I religiously watch all the James Bond movies, most multiple times. I like all the actors that have played the part of James Bond. Over the years I've come to think I know James Bond and what to expect from him.
I came across these books while looking for my next read. I don't often pick a book after I've already seen the movie but I never read any James Bond books so I figured I would give it a try. I was surprised Casino Royale is actually first in the series.
I'm happy to say that the books and the movies can exist independently. There is very very very little that ties the two together. I was amazed at what runs through James Bond's mind, how he thinks of himself and how he thinks through a situation. The book Bond is not the same as the TV Bond. The book makes fiction very believable. So while I enjoyed the story a lot I was more captured by how Ian Fleming thinks through his characters and how much more realistic and believable the book is than the movie. I'm going to enjoy this series.
More fun than reading as the narrator does a super job of bringing the characters to life. Quite enjoyable!
Having never read a Bond book before, I was pleasantly surpsired by character development and depth. The pacing was slower than a typical Bond movie, but That allows for insight and developement into James Bond--the man--versus the spy. The ending fit the book and I liked it. Although I did not confirm this, I feel that this must be an early volume in the overall Bond storyline. The movie was quite different and I liked them both for different reasons.
I chose this book because I loved Simon Vance in the Dragon Tattoo series. I missed the ol' chap and wanted to enjoy his company again. Plus there's was the Daniel Craig movie role link between these works;)
While I always enjoy spies and mystery and action, as a woman, I can't resist a love story either. The book's love interest plot line was much deeper than explored in most Bond movies.
I was pleasantly surprised by how good a writer Ian Fleming was. The first half of the book is very good. Among other things, James Bond is different from the James Bond of the movies, and that makes for added interest. The second half of the book is not bad, but odd. Fleming sets things up for a final twist, like most thriller writers, but readers will see the twist coming a mile away. Worse yet, you have to wonder why Bond doesn't see it coming. Despite that problem, this is a solid read.
The action-oriented espionage classics by Ian Fleming are always an enjoyable read, or in this case, listen. The audio is great, and the narrator's voice and accent create an enthralling, believable production of the literature.
One of the best adaptation of Flemings character
007 being tortured by le Chiffre made me cringe while listening
Where 007 started.
I love to walk and run listening to audiobooks
A better plot, more action.
So... I picked up this book to listen to because it was short, lite and on a topic I love - James Bond. This was the first book about James Bond that I have read and it was not good. Simon Vance is the narrator I listened to (I like to choose light, easy books to listen to while I walk and hike and drive on road trips) and he was, as always, delightful to the ear. However, the plot was thin and the action not as visceral as with a movie. Oh well, I am ruined for Ian Fleming novels; I will stick with the action flicks. On the bright side, this ejects an entire oeuvre from my to-read list, freeing up some time for massive assaults like Infinite Jest...
Mad Science Fiction reader. Just love the stuff.
Written by a man, for other men, a adventure story with one of the great characters of the 20th Century Bond, James Bond, Good story, populated by real people, well worth a read and a story that is well within the realm of having happened, even if it is fiction.
Without giving away the story, but the girl at the end of the book and how Bond is affected by her actions.
How Fleming ended the book, can't wait to get my hands on Book 2 - "Live and let die.".
The interaction of Bond with himself.
Next book please Ian and thank you very, very enjoyable..
The story is very weak, and the characters are cardboard. I believe one early chapter was almost entirely devoted to the mechanics of gambling in baccarat or something. Fleming might have entertained another generation, but it is honestly not interesting any longer.
Casino Royale consistently ranks toward the top of Fleming's novels in the Bond series. But honestly I can't see what the appeal is. Even though I know Fleming was involved in intelligence activities in WW2, it still seems that the author is basically naive about how intelligence organizations function and what makes an operation. That said, if you like the movie you will probably like the audiobook because the movie followed the book slavishly.