" 'A dry martini,' Bond said. 'In a deep champagne goblet. Three measures of Gordons, one of Vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice cold, then add a thin slice of lemon peel. Got it?'
'Certainly, monsieur.' "
Introducing James Bond ... charming, sophisticated, handsome, chillingly ruthless, and licensed to kill. This, the first of Ian Fleming's agent 007 novels, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called simply "le Chiffre" by ruining him at the Baccarat table and forcing his Soviet spymasters to "retire" him. It seems that lady luck is taken with 007 -- le Chiffre has hit a losing streak. But some people just refuse to play by the rules while Bond's attraction to a beautiful female agent leads him to disaster and an unexpected savior.