Hardened criminal Maggie Hayward's consistent violence, even in police custody, ends in the execution chamber. However, top-secret US government agent 'Bob' arranges a staged death, so ... See full summary »
Armed with a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007 and must defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are not what they seem.
Hardened criminal Maggie Hayward's consistent violence, even in police custody, ends in the execution chamber. However, top-secret US government agent 'Bob' arranges a staged death, so Maggie can be elaborately trained as phantom killer and subdued into obedience. She gets a new cover identity as saleswoman Claudia Anne Doran. She also gets a wonderful house-mate, building super J.P., a broad-minded, gentle photographer. The two fall in love, and that complicates hit jobs. His good influence extends to breeding in her a conscience that places love over business, unlike Bob's agency. Written by
In Europe and Asia, the film was retitled "The Assassin" after it under performed in the US with its original title. Warner felt the new title would help sell the action element. See more »
During the New Orleans hotel bathroom scene, Maggie engages in a crystal clear wireless conversation using a headset, but there is no antenna or receiver attached. See more »
[picks up Maggie's album of Nina Simone]
Can I take this?
You like Nina?
[after a while]
Yeah. I love her.
We'll miss her?
[gazes at the picture of Maggie on the wall]
Yeah. We'll miss her.
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Being a remake of Luc Besson's "Nikita" (1990), this is quite an average hollywood remake of a very interesting french movie. The french original is much better in terms of direction and story, but Bridget Fonda's acting is marvellous, outstanding and considerably better than her french counterpart's in "Nikita". And this is exactly the reason to watch this movie, Fonda's performance is a thing you should definitely not miss.
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