Baccarat, The James Bond Favourite

Learn about 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 accepted attributes together with the gadgets along with the "shaken but not stirred" Martini. The charismatic secret agent continues to be described playing baccarat, or, to be more accurate, the French version of the game called Chemin de Fer, in many of Ian Fleming's novels 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 is definitely a gambler. He adored the dry riffle of the cards and also the continuous unemphatic drama of the quiet figures round the green tables. He enjoyed the solid, examined comfort of card rooms and casinos, the well padded arms of the seats, the glass of champagne or whiskey at the elbow, the quiet unhurried attention of good servants. He was amused from the impartiality of the roulette ball and of the playing cards as well as their perpetual prejudice.

In reality, baccarat is not as refined than it's described in James Bond novels and movies. The description of the posh setting, the well cushioned arms of the chairs and the glass of champagne is fairly authentic really. In luxurious land based casinos, you will not meet chance dressed folks across the green baccarat tables.

Baccarat is definitely popular to members in the high society.

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, that will attain the highest score.

The purpose of the sport would be to increase Le Chiffre's gaming 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 with the help of Bonds beautiful double agent Vesper Lynd, who'd previoulsy served as Bonds assistant.

The book, Casino Royale, has been adapted for film twice in addition to once on TV. The latest one will soon be published on November 17, 2006 and it is presently among the very most anticipated movies. It's going to be the 21st official James Bond movie as well as the first with Daniel Craig as James Bond. In the 2006 version of Casino Royale, Bond and Le Chiffre will soon be playing Texas Holdem against each other. Oh, the times really are a changing!