On 13th April 1953 Casino Royale was published by Jonathan Cape in the UK.  Fleming could have no idea of the impact his self-proclaimed ‘dreadful oafish opus’ would have on British culture and wrote to Cape ahead of publication saying, ‘my own feeling is that the life of a book of this sort is not long’.  Casino Royale was an instant success, warranting three print runs in quick succession and provoking rave reviews such as Time magazine’s, ‘Casino Royale introduces a brand new mystery writer, Briton Ian Fleming, and a hard-shelled British secret service operative, James Bond, who should be prowling the international underground for some books to come.’


Left: 1st edition book jacket of Casino Royale

Right: Ian Fleming reading a copy of Casino Royale

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