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Casino Royale review ✓ 3 ✓ Introducing James Bond charming sophisticated handsome chillingly ruthless and licensed to kill This the first of Ian Fleming's tales of secret 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 spymasteIth 007 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. This book was much much better than the movie But then again so was my last migraine I'm glad I read the book I think but I probably won't bother to read the rest of the series because James Bond much like Daniel 'Trout Pout' Craig is an unrelenting pain in the arse

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Introducing James Bond charming sophisticated handsome chillingly ruthless and licensed to kill This the first of Ian Fleming's tales of secret agent 007 finds Bond on a mission to neutral. SpoilersThis will be a review of not just Casino Royale but of the James Bond books in general I think that there is a good argument to be made that the Bond books are the most misunderstood books of all prominent books because the very subtext that accounts for their enduring appeal is buried so deeply that it just passes most people byThe best way to understand the James Bond books is to understand the heroines of the books These heroines are often characterized as being glamorous women who it is Bond's role to save This is completely and totally wrong The whole key is that these women ALWAYS have short unpainted nails They are actors and present an existential challenge to James Bond In fact the best way to understand Bond is as a kind of existential literatureFleming was a writer who had a message that he seemed not to be fully and consciously aware of He says the same message in every book and he says it in the same way with the exceptions of The Spy Who Loved Me and the short story uantum of Solace where the same themes are approached from alternative directionsFleming is often compared to Le Carre almost always negatively This is an unfair comparison in two ways First of all Fleming is a great writer and is along with Lovecraft one of the two greatest writers of Pulp in history whereas Le Carre is merely a very good writer Second Fleming is not really writing spy literature he is really writing fantasy in which the hero happens to have the occupation of a spy As such criticisms of a lack of realism are about as out of place as they would be for The Lord of the Rings or Alice in Wonderland I would have thought that the Bond books wear their status as fantasy clearly than say the Latin American Magical Realists but this point appears to pass people byThe next thing to notice about James Bond is that he is pretty clearly a broken person The thing that I most love about Daniel Craig's interpretation of Bond is that he conveys this point clearly and repetitively in a way that has not been done before Bond is a kind of broken Nietzchean superhero who has in a way arbitrarily and for what appear to be purely aesthetic reasons taken on a specific set of values that we are meant to recognize intuitively as a priori superior to competing values In this he is exactly the same as both the James Bond heroines and villainsIf you read the Bond books critically one of the things that is most striking about them is how similar in personality Bond is to both the heroines with a few exceptions and the villains also with a few exceptions Fleming will distinguish Bond from the villains not so much by their actions which are often uite similar but instead by things such as the cut of their suit or their taste in luxury watches These aesthetic choices are meant to be inherently preferable just as Bond's belief system and set of values is never defended as superior to communism or ironically to the vast accumulation of wealth and power that other figures such as Goldfinger are bent on accumulating eg the values of capitalismBond the villains and the heroines of the books all have in common that they do not in any way feel bound by conventional morays rules of decorum or value judgments All of the major characters have in fact chosen a belief system and a set of values through force of their personal will alone The other characters have not and this is why those characters are kinds of ghosts within the books and are in some sort of way not worthy of interacting with BondThe villains have in fact chosen the wrong values They are every bit as ruthlessly dedicated to them as Bond and they will not in any way compromise them just as Bond will not The women have either chosen the same set of values as Bond or at least a set of values that are not diametrically opposed They are then worthy romantic interests this goes only for the main female character in every book However Fleming is clear that the heroines Nietzchean superman status means that they are too independent to make the kind of long term bonds necessary for stable relationships They are not in the next book and presumably they like Bond have moved on unchanged This is clearest in Casino Royale where the doomed nature of the genuine love that Bond has for Vesper Lynd is clearly spelled out in the events leading up to and following her deathAlso in this book Bond fails in his mission in a way that he will not do so spectacularly again but in staying true to the values that characterize him even at the expense of rejecting a genuine love he maintains his status as a Nietzschean superhero A status that Fleming clearly means to be a kind of idealization of how to live one's life and not an actually fully achievable ideal It is by setting Bond in a fantastic world and not in a world where mundane limits can intrude on this ideal that Fleming can over and over again put forth this ideal in its pure formAgain it is a world where the choice of a man's luggage is meant to say as much about him as the choice of his political ideals It is a morality justified by its aesthete and not vice versaBut even though it is a fantasy world it is still a world in which it is not possible to simply always force one's will onto that world Bond may fail to save the woman he may fail to stop the villain from getting away his wife might die his friend's legs might be eaten by a shark he may be captured he may be emotionally devastated by events But it is still a world in which his maintenance of his own values and beliefs can be specifically maintained through every hardship and peril In pretty much all the Fleming books Bond is distracted by doubts or by emotional weaknesses and in every book Bond overcomes these by simply pushing them awayIn other words the Bond books represent a kind of practical existential ideal It is not an implausible solution to the practical problems of our world that Fleming is unconsciously advocating and it appears to be what he attempted to practice in real life But it is a difficult solution that he advocates none the less

review Casino Royale

Casino RoyaleIze a lethal high rolling Russian operative called simply le Chiffre by ruining him at the Baccarat table and forcing his Soviet spymasters to retire him It seems that lady luck is taken w. Some interesting facts that we learn in this bookJames Bond smokes 70 cigarettes per dayJames Bond loves his carJames Bond likes to sleep nakedThis is the first Bond novel 1953 and it's a doozy We have SMERSH gambling kidnapping torture intrigue double crossing and cackling villainsBond is set up with millions of British pounds and told to go to France and out gamble the evil Le Chiffre a holocaust survivor with no Christian name and supposedly no memory of his life before age 37 His main problem is that he's a criminal in debt to some dangerous people and needs to gamble at Casino Royale or he'll be murdered The long descriptions of gambling and cards in this book are boring One chapter is basically Bond explaining how to gambleBond is told that he's going to be paired with another agent and he's shocked and appalled to find out that his partner is female Of course the woman Vesper Lynd is amazingly good looking and Bond alternates throughout the book with his warring feelings of contempt for her and wanting to fck herNo matter how charming Bond comes off in the films the written Bond is a whole different animal Hearing his inner monologue is enough to make you want to tear your eyes out He doesn't consider women to be human or people He also makes horrible stereotypes about everyone in the book who is not a white British man He also gets really turned on at the thought of rape although he never rapes anyone in this book It's very disturbing to read aboutAlso to all the women who think James Bond is really hot you may think that about the movie character but I seriously doubt you would feel the same about the book character Constantly described as cold harsh brutal cruel ruthless and hard over and over and over by Fleming Bond is hardly someone you'd want to have a relationship with or even a one night stand He describes women in this book as beasts wretches fools idiots and bitches A LOT He tends to go off on long sexistracist rants in his head Also his idea of sex is always described as ravishment ravaging 'bending her to his will' or a way to 'coldlyput his body to the test'When Vesper gets kidnapped at one point he is furious with her and curses her out He makes the cold logical decision that her life doesn't matter since she is an agent and plans accordingly her death is acceptable When both she and Bond are kidnapped and in the back of a car being driven to god knows where to be raped or tortured Bond is TURNED ON by how sexy she looks with bound and with her legs exposed ON HIS WAY TO BE TORTURED this is what he's thinking about a woman who is helpless and probably about to be gang raped I mean this is a sick sick man hereI think it's fair to mention that Bond's genitals are brutally tortured for an hour by Le Chiffre After this ordeal Bond spends a lot of time in the hospital recovering I liked that Fleming wasn't trying to make him some super human who recovers immediately Of course Bond eventually decides that taking Vesper to bed will be the perfect test to make sure his euipment is still functioning properlyI understand that these books are classics and that James Bond is an icon I really do And I understand why people love the books adventure torture being a spy who is rich beds tons of women and travels to exotic places It's not that I don't understand the appeal of this pulp fiction Wholly unrealistic it's a fantasy Real actual spywork I'd imagine is NOTHING like the government giving you millions of pounds to gamble away pairing you up with a sexy female agent that they are fine with you having sex with and setting you up in a resort like location where your every whim is catered to Because that's your 'cover' rolls eyesI don't blame anyone for loving enjoying and gobbling up these books However as a woman in 2014 I just can't ignore the screaming in your face racism and sexism that permeates every page of this novelFleming is a good author there are some gems in here some great lines and some deep philosophical pondering on Bond's part this surprised me he's usually very shallow Also no one can write a long villain speech like Fleming can Le Chiffre's long speech to Bond about how he's going to torture him and there's no hope is wonderful and can be perfectly imagined playing out on the big screen ClassicTl;dr Exciting spy novel drenched in misogyny and racismI'll include some of the inflammatory passages here Don't read them if you're easily upset And then there was this pest of a girl He sighed Women were for recreation On a job they got in the way and fogged things up with sex and hurt feelings and all the emotional baggage they carried around One had to look out for them and take care of them Bitch said Bond and then remembering the Muntzes he said bitch again loudly and walked out of the room When gambling Bond saw luck as a woman to be softly wooed or brutally ravaged never pandered to or pursued When Vesper gets kidnapped This was just what he had been afraid of These blithering women who thought they could do a man's work Why the hell couldn't they stay at home and mind their pots and pans and stick to their frocks and gossip and leave the men's work to the men And now for this to happen to him just when the job had come off so beautifully for Vesper to fall for an old trick like that and get herself snatched and probably held to ransom like some bloody heroine in a strip cartoon The silly bitch Bond boiled at the thought of the fix he was in Note She gets kidnapped and he's annoyed because it throws a wrench in his plans How dare she inconvenience him like this Doesn't she know how annoying it isHere's the part where he's being tortured and thinks about her being gang raped Through the red mist of pain Bond thought of Vesper He could imagine how she was being used by the two gunmen They would be making the most of her before she was sent for by Le Chiffre He thought of the fat wet lips of the Corsican and the slow cruelty of the thin man Poor wretch to have been dragged into this Poor little beast When Vesper's bound in the car with her skirt over her head and Bond's also kidnapped next to her his eroticism had been hotly aroused by the sight of her indecent nakedness The appeal of raping the woman you love And he knew that she was profoundly excitingly sensual but that the conuest of her body because of the central privacy in her would each time have the tang of rape Loving her physically would each be a thrilling voyage without the anticlimax or arrival Bond often talks in this book about getting the arrogant private cold Vesper to bend to his will in bed Not only is he talking about spicy rape condiment to make sex appealing always like the first time when they fight you a bit I guess he's saying but in an earlier passage he says he wanted her cold and arrogant body He wanted to see tears and desire in her remote blue eyes and to take the ropes of her black hair in his hands and bend her long body back under his Tears Really Crying during sex is just such a turn on sarcasmview spoiler Even though Bond wants to take a chance on Vesper he considers retiring from the Service and toys with the idea of marrying her she turns out to be a double agent Her lover is a captive and they'll kill him if she doesn't obey She ends up nobly killing herself in order to 'save' Bond to which he responds with deep hatred for her and referring to her as a 'bitch' again Charming hide spoiler