Casino Royale (James Bond, #1)

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Ranked #4 in Spy, Ranked #5 in Bondssee more rankings.

In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming’s agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who’s been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table.

One of SMERSH’s most deadly operatives, the man known only as “Le Chiffre,” has been a prime target of the British Secret Service for years. If Bond can wipe out his bankroll, Le Chiffre will likely be “retired” by his paymasters in Moscow. But what if the cards won’t cooperate? After a brutal night at the gaming tables, Bond soon finds himself dodging...

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Ben Macintyre I think it’s the best of them, and it’s wonderful because it reveals what I think is the essential Bond. (Source)

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