Casino Royale

This month my book of the month is: Casino Royale!

I think most people, particularly British people, will have watched a James Bond film at some point in their lives but how many have read the books? Well, I decided to get back to the original and take a look at the first book in the series – Casino Royale.

The book is much shorter than I thought it would be, only about 200 pages or so. It is quick to the action – immediately James Bond is in a casino. Within a couple of chapters he’s in a high stakes game with the very bad Le Chiffre who does not like losing! Now I don’t want to say too much about the plot but I can promise you twists and turns, glamour and mystery – everything you expect from a classic James Bond.

Having watched the 2006 film adaptation starring Daniel Craig, I knew about his relationship with Vesper. The general relationship remains the same, but the details change. As the book was written in the 1950s you can imagine that the relationship portrayed in the book is a little out of date but it didn’t detract too much from the overall storyline and I still really enjoyed it.

I do have a question though – weren’t his drinks ‘shaken not stirred’?! Throughout the whole book I do not think there was one mention of ‘shaken not stirred’. He did however invent a drink, which he names ‘The Vesper’ which I’d really like to try. It’s a martini and the recipe is: Three measures of Gordon’s, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it’s ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel.” Served in a deep champagne goblet – fancy! 

I’d definitely recommend taking a look at the book! Have you read/watched any James Bond – I’d love to know what you think!

Have a wonderful week, 

P.S. You might like to take a look at last month’s ‘Book of the Month’ here:



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  1. Casino Royale is one of my favourite movies – and I love Daniel Craig in it. I have never read the books though. May have to give them a try.
    Thanks for linking to #pocolo

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