<a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3758.Casino_Royale" style="float: left; padding-right: 20px"><img border="0" alt="Casino Royale (James Bond, #1)" src="https://d.gr-assets.com/books/1413708915m/3758.jpg" /></a><a href="https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/3758.Casino_Royale">Casino Royale</a> by <a href="https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/2565.Ian_Fleming">Ian Fleming</a><br/>
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This was a sad, unreal spy story. A Soviet agent in France has racked up some expenses at the cost of the organization he is supposed to run. The English get wind of his problem and solution (to entice some wealthy people to gamble and win back enough to be out of debt),so they send in James Bond to thwart the plan. Mr. Bond does just fine & the bad guys lose – what did you expect?<br> I found Mr. Bond's misogyny to be off putting. He even says he enjoys the sex because it is a little like rape. The female is so very attractive, he can not resist her, but he finds it a bit too much to have to feel he has to take care of her as well as perform the job.<br> The casino has a very good description and history included. It helps to understand the rationale for the location.<br> The movies pale in comparison, especially since the reason for the gambling is not so well explained in the one I saw.