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British secret agent James Bond is at a casino watching his target, Le Chiffre, playing baccarat at a high-rollers' table. Growing tired, Bond imagines the next day's conversation between casino management, then tries to figure out the best way a criminal would rob the caisse, or cashier's desk. As it seems impossible to pull off a robbery without any casualties or any "squealing" from associates, Bond decides Le Chiffre won't attempt a robbery.
Bond returns to his hotel across the street. The concierge hands him his room key and a cryptic telegram, which Bond interprets to mean the British Treasury is sending him 10 million francs (approximately $263,608). The telegram comes from someone at MI6, the nickname for Britain's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS), via a contact in Jamaica. Bond is familiar with Jamaica from previous jobs, and his cover for this mission is of a very wealthy client of a Jamaican import/export business. He sends a brief telegram in reply, then takes the stairs to his first-floor room. After thoroughly checking his booby traps to make sure no one has entered the room since he left, he tallies his accumulated funds—23 million francs (approximately $606,303)—and goes to bed. He sleeps with his hand on his pistol.
The first chapter of the first James Bond book introduces readers to the man who would go on to become the most famous spy in literature. Throughout the novel his appearance remains nondescript—as befitting an individual whose job it is to blend into his surroundings. Though author Ian Fleming set out to make his protagonist a "dull, uninteresting man to whom things happened," thus allowing readers to envision themselves in the novels' exotic locales and dangerous situations—the first chapter of Casino Royale provides insight into a few aspects of Bond's personality: