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.
Highly disappointed is an understatement. This is the first time I have tried to read a James Bond adventure and now I wish I hadn't. I'm not completely sure if it's the writing or the person reading it? The long drawn out moments that lead from point A to point B are tedious, uninteresting, and at times downright boring. You should not be able to fall asleep during one of these books! The novel is short on the upside but the movies are much shorter and much better. Ten bucks for the book or Ten bucks for the movie? Get the movie.
Bi-Vocational Pastor/Draftsman. Full time husband and dad. Audiobooks are a staple in my life because I can read and work...
Overall good read. Characters were good and action was good. Worth the time to listen. Narration was good.
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.
I am a 30 year old over-the-road truck driver. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks!
I am a big 007 fan. This is the first book in the series, so it is the first one I purchased. Since then i have listened to three others and this is probably my least favorite. A big part of that comes from the fact that in the book, Mr. Fleming describes casino games in detail which I have no knowledge of. Other than that, the story line is great! Like the rest of Fleming's considerable works, it is well thought out, well written, and Simon Vance gives a knock-out performance. If your a Bond fan, start here!
All the things you love about James Bond without the crazy complicated tangents of the movie versions. Great narration. Not much more needs to be said.
I don't read as much as I used to. I have about an hour commute each way so I like to listen to audio books.
Having watched the movie I really enjoyed the book. It was different but yet I thought it made the character more real. I could see this being made back when Sean Connery was bond but yet it worked in the movies with the current Bond.
The torture scenes were hard.
I travel the country setting up at comic, toy, sci-fi, and horror conventions. Audiobooks help with the travels.
Knowing the character and story for years made it worth hearing how it was originally written
Yes i already bought another one.
Not yet but i will now
That bond has always been sexist? Heck yes it is awesome.
Like a lot of people my first exposure to James Bond was via the movies produced over the years featuring that famous character in a variety of scenarios. Over 50 years worth of movies have been produced and they have produced their own definition of what Bond is and how he came to be. Casino Royale is the original Bond novel and bares very little resemblance to the modern Casino Royale movie or the original made for TV one of the same title. In a word - Better. Go into this book with an open mind and be prepared to forget some of the details that you think you know about Bond - and get the whole story instead.