How it all started,
This review is from: Casino Royale (Audio CD)
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Coming at this fresh, as someone familiar with the films but not at all with the books, I was surprised by how closely the film adaptation resembled the book of Casino Royale, including it's strange three act structure (the card game, the chase, and then a long contemplative ending which here ultimately sets up the antagonism between Bond and Smersh)
Bond is introduced here as a ruthless and calculating character, but is also thoroughly developed through interior monologue. The prose is generally fine, though it's when describing things that Fleming must have had direct experience of - food, drink and the French locale in which it takes place, that it really comes to life.
Dan Stevens is also fine as the narrator - he seems a good fit for Bond's character as introduced here - cold, suave and aloof, and he captures the accent-less voice of the mysterious villain Le Chiffre, and keeps things interesting and pacy throughout. All in all this is a great way to experience the first novel in the Bond series.