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Double Oh Yes … One of literature’s greatest gifts on another

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  ” Conceived as a bestseller, Casino Royale effortlessly transcended such unworthy aims. Today, its
protagonist is up there with Count Dracula and Batman and a handful of other iconic A-listers. Fleming did not anticipate what to me is always the dreariest convention of
the celluloid Bond blockbuster – the final 20 minutes in which 007 and the girl run around a hollowed-out mountain or space station or some other supervillain lair shooting extras in tinfoil catsuits while control panels explode all around them and Bond looks frantically for the button that
deactivates the nuclear laser targeting London, Washington, Moscow and/or Winnipeg – but, that oversight aside, it’s remarkable how much of the 007 architecture he had in place so quickly. In
Casino Royale, the roulette table shows up on page one, M on page three, Moneypenny on page 13, the Double-Os on 14, the CIA’s Felix Leiter on 31, the first dry martini, shaken not stirred, on page 32. “

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