If you have ever watched a James Bond movie you would know that the suave superspy is quite the fan of baccarat. In fact, Chemin de Fer is the casino game of choice for this fictional secret agent. Bond plays baccarat in numerous novels, most notably in the famous 1953 novel Casino Royale. Other instances of baccarat in the James Bond novels include Dr. No, where Bond is first introduced to the game, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service, GoldenEye and For Your Eyes Only. Fun fact: For the 2006 movie version of Casino Royale, the game of baccarat was replaced with Texas hold’em poker as poker was experiencing a boom in the mid-2000s.

In 1891, the Tranby Croft affair hit the headlines, which were referred to by the medias as, ‘The Royal Baccarat Scandal’. This was due to King Edward VII, then the Prince of Wales’ involved in the incident. Due to the scandal, baccarat became widely known, with its rules being published in the newspaper along with accounts of the scandal.