Ian Fleming Î 7 reviewOf them And also These blithering women who thought that they could do a man s work Why the hell couldn t they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave men s work to the men Isn t it patently obvious sir that such preconceived notions caused him to fall for the Target s devious trap However he had subseuently paid dearly for such deplorable misogyny by suffering the worst kind of torture known to the male of the species a ghastly affair that involved a cane chair with cut out seat a 3 foot long carpet beater and Agent 007 s naked nether regions the details of which is available in the medical report attached to Head of S s memorandumFurther on his psychological condition during the long convalescence led him to develop certain feelings for Miss Lynd to the extent that he was prepared to propose marriage to her I can assure you that such feelings were genuine even though he later rather callously repudiated them and that he truly had honorable intentions toward her It is obvious from Miss Lynd s nfortunate reaction that the feeling was mutualBased on the aforementioned reasons I propose that we keep Agent 007 in active duty as he had proved that he was able to overcome his personal weaknesses for the good of the Service Besides we now have incontrovertible proof that Agent 007 is irresistible to enemy females a The Superior Peninsula uality that might come handy in future missions that might reuire such abilitySigned Second Officer Jane Moneypenny WRNSPS Please disregard any insinuation from certain members of the Service you know who they are sir that I have a crush on James Agent 007 Bond James Bond Over the years I have enjoyed watching the action movies starring England s favorite 007 spy yetntil now I had not read any of Ian Fleming s classic books explaining Bond s origins In Casino Royale a tale of stealth lust and treachery we see where Bond s 007 career begins It is the years following World War II and the Cold War has emerged from the ashes of Europe The Russian intelligence agency SMERSH with backing of Arabian oil money has become a threat to take over the west Spies and double agents abound and newly minted 00 agent James Bond is sent to the Casino Royale to track agent Le Chiffre back to SMERSH and foil the Russian s plot What ensues is high jinx and high money stakes that are sure to leave one on the edge of their seat Alongside supposed ally Vesper Lynd and foreign friends Mathis and Leiter Bond takes the case Because this is Fleming s first Bond story the novel is about Bond s background in the service and less about chasing the villains across the globe as fans of the movies are familiar with We discover how Bond earned his 00 stripes his role in the Service during the war and that he is never without a drink or cigarette The Bond in Fleming s novel is the same Bond who has appeared on the silver screen all these years and is a thrilling to read about In the end there abound chases girls and double agents Bond saves the world from the spread of communism and his career as a 00 agent lives to see another day There will be further tales of high jinx espionage which Fleming gleaned from his own years in the British service In a documentary it has been revealed that the character James Bond was created as a composite of people Fleming came across while serving during the war however the real James Bond still remains shrouded in mystery Casino Royale was a fun read for a gloomy Sunday afternoon Knowing the cast of characters it was fun to read about them in print form I am looking forward to reading of Ian Fleming s classic Bond tales to see if the films hold as true to them as they have this first one James Bond will indeed be back as I rate this introductory story a solid 4 stars This book was much much better than the movie But then again so was my last migraine I m glad I read the book I think but I probably won t bother to read the rest of the series because James Bond much like Daniel Trout Pout Craig is an Don't Go Shopping for Hair Care Products Without Me: Over 2,000 Brand Name Products Reviewed Plus the Latest Hair Care Information unrelenting pain in the arse A 80% Very Good Notes James Bond embittered professional killer gambles on humanity and love while we learn the intricacies of baccarat Some interesting facts that we learn in this bookJames Bond smokes 70 cigarettes per dayJames Bond loves his carJames Bond likes to sleep nakedThis is the first Bond novel 1953 and it s a doozy We have SMERSH gambling kidnapping torture intrigue double crossing and cackling villainsBond is setp with millions of British pounds and told to go to France and
OUT GAMBLE THE EVIL LE CHIFFRE A HOLOCAUST SURVIVORgamble the evil Le Chiffre a holocaust survivor no Christian name and supposedly no memory of his life before age 37 His main problem is that he s a criminal in debt to some dangerous people and needs to gamble at Casino Royale or he ll be murdered The long descriptions of gambling and cards in this book are boring One chapter is basically Bond explaining how to gambleBond is told that he s going to be paired with another agent and he s shocked and appalled to find out that his partner is female Of course the woman Vesper Lynd is amazingly good looking and Bond alternates throughout the book with his warring feelings of contempt for her and wanting to fck herNo matter how charming Bond comes off in the films the written Bond is a whole different animal Hearing his inner monologue is enough to make you want to tear your eyes out He doesn t consider women to be human or people He also makes horrible stereotypes about everyone in the book who is not a white British man He makes horrible stereotypes about everyone in the book who is not a white British man He gets really turned on at the thought of rape although he never rapes anyone in this book It s very disturbing to read aboutAlso to all the women who think James Bond is really hot you may think that about the movie character but I seriously doubt you would feel the same about the book character Constantly described as cold harsh brutal cruel ruthless and hard over and over and over by Fleming Bond is hardly someone you d want to have a relationship with or even a one night stand He describes women in this book as beasts wretches fools idiots and bitches A LOT He tends to go off on long sexistracist rants in his head Also his idea of sex is always described as ravishment ravaging bending her to his will or a way to coldlyput his body to the test When Vesper gets kidnapped at one point he is furious with her and curses her out He makes the cold logical decision that her life doesn t matter since she is an agent and plans accordingly her death is acceptable When both she and Bond are kidnapped and in the back of a car being driven to god knows where to be raped or tortured Bond is TURNED ON by how sexy she looks with bound and with her legs exposed ON HIS WAY TO BE TORTURED this is what he s thinking about a woman who is helpless and probably about to be gang raped I mean this is a sick sick man hereI think it s fair to mention that Bond s genitals are brutally tortured for an hour by Le Chiffre After this ordeal Bond spends a lot of time in the hospital recovering I liked that Fleming wasn t trying to make him some super human who recovers immediately Of course Bond eventually decides that taking Vesper to bed will be the perfect test to make sure his euipment is still functioning properlyI nderstand that these books are classics and that James Bond is an icon I really do And I nderstand why people love the books adventure torture being a spy who is rich beds tons of women and travels to exotic places It s not that I don t Braving the Elements (Darkness, understand the appeal of this pulp fiction Whollynrealistic it s a fantasy Real actual spywork I d imagine is NOTHING like
the government giving you millions of pounds to gamble away pairing yougovernment giving you millions of pounds to gamble away pairing you with a sexy female agent that they are fine with you having sex with and setting you The Haunted House and Other Spooky Poems and Tales up in a resort like location where your every whim is catered to Because that s your cover rolls eyesI don t blame anyone for loving enjoying and gobblingp these books However as a woman in 2014 I just can t ignore the screaming in your face racism and sexism that permeates every page of this novelFleming is a good author there are some gems in here some great lines and som. Ussian operative called simply 'Le Chiffre' by ruining him at the baccarat table and forcing his Soviet spymasters to 'retire' him It seems that lady luck is taken with James Le. .
SpoilersThis will be a review of not just Casino Royale but of the James Bond books in general I think that there is a good argument to be made that the Bond books are the most misunderstood books of all prominent books because the very subtext that accounts for their enduring appeal is buried so deeply that it just passes most people byThe best way to Medical Marijuana understand the James Bond books is tonderstand the heroines of the books These heroines are often characterized as being glamorous women who it is Bond s role to save This is completely and totally wrong The whole key is that these women ALWAYS have short A Walk Across France unpainted nails They are actors and present an existential challenge to James Bond In fact the best way tonderstand Bond is as a kind of existential literatureFleming was a writer who had a message that he seemed not to be fully and consciously aware of He says the same message in every book and he says it in the same way with the exceptions of The Spy Who Loved Me and the short story antum of Solace where the same themes are approached from alternative directionsFleming is often compared to Le Carre almost always negatively This is an nfair comparison in two ways First of all Fleming is a great writer and is along with Lovecraft one of the two greatest writers of Pulp in history whereas Le Carre is merely a very good writer Second Fleming is not really writing spy literature he is really writing fantasy in which the hero happens to have the occupation of a spy As such criticisms of a lack of realism are about as out of place as they would be for The Lord of the Rings or Alice in Wonderland I would have thought that the Bond books wear their status as fantasy clearly than say the Latin American Magical Realists but this point appears to pass people byThe next thing to notice about James Bond is that he is pretty clearly a broken person The thing that I most love about Daniel Craig s interpretation of Bond is that he conveys this point clearly and repetitively in a way that has not been done before Bond is a kind of broken Nietzchean superhero who has in a way arbitrarily and for what appear to be purely aesthetic reasons taken on a specific set of values that we are meant to recognize intuitively as a priori superior to competing values In this he is exactly the same as both the James Bond heroines and villainsIf you read the Bond books critically one of the things that is most striking about them is how similar in personality Bond is to both the heroines with a few exceptions and the villains also with a few exceptions Fleming will distinguish Bond from the villains not so much by their actions which are often ite similar but instead by things such as the cut of their suit or their taste in luxury watches These aesthetic choices are meant to be inherently preferable just as Bond s belief system and set of values is never defended as superior to communism or ironically to the vast accumulation of wealth and power that other figures such as Goldfinger are bent on accumulating eg the values of capitalismBond the villains and the heroines of the books all have in common that they do not in any way feel bound by conventional morays rules of decorum or value judgments All of the major characters have in fact chosen a belief system and a set of values through force of their personal will alone The other characters have not and this is why those characters are kinds of ghosts within the books and are in some sort of way not worthy of interacting with BondThe villains have in fact chosen the wrong values They are every bit as ruthlessly dedicated to them as Bond and they will not in any way compromise them just as Bond will not The women have either chosen the same set of values as Bond or at least a set of values that are not diametrically opposed They are then worthy romantic interests this goes only for the main female character in every book However Fleming is clear that the heroines Nietzchean superman status means that they are too independent to make the kind of long term bonds necessary for stable relationships They are not in the next book and presumably they like Bond have moved on nchanged This is clearest in Casino Royale
where the doomed nature of the genuine love that Bond has for Vesper Lynd isthe doomed nature of the genuine love that Bond has for Vesper Lynd is spelled out in the events leading Turning The Professor Into A Crossdressing, Sissified and Feminized Pet - A Tale of Forced Feminization! up to and following her deathAlso in this book Bond fails in his mission in a way that he will not do so spectacularly again but in staying true to the values that characterize him even at the expense of rejecting a genuine love he maintains his status as a Nietzschean superhero A status that Fleming clearly means to be a kind of idealization of how to live one s life and not an actually fully achievable ideal It is by setting Bond in a fantastic world and not in a world where mundane limits can intrude on this ideal that Fleming can over and over again put forth this ideal in its pure formAgain it is a world where the choice of a man s luggage is meant to say as much about him as the choice of his political ideals It is a morality justified by its aesthete and not vice versaBut even though it is a fantasy world it is still a world in which it is not possible to simply always force one s will onto that world Bond may fail to save the woman he may fail to stop the villain from getting away his wife might die his friend s legs might be eaten by a shark he may be captured he may be emotionally devastated by events But it is still a world in which his maintenance of his own values and beliefs can be specifically maintained through every hardship and peril In pretty much all the Fleming books Bond is distracted by doubts or by emotional weaknesses and in every book Bond overcomes these by simply pushing them awayIn other words the Bond books represent a kind of practical existential ideal It is not an implausible solution to the practical problems of our world that Fleming isnconsciously advocating and it appears to be
WHAT HE ATTEMPTED TO PRACTICE IN REAL LIFE BUThe attempted to practice in real life But is a difficult solution that he advocates none the less I think I read From Russia With Love first and FRWL will always be my favorite Bond book and movie but I had to go back to the beginning a read the F The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning Then the soul erosion produced by high gambling a compost of greed and fear and nervous tension becomes Fortinbras at the Fishhouses unbearable and senses awake and revolt from it James Bond suddenly knew that he was tired He always knew when his body or his mind had had enough and he always acted on the knowledge This helped him avoid staleness and the sensual bluntness that breeds mistakesThus begins Casino Royale which To MFrom Jane MoneypennySubject An assessment of Agent 007 s conduct during operation Casino Royale Dear SirI am aware of concerns raised by certain members of the Service regarding Agent 007 s performance during the abovementioned operation Therefore I would like to offer my personal assessment based on the debriefing reports and my own long familiarity with the subjectIt is true that Agent 007 had somewhat compromised the operation by letting himself getting caught by the Target otherwise known as Le Chiffre It is alsondoubtedly true that he might have compromised the integrity of the valuable intelligence that we gathered by becoming an intimate of No 3030 aka Vesper Lynd However despite all of that he had managed to accomplish all of our objectives in the operation as well as A Way Youll Never Be unmasking a potentially dangerous double agentI can personally vouch that the errors that Agent 007 had allegedly committed stemmed not from gross negligence or willful disobedience but strictly from certain aspects of his character which are regrettable but perfectlynderstandable in a man of his persuasion The most obvious of these is his antipathy toward female operatives best illustrated by these Oracle Web Application Programming For Pl/Sql Developers uotes from the debriefing report And there was this pest of a girl Women were for recreation On a job they got in the way and fogged thingsp with sex and hurt feelings and all the emotional baggage they carried around One had to look out for them and take care. This title introduces James Bond charming sophisticated handsome; chillingly ruthless and very deadly Spymaster M has sent Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal high rolling ,
E deep philosophical pondering on Bond s part this surprised me he s sually very shallow Also no one can write a long villain speech like Fleming can Le Chiffre s long speech to Bond about how he s going to torture him and there s no hope is wonderful and can be perfectly imagined playing out on the big screen ClassicTl dr Exciting spy novel drenched in misogyny and racismI ll include some of the inflammatory passages here Don t read them if you re easily pset And then there was this pest of a girl He sighed Women were for recreation On a job they got in the way and fogged things Les Altaens : Peuple turc des montagnes de Sibrie up with sex and hurt feelings and all the emotional baggage they carried around One had to look out for them and take care of them Bitch said Bond and then remembering the Muntzes he said bitch again loudly and walked out of the room When gambling Bond saw luck as a woman to be softly wooed or brutally ravaged never pandered to or pursued When Vesper gets kidnapped This was just what he had been afraid of These blithering women who thought they could do a man s work Why the hell couldn t they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave the men s work to the men And now for this to happen to him just when the job had come off so beautifully for Vesper to fall for an old trick like that and get herself snatched and probably held to ransom like some bloody heroine in a strip cartoon The silly bitch Bond boiled at the thought of the fix he was in Note She gets kidnapped and he s annoyed because it throws a wrench in his plans How dare she inconvenience him like this Doesn t she know how annoying it isHere s the part where he s being tortured and thinks about her being gang raped Through the red mist of pain Bond thought of Vesper He could imagine how she was beingsed by the two gunmen They would be making the most of her before she was sent for by Le Chiffre He thought of the fat wet lips of the Corsican and the slow cruelty of the thin man Poor wretch to have been dragged into this Poor little beast When Vesper s bound in the car with her skirt over her head and Bond s also kidnapped next to her his eroticism had been hotly aroused by the sight of her indecent nakedness The appeal of raping the woman you love And he knew that she was profoundly excitingly sensual but that the conuest of her body because of the central privacy in her would each time have the tang of rape Loving her physically would each be a thrilling voyage without the anticlimax or arrival Bond often talks in this book about getting the arrogant private cold Vesper to bend to his will in bed Not only is he talking about spicy rape condiment to make sex appealing always like the first time when they fight you a bit I guess he s saying but in an earlier passage he says he wanted her cold and arrogant body He wanted to see tears and desire in her remote blue eyes and to take the ropes of her black hair in his hands and bend her long body back The Possible Police under his Tears Really Crying during sex is just such a turn on sarcasmview spoiler Even though Bond wants to take a chance on Vesper he considers retiring from the Service and toys with the idea of marrying her she turns out to be a double agent Her lover is a captive and they ll kill him if she doesn t obey She endsp nobly killing herself in order to save Bond to which he responds with deep hatred for her and referring to her as a bitch again Charming hide spoiler Surround yourself with human beings my dear James They are easier to fight for than principles He laughed But don t let me down and become human yourself We would lose such a wonderful machineJames Bond Secret Agent for M16 007 with a license to kill This was the 1st entry in Ian Fleming s James Bond series and introduces the world s most famous fictional spy in great fashionBond is in France gambling his nights away at the Royale Casino It all sounds enjoyable however this is part of a very dangerous and highly expensive mission that could cost the UK Treasury 20 million An agent of the infamous Russian intelligence outfit SMERSH Death to Spies Le Chiffre is in a bit of dilemma He invested 50 million of his employers money without their approval into brothels and prostitution hoping to make
uick profit even though initial funds weren t his It should have been a sound investment well A Letter To Pakistan until prostitution was outlawed 3 months later Le Chiffre as an expert gambler is looking to recoup his losses by acting as the playerdealer in a super high roller Baccarat tournament Bond as the secret services finest gambler is given the objective to play in this gamenderA Uick Profit Even Though
The Guise Of Aguise of a playboy millionaire and bust the SMERSH agent The outcome of which would be tragic and fatal for Le Chiffre SMERSH is not an agency you want to be on the wrong side ofIn the novels James Bond is very different from what he has morphed in to in the recent movies Here we see an attractive but scarred secret agent Smoker of 70 cigarettes a day huge drinker misogynist cold and brutally efficient whenever given a task for his country I m not saying I agree with his sexist nature but when reading classics I take a step out of our socialisation norms values and reality and try and place myself in the era of when it was written Many of characters and trademarks of the series are introduced here for the first time such as dealing with the Chief of Security M his receptionist Moneypenny the famous Bond James Bond line At this point 007 s tipple of choice is not a Vodka Martini Shaken not Stirred but the Vesper As a professional he only allows himself one drink before he does his duty but he makes it as large as possible as seen belowGoogle Here s how to make the Vesper according to Ian Fleming and James Bond Three measures of Gordon s one of vodka half a measure of Kina Lillet Shake it very well Before Our Eyes until it s ice cold then add a large thin slice of lemon peelAs the first thriller in the series it features a plethora of elements that have become part and parcel of Fleming s Bond adventures Car chases kidnappings torture betrayal showdowns and lovely ladies The Baccarat showdown is far intense and realistic than the Poker match in this novels Holywood cousin I knew nothing about Baccarat but Fleming explains the rules to the reader as Bond is reiterating how the game is played to one of his colleagues The supporting cast is highly likable including Mathis of the Deuxieme Bureau Vesper Lynd from M16 Russian Division and my favourite recurring character from the books CIA agent Felix Leiter The torture scene presented here however infamous isite famous now as it is presented almost identically in Daniel Craig s first Bond film The main narrative is completed in about 180 pages The remaining 48 pages are about Bond reflecting on potential retirement and maybe finding love with someone he has crossed during this harrowing mission Just as Bond s icy shell starts to melt and he lets someone in the worst thing possible happens and the ending is Death on Milestone Buttress unpredictable and pretty heart wrenching I had a great time re reading Casino Royale It just missed out on a 5 star rating because I don t think it isite as good as On Her Majesty s Secret Service Goldfinger Dr No or From Russia With Love A exhillirating and extremely entertaining spy classic that introduced James Bond arguably the world s most popular fictional character This was a very interesting read If you know the James Bond movies you might be a bit disappointed since
the James Bond character shown here isn t the nbeatable superhero as on film We have aJames Bond character shown here isn t the nbeatable superhero as on film We have a setting with a compelling game going on between Bond and a villain named Le Chiffre Then there is a secret agency named Smersh What about Vesper his female colleague on this case It s a nice story with a romantic twist at the end and a woman Vesper torn between two men Don t get me wrong an interesting read bit of a pulp but I preferred the movie to the book Maybe I couldn t read the novel in an objective manner since I know all the Bond movies The bond character in this book is different to the screen hero Nevertheless worth a reading since it is a spy classic. Chiffre has hit a losing streak But some people just refuse to play by the rules and Bond's attraction to a beautiful female agent leads him to disaster and an Who Killed Mohtta unexpected saviour.