In the novel that introduced James Bond to the world, Ian Fleming’s agent 007 is dispatched to a French casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His mission? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who’s been on a bad luck streak at the baccarat table. ‘Le Chiffre,’ has been a prime target of the British Secret Service for years. If Bond can wipe out his bankroll, Le Chiffre will likely be ‘retired’ by his paymasters in Moscow. But what if the cards won’t cooperate? Taut, tense, and effortlessly stylish, Ian Fleming’s inaugural James Bond adventure has all the hallmarks that made the series a touchstone for a generation of readers.