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Casino Royale (James Bond 007)
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There is only one Bond. Enjoy these intoxicating spy novels in stylish Vintage Classics editions.

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Ian Lancaster Fleming was born in London in 1908. His first job was at Reuters news agency after which he worked briefly as a stockbroker before working in Naval Intelligence during the Second World War. His first novel, Casino Royale, was published in 1953 and was an instant success. Fleming went on to write twelve other Bond books as well as two works of non-fiction and the children's classic Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. The Bond books have sold over sixty million copies and earned praise from figures such as Raymond Chandler who called Fleming 'the most forceful and driving writer of thrillers in England' and President Kennedy who named From Russia with Love as one of his favourite books. The books inspired a hugely successful series of film adaptations which began in 1961 with the release of Dr No, starring Sean Connery as 007. Fleming was married to Anne Rothermere with whom he had a son, Caspar. He died in 1964.

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Ian Fleming has discovered the secret of narrative art...the reader has to go on reading -- John Betjeman
A superb gambling scene, a torture scene which still haunts me, a beautiful girl -- Raymond Chandler
Mr Fleming's first novel is an extremely engaging affair...the especial charm of the book is the high poetry with which he invests the green blaize lagoons of the casino tables...Mr Fleming has produced a book that is both exciting and extremely civilized * Times Literary Supplement *
[Casino Royale is] lively, most ingenious in detail, on the surface as tough as they are made and charmingly well-bred beneath * Spectator *
One of the most original spy thrillers that has ever tickled a jaded palate * Empire News *

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