Royale with cheese

8 01 2009

Casino Royale by Ian Fleming


Entertaining and remarkably suspenseful in places. Important to put Daniel Craig out of mind and to be enthusiastic about Baccarat (the card game as opposed to 70s disco double act). Also need suspension of horror at outrageous 1953 sexism. For example:

This was just what he [Bond] 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.

Apart from all that, a right good read.

3 star




One response

18 03 2009

I’ve just read the first 4 (within which the reader will also encounter outrageous and very of its time racism as well as sexism). That aside, definite page turners. Although the bridge in Moonraker lost me even more than the baccarat in Casino Royale!

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