionage reason d'etre detestable. And generally, the part where this was not the story I was expecting.Let's say I waive away the misogyny with a bit of dark amusement (passing the middle-...
When I decided to read the Bond novels, I knew going in that the Bond character is a disgusting misogynistic asswipe of a double-oh bastard. He was less of a Gary Stu than I was expecting, which was a nice surprise. He screws up, he faces the consequences, he doubts himself, he recognizes his own hy...
God, Ian Flemming is an appalling sexist, misogynistic pig. I'm almost ashamed to have read this book. Back in the day (the 1960s), Ian Fleming was all the rage. Pres. Kennedy said he liked reading him, and so everyone took him up. Movies followed. The first movies came out when I was in college, f...
"Well, it was not too late. Here was a target for him, right to hand. He would take on SMERSH and hunt it down. Without SMERSH, without this cold weapon of death and revenge, the MWD would be just another bunch of civil servant spies, no better and no worse than any of the western services." And s...
I can see why this has such a high (mainly male) following. The famous secret agent, James Bond is sent to spy on a french communist, play the game of cards and love and win only one. Women, cars and booze is his signature. I enjoyed listening to this for the most part, although I was very annoyed a...