Friday, February 20, 2009

Casino Royale - Ian Fleming

casino royale
ian flemming
c. 1953
196 pages
completed 2/19/2009

read for: 1% challenge, 1001 books

*may contain spoilers*

Wasn't really sure what to expect going into this book. I've never really been too intrigued by James Bond. I've only seen the latest two movies with Daniel Craig, and while I thought they were both highly entertaining, I don't think the world will end if I never see the ones before. Anyway, onto the book.

There's not a whole lot I have to say about it. There's not too much depth or character development, but it was still entertaining. As my sister, the librarian, would say, "It does what it says on the box." I don't think I'll be rushing out to read the next one, but I enjoyed this one and I'm glad I read it. I was surprised by how alike the book was to the movie. I thought the movie just used the title and a few basic elements, but in actuality it was a fairly faithful adaptation. There were some details changed (for instance in the movie they played poker, whereas in the book they played baccarat) and some things were updated to the current decade, but for the most part the stories were very similar. I didn't expect that.


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