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Baccarat, The James Bond Favourite

Find out about the connection 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 together with the gadgets and the "shaken but not stirred" Martini. The charismatic secret agent has been described playing baccarat, or, to be more precise, 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 attitude towards gambling in the Casino Royale novel from 1953:

Bond is definitely a gambler. He loved 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 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 from the impartiality of the roulette ball and of the playing cards and their ceaseless prejudice.

In reality, baccarat is not as refined than it is described in James Bond novels and films. The description of the posh setting, the well cushioned arms of the chairs and also the glass of champagne is quite bona fide really. In lavish land based casinos, you will not meet accidental dressed people across the green baccarat tables.

Baccarat is definitely popular among the high society. Since then the game changed its name, new rules were made up and this gave birth to many variations: European baccarat played in UK casinos, the marginally different American baccarat played in Vegas casinos and Chemin de Fer, also referred to as French baccarat or the James Bond game.

The object of baccarat is fairly simple: two hands are dealt and the player wagers on one of the hands, either the player or the banker hand, which will acquire the greatest score. While in American casinos, baccarat happens against the house, in Chemin de Fer players compete against each other where one player functions as the player and another as the banker.

The purpose of the sport is always to raise Le Chiffre's gaming debts so the SMERSH would kill him themselves. The baccarat game continues for hours and ends with James Bond winning. Eventually, Le Chiffre is assassinated by SMERSH, but not before he captures and tortures Bond with the aid of Bonds beautiful double agent Vesper Lynd, who had 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's also now one of the very most anticipated movies. It will be the 21st official James Bond movie and the first with Daniel Craig as James Bond. Oh, the times are a changing!
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