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.

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James Bond goes on his first ever mission as a 00. Le Chiffre is a banker to the world's terrorists. He is participating in a poker game at Montenegro, where he must win back his money, in order to stay safe among the terrorist market. The boss of MI6, known simply as M sends Bond, along with Vesper Lynd to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. Bond, using help from Felix Leiter, Mathis and having Vesper pose as his partner, enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career. But if Bond defeats Le Chiffre, will he and Vesper Lynd remain safe? Written by simon

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Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violent action, a scene of torture, sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£13,370,969 (UK) (17 November 2006)

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$167,007,184 (USA) (23 February 2007)
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First Eon Productions James Bond film in the Official Series to mark a number of firsts for the series: First to have a major black and white sequence; first not to feature the Miss Moneypenny character nor the gun barrel walk; first to have the gun barrel sequence start after the opening sequence and not before; and first to have a blonde haired James Bond. First to have an animated opening sequence since Dr. No (1962) and first for any Bond film since Casino Royale (1967). First EON Productions James Bond movie not to feature the Q character since Live and Let Die (1973). First Bond movie to feature a Casino Royale casino building since the unofficial Never Say Never Again (1983) and the first to have a radically different opening gun barrel sequence - the graphics of the gun barrel view are markedly different. See more »

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(at around 2h) Bond has exited the Bank and the camera passes a shop window. In the reflection, a number of people can be seen facing the window, holding up camera phones as if they are watching the shot being taken. To the left of the shot, the reflection shows a man in a light top who is clearly sitting down and traveling with the camera dolly. He is looking left to right. He is using both hands to hold something in front of him that he is watching. On the right hand side of the frame, there is another person, also sitting down and traveling with the camera dolly. He faces right to left and is in a darker top. See more »

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James Bond: M really doesn't mind you earning a little money on the side, Dryden. She'd just prefer it if it wasn't selling secrets.
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JAMES BOND WILL RETURN appears at the end of the credits See more »

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You Know my Name
Music by David Arnold
Lyrics by Chris Cornell
Performed by Chris Cornell
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Bond isn't just back, he's at the top of his game
9 November 2006 | by (St. Louis, Missouri) – See all my reviews

James Bond is back and he is alive and well. Any questions about Daniel Craig's worthiness are thrown out almost immediately as we are handed a film filled to the brim with exquisite action and explosive emotion. I squirmed in my seat with delight as I have not done since I was a child. What "Batman Begins" did for that franchise, "Casino Royale" does, and more, for Bond. For a while it seemed that he might not be able to well exist outside the confines of the cold war, but here we are given an entirely modern Bond with enough nods to the original that we can't be too upset. Maybe it's because this is the last novel yet to be filmed in the traditional Bond manner and it is Ian Fleming who has stolen our hearts not this incarnation of the super spy. However I like to think that someone actually just got their act together and concentrated on the film itself as opposed to who they could get the most product placement money out of. Congratulations. James Bond will live on for at least one more generation, and maybe forever. Great set pieces and one of the best chase sequences not involving cars ever put on screen, blended with beautiful locations and even more lovely women add up to the perfect cocktail with the twisting story line acting as the lemon peel in the martini, holding it all together. Many will come out saying that this is the best Bond film ever and I can not rightly say they are wrong at this point. Only time will tell that tale. However every fan can be assured that this ranks amongst the very upper crust of Bond movies, and Craig is no Lazenby. He lends a harsh wit and a thuggish charm to the character and by the end he's no longer the new guy, he is Bond, James Bond. A masterpiece of popular film-making and the movie we have been waiting for all year. See it early and often as it is sure not to diminish upon reviewing.


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