Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

This is the first of the James Bond books and we quickly get a sense of his real character. Ian Fleming’s writing style is very descriptive and clear which makes this book, and his others, very compelling.

The relationship between Bond and his controller ‘M’ is very different to the one we are so used to seeing in the films as we get a sense of a more paternalistic relationship. We encounter a Bond who rationalises more than we ever see in the movies. As a result I’m now more sympathetic the character Timothy Dalton played in his time as James Bond.

Well worth reading as you get a real insight into the character and motivation of James Bond as well as an exciting story with some action and romance tied in there.

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