"He was a secret agent, and still alive thanks to his exact attention to the detail of his profession": First Edition of the Novel which Introduced the World to 007; In the Original Dust Jacket

  • Casino Royale.

Casino Royale.


Item Number: 6656

London: Jonathan Cape, 1953.

First edition of the author’s first book that introduced James Bond to the world. Octavo, original black cloth. Fine in a bright near fine first issue dust jacket with just a touch of rubbing to the extremities. An exceptional copy; one of the nicest to appear on the market in recent years.

Casino Royale was written by Ian Fleming in Jamaica over a period of around two months, largely from his own experiences and imagination; he also devised the artwork for the cover. "Within the first few pages Fleming had introduced most of Bond's idiosyncrasies and trademarks," which included his looks, his Bentley and his smoking and drinking habits. The full details of Bond's martini were kept until chapter seven of the book and Bond eventually named it "The Vesper", after Vesper Lynd" (Andrew Lycett). It has been filmed twice as a feature film, the first being the 1967 spoof starring David Niven, and later as the twenty-first official Bond film starring Daniel Craig as James Bond.

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