'It?s not difficult to get a Double O number if you?re prepared to
kill people? Bond is sent to a casino in Royale-les-Eaux to
disgrace the lethal Russian agent ?Le Chiffre? by ruining him at
baccarat and forcing his Soviet spymasters to ?retire? him, where
he soon finds that his quarry is not content to go without a fight.
Preferring to work alone, 007 is annoyed to be assigned a female
assistant, but his compelling attraction to the enigmatic Vesper
Lynd only leads him into further danger ? In Casino Royale, Ian
Fleming created a world of intense excitement, violence and sex,
set against the international tensions of the Cold War. And in the
immortal Commander James Bond he introduced the ultimate secret
agent ? suave, chillingly ruthless and licensed to kill.