Thursday, June 7

Book Review: Casino Royale

Title: Casino Royale

Author: Ian Fleming

Pages: 193

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


  1. I recently listened to this one and was struck by how boring it was. Maybe it was because of the length? 160 pages is awfully short for a book (4 hours on audio). I definitely think that this one would be very different if written more recently!

    Will you continue with the series?

    1. I'm not sure if I'll read the rest of the series, the book didn't capture me enough to have that need to run out and read the next book. And I'm not sure if there is even enough there to go and read the next book. Maybe at some point I'll try it again.

  2. Thanks for the review. I can see your viewpoint but I didn't feel as harshly about Bond as you did. In fact, in some ways I thought he was softer than in some of the movies because as you got in his head you learned he's continually questioning his lifestyle, tired of his conquests and his job, he wants to resign, get married, and travel. Of course he's a product of his time. Here are my thoughts:

  3. this is one of the worst reviews i have ever read. you make yourself sound very stupid. James Bond is one of those iconic characters in which everybody loves no matter what. the Bond series is the one of the best spy series out there. maybe you should actually read the book before you review something.