The Shaken, Not Stirred Reading Challenge officially begins with Casino Royale. It may be the latest to be filmed, but it is the first James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming.
It was first published by Jonathon Cape in April 13, 1953 and has been adapted for the screen three times: once as a television series, once as a spoof, and finally as a feature film starring Daniel Craig in November 2006. According to Wikipedia, of the nearly 5,ooo copies originally printed, less than half were sold. The rest were donated to public libraries.
Here are the vital statistics and description for the audiobook from Blackstone Audio’s website:
Released: August 2000
Available Forrmats: 4 CSs, 1 MP3 CD, 1 Playaway and 4 Tapes
Length: 4 hours and 39 minutes long
Description: Introducing James Bond: charming, sophisticated, handsome, chillingly ruthless, and licensed to kill. This, the first of Ian Fleming’s tales of Secret Agent 007, finds Bond on a mission to neutralize a lethal, high-rolling Russian operative called “Le Chiffre”—by ruining him at the baccarat table, forcing his Soviet spymasters to “retire” him. It seems that Lady Luck has sided with 007 when Le Chiffre hits a losing streak. But some people just refuse to play by the rules, and Bond’s attraction to a beautiful female agent leads him to disaster—and to an unexpected savior.
Shaken, Not Stirred Challenge Information
Please leave a comment on this post when you’ve finished listening to Casino Royale. If you’re a blogger, please use Mr. Linky at the end of this post to alert us to your posts and reviews.
Casino Royale Twitter Party:
The first Shaken, Not Stirred Twitter Party will be held on Saturday, June 30 at 9:30pm EST. The party will begin with a 30 minute discussion about the audiobook followed by watching the movie. We will be using #ShakenNotStirred as the hashtag.