Casino Royale Book Summary and Study Guide

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Casino Royale

James Bond of the British Secret Service, MI6, is told that a member of SMERSH, a Russian government agency dealing with the assassination of enemy spies, who lives in France, has run into trouble with his organisation for lavish spending of his assigned funds. His name is Le Chiffre and he will be trying to win back money in the casinos of Royale-Les-Eaux. James Bond, the best gambler in MI6 is assigned to play against Le Chiffre at the gambling table and to win money from him, thus prompting SMERSH to assassinate him. This operation will deprive the enemy of funds and force them to get rid of their own agent.
Click here to see the rest of this review...

Bond will be assisted by the Felix Leiter of the CIA and Vesper Lynd of MI6.

This is a very suspenseful book, a world away from the buffoonery of the Roger Moore films. The gambling scene is excellent and creates genuine suspense and tension despite the vast amount of technical gambling jargon which is hard to get used to at first. Not a bad introduction to the Bond canon. Strangely, the main plot is finished 60% of the way through the book, the remainder seemingly written as a romantic story rather than a thriller.

The ending is not very imaginative, but still makes you want to continue reading the series. The character of Bond is three-dimensionally defined in this debut novel and is made more interesting by the genuinely suspenseful plot.

The torture scene is horrific to a male reader but is excellently written.
The review of this Book prepared by Oliver Bayley

Chapter Analysis of Casino Royale

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 20%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 10%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 30% Tone of story    -   very upbeat Time/era of story:    -   1930's-1950's Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes Cloak & Dagger Plotlets:    -   main char. spying/sabotage Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Who's the terrorist enemy here?    -   generic terrorists

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   spy Age:    -   20's-30's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK    -   France City?    -   Yes City:    -   London    -   wealthy Small town?    -   Yes Misc setting    -   resort/hotel    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very gorey references to torture Explicit sex in book?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   vague references    -   touching of anatomy Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

Books with storylines, themes & endings like Casino Royale

Ian Fleming Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian