finished reading Casino Royale by Ian Fleming

Ian Fleming: Casino Royale (1955, Pan Books) 3 stars

Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome, chillingly ruthless and licensed to kill. This, the first …

Found a $1 copy lying in a discard pile at an op-shop and couldn't resist, was curious how the original story would hold up after so many years of Bond being so much a part of modern culture. I was surprised at how many French terms and words were thrown around, not just casino-related but all part of setting the scene. Misogynistic, racist, cardboard, I doubt it'd get glanced at as a first novel 70 years on!