Check out the link between James Bond and his favourite casino game, the French baccarat or Chemin de Fer.
The casino game, baccarat, is among James Bond’s most recognized traits combined with the gadgets along with the “shaken but not stirred” Martini. The magnetic secret agent has been described playing baccarat, or, to be more accurate, the French variant of the game called Chemin de Fer, in lots of Ian Fleming’s books and their adaptions to the big screen.
Here is how Ian Fleming describes James Bond’s approach towards gambling in the Casino Royale novel from 1953:
Bond has always been a gambler. He loved the dry riffle of the cards as well as the endless unemphatic play of the quiet figures round the green tables. He liked the solid, studied comfort of card rooms and casinos, the nicely cushioned arms of the seats, the glass of champagne or whiskey at the elbow, the quiet unhurried focus of great servants. He was amused by the impartiality of the roulette ball and of the playing cards as well as their endless prejudice.
In fact, baccarat is not as sophisticated than it’s described in James Bond novels and films. The description of the posh atmosphere, the nicely padded arms of the chairs and also the glass of champagne is very bona fide really. In luxury land based casinos, you WOn’t meet accidental dressed people around the green baccarat tables.
Baccarat is definitely popular in the high society. In the 15th Century, when it first arrived from Italy to France, it was still known by the name of baccara, that is the Italian word for zero. Since then the game changed its name, new rules were made up and this gave birth to several versions: European baccarat played in UK casinos, the somewhat distinct American baccarat played in Vegas casinos and Chemin de Fer, also known as French baccarat or the James Bond game.
The object of baccarat is pretty easy: two hands are dealt and the player wagers on among the hands, either the player or the banker hand, which will obtain the best score.
In the storyline of Casino Royale, the British secret agent and baccarat pro James Bond is hired to conquer the SMERSH agent, Monsieur Le Chiffre, at Chemin de Fer. The objective of the sport would be to raise Le Chiffre’s gambling debts so that the SMERSH would kill him themselves. The baccarat game lasts for hours and ends with James Bond winning. Eventually, Le Chiffre is assassinated by SMERSH, although not before he gets and tortures Bond together with assistance from Bonds amazing double agent Vesper Lynd, who’d previoulsy served as Bonds helper.
The book, Casino Royale, has been adapted for cinema twice in addition to once on TV. The latest one will be released on November 17, 2006 and it’s also presently one of the very anticipated movies. It will be the 21st official James Bond movie and the first with Daniel Craig as James Bond. Oh, the times really are a changing!