Title: Casino Royale
Author: Ian Fleming
Summary: Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome; chillingly ruthless and very deadly. This, the first of Fleming's tales of agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called simply 'Le Chiffre' - by ruining him at the baccarat table and forcing his Soviet spy masters to 'retire' him. It seems that lady luck is taken with James - Le 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 unexpected savior.
My Rating: 5/10
What I liked/disliked about the book: This is where I say something horrible blasphemous - I enjoyed the movie (the newer one) more - at least it had action. Mindless action, but action. For a spy novel, the action sequences in this where boring. More realistic yes, but boring. And considering the "greatness" of James Bond, I was expecting something with more oomph to it.
But that wasn't my only issue. James Bond, the main character, is a horribly unlikeable character. I've seen some of the earlier James Bonds, so I knew he was an arrogant, womanizing dick. But this book was over the top. Yes this book was written during a time, where women were, well excepted to be women and stay at home and all. But some of the inner thoughts of James Bond where horribly offending and to have it constantly resurface throughout the book got repetitive and I felt rather unnecessary. It's been already established Bond is a womanizing, arrogant dick. Move on with the story please.
It was an interesting, out of my normal reading comfort zones reading experience, but I can't say I'd read more from the series.
Would I recommend it to read: I'm not sure if would. For a spy novel it was rather anti-climatic, and the main character is not really likeable.
What to read next: I'd say more books from the series