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Transcript of Casino Royale
James Bond, or 007, is a 00 agent for the British secret service known as MI6. He is a blunt instrument of destruction and sex, and can take down an entire Soviet counter-intelligence organization with just h
ego and signature Walther PPK.
Le Chiffre(the number) is the main villian in this book. He is a paymaster for a Soviet organization called SMERSH. He has a talent for gambling, and even when he's torturing people, he's very personal, and addresses Bond as, "my dear boy..."
“People are islands,' she said. 'They don't really touch. However close they are, they're really quite separate. Even if they've been married for fifty years.”
― Ian Fleming, Casino Royale
Vesper is the romantic interest to Bond in the story. She is an assisstant to the head of S in MI6, and is loaned to James Bond to assist him in bankrupting Le Chiffre. By the end of the story, Bond develops genuine feelings for Vesper, and they travel the world together. Peril ensues.
-M assigns Bond to bankrupt Le Chiffre, a paymaster for a Russian organiztion, in a high stakes game of baccarat. Vesper is assigned to assist him in doing so.
-Bond loses all the money, but is revived back into the game by an American ally.
-Despite Le Chiffre's men attempts to kill Bond through assault and poisoning, 007 bankrupts Le Chiffre.
-Desperate to recover the money, Le Chiffre kidnaps Vesper and brutally tortures Bond, but is interrupted mid-torture session and is assassinated as punishment for losing the money.
-Bond wakes up in a hospital with Vesper, and they fall in love and travel the world together, until their romance is abruptly ended.
The main theme in
is greed, which leads to betrayal and corruption. For example, in this book, a large sum of money is available, the characters go the extremes to possess the fortune. Greed causes Le Chiffre to even kidnap and torture Bond in order to recover the money.
There are two major conflicts in this novel:
-One of them is the external, man vs. man conflict between Bond and Le Chiffre. It is resolved when Bond wins the money and Le Chiffre is assassinated.
-The other is Bond's internal emotional conflct. He finds out at the end of the book that, because he's a secret agent, there is no one that he can trust, and that is going to haunt him for the rest of his life.