'A dry martini', Bond said. 'In a deep champagne goblet. Three measures of Gordons, one of Vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice cold, then add a thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?' 'Certainly, monsieur'. Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome; chillingly ruthless and very deadly. This, the first ...
'A dry martini', Bond said. 'In a deep champagne goblet. Three measures of Gordons, one of Vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice cold, then add a thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?' 'Certainly, monsieur'. Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome; chillingly ruthless and very deadly. This, the first of Fleming's tales of agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called simply 'The Cypher' - by ruining him at the Baccarat table and forcing his Soviet spy masters to 'retire' him. It seems that lady luck is taken with James - The Cypher 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!
In this, the first James Bond novel by the Earl of Espionage, Ian Fleming, we are introduced to the suave, intelligent, high-living spy who has become a legendary figure in pop culture. Assigned to an unusual job - a game of baccarat against Le Chiffre, a member of the Soviet anti-spy organization SMERSH who has become deeply indebted after spending Soviet funds on his own private business investments - Bond must ensure that Le Chiffre does not win his money back at the tables. After meeting his partner for the assignment, the beautiful Vesper, and hooking up with his CIA couterpart, Felix Leiter, Bond sets out on a mission to disrupt his Soviet enemies and ensure Le Chiffre's disgrace (and probable death). A Bond classic for sure, this book is fast-paced and leads to an exciting climax that won't disappoint, as well as a twist that will leave you asking for more. Do not fear, however, as Mr. Fleming wrote 11 other Bond missions, as well as 2 short stories collections up until his death in 1964.
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