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Casino Royale (1953)

por Ian Fleming

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Series: James Bond - Original Series (book 1), James Bond - Extended Series (book 1), James Bond (1)

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"James Bond declara la guerra al pagador de un sindicato francés controlado por el comunismo internacional"--T.p. verso.
Añadido recientemente porlocky_grant, xandra2000, biblioteca privada, CataloguingPanda, Jeffrey_G, strickleserl, shelbaum, istaycalm
Bibliotecas heredadasIan Fleming, Eeva-Liisa Manner
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    Shadow of the Rock por Thomas Mogford (Stepn)
    Stepn: Another debut thriller, the kind of thing Fleming might have written today.
  2. 00
    The Kobra Manifesto por Adam Hall (benfulton)
    benfulton: Very similar spy stories. Quiller is a bit more physical than Bond, I think.
  3. 12
    El espía que surgió del frío por John le Carré (Cecilturtle)
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Faz uma espécie de upgrade na série-franquia, algo que parecia impossível: transformar James Bond em um ser humano - um sujeito rudemente charmoso, mas volátil, que pode ser o garanhão rei do mundo ocidental, mas tem espaço para raiva. medo, vulnerabilidade e amor. Este Bond, embora assombrado, ainda não domesticado, descobre aqui a persona de um homem menos opaco, seu sorriso é mais assustador do que o seu rosto sério, e ele não se incomoda de ouvir piadas descartáveis ​​que poderiam agradar a espiões de menos bom gosto. ( )
  jgcorrea | Oct 17, 2022 |
Well, it was the first of the James Bond books, and the Movie Dr. No was playing, and I read this book. I believe that my Judgement was that if this is the same author, the movie must be better than this, so off I went. This effort was not something that I ould have passed on to the boss editor, had I been a slush pile reader. But, enoough people liked it that "The rest is entertainment history." ( )
  DinadansFriend | Sep 13, 2022 |
Never before have I thought of myself specifically as a fan of the James Bond movies, although I did watch 13 out of overall 24 Bond films. However, along with the recent release date of "Spectre" (which I haven't seen yet), I wanted to discover how Ian Fleming's works influenced the successful movie adaptions and whether or not those movies lived up to the novel's expectations. "Casino Royale" has been one of the first Bond movies I thorougly enjoyed watching, so my expectations as to my reading experience with this first Bond novel were pretty high. Too high, I guess.



Some amazing artwork originating from the movie can be found out there on the internet, and doesn't Casino Royale already sound pretty cool? Sexy double agents in suits with attractive girls surrounding them and villainous gangsters trying to take over the world who will probably end up being defeated after some sort of showdown - it's always the same procedure used in every film, yet all most of them become a huge success. In contrast to many other Bond movies, I can understand how this success came about since the adaption of "Casino Royale" was pretty well done, but after reading Ian Fleming's original, I am nothing but bored by even hearing the name James Bond. But who is this James Bond in the novel?

Raymond Chandler once said that "James Bond is what every man would like to be, and what every woman would like between her sheets". So, if every man would like to be sexy, but tending to brutal, rapey behaviour, and protective with women, but degrading them, thinking of himself as superior to the other gender, and murdering numerous other people as a 'hobby' ... then I definitely don't want to be such a man. Never before did I encounter a character so unlikeable and abhorrent, and neither do I understand why people like those seem to have so much success with women. I'm not opposed to unlikeable characters - some of the most interesting protagonists I've read about are anything but likeable - but the image of men and women depicted by Fleming is simply unbearable.

Ian Fleming's writing is certainly not awful. He included some interesting sections reflecting Bond's behaviour, giving his character time to think over his situation, but it did nothing to transform Bond into a character with depth. The double agent with a strong leaning towards sex with as many women as possible remains the only characteristic James Bond is allowed to have. But apart from that, the plot itself did not improve the novel's quality. Quite the contrary, the story of Casino Royale was boring. Yes, it was boring as hell. I caught myself skimming through the last chapters, being more annoyed by this book with every new sentence, and constantly struggling not to put it aside. (There's one advantage, however: I could use this as a bedtime story and thus avoid any potential problems with falling asleep.)

This was definitely the last Fleming novel I've read. In conclusion, I can recommend watching the movie and just skipping the novels in order to not waste any time with this. It isn't worth the expenditure of time. ( )
  Councillor3004 | Sep 1, 2022 |
If you liked the James Bond movies, then you'll love the Ian Fleming books. In fact you might like the books better then the movies. The first book at least is a page turner and you'll be begging for more when you finish (good thing I just ordered the first half of the series). I should note here that the book has less action and more story which I happened to like better. The book is easier to follow than the movie.

I have to agree that these books are written more for young men then women. Not that women can't read them and like them too. I just see James Bond as a perfect male action hero that almost any man wants to be. He's well respected in his business, he knows how to eat and drink well, he dresses well, he has the best cars, and he get to sleep with the most gorgeous women. However, like any well written character Bond also has flaws. He seems to be very cautious of who he works with and he doesn't like surrounding him self with feminine things. He's the type of man who wants to keep his manhood.

The other thing I really liked about this book was Ian Fleming writing style. I never read any of the books before, just watch most of the movies, so Fleming's style was new to me. He's really descriptive and really puts you in the book. It seem obvious to me that he knows what he is talking about. When the character speak another language, he makes them speak that language. He don't translate either. It's a plus if you know the language, but if you like me and don't then you have to work at it, but it's not that hard to figure it out.

The oddest part of the novel that I can't remember in the movie is a speech Bond gives talking about how the Devil is only said to be evil, but there are no books in the Bible that actually explain why the Devil is evil. His point is don't judge people one what others say. There needs to be reason before you call them evil. You yourself have t be that judge. I just found that part weird in a god way because I wasn't expecting a bond book to have a religious part.

I always like and want to be James Bond, but now I really like him as a literary character. Yes I like books were women are a little more respected, but this is a Bond novel. Even though Bond is a hero, he is a flawed hero. ( )
  Ghost_Boy | Aug 25, 2022 |
(audio read by Dan Stevens)
I’ve never read a James Bond book. They’re always going to be hard to judge considering the dated attitudes. Though I don’t believe people, and certainly not literature, of the past should be judged by today’s standards, one can’t help a modern view creeping in. One has to disregard the sexism to get any enjoyment from Fleming’s most famous agent. Also, Bond’s meant to be a great secret agent and yet always appears to slip up, leaving the average person in the street shaking heads. Here he walks into a trap to save the woman, but I had to wonder to what use if caught and unwilling to talk under torture. There are good things here: the start of the Bond franchise; a glimpse of a deeper man hidden beneath the appearance of an impenetrable surface, but both Bond and Vesper also come across as emotionally weak. A physical relationship between them could easily be understood, but love? Considering what they had gone through, their relationship seems rather unhealthy. Of course, without giving away the ending, Vesper shows rather more backbone and courage, while Bond reverts to sexist weakness. Bond hurt is a man who buries any possibilities of owning his feelings and turns toward hate, emotionally erratic. Perhaps this was Fleming’s way of creating the cool, hard-shelled agent we know, but it feels cheap. It shows us a man who is not as self-assured as he believes; a man unwilling to be vulnerable, though one has to keep in mind that this story is set in a time of the British stiff-upper-lip. I could go on dissecting the work, but it simply is what it is. Dan Stevens does a superb job of reading and making the book come alive. ( )
  SharonMariaBidwell | Jul 6, 2022 |
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Fleming, Ianautor principaltodas las edicionesconfirmado
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The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning.
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The Devil has no prophets to write his Ten Commandments and no teams of authors to write his biography. His case has gone completely by default. We know nothing about him but a lot of fairy stories from our parents and schoolmasters. He has no book from which we can learn the nature of evil in all its forms, with parables about evil people, proverbs about evil people, folk-lore about evil people. All we have is the living example of the people who are least good, or our own intuition.
"surround yourself with human beings, my dear James. They are easier to fight for than principles. But don't let me down and become human yourself. We would lose such a wonderful machine."
“Your own injuries are serious, but your life is not in danger... If all goes well, you will recover completely and none of the functions of your body will be impaired... But I fear that you will continue to be in pain for several days...”
'It's not difficult to get a Double O number if you're prepared to kill people,' he said.
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