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Gambling on a new image By Paul Davies Photographs by Ed Reeve and Lawrence Bragg

'The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning. Then the soil erosion produced by high gambling - a compost of greed and fear and nervous tension - becomes unbearable, and the senses awake and revolt from it.' So run the opening lines of Casino Royale; the beginning of James Bond.

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