Edit: I've been asked to combine two discussions on the differing locations of Royale-les-Eaux into one. The first posts are the original discussion about the location in Casino Royale. The second discussion regarding the different location in OHMSS is added several posts further down in this discussion. Thanks, CM
RE. An interpretation of the location of Royale-les-Eaux in Casino Royale
I think Le Tréport is the best match to Royale-les-Eaux. It was a fishing village had a casino before 1909 and still has a casino. It is between “just north of Dieppe” and the “mouth of the Somme”.
According to a CIA map with information from 1951, Le Tréport just is in the department of Seine-Inférieure as described in one of the definitive geographic descriptions of the location in the address on the telegram to Bond.
Since Le Tréport is against the southern side of the southern border of Picardy and north of Brittany and LeHavre it could possibly be seen as located “before the flat coastline soars up from the beaches of southern Picardy to the Brittany cliffs which run on to Le Havre”. How that would work exactly I probably can’t explain.
Another definitive geographic locator is in the description of Bond’s drive south down the coast road to check out Le Chiffre’s hideout. On the return trip to Royale-les-Eaux he takes a more inland road back north to where it crosses “the Route Nationale to Paris”. Since there are no other directions given I presume the Route Nationale returned him to Royale-les-Eaux on the coast. According to the 1951 map and a 1954 Esso map the only Route Nationale between just north of Dieppe and the mouth of the Somme that crosses an inland road and goes from the coast to Paris is Route Nationale 15 Bis [15A]. It is now known as D1015 but is still labeled “Route de Paris” on Google Maps. Route Nationale 15 Bis was a branch of N1 which runs to Paris and begins in Le Tréport.
What do you think?
Thread title slightly changed to incorporate OHMSS into the discussion.