James Bond is a British literary and film character. The famous spy, womanizer and member of the British Secret Intelligence Service (MI6), was the creation of British Novelist Ian Fleming. Bond was first introduced to the world of television in the 1954 thriller Casino Royale as a Cold-War operative, a superspy with the latest gadgets with beautiful woman by his side, and a gambling enthusiast. Bond would often play intense games of Poker and Baccarat to take down his enemies, adding to the thrill of the games and the fantastical idea of the lavish casino lifestyle.
There’s no doubt that the character has influenced the casino scene, so read on as we discover just how and why the superspy has gone from the pages of a book, to the big screen, all whilst being the casino icon we know and love today.
It’s rare that you’ll find a Bond film without at least one visit to the casino involved – it’s all part of the fast-car super-spy lifestyle, after all. The very first Bond film, Dr. No, saw the 007 playing Chemin de Fer in a fictional casino called Le Circle Casino in London. Many of the following films took place in fictional casinos, and it wasn’t until GoldenEye in 1995 did we see Bond visit a real-life casino – the Monte Carlo Casino in Monaco. Not only did this open up the world to the incredible and history and architecture that the world’s first modern casino has to offer, but it also made the desirable super-spy lifestyle feel a little bit more within reach.
In the books, Bond often favoured Baccarat, but in Casino Royale, we see him play a high-stake game of Texas Hold’em against the villainous Le Chiffre, in which he nearly loses his life.
Bond and the casino
James Bond is famous for his fortune and high-stake games, so naturally lives a desirable lifestyle – albeit fictional. His constant winnings and generous tips to the casino staff are sure to make anyone want to try their luck in the casino. Since the very first movie in 1963, the franchise has risen in popularity, with the latest film, No Time to Die, becoming the highest grossing film of 2021.
Bond inspires many fans, and as a big name in the casino, it’s no wonder the fame of the franchise has bought so many more people through the doors of the casino, all hoping to get a glimpse of the 007 lifestyle.
The James Bond Roulette Strategy
Bond is so famously associated with the casino that there’s a whole Roulette betting strategy named after him. Whilst experts have proven the strategy to not be that successful, and as Roulette is a game of chance, there’s no guarantee that you’ll be living the fast-car lifestyle after just one spin – but in his legacy, it’s only right the name James Bond reins throughout the casino. You could even try this strategy at an online casino, so you can practice your super-spy talents from the comfort of your own home.
The strategy is a flat betting system, which means that you’ll wager the same amount every round. The idea is that you place 14 coins on numbers 19-36, five on the line bet 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and one coin on the zero. You can increase the size of your bet to suit your bankroll, but the ratios should remain the same. This will give you 25 numbers that could potentially provide a win, and 12 that don’t.
Whilst utilising this strategy can be fun, don’t expect to be able to graciously tip the croupiers and walk away in a flashy car like Bond. Pretending for a while can be fun though, right?