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Casino Royale 70th Anniversary

13th April 2023

Ian Fleming's debut novel that introduced the world to James Bond 007 was released seventy years ago today

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Introducing James Bond, the secret agent with two kills on his hands. 'Casino Royale', Ian Fleming's first novel - published on this day exactly seventy years ago on 13th April 1953 - is a short and bitter introduction to the world of espionage from the British author that would become an international household name. Written from his Jamaican home, Goldeneye, Fleming's fantastic agent journeys to Royale-les-eaux and does battle with the repulsive SMERSH agent Le Chiffre at the card table.

Above: Author Ian Fleming (left) and the 1971 Bantam cover artwork.


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