"Danger Powers. Oh, that's not quite right. Danger is my middle name."
I could not read Casino Royale without imagining Mike Myers as the main character. The whole time I was reading, I was just chuckling to myself what a fantastic spoof of the James Bond movies Austin Powers actually was.
Casino Royale seems so dated now. There's a lot of stereotypes and what is now predictability in this book. At the time it was written though, I could see how it could have been gripping reading. The first of a genre that launched a thousand copycats and spoofs. I just happen to read them out of order.
The one issue with this book that isn't the fault of its age is the inconsistency of Vesper's character. She's portrayed on the one hand as this cold seasoned spy and on the other hand she gets caught making a phone call early in the morning. It just didn't make sense that the cold spy would behave as she did.
I enjoyed this book a lot and it kept me giggling.