So begins Ian Fleming’s Casino Royale, first published in April 1953 and the start of James Bond’s literary career.
Although criticised at the time for “sex, sadism and snobbery”, the books of Ian Fleming feature a more complex character than found in the films and are full of detail and vivid imagination.
This section of The James Bond Dossier takes an in-depth look at James Bond’s lifestyle. Most of the content here is based on Bond as he is is the books. Over time the intention is to provide more information from the films too.
It is how this website began, inspired by The Book of Bond: or Every Man His Own 007 by Kingsley Amis under the pen name Lt.-Col. William (‘Bill’) Tanner. While The Book of Bond is rather superficial, the aim here is to go into depth.