The Folio Society has a number of beautifully illustrated reproductions of Ian Fleming’s Bond novels. Casino Royale once more features the talents of Fay Dalton, who has provided images and a stunning slipcase.
Darker and more visceral than those new to the novels might imagine, Casino Royale plunges Bond into a battle of luck, wits and physical endurance against Le Chiffre, a corrupt agent of the feared Soviet organisation, SMERSH. Le Chiffre’s unsavoury predilections have left him bankrupt and desperate for money, and his defeat lies in the hands of ‘the finest gambler available to the Service’. Bond becomes his opponent in a game of baccarat – a game set on a ‘luminous and sparkling stage’, with violence lurking in the wings. The beautiful and inscrutable Vesper Lynd has been sent to assist him, but their love affair will imperil them both.
Fay Dalton is a London-based illustrator. She has a first-class degree in Illustration and was the winner of the 2010 Pickled Ink Award for illustration. Fay combines traditional drawing and painting methods with digital painting. She has also illustrated From Russia With Love (2016) and Dr No (2017) for The Folio Society.
The presentation of the book, from the artwork on the case, to the printing on the spine, is lovely – just like the other books in the series.
Having read the James Bond books when I was a child I was eager to see the illustrations from Fay Dalton and how well they integrated into the story, and I wasn’t disappointed. The illustrations are amazing and really help to bring certain scenes to life.
If you are a fan of James Bond books, this one is a must for your collection.
Available now from the Folio Society priced £34.95.