By Ian Fleming
Within the novel that brought James Bond to the realm, Ian Fleming’s agent 007 is dispatched to a French on line casino in Royale-les-Eaux. His venture? Bankrupt a ruthless Russian agent who’s been on a nasty success streak on the baccarat desk.
One of SMERSH’s most threatening operatives, the guy identified in basic terms as “Le Chiffre,” has been a major goal of the British mystery carrier for years. If Bond can wipe out his bankroll, Le Chiffre will be “retired” through his paymasters in Moscow. yet what if the playing cards won’t cooperate? After a brutal evening on the gaming tables, Bond quickly reveals himself dodging would-be assassins, struggling with off brutal torturers, and going all-in to avoid wasting the lifetime of his attractive girl counterpart, Vesper Lynd.
Taut, stressful, and without problems fashionable, Ian Fleming’s inaugural James Bond experience has all of the hallmarks that made the sequence a touchstone for a new release of readers.
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David Mure, Practise to Deceive (London: William Kimber, 1977), 49. 16. Diary of Guy Liddell, 22 October 1943, KV 4/192, TNA. 17. Mure, Practise to Deceive, 12. See also David Mure, Master of Deception: Tangled Webs in London and the Middle East (London: William Kimber, 1980), 15–16 passim. 18. Maunsell to Petrie, 18 September 1941, KV 4/306, TNA. 19. J. Maunsell, 4829:80/30/1, Documents Collection, Imperial War Museum (IWM). I wish to thank the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum for allowing access to this collection held in the IWM Sound and Documents Section.
Ibid. 22. Ibid. 23. A. Mure, 2194:67/321/3, IWM. I wish to thank the Trustees of the Imperial War Museum for allowing access to this collection held in the IWM Sound and Documents Section. 1 Ratcatchers Mopping up the well-concealed Germans was not a task for conventional military forces. It was a ratcatching operation, and our little group were the rat catchers … . (Bill Magan [MI5])1 Early in the war, Persia was an independent neutral state in which no British intelligence organizations were operating, with the exception of individual travelling agents working for the Royal Air Force (Air Staff Intelligence, Iraq), which held responsibility for Persia as well as Iraq.
Although there was sometimes internal dissension between the Polish security authorities and the diplomats at the Polish legation, and although Polish security occasionally adopted an unacceptably anti-Soviet – or even antisemitic – line of enquiry, Anglo-Polish cooperation was always cordial. Polish security also rendered technical assistance to DSO in the form of much needed photographic and reprographic services for less sensitive documents. 55 Unlike the Poles, most other Allied nationalities in Persia lacked any specific security organizations of their own.
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