Casino Estoril

En route to a visit to the US, Fleming and Admiral Godfrey stopped off in neutral Portugal.  It was an evening spent at the Casino Estoril that was to spark his creative mind in years to come.  Upon leaving the casino, Fleming turned to Godfrey and said, ‘What if those men had been German secret service agents, and suppose we had cleaned them out of their money; now that would have been exciting.’  This musing provided the inspiration for the plot of Casino Royale where Bond’s mission is to bankrupt SMERSH agent Le Chiffre at the gaming table.

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