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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (17,093 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ian Fleming Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The James Bond Series Release Date: February 2011 ISBN: 9781455176656
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Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome, chillingly ruthless, and licensed to kill. This, the first of Ian Fleming’s tales of Secret Agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called “Le Chiffre.” The battle begins with a fifty-million-franc game of baccarat. If Bond can bring Le Chiffre to ruin at the baccarat table, his Soviet spymasters will be forced to “retire” him. It seems that Lady Luck has sided with 007 when Le Chiffre hits 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 to an unexpected savior.

For incredible suspense, unexpected thrills, and extraordinary danger, nothing can beat James Bond in his inaugural adventure.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bond is what every man would like to be and what every woman would like to have between her sheets.”

    Raymond Chandler

  • “An intense, fascinating and moody piece of fiction.”

    Raymond Benson, author of High Time to Kill

  • “[Simon Vance] takes a suitably urbane approach, sounding as if he is attired in white tails and sipping a very dry martini between takes...taking particular pleasure with his characterizations.”

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Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nenia Campbell | 2/15/2014

    " I must admit, I was how surprised by how graphic the sex and violence was in Casino Royale, considering that it was written in the 1950s. Ian Fleming's books are much darker than the film adapations, and this James Bond is a far cry from that charming, witty playboy portrayal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Checkmate | 2/6/2014

    " It was thoroughly enjoyable to read about James Bond and not instantly think of any of the actors who portrayed him in the films "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Elena | 2/5/2014

    " The first Bond. The casino section of the recent film is quite similar to this novel. It's my favorite part of the film, so I was delighted to find that it was so close to the book. Poor Vesper. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey | 1/31/2014

    " Multiple 3-4 star reviews by friends - fan of movies "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nick Lo | 1/22/2014

    " The difference between the book Bond and any movie Bond can be summed up for me in one sentence from this book: "I will have half an avocado pear with a little French dressing. Do you approve?". Can't picture movie Bond ever having time for a full breakdown of his meals never mind having to have it approved? Be prepared for that level of detail and focus with book Bond. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Timothy Mills | 1/20/2014

    " Casino Royale is one of the best books i have ever read. I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys crime or spy thrillers. Casino Royale shows Bond on his first mission in the double 0 sector. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Edwina | 1/17/2014

    " Mostly disappointing apart from colourful insight into gambling at the baccarat tables. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bobby | 1/10/2014

    " Saw it at the library and figured it was time to read the book behind the classic movies. Enjoyed it. A good example of how film can indeed advance a story, but the story was still good. Pure entertainment though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gobasso | 12/2/2013

    " I read these when I was 10 or 11, borrowing them from my older brother. Still the vicarious thrill of early adolescent males. A quick fun read that reminds you what the early 60's were like. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carolyn | 10/4/2013

    " Short Audiobook. I think 4 CD's. This was the first James Bond book that started it all. Interesting to comapare book & movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Neil Higgins | 9/3/2013

    " My first Bond book. So different to the movies, bond is a typical 1950s male in the way he thinks of the ladies. He's also not the tough suave man of the movies, and if you don't speak French make sure you have a translated near at hand. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doubledf19.99 | 10/23/2012

    " good read and 1st I've read from Fleming, fast paced, and easy. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jaykumar | 8/17/2012

    " i read it for Vesper whom i somehow understand and find lovable "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sholom Rabin | 6/19/2012

    " An amazing read. Suspense and thrills all the way through. A must read for every Bond fan "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kevin Owens | 3/12/2012

    " Wanted to check out the source material. Kind of dated. Very pulpy. Not terrible. Took me a long time to get through a 213 page book. meh. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susan Baker | 1/11/2012

    " I read the original paperback version, which was published ca. 1960-61! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gary Burzell | 9/3/2011

    " A good quick read but kind of predictable at the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lena Bretz | 6/3/2011

    " Fun book that made me want to see the movie! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Wilde | 5/17/2011

    " Extremely good book - read in one session. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robert | 5/15/2011

    " LOVE the original James Bond. Very different from the movies. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Pauline | 4/30/2011

    " What a load of rubbish! Very poorly written. Awful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 4/27/2011

    " Enjoyed this book greatly, loved the more noire style, than in the films. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 jonathan | 4/27/2011

    " pretty sure i would have considered this novel more misogynistic if i had not just finished henry miller. a very interesting bond, but very different from what i have seen portrayed cinematically. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rcharbon | 4/17/2011

    " It's hard to believe that this spawned a sub-genre. The bar must have been lower in those days. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff | 4/6/2011

    " Surprisingly gritty for a book written in the 50s. This book is a great spy novel full of action, suspense, and mystery. "

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About the Author
Author Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming was born in London in 1908. He was educated at Eton and worked as a journalist in Moscow and a banker and stockbroker in London before becoming personal assistant to the Director of Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. He wrote his first Bond novel, Casino Royale, at Goldeneye, his home in Jamaica, in 1952. Since then James Bond has gone on to become a global phenomenon.

About the Narrator

Simon Vance (a.k.a. Robert Whitfield) is an award-winning actor and an AudioFile Golden Voice with over forty Earphones Awards. He has won thirteen prestigious Audie Awards and was Booklist’s very first Voice of Choice in 2008. He has narrated more than eight hundred audiobooks over almost thirty years, beginning when he was a radio newsreader for the BBC in London.