Sunday, August 28, 2016

Casino Royale: Reading what I blog

Just a few days ago I blogged about Sean Connery. Mr. Connery is famous for portraying James Bond in he movies. When I wrote that post I had no idea I would be reading Casino Royale by Ian Fleming.

Opening credits from the 1967 film..

It was all by chance. Lately I have fallen into my bad reading habits of starting a book and then completely misplacing it. I think I have Gremlins that purposely hide them. Anyway on Friday I was picking my daughter up from dance. The way her schedule and my schedule works out I end up with an hour to kill. I stopped by a local Goodwill store and found a copy of Casino Royale in great condition and decided it would be my companion. Second hand stores are  where I pick up most of my books unless it is something specific then it is searching the world wide web.

Anyway Saturday, I worked and got off work just in time to go shopping with my girls. Time and money ended up vanishing from me on that day.

Today, Sunday was different. My daughter needed to read for school, so I told her I would read with her. That way she got to snuggle with me ad get her work done. Then the day became a rainy day and I ended up finishing the book.

The book was good enough to spurn two movies. The 1967 original and then the 2006 version.

The book was originally published in 1953. I hadn't watched the films in a while so i was able to read the novel with a fresh mind. I enjoyed the read. It had the James Bond action, the exotic car, and a bit of romance to it. It showed a different side of Bond. The book's end also had an interesting twist.

The book knocks off another category in one reading challenge I am doing from another blogger.
Book number 17 for the year. 


Dixie@dcrelief said...

Reading on a rainy day works well for me. I love shopping Goodwill...especially the "Grid" store... for computer stuffs.

I hate to write this, but Bond got old to me. I'm more inclined to watch a nice martial arts film now days.

John Holton said...

I was surprised to learn just how old the Bond books were (at least the Ian Fleming ones). The stories don't seem dated when you see them adapted for the big screen, even though they're almost seventy years old. You get a whole different perspective on Bond from the books; if you've seen the movies, but not read the books, you've really missed a lot.

Liz A. said...

I'd be curious as to how like the book is to the movies. I heard they kept the titles and not much else. But I wouldn't know.

mike spain said...

John that was my first Bond book and I do agree I have missed out.