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    Casino Royale

    BBC Radio 4 Extra …
    first 5 episodes from
    Monday 17th - Friday 21st October 20112.45-3.00pm
    second five, I think, same time - one week later.

    Ian Fleming’s first and one of his best James Bond thrillers ... superbly well read by Alex Jennings. Episode 1/10. Casino Royale would rank 3rd in my top three of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels ... my top two would be 1) On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and 2) From Russia With Love.

    Ian Fleming based the character Vesper Lynd on prominent WW2 resistance fighter Christine Granville (1915-1952) whom he met briefly in real-life. Apparently, she was nicknamed Vesperale and allegedly the two had an affair. Christine, a beautiful SOE heroine of WWII, was brutally knifed to death in a Kensington hotel in London on 15th June, 1952 ... she was just 44. Her obsessed assassin was waiting to kill her at her hotel room door. The tragic murder of Christine Granville makes Fleming's writing of the character of Vesper Lynd all the more desperately poignant.

    Casino Royale ...
    The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning.
    Then the soul-erosion produced by high gambling - a compost of greed and fear
    and nervous tension - becomes unbearable and the senses awake and revolt from it.

    James Bond suddenly knew that he was tired.
    He always knew when his body or his mind had had enough and he always acted on the knowledge.
    This helped him to avoid staleness and the sensual bluntness that breeds mistakes.

    Her bare arms and hands had a quality of repose ... her medium-length dress was of grey
    soie sauvage with a square-cut bodice, lasciviously tight across her fine breasts.
    Bond was excited by her beauty and intrigued by her composure.

    The prospect of working with her stimulated him.
    Vesper Lynd: 'He (Bond) is very good looking. He reminds me rather of Hoagy Carmichael,
    but there is something cold and ruthless ...'

    'I can't drink the health of your new frock without knowing your Christian name.'
    'Vesper,' she said. 'Vesper Lynd.'

    Bond explained about the special martini he had invented and his search for a name for it.
    'The Vesper,' he said. 'It sounds perfect and it's very appropriate to the violet hour
    when my cocktail will now be drunk all over the world.'

    It was a nine, a wonderful nine of hearts, the card known in gipsy magic as
    'a whisper of love, a whisper of hate.'

    As he drove, whipping the car faster and faster through the night, with the other half of his mind
    he cursed Vesper, and M for having sent her on the job. And now for this to happen to him, just when the job had come off so beautifully. For Vesper to fall for an old trick like that and get herself snatched and probably held to ransom like some bloody heroine in a strip cartoon ...

      Spoiler:
    'I knew it would be the end of our love if I told you. I realised that I could either wait to be killed by SMERSH, would perhaps get you killed too, or ...
    My love, my love. V.'


      Spoiler:
    'This is 007 speaking. This is an open line. It's an emergency. Can you hear me? Pass this on at once. 3030 was a double, working for Redland ... Yes, dammit, I said 'was'. The bitch is dead now.'




    Emma
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    Hi,
    Thankyou for the info. I did not know that Vesper Lynd was based on this lady who was sadly murdered.

    Alan French.

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    Hopefully it will be better than the Dr No radio adaptation, David Suchet was awful.

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    My pleasure Alan

    The incredible life, courageous SOE work and brutal murder of Christine Granville was due to made into a film starring appropriately the beautiful Eva Green (Vesper Lynd) as Christine: War My Love ... however this was back in 2009 ... so unfortunately it looks as though the film is still at the pre-production stage. Hopefully this is only temporary and this wonderful story will eventually be made into a feature film … where we will see the life and death of the real-life Vesper Lynd.
    Christine’s incredible story is absolutely fascinating … yet still little known.

    The Times 2006/Daily Mail 2009/Wikipedia ...
    Christine, the spy who loved Ian Fleming, gets her own movie ...

    The story of beautiful wartime spy, Special Operations Executive SOE Agent, Christine Granville, GM, OBE and Croix de Guerre, was said to be Churchill’s favourite spy, and who was Ian Fleming’s lover and the inspiration for the James Bond character Vesper Lynd, is to be made into a major film.
    Entitled Christine: War My Love, the big-budget movie is expected to begin filming in June 2009 with a 'Hollywood A-lister' in the title role.

    The production team has yet to finalise who will play the lead ... but the girl who actually played Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale: Eva Green and Oscar-nominated Kate Winslet are two of the names said to be in the running for the part. (Eva Green would seem to be the obvious choice).

    Her courageous actions, including a treacherous crossing into her native Poland from Hungary with the help of an Olympic skiing champion, helped saved countless lives.

    After the war, she drifted into a series of affairs – including one with Fleming – before enrolling as a stewardess on a cruise ship where she met the man who was to murder her in 1952.

    The film is now in pre-production and will be directed by Agnieszka Holland, whose credits include Total Eclipse, starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

    Ms Holland said: 'Krystyna was almost certainly the most remarkable female spy of the Second World War. She was intelligent, courageous, seductive and bewitchingly attractive, brilliantly athletic (including being expert at skiing and judo) and men were willing to sacrifice everything for her and go to any lengths to have and keep her.'

    Skarbek’s cloak-and-dagger exploits saw daring raids into occupied Poland, with forays into Egypt and Syria. Parachuted into occupied France in 1944, she took on the persona ‘Pauline Armand’ to rally the Resistance.

    After the war, Skarbek apparently found it difficult to settle. She took a job as a stewardess on a liner between Southampton and Australia, where she befriended the man who would later kill her.

    An inadequate loner and obsessive, Dennis Muldowney turned into a pest, leading to a final confrontation at a hotel in Kensington. In a fit of rage, Muldowney brutally stabbed her to death. She was just 44.
    Muldowney was sentenced to death at the Old Bailey, declaring on the way to the gallows: 'To kill is the final possession.'

    James Bond casting director Debbie McWilliams, who chose Eva Green to play Vesper, is currently auditioning actresses for the title role. She said: 'We are looking for a Hollywood A-lister to carry this wonderful story.'

    The real-life SOE Agent Christine Granville GM, OBE, Croix de Guerre ...


    Eva Green ... hoping to be cast as SOE heroine Christine ...


    'Behind every great James Bond thriller there is a great Bond girl. The actress Eva Green is winning plaudits for her sultry portrayal of Vesper Lynd in the new film of Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel Casino Royale. But was this exotic femme fatale just a product of the author’s imagination?

    As a noted womaniser who had worked in Naval Intelligence during the Second World War, Fleming had plenty of personal experiences upon which to draw. He also enjoyed a cocktail called the Vesper. But more importantly, in the years immediately before writing Casino Royale, he had been regularly seeing a woman named Christine Granville.

    She was really the Countess Krystyna Skarbek. When she was born, half-Jewish, in Warsaw on a stormy night, her father, an impoverished count, gave her the pet name 'Vesp�rale' ...'
    Emma
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    Hi,
    I think that her story is good material for a film. The only problem is, if she was in the secret service, how much can be told? But certainly, this real life female James Bond, is worthy of a film. But a sad ending. See what happens.

    Alan French.

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    My top two would be "Live and Let Die" and "The Man with the Golden Gun" and I would have loved to have seen the films made much closer to the original stories. The funny thing is that he doesn't drink a Vodka Martini in either, but tends to drink Bourbon or Scotch.
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    Casino Royale

    BBC Radio 4 Extra …
    first 5 episodes from
    Monday 17th - Friday 21st October 20112.45-3.00pm
    second five, I think, same time - one week later.

    Ian Fleming’s first and one of his best James Bond thrillers ... superbly well read by Alex Jennings. Episode 1/10. Casino Royale would rank 3rd in my top three of Ian Fleming’s James Bond novels ... my top two would be 1) On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and 2) From Russia With Love.

    Ian Fleming based the character Vesper Lynd on prominent WW2 resistance fighter Christine Granville (1915-1952) whom he met briefly in real-life. Apparently, she was nicknamed Vesperale and allegedly the two had an affair. Christine, a beautiful SOE heroine of WWII, was brutally knifed to death in a Kensington hotel in London on 15th June, 1952 ... she was just 44. Her obsessed assassin was waiting to kill her at her hotel room door. The tragic murder of Christine Granville makes Fleming's writing of the character of Vesper Lynd all the more desperately poignant.

    Casino Royale ...
    The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning.
    Then the soul-erosion produced by high gambling - a compost of greed and fear
    and nervous tension - becomes unbearable and the senses awake and revolt from it.

    James Bond suddenly knew that he was tired.
    He always knew when his body or his mind had had enough and he always acted on the knowledge.
    This helped him to avoid staleness and the sensual bluntness that breeds mistakes.

    Her bare arms and hands had a quality of repose ... her medium-length dress was of grey
    soie sauvage with a square-cut bodice, lasciviously tight across her fine breasts.
    Bond was excited by her beauty and intrigued by her composure.

    The prospect of working with her stimulated him.
    Vesper Lynd: 'He (Bond) is very good looking. He reminds me rather of Hoagy Carmichael,
    but there is something cold and ruthless ...'

    'I can't drink the health of your new frock without knowing your Christian name.'
    'Vesper,' she said. 'Vesper Lynd.'

    Bond explained about the special martini he had invented and his search for a name for it.
    'The Vesper,' he said. 'It sounds perfect and it's very appropriate to the violet hour
    when my cocktail will now be drunk all over the world.'

    It was a nine, a wonderful nine of hearts, the card known in gipsy magic as
    'a whisper of love, a whisper of hate.'

    As he drove, whipping the car faster and faster through the night, with the other half of his mind
    he cursed Vesper, and M for having sent her on the job. And now for this to happen to him, just when the job had come off so beautifully. For Vesper to fall for an old trick like that and get herself snatched and probably held to ransom like some bloody heroine in a strip cartoon ...

      Spoiler:
    'I knew it would be the end of our love if I told you. I realised that I could either wait to be killed by SMERSH, would perhaps get you killed too, or ...
    My love, my love. V.'


      Spoiler:
    'This is 007 speaking. This is an open line. It's an emergency. Can you hear me? Pass this on at once. 3030 was a double, working for Redland ... Yes, dammit, I said 'was'. The bitch is dead now.'




    Emma

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