On this day in 1953, the first book by a one-time British intelligence officer named Ian Fleming rolled off the presses – and James Bond, one of the 20th century’s most enduring characters, was born.
Despite its then-shocking content of sex and violence, that first edition of Casino Royale sold out within a month, though it would not become part of the movie franchise until the 2006 version starring Daniel Craig. Why not toast Casino Royale, and Bond and his trusty secretary, by mixing up a delicious gin and grapefruit harmony, The Money Penny?
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