The four year hiatus between the release of Die Another Day (2002) and Casino Royale (2006) is the second longest gap between Bond films since the series first started in 1962. The longest gap in the James Bond film series was between the release of Licence to Kill (1989) and GoldenEye (1995).
Daniel Craig said he was shopping for groceries when he got the call from Barbara Broccoli that he had won the James Bond role. She apparently told him, "Over to you, kiddo." Craig left the groceries behind and celebrated with martinis.
Ian Fleming based the character Vesper Lynd on prominent WW2 resistance fighter Christine Granville (1915-1952) whom he met briefly in real-life. Apparently, she was nicknamed Vesperale and allegedly the two had an affair.
A promotional leaflet used to promote the film in Japan headlined the "Seven rules to receive 00 status". The Mi6 Fansite have it translated as: "1) You don't fear death, and won't give into torture 2) You have Olympic level shooting skills 3) Even if you double-cross your own parents, you will never double-cross the organization 4) You have knowledge that would surprise even a scholar, and a sense of humor that would make even a bad girl grin 5) You have the sociability of a lamb, but remain a lone wolf 6) You have the highest level of experience with alcohol, gambling, cars and food 7) You can fall in love but you can never love."
James Ferguson, a physician in Aberdeen, Scotland, came up with the idea for the scene in which Bond is poisoned and is remotely diagnosed by MI6 experts. He is a Bond fan, and has been retained as a medical adviser on future Bond films.
Ian Fleming celebrated the completion of the "Casino Royale" novel's first draft by purchasing a gold-plated typewriter. Former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan reportedly bought the typewriter a few years ago for $(US)52,000.
The car barrel-roll stunt by the Aston Martin DBS broke the world record for the most barrel rolls assisted by a cannon. Originally, the racing specifications of the DBS meant that a standard ramp would not be sufficient to get the car to roll, so the special effects team were called in to install a air-powered cannon behind the drivers seat. This allowed the car to complete seven full rolls. The stunt was officially entered into the Guinness Book of World Records on 5th November 2006.
Authorities in Venice granted producers permission to sail James Bond's yacht, called Spirit 54, along the Grand Canal between the Accademia and Rialto bridges. No-one can remember exactly the last time a pleasure yacht sailed in the Grand Canal, but it's believed to have been several centuries ago.
This film replaces the high-stakes casino game of Baccarat / Chemin de Fer from the novel "Casino Royale" with the modern high-stakes card game of Texas Hold 'Em (also spelled Texas Hold'em or Texas Holdem). Interestingly, in this game, a hand with a pair of eights is called an "Octopussy", the name of both a James Bond short story and movie (See: Octopussy (1983)). A hand with a pair of eights is actually seen in the movie.
Ian Fleming once said on writing the "Casino Royale" novel: "Writing about 2,000 words in three hours every morning, 'Casino Royale' dutifully produced itself. I wrote nothing and made no corrections until the book was finished. If I had looked back at what I had written the day before, I might have despaired."
Director Quentin Tarantino showed interest in adapting Ian Fleming's novel 'Casino Royale' with an "out of continuity" universe that would feature actor Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. He claimed his treatment for the Bond movie was different, shooting the movie in black and white, with no classic John Barry theme, no opening title credits, or the familiar one-liners and using voice over narration in order to incorporate Fleming's text. The movie would have been more film noir, set firmly in the cold war era, the time Ian Fleming wrote about. It's frequently reported that EON rejected his offer. The truth is EON would not have been able to hire Tarantino, as he refuses to join the Directors Guild, and it's doubtful the DG would be willing to grant a waiver. Tarantino would not be able to develop a Bond project on his own, as he does not have rights to the character.
The "Vesper" that James Bond orders at Casino Royale is taken from the novel. It consists of three parts gin (Gordon's was Bond's choice), one part vodka (Bond preferred a grain vodka be used; e.g. Absolut) and half part of Kina Lillet. The ingredients are shaken over ice until cold, served in a cocktail glass with a slice of lemon peel for garnish. Kina Lillet has not been made since 1985 and the modern substitute would be Lillet Blanc, made by the same company, Lillet, based in Podensac, France. This also creates somewhat of an anachronism as the film adaptation of "Casino Royale" is clearly set in the present, where Kina Lillet would no longer be available.
The location used in the Bahamas as the Madagascar Construction site was an abandoned hotel site at Coral Harbour that was under construction 30 years ago. It was used to film hotel rooms for the 1965 James Bond movie Thunderball (1965) and it was also used for the 1977 Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) as a camera platform with models and workshops. It is now part of a military base.
During production, controversy erupted amongst some fans, on the internet and the British press regarding the casting of Daniel Craig, a blond James Bond. Since then, Craig has often had the nickname of 'James Blond' due to his lighter color hair which is markedly different than Bond's usual dark hair.
Daniel Craig's suits and tuxedos were made by Italian fashion house Brioni (their logo can briefly be seen on the suit bag for the tuxedo that Vesper gives him). His shirts and neckties were made by the British company Turnbull and Asser. In addition, he wears a sunglasses by Persol, cufflinks by S.T. Dupont, braces/suspenders by Albert Thurston, polos & t-shirts by Sunspel, shoes by Converse, John Lobb, & Nike, Ted Baker pants, La Perla swim trunks, a Giorgio Armani leather jacket, & an Omega wristwatch. Brioni also dressed every player at the Casino Royale poker table.
The sequence where James Bond beats an opponent at poker and wins the keys to his Aston Martin is not actually taken from the 'Casino Royale' novel but another Ian Fleming James Bond novel, 'Goldfinger'.
The idea of the Palazzo sinking house was a concept conceived by writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade who had seen coverage of the leaning Tower of Pisa stabilized in its footings propped up by gigantic bladders full of air. They also conceived the concept of the bleeding eye for villain Le Chiffre.
One week after filming was completed, the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios burnt down on 30 July 2006. This was the second time this had happened, the first being before filming on A View to a Kill (1985). The filmmakers had just finished using the stage for filming interiors set in Venice for the movie.
During the Bahamas horse riding sequence actress Caterina Murino was having leg pain, and the the filmmakers were thinking using a stunt double for that sequence. But Caterina Murino insisted doing the scene without body doubles saying that it will turn out to be her "Classic Bond Girl" moment.
Poker playing was a common pastime amongst cast and crew on the set, even after production had wrapped. This however is not new for a James Bond movie. Roger Moore and Albert R. Broccoli during breaks in filming played and bet on backgammon. Many of the James Bond movies have been known to have cast and crew participate in some high-stakes gambling.
"Casino Royale" was the first James Bond novel written by Ian Fleming and is the last of the original Fleming novels to be filmed by EON Productions. The shooting of this film now means EON Productions have filmed the entire canon of Fleming James Bond novels, although some just in title (that is: movies titled after Fleming novels whose plots have little or nothing to do with Fleming's novels, for example The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), and You Only Live Twice (1967)).
Le Chiffre is a French word which translates into English as either "The Cypher" or "The Number" or "The Figure". Other translations in different languages include "Die Nummer", "Herr Ziffer", "Mr. Number" and "Ochiu Spart", the latter of which is from the Romanian language meaning "Smashed Eye".
The number on Dimitrios' key ring was 53. 1953 was the year of release for the original Ian Fleming source novel, and the magazine Playboy, a publication which has a long associated history with the James Bond film series. Furthermore, this film version was released 53 years after the novel's first publication.
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.
Most of the cars seen in the movie are made by Ford Motor Company. In the scene where Bond acts as a valet, the cars in the parking lot are Land Rovers, Volvos, Jaguars and other Ford Motor Company's cars.
The first EON Productions James Bond movie to feature the Columbia Pictures logo. Ironically, in 1967, Columbia Pictures produced the James Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967) and was attempting to remake the film before it took over MGM.
The 2007 Ford Mondeo sport model used in the beginning of the film is a special, one-off hand-built prototype vehicle, constructed by hand at Ford of Europe's Design Studio in Cologne, Germany, in January, 2006 and shipped to the Bahamas in secrecy for shooting. Actual production is not due to start until the second quarter of 2007.
The style of free-running/movement Mollaka the Bomb-Maker uses in the Madagascar Chase near the beginning of the film is called "parkour." Sebastien Foucan, who plays Mollaka is one of the main publicists of parkour and has appeared in many other media events. In the earliest versions of this film's script, the Mollaka character was known as Two Fingers.
The title song "You Know My Name" is the first theme song since the earlier James Bond movie Octopussy (1983) to have a different song title to that of the film. Apparently, it was requested that the title of the song be not called Casino Royale. Chris Cornell is the first male singer to perform the James Bond title song since A-Ha in The Living Daylights (1987) and Duran Duran in A View to a Kill (1985).
Changes in some regions' release-dates meant that some territories had this movie released in the year 2007, thereby supplying fans and some publicists a once-in-a-millennium marketing dream, to see a James Bond movie in the year Two Double-O Seven.
Most BAFTA Award nominations ever received by a Bond movie, totaling nine. The previous record had been two each for GoldenEye (1995) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). The 9 Nominations were for Best British Film, Adapted Screenplay, Actor in a Leading Role, Film Music, Cinematography, Editing, Production Design, Sound and Special Visual Effects. It only won best sound.
Vesper Lynd's official job was that of International Liaison Officer for the Financial Action Task Force of HM Treasury. Her work address was 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ. Like the use of the real Vauxhall Cross address of Mi6 in the Bond films of the last decade, this is the real address of Her Majesty's Treasury.
In 1999 Sony paid MGM $5 million to settle the $40 million lawsuit that MGM had brought against Sony over the Bond rights. The lawsuit was filed because of Sony's intentions to remake Casino Royale. In the settlement Sony agreed to hand over all of its rights to the Bond character and Casino Royale. In an ironic twist of fate, Sony bought MGM in 2005, and in 2006, released a new serious adaptation of Casino Royale.
Vesper's purple evening gown was made by Roberto Cavalli, while her black one was by Versace. In addition, she wears Versace 4061 sunglasses in Venice, and her unique Algerian love knot necklace was made by Sophie Harley. She also wears Melograno perfume by Santa Maria Novella. Valenka (Le Chiffre's girlfriend) wears a Versace swimsuit and an evening gown by Roberto Cavalli. Solange (Dimitrios' wife) wears a green La Perla bikini and an orange evening dress by Jenny Packham.
The announcement of Daniel Craig as the new James Bond was made on October 14th, 2005, aboard the HMS President, in London. In that same day, former James Bond Roger Moore was celebrating his 78th birthday.
Ian Fleming started writing the first ever James Bond novel "Casino Royale" on his Imperial typewriter at "Goldeneye", Jamaica around the 15-17th January 1952 and completed it on Tuesday 18th March 1952.
Daniel Craig's role in the British thriller Layer Cake (2004) is said to have clinched the role of James Bond for him over the other competing rival actors. DVD / Video Rentals of the movie went up after the announcement Daniel Craig would be the new James Bond. The Layer Cake (2004) end-of-movie Bondesque line has Craig say "My name? If you knew that, you'd be as clever as me. " evoking the famous catchphrase "The name is Bond, James Bond".
This is the very first EON Productions official series James Bond movie to feature the James Bond ally character of Rene Mathis. The Mathis character appeared in the original Ian Fleming novel but not film of From Russia with Love (1963) and variations of this character's name have appeared in Climax!: Casino Royale (1954) (as Valerie Mathis) and Casino Royale (1967) (as Inspector Mathis). The Rene Mathis character returns in this film's direct sequel, Quantum of Solace (2008).
The black-and-white opening of the film was an idea of Director of Photography Phil Meheux, who conceived it so as to give a surprise to viewers as well as a nod to The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) and Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967). The opening sequence required six thousand feet (one hour and six minute's worth, at 24 fps) of Eastman Double-X 5222 black-and-white negative film. At the time of its release, this movie is the only James Bond film in the official series to have a significant sequence filmed in black and white. However, some of the shots of James Bond in the gun-barrel sequences in the early films were in black-and-white. Moreover, the James Bond TV episode / tele-movie Climax!: Casino Royale (1954) is completely in black-and-white.
Chris Cornell's title song "You Know My Name" debuted in the US Charts on 9 December 2006 where it went to the No. #79 spot. The song does not appear on the film's soundtrack. This is the first time in the history of the official series that the title song has not been included on the soundtrack.
The chase around Miami airport was actually filmed at three separate airports in three different countries. They were: Nassau International Airport in Nassau, New Providence Island, The Bahamas; Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Dunsfold Park, Dunsfold, Surrey, England and Ruzyne International Airport in Ruzyne, Prague, Czech Republic.
As the DBS was still in its final design phase, therefore no working car was ready for use, filmmakers had to rely on test prototypes of DB9 that were dressed up to look like the DBS for the car roll sequence.
The interiors of the Venetian sinking house were a rig built at the Paddock Tank at Pinewood Studios and it could be immersed in nineteen feet of water. It weighed 90 tons and used a mixture of hydraulics and electronics. A computer controlled the hydraulic valves as well as a third scale model of the building which was used for shooting exteriors. Water was pushed upwards by banks of compressors controlled by technicians. It was not actors but crew who for once were the ones responsible for bringing the house down.
While on set Eva Green was approached by producers of The Golden Compass (2007) and offered the role of Serafina Pekkala which she accepted. Daniel Craig also starred in it although their characters had no interaction.
A James Bond origin story like this had been touted to be the first Bond film after Roger Moore retired. A first draft screenplay was written where James Bond was a young man in the Royal Navy. However, Albert R. Broccoli rejected the concept believing at the time that the audience wasn't really interested in a young James Bond. This movie has been made and released on the heels of the Batman reboot Batman Begins (2005) and the Star Wars prequels.
The set interior of the sinking house in Venice measured 45 ft by 40 ft and was 45 ft high. It was built around the existing indoor tank at Pinewood Studios which was increased to 20 ft so the whole set could sink 16 ft.
There is a story visible on Le Chiffre's computer on the same page that has the story of Bond's latest mission at the Embassy. It states that a French football player called Neil Pinkawa has stated he is not retiring from the national soccer team. Neil Pinkawa is in fact Casino Royale's lead screen graphics artist, who would have been in charge of creating all of the mock web pages in the film.
During 2004, Quentin Tarantino had suggested making a version of "Casino Royale" with Pierce Brosnan. Reportedly, Tarantino and Brosnan spoke publicly about this proposed project. When Brosnan was not rehired as Bond, Tarantino very publicly berated the producers and refused to have anything more to do with the project even though he was never attached to the picture at any time.
To prepare for the filming of the Texas Hold 'Em poker card games including the main card game at the Casino Royale, for homework director Martin Campbell watched such classic card games movies as The Sting (1973), Maverick (1994) and The Cincinnati Kid (1965).
James Purefoy did a screen test for Bond but later admitted it was a "disaster" and was glad he didn't get the role, preferring to stay in London with his family. Tabloids claimed Jude Law and Heath Ledger were being considered but the source and veracity of those claims is unknown. Eric Bana was reported once to have signed to play Bond, but Bana himself put out a press release saying it was untrue, and that he had no interest in the role. Rumors claimed that Orlando Bloom was considered to play Bond, but Bloom himself laughed them off and pointed out how absurd they were; Bloom, who was 28 at the time, was obviously far too young for the role.
This movie features the famous scene of Le Chiffre (played by Mads Mikkelsen) torturing James Bond in a chair. However, it is in the film Exit (2006) that the tables are turned and Mikkelsen's character Thomas Skepphult is the one who is tortured in a chair. Ironically, Exit (2006) premiered just a few months before this film.
The license plate number of James Bond's silver birch 1964 Aston Martin DB5 is 56526. The car from Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965), has the wheel on the right side and in this movie is on the left side.
This is the first official James Bond film to be co-produced by Columbia Pictures, owned by Sony Pictures Entertainment; this is a result of Sony's acquisition of MGM along with Bond rights co-owner United Artists. Columbia Pictures had originally co-produced and distributed the 1967 unofficial film, Casino Royale (1967).
The Skyfleet S570 prototype at Miami International Airport is meant to be a spoof of the new Airbus A380. The S570 was built off an old 747-200, which was originally used by British Airways (under the designation "G-BDXJ"), and had flown for both European Aircharter and Air Atlanta Europe before being retired from service. It was refitted with two mock-up engines on each inner pylon and external fuel tanks on the outer pylons, somewhat anachronistically resembling a B-52 Stratofortress.
21st official James Bond movie in the EON Productions franchise, the first to feature Daniel Craig as James Bond, the fifth to feature Judi Dench as M and its the 23rd James Bond movie overall. It's the 24th if one counts the TV episode Climax!: Casino Royale (1954) as a movie.
Although technically the Bond movie with the longest running time, if you remove the end titles, it still falls a minute or two short. On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) is still the longest film in the series as far as actual screen time is concerned, even with it's own end titles removed.
Director Quentin Tarantino was interested in doing a Bond movie featuring early years of James Bond. Apparently set in the 60's with the leading actor Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. Later both of them were dropped from the project, but the idea was taken by EON producers.
South Africa was originally scheduled as a filming location for the movie. A James Bond movie had never lensed in this country before. Scheduling difficulties and the inability to secure shooting locations in the southern hemisphere country meant that the location had to be scrapped.
Ian Fleming received three offers for the film rights to his "Casino Royale" novel during 1954. Producer and Director Gregory Ratoff bought the rights to the novel in May 1954 for $600. It was a six month option and Ratoff took this to CBS whom produced and broadcast this one hour episode for Climax! (1954) [See: Climax!: Casino Royale (1954)]. CBS purchased the rights to the Ian Fleming novel for $1000. John Shepridge negotiated the sale of the film and television rights in 1954. Before the sale, the "Casino Royale" novel had not been successful, and was even retitled and Americanized for its paperback issue. Fleming also needed money. Twelve months later, and after the TV screening, Ratoff bought "Casino Royale" outright in perpetuity for an additional $6000. Both sales including the option and the buy-out are considered to have been sold too cheaply and were two sales that Ian Fleming later regretted. With the money from the larger sale, Ian Fleming bought a Thunderbird car at the cost of £3000. Gregory Ratoff passed away on 14 December 1960. His widow in 1961 sold the rights to Charles K. Feldman for $75,000. Feldman would go on to make the James Bond parody, Casino Royale (1967) and it would not be made as an EON Productions film for almost another forty years.
Product placements and promotional tie-ins seen in the movie included Virgin Airlines including a Richard Branson cameo; Heineken Beer; Sony Ericsson K800 and K790 camera phones; Sony Electronics including Blu-Ray HD players, discs, & security system; Sony HD5 MP3 player, LCDs & computers such as the VAIO Laptop; Ford Automobiles including Mondeo, Range Rover and Land Rover Defender, Jaguar, Lincoln, Volvo, and the Aston Martin DB5 & DBS; FedEx Freight; Château Angélus; Cybershot Digital Cameras; M's Turnbull & Asser pajamas; Omega Seamster Watches, James Bond wears a Black Seamaster Co-Axial Planet Ocean and a Omega Seamseter Diver 300M; Smirnoff Vodka; and Bollinger Champagne.
The Casino Estoril of Lisbon, Portugal was the inspiration for the casino gambling scene and title for the Ian Fleming novel of "Casino Royale". This was a location where German agents would frequent during World War II. On his visit, Fleming bancoed three times and lost three times, yet little did he know that his future James Bond novel title would be made as a movie three times.
Hugh Jackman was considered for the role of Bond. But Jackman, who was already playing Wolverine in the "X-Men" series, did not want to play two iconic characters at the same time. Other sources claim that his wife and/or manager convinced him it would be bad for his career. And still other sources claim he was never approached at all by the producers, who felt he wasn't appropriate for the role. The truth may never be known.
This is only the second time that an M character's home has been shown in an official EON Productions James Bond film. The first was in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). The unofficial James Bond film, the comedy spoof Casino Royale (1967) also showed M's home.
Contrary to popular belief, this is not the first Bond film to feature Felix Leiter as an African-American - Bernie Casey portrayed him in the unofficial Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983). It is, however, the first EON production to use this arrangement.
The wine that Vesper Lynd and Bond drink on the train to Montenegro is a bottle of Château Angélus, Premier Grand Cru Classé Saint-Émilion. Bond is also seen on the train to Montenegro with a glass of whiskey.
Solange's name is never mentioned in the film. The Bond girl character name of Solange in the film has previously appeared in two Ian Fleming stories. She was the name of the girl in the short story "007 In New York" and a girl named Solange was referenced in the short story, "From A View To A Kill". These stories are included in the "Octopussy" and "For Your Eyes Only" collections respectively. They have the same name but it has not been confirmed whether they are actually the same character.
The first-ever day of filming on the James Bond official series took place on 16 January 1962 for Dr. No (1962) which was exactly ten years to the day that James Bond creator Ian Fleming started writing the novel "Casino Royale" on 16 January 1952, though some sources state that this is the 15th or 17th.
Chris Cornell's performance of the opening credits song, You Know My Name, makes him the second American male to perform a James Bond opening credits song, and the first since Louis Armstrong's "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" song, "We Have All The Time In The World."
M's personal assistant is named Villiers, just like Amherst Villiers, a British automotive engineer famous for creating the supercharged 4.5 litre Bentley that James Bond drove in the original novels by Ian Fleming, the "Locomotive".
Since MGM is part of Columbia Pictures and owned by Sony, the company managed to promote some of its products in the film. The notebook that Daniel Craig uses is a VAIO FG series notebook, Vesper's hand phone is a Sony Ericsson M600i model, Bond uses the K800i model (the best hand-phone of 2006 besides Nokia N93). Jeffrey Wright and Eva Green also used a Cybershot T-50 digital camera (contains a touch screen manipulation feature). Also, this is the first movie to feature the new Sony high definition format: you can clearly see a Bluray recorder in the surveillance video room where Bond infiltrates.
Actually the fourth James Bond film to feature a casino called Casino Royale. The James Bond movie Never Say Never Again (1983) featured a casino called Casino Royale set in Monte Carlo and filmed at Casino de Monte Carlo, Hôtel de Paris, Casino Square, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Monte Carlo was also the setting for the Casino Royale in the telemovie Climax!: Casino Royale (1954) filmed on the Casino Set at Television City, Los Angeles. The Casino in the James Bond movie GoldenEye (1995) was not called Casino Royale but Monte Carlo again was both its setting and filming location (Monte Carlo Resort and Casino). The Casino Royale was set in France for both the spoof Casino Royale (1967) (filmed in England) and in the original Ian Fleming "Casino Royale" novel, it being set in the fictional French resort town of Royale-les-Eaux. This 2006 film is the first time that a Casino Royale has not been located in either France or Monte Carlo in a James Bond story. It is set in Montenegro. The former Kaiserbad Spa, Karlovy Vary, Czech Republic provided its location exterior.
M's personal assistant is named Villiers, just like Ahmerst Villiers, a British automotive engineer famous for creating the supercharged 4.5 litre Bentley that James Bond drove in the original novels by Ian Fleming, the "Locomotive".
Michael Wilson and Barbara Broccoli decided to re-hire "GoldenEye" director Martin Campbell to direct "Casino Royale", as they felt he was the right man to direct Daniel Craig's debut as James Bond. "GoldenEye" was Daniel Craig's predecessor Pierce Brosnan's debut in the role of James Bond.
Vehicles featured in the film include the new DBR9 Aston Le Mans racer based casino ice 2007 Aston Martin DBS; a silver birch Aston Martin DB5; a 2007 Mk IV Ford Mondeo car; a Fiat Ferroviaria / Alstom Pendolino CD 680 tilting train; a DeHavilland Canada Twin Otter seaplane; a "Spirit 54" Spirit Yacht; Sunseeker boats including an XS 2000, a Sportsfish 37 and Le Chiffres' Predator 108 yacht; a bendy articulated bus; a Texron fuel truck oil tanker; Miami Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor cars; cranes; a Fiat W190 bulldozer; a Notar MD-600N helicopter; Range Rover and Land Rover Defender; Jaguars, Lincolns & Volvos; a Skyfleet S570 prototype airplane and a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-600.
The film's Royal World Premiere was held on Tuesday 14th November 2006 at London's Odeon Leicester Square Theatre in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip of England. The Gala Charity Premiere Benefit was also the 60th Royal Film Performance and was held in aid of the Film & Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF).
Bond's attempt at saving Vesper from a drowning death, mirrors a scene that actor Daniel Craig played out in the film "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider." Except in the the other film, he was trapped underwater while the lead female tried to save him.
Venice is a major setting in this movie and it's the third time for it to do so in the EON Productions official James Bond series. The others were From Russia with Love (1963) and Moonraker (1979). However, it was never a setting in the original Ian Fleming novels of any of these three movies. The only time it has been a setting in an Ian Fleming James Bond adventure was in the short story "Risico" from the "For Your Eyes Only" collection.
This is the fifth EON Productions James Bond movie not to mention the film's name in a song during the opening title sequence. The others were (in order) Dr. No (1962), From Russia with Love (1963), On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and Octopussy (1983) ("All Time High"). Note that the lyrics "From Russia With Love" are not heard during the opening titles of that movie as the instrumental not vocal version of the song is heard.
Title designer Daniel Kleinman was inspired by the cover of the 1953 first edition of the original novel, which featured Ian Fleming's design of a playing card bordered by eight red hearts dripping in blood.
who features as Card Player #3 in the credits has the longest ever gap between appearances in Bond movies. She had three lines playing a girl in the Kiss Kiss Club in Thunderball (1965) forty one years before.
As Madame Wu seen at the card table at Casino Royale. She has the second longest ever gap between appearances in Bond movies. She played Ling, the girl who helps set up Bond's 'death' in You Only Live Twice (1967), thirty-nine years earlier.
The Virgin Airlines boss as a man at airport security. When British Airways showed the film on their airline, they blurred out the tail showing the Virgin Atlantic logo and cut Branson's cameo.
Gunther von Hagens:
The creator of the Body Worlds exhibit can be heard and his trademark black hat seen - but not his face - during the sequence where Bond stabs a man in the museum in front of one of von Hagens' displays.
The trivia items below may give away important plot points.
This is the first time in a Bond film that two leading Bond girls die since You Only Live Twice (1967). And it's the first Bond movie since On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) where the main central love interest dies at the end of the movie, as in the original novel.
Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson mandated to the films writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade that two particular story elements from the original Ian Fleming novel must be included in the film's screenplay: the first was the torture of James Bond by Le Chiffre and the second was the novel's final line where James Bond says, "The bitch is dead".
During the opening credits animation, there is a quick shot of Vesper's face on a card that is a combination of the queen of hearts and the queen of spades. This is a foreshadowing of the plot: the queen of hearts is a symbol of love, and James Bond falls in love with her; the queen of spades (also known as "the bitch" is some card games, such as Hearts) is a symbol of bad luck, and Vesper betrays James.
When James Bond is poisoned in this movie, at one point, the heart monitoring machine actually indicates that his heart has stopped beating. Technically, he dies before he is resuscitated. As such, this is the first instance in an official James Bond film that the James Bond character literally dies and then lives for a second time, as per the Ian Fleming haiku and novel & film title "You Only Live Twice". In the opening sequence of From Russia with Love (1963), James Bond appeared to have been killed but his face revealed another agent under a mask. And in You Only Live Twice (1967), James Bond's death was faked during the beginning of the movie. Ian Fleming's "You Only Live Twice" haiku (poem) reads: "You only live twice. Once when you are born. And once when you look death in the face." In the comedy version Casino Royale (1967), James Bond (actually several James Bonds, the real one and six namesakes) ultimately dies and even goes to Heaven.
The first lines of the original Ian Fleming "Casino Royale" novel read: "The scent and smoke and sweat of a casino are nauseating at three in the morning." The last lines read: "'This is 007 speaking. This is an open line. It's an emergency. Can you hear me? Pass this on at once. 3030 was a double, working for Redland. 'Yes, dammit, I said "was". The bitch is dead now.' "
Though the iconic James Bond theme is not fully heard until the final scene of the film, a few bars of it can be heard faintly at the end of the scene where Bond wins Dimitrios' vintage Aston Martin while playing poker, and when Bond's plane is first landing in the Bahamas.
The producers did not like the final scene in the novel as it was too melodramatic and opted for a more cinematic finale as in the movie. This involves changing Vesper's death scene. In the novel, she commits suicide through sleeping pill overdose.
James Bond's medical condition imposed by poisoning at the Casino Royale was Ventricular Tachycardia (VT) - Digitalis. VT is an increased rhythm of the heart derived from one of its ventricles where three or more beats of the heart beat at a rate more than 100 beats per minute. This arrhythmia can lead to uncoordinated cardiac muscle contraction called ventricular fibrillation, and sudden death. The digitalis refers to digitalis-induced ventricular tachycardia i.e. caused by the drug digitalis which is also known as Digoxin or by its brand name, Lanoxin. This is a heart medication drug that can kill in overdose. It's a cardiac glycoside drug derived from the foxglove plant Digitalis Lanata, more commonly known as Grecian Foxglove or Woolly Foxglove.
James Bond's letter of resignation via the Mi6 intelligence intranet read: "M - I hereby tender my resignation with immediate effect. Sincerely, James Bond". This is the third James Bond movie where James Bond has resigned. The first was On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) and the second was Licence to Kill (1989). In the latter, his license to kill was revoked and in Die Another Day (2002) he was temporarily decommissioned.
Le Chiffre is the first leading Bond villain in the EON Productions series to die but not by the hand of James Bond, a Bond Girl or Bond ally. Nor are any directly involved with events that lead to his death. Indeed like with the original Ian Fleming novel, Le Chiffre is the first major villain (i.e. not including henchmen) in the series to be killed by his own people. Moreover, in scriptwriting terms, Le Chiffre is also the first major villain in the official James Bond series to be killed before the final third act (Le Chiffre dies at around the end of the movie's second act).
Le Chiffre is the first leading Bond villain in the EON Productions official series to have not one but two readily apparent physical dysfunctions. He has an inhaler for breathing which is a character trait from the original Ian Fleming novel but he also has tear ducts that weep blood. This bleeding of the eye is actually a real medical condition which is known as haemolacria. This usually manifests itself as either partially blood-tinged tears which are part teardrops / part blood or as full blood-drops. Haemolacria can be an indicator of a tumor in the lacrimal apparatus of the brain and can also be an indicator of variety of other diseases.
When James Bond sends resignation letter there are several e-mail addresses are seen in his e-mail client. These addresses contain names of computers related personnel involved in making of the film (Anne Bennett, Chris McBride, Robert Wright, etc.).
Characters that appear in this film who were in the original "Casino Royale" novel include James Bond, Vesper Lynd, M, Le Chiffre, Rene Mathis, Felix Leiter and Gettler, the latter of whom was more fully known as Adolph Gettler in the novel. Characters from this film that return in this movie's direct sequel Quantum of Solace (2008) include James Bond, M, Felix Leiter, Rene Mathis and Mr. White. Characters from this film that are referred to in Quantum of Solace (2008) include Le Chiffre and Vesper Lynd.
Third consecutive James Bond movie in the series where James Bond is tortured. In The World Is Not Enough (1999), he was tortured in a chair with tightening screws. The previous Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) featured chakra torture devices but Bond was not actually tortured. In Die Another Day (2002) he was tortured during the opening scenes whilst in a Korean prison and in this film he is tortured by Le Chiffre adapted from the classic sequence in the original Ian Fleming novel where Le Chiffre tortures Bond with a carpet beater. In the film Le Chiffre uses a knotted rope.
The first official Bond film to start without the famous gun barrel intro, which is shown just before the opening titles. It is also a distinctly different style to any previous film. A more traditional gun barrel was included in the next film, Quantum of Solace (2008), but it is not shown until right before the closing credits.
It is not revealed where Bond kills Dryden's contact. In an early draft of the script it is revealed that it happens in Pakistan during a cricket match. The contact sees Bond in the crowd and makes a run for it, Bond chases him and eventually catches him in the toilet where he beats up and kills him.
Mollaka (the free runner) has no lines in the film, in an early draft of the script he did, he said, "what's your name huh? I'm never there when they die. I want to know the names, I want to know who died here today." Bond: "the names Bond, what's yours?" Mollaka: "Mollaka" Bond:" see? you already had your answer".