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Timeline of Events

  • January 1946

    Le Chiffre embezzles 50 million francs from a French, Soviet-run trade union.

    Chapter 2
  • May 1946

    Le Chiffre decides to earn back the missing money by gambling in Royale-les-Eaux, France.

    Chapter 2
  • June 13

    The Secret Service sends James Bond to bankrupt Le Chiffre and humiliate the Soviet government.

    Chapter 3
  • June 15, lunchtime

    Bond has a drink with his partner for the mission, Vesper Lynd, and their French ally, Mathis.

    Chapter 5
  • An hour later

    Three Bulgarians try to kill Bond with a bomb. Two of them die instead.

    Chapter 6
  • Early evening

    Bond meets Felix Leiter, a CIA agent on hand to help with the mission, should Bond require it.

    Chapter 7
  • June 16, 2:30 a.m.

    The baccarat game concludes with Bond bankrupting Le Chiffre, as planned.

    Chapter 13
  • 3:00 a.m.

    Bond hides the check for 40 million francs in his hotel room.

    Chapter 13
  • 4:00 a.m.

    While celebrating in the casino's nightclub, Vesper falls for a trick and is kidnapped.

    Chapter 14
  • 4:15–5:00 a.m.

    Chasing Le Chiffre, Bond crashes, is captured, and taken to Le Chiffre's villa.

    Chapter 16
  • 6:00–7:00 a.m.

    Le Chiffre tortures Bond and threatens Vesper's life.

    Chapter 17
  • A few minutes later

    A SMERSH agent kills Le Chiffre but lets Bond live.

    Chapter 18
  • June 19, morning

    Bond wakes in a hospital bed.

    Chapter 19
  • June 25

    Bond finally allows Vesper to visit him in the hospital.

    Chapter 21
  • July 7

    Bond and Vesper take a week's vacation at an inn near Royale-les-Eaux.

    Chapter 22
  • July 8, morning

    After they sleep together for the first time, Bond decides he will ask Vesper to marry him.

    Chapter 24
  • An hour later

    Vesper lies to Bond about a phone call she made. Their relationship begins to fall apart.

    Chapter 25
  • Lunchtime

    The presence of a man wearing a black eyepatch visibly upsets Vesper.

    Chapter 25
  • July 12, dinnertime

    Vesper promises to explain everything to Bond the next morning. She kills herself later that night.

    Chapter 26
  • July 13, morning

    Bond reads Vesper's suicide note and learns she is a Soviet spy. He vows to destroy SMERSH.

    Chapter 27

Chapter Summaries Chart

Chapter Summary
Chapter 1 British secret agent James Bond is at a casino watching his target, Le Chiffre, playing baccarat at a high-rollers' tabl... Read More
Chapter 2 Chapter 2 is a dossier, or detailed file, proposing a mission to bankrupt Le Chiffre, a Russian agent serving as the pay... Read More
Chapter 3 Head of S. (the division within the Secret Intelligence Service dedicated to the Soviet Union) brings the dossier to M.'... Read More
Chapter 4 James Bond arrives in Royale-les-Eaux two weeks later. He spends the first two days playing roulette and chemin-de-fer (... Read More
Chapter 5 James Bond drives his Bentley—"his only personal hobby"—to Le Chiffre's villa before stopping at the Hermitage to have a... Read More
Chapter 6 Upon leaving the restaurant, James Bond spots two men wearing dark suits and straw hats. Each carries a camera case on h... Read More
Chapter 7 James Bond has a massage in his hotel room, takes a nap and a cold shower, then goes to the casino. He ruminates about g... Read More
Chapter 8 James Bond returns to his hotel room, takes a hot bath followed by a cold shower, and thinks about the events to come. H... Read More
Chapter 9 Vesper Lynd tells James Bond the third man involved with that afternoon's bombing was caught heading toward Paris. He co... Read More
Chapter 10 James Bond leaves Vesper Lynd with Felix Leiter and mentally prepares for the upcoming game of baccarat. He takes Seat 6... Read More
Chapter 11 Le Chiffre nonchalantly takes a hit off his Benzedrine nasal inhaler before dealing the cards. James Bond throws a stack... Read More
Chapter 12 James Bond mentally wallows in his loss for a few moments and looks over at Vesper Lynd. Moments later the table's huiss... Read More
Chapter 13 Le Chiffre deals the last hand. James Bond has two queens—a count of zero—and Le Chiffre flips over his cards to reveal ... Read More
Chapter 14 James Bond and Vesper Lynd go to the casino's intimate nightclub. He mentions sitting with her is "a lovely end to the d... Read More
Chapter 15 Immediately recognizing the note as a forgery, James Bond jumps into his own car and chases the Citroën down the dusty h... Read More
Chapter 16 James Bond is going just 60 mph when he sees the array of spikes on the road, but he still can't stop quickly enough to ... Read More
Chapter 17 Le Chiffre takes James Bond to a large, sparsely furnished room. He tells Bond to strip and warns "Whether you live or d... Read More
Chapter 18 After an hour of beatings, a third voice interrupts the proceedings. "Shtop" and "Dhrop it." The voice quietly intones. ... Read More
Chapter 19 James Bond is unconscious for two days, lost in a haze of horrific dreams. When he wakes on the third morning, his body ... Read More
Chapter 20 James Bond is recovering nicely when Mathis visits him in the hospital three days later. There has been no sign of the m... Read More
Chapter 21 James Bond hasn't allowed Vesper Lynd to visit him in the hospital for over a week. He doesn't want her sympathy, as it ... Read More
Chapter 22 James Bond recovers rapidly after his first meeting with Vesper Lynd. He writes his report to M., downplaying Vesper's m... Read More
Chapter 23 James Bond and Vesper Lynd share a passionate kiss in Vesper's room. He apologizes for being so hasty. She doesn't seem ... Read More
Chapter 24 James Bond returns to his room to find Vesper Lynd has unpacked his suitcase for him. In the bathroom her own toiletries... Read More
Chapter 25 James Bond returns to the inn, where he immediately spots Vesper Lynd coming out of the phone booth. Surprised to see hi... Read More
Chapter 26 The man with the black eyepatch returns to the inn two days later. Bond has done some checking with Mathis, who discover... Read More
Chapter 27 James Bond wakes the next morning to learn Vesper Lynd is dead. A white residue in her bedside glass and an empty bottle... Read More
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