Two James Bond Thrillers by Ian Fleming: Live & Let Die and Casino Royale
Two James Bond Thrillers by Ian Fleming Live Let Die and Casino Royale Author:Ian Fleming Live and Let Die — Beautiful, fortune-telling Solitaire is the prisoner (and tool) of Mr. Big -- master of fear, artist in crime, and Voodoo Baron of Death. James Bond has no time for superstition -- he knows that Big is also a top SMERSH operative and a real threat. More than that, after tracking him through the jazz joints of Harlem to t... more »he Everglades and on the Caribbean, 007 has realized that Mr. Big is one of the most dangerous men that he has ever faced. And no one, not even the enigmatic Solitaire, can be sure how their battle of wills is going to end.
Casino Royale pits 007 against the arch-villain Le Chiffre. Their duel takes place in large part at the gaming tables of the casino in the fashionable French resort town of Royale-les-Eaux (Bond's foes are always able to function in his milieu, the world of the mid-century gentleman).
Bond is out to cause Le Chiffre financial ruin, so that his bosses at SMERSH (Fleming's fictional KGB equivalent) will get rid of him. It seems that Le Chiffre has been dipping into the company pot to support his bad habits, and now that his bosses want the money, he must attempt to recoup his losses at the casino. Bond, a proficient cardplayer, has been sent to make sure that Le Chiffre does not win. To Bond's horror, he is assigned a sidekick for this case, a female. ("What the hell do they want to send a bloody woman for?" he said bitterly. "Do they think this is a bloody picnic?") Thus, the charming Vesper Lynd becomes the first of Bond's lovely and oddly named heroines.« less