Casino Royale
  • Publication Date: February 29, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781554814091 / 155481409X
  • 328 pages; 5½" x 8½"

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Casino Royale

  • Publication Date: February 29, 2020
  • ISBN: 9781554814091 / 155481409X
  • 328 pages; 5½" x 8½"

Casino Royale (1953), Ian Fleming’s first novel, introduced James Bond and other recurring characters of the Bond series of novels and short stories. Complex, even conflicted, this Bond belongs to the post-war world of rationing, trauma, and a growing sense of uncertainty due to social and technological change and the rising tensions of the Cold War. This is the first edition of Casino Royale to include footnotes that provide a larger context for the novel (as well as translate French passages in the novel).

The edition also includes appendices that provide a number of other works by Fleming and other literary and historical materials that help to situate the spy thriller.

APPENDICES
Appendix A: Other Works by Ian Fleming

  • 1. From “Foreign News,” The Kemsley Manual of Journalism (1950)
  • 2. “Mudscape with Figures,” Spectator (5 August 1955)
  • 3. From The Diamond Smugglers (1957)
  • 4. “If I Were Prime Minister,” Spectator (9 October 1959)
  • 5. “For Your Eyes Only” (1960)
  • 6. “Quantum of Solace” (1960)
  • 7. “Gary Powers and the Big Lie,” Sunday Times (11 March 1962)
  • 8. “How to Write a Thriller,” Show (August 1962)

Appendix B: Tales of International Intrigue before Bond

  • 1. From Erskine Childers, The Riddle of the Sands (1903, c. 1913)
  • 2. Baroness Orczy, “The Fate of the ‘Artemis,’” Royal Magazine (November 1904)
  • 3. From W. Somerset Maugham, Ashenden, or the British Agent (1928)
  • 4. From Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon (1930, 1931)

Appendix C: Secret Intelligence: Some Historical Documents

  • 1. D.C. Stapleton to Orme Sargent, Top Secret Letter (23 December 1947)
  • 2. Orme Sargent, Top Secret Memo (19 October 1948)
  • 3. House of Commons, “Foreign Service (Missing Officials),” Hansard (11 June 1951)
  • 4. From Stanley Moss, “Christine the Brave: Bullets and Bluff with the Maquis,” Picture Post (27 September 1952)

Jason Haslam is Professor of English at Dalhousie University. Julia M. Wright, FRSC is University Research Professor of English at Dalhousie University.