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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".
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In the shower scene, Vesper was originally scripted to be wearing nothing but her underwear. Daniel Craig argued that Vesper would not have stopped to take her clothes off, and the scene was changed.
The way Bond orders his first vodka martini is lifted directly from the Ian Fleming novels.
Daniel Craig gained 20 pounds of muscle for the role.
Daniel Craig actually rejected the part of James Bond a year before as he had felt that the series had settled into a standard formula. He changed his mind when he read the finished script.
The opening parkour chase took 6 weeks to film.
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.
A mere two days after the premiere, pirated copies were already on sale in London. Daniel Craig was offered one such copy whilst walking anonymously through the streets of Beijing.
In both Casino Royale and Skyfall (2012), Bond tells his partners Carter and Eve respectively, to "stop touching your ear" when working undercover and using an earpiece.
It was a conscious decision to leave the semi-naked girls out of the opening credits as the James Bond persona is not effectively established until the end of the movie.
The scene where Bond comforts a distraught Vesper in the shower after she's witnessed her first death was shot in one take.
For Daniel Craig's now iconic scene where he rises out of the sea in a pair of Speedos, many of the crew were out of camera range in boats fending off the paparazzi.
Daniel Craig is the first actor to play James Bond who is younger than the series itself.
Daniel Craig became the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA (British Academy) Award for playing James Bond.
To prepare for the role, Daniel Craig read all of Ian Fleming's novels and talked with Mossad and British Secret Service agents who had served as advisers on Munich (2005).
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.
Having Pierce Brosnan return for a fifth engagement as James Bond would have cost the producers $30 million.
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.
First James Bond movie to be based on a full-length Ian Fleming novel since Moonraker (1979), a gap of 27 years.
In one afternoon's shooting, three Aston Martin DBS cars valued at $300,000 each were destroyed for the car roll sequence.
Much was made at the film's release about Daniel Craig's buff body. Being in such prime condition was not new to the actor, as at one point he had been a semi-professional rugby player.
This marks the first time there is a foot chase in a Bond film.
M's sleeping bedpartner was actually the film's transport co-ordinator.
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.
At 144 minutes, this was the longest James Bond movie, beating the previous holder On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) by four minutes, until the release of Spectre (2015), which beat it by another four minutes.
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."
Daniel Craig lost the two front teeth while filming a fight scene in Prague (the first action scene to be shot), and his dentist had to fly from London to replace them.
Daniel Craig claimed to be in a state of pain for most of the shoot because of all the vigorous stunts he was required to perform.
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.
Daniel Craig quit smoking and had Simon Waterson as a personal trainer to get into shape.
Daniel Craig was Barbara Broccoli's first choice for the role of Bond. She had him in mind after seeing his performance in Layer Cake (2004).
The three-piece suit worn by James Bond at the end of the film is a navy version of the gray suit worn by Sean Connery in Goldfinger (1964).
Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson didn't secure the rights to Casino Royale until 2000 when Sony exchanged them for MGM's rights to Spider-Man.
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."
According to Daniel Craig, the only CGI in the film was to erase safety wires in a lot of the stunt sequences and to integrate the models for the sinking palazzo into the real Venetian location.
This is the first film since Dr. No (1962) where there were no nude dancing females during the opening title sequence.
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.
Roger Moore was reportedly so impressed with the film that he went out and bought a DVD copy of it.
This is the first time that the character "Felix Leiter" returns to the James Bond franchise since 1989's Licence to Kill (1989).
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.
Le Chiffre's left eye is deformed and weeps blood. Le Chiffre's girlfriend Valenka almost always has her hair styled to cover her left eye - she hides her eye in deference to his damaged one.
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 the Bahamas horse riding sequence actress Caterina Murino was having leg pain, and the the filmmakers were thinking of using a stunt double for that sequence. Murino insisted doing the scene without body doubles saying that it will turn out to be her "Classic Bond Girl" moment.
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 and would have been set immediately after the death of Bond's wife Tracy in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). 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.
Daniel Craig's first day of shooting was the scene where Bond storms the African embassy.
Before Daniel Craig was officially announced to play James Bond there were several other actors considered for the part. Producer Michael G. Wilson said that they looked over 200 actors searching for the right one. Some of them were Julian McMahon, Hrithik Roshan, Dominic West and Gerard Butler. Most of them were deemed not appropriate to fit the role, while some others were nothing but media speculation. Goran Visnjic, Sam Worthington, Alex O'Loughlin and Rupert Friend were also considered, while Henry Cavill almost got the part but was considered too young to play it. Hugh Jackman reportedly turned the role down.
Ian Fleming is said to have based the character of the villain Le Chiffre in the novel "Casino Royale" on English occultist Aleister Crowley.
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.
Martin Campbell claimed in an interview that the only reason he agreed to direct was because he had no other projects in development.
As of 2007, highest-grossing movie of the Bond-franchise. Until Skyfall passed it in 2012
The camp in Uganda where we first meet Mr White and Le Chiffre was actually filmed just outside of London.
The first film in the series to show Bond as a rookie in MI6. In all the other films, he had long been a spy.
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.
First James Bond film approved by Chinese censors. All other films in the series were available in China only as illegal bootlegs.
Although Judi Dench as M doesn't really sit with the chronology of a re-booted James Bond, Martin Campbell was very keen to have her on board as he really admired what she had done with the character.
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).
James Bond's alias in this movie was Arlington Beech. His pretend alias for Vesper Lynd was Stephanie Broadchest, a typical Ian Flemingesque name moniker.
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.
Product placement was deliberately scaled back following the criticism leveled at the previous Bond entry Die Another Day (2002) which earned itself the nickname "Buy Another Day".
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.
"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)).
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.
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.
The Brioni tuxedos worn by Bond at the Casino Royale poker tournament are rumored to have cost $6,000 each.
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'.
Angelina Jolie, Naomi Watts, Scarlett Johansson and Charlize Theron were strongly considered for the part of Vesper Lynd.
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.
The Bodyworks exhibition in Miami was actually shot on a very cold night in Prague.
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 announcement of Daniel Craig as the new James Bond was made on October 14th, 2005, aboard the HMS President, in London. On that same day, former James Bond Roger Moore was celebrating his 78th birthday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vesper's first line in the film is "I'm the money," to which Bond replies "every penny of it." This may be a reference to the character of Ms. Moneypenny, who was not included in this film.
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.
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.
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 face can be seen in the opening credits when the cross-hair moves over the face of the Queen of Spades.
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).
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.
Daniel Craig is the first actor to play James Bond in the EON Productions official series who was not cast by founding James Bond producer Albert R. Broccoli.
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".
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 Free Running / Parkour sequence was inspired by an edited-out roof-top chase sequence from the earlier James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). Quantum of Solace (2008), this movie's direct follow-up, actually contains a real roof-top chase sequence. As such now, both movies reference On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
Marks the first time since The Living Daylights (1987) that a James Bond movie has used an original Ian Fleming short story or novel title.
Jessica Miller, who plays the dealer at the poker game at The Ocean Club, is actually the Poker Room Manager at the Crystal Palace Casino in Nassau, Bahamas.
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.
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.
Pierce Brosnan had expressed an interest in making this film, but was considered too old at 53.
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.
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.
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 villain Le Chiffre played by Mads Mikkelsen has previously been played by such great screen luminaries in film history as Peter Lorre in 1954 in the telemovie Climax!: Casino Royale (1954) and Orson Welles in 1967 in the spoof Casino Royale (1967).
Richard Branson's cameo in the film is cut out of the in-flight version shown in all the leading airlines, as indeed was a shot of the Virgin Atlantic aircraft that Branson supplied.
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In the opening sequence the shape that clubs symbol "grows" into is called a Mandelbrot Set in Chaos Theory. It has infinite complexity.
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).
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The holster in which James Bond conceals his Walther P99 sidearm in is a Vega IB339 Inside-the-Waistband (or IWB) holster.
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Tobias Menzies, who plays M's assistant Villiers in the film, plays Bond author Ian Fleming in Any Human Heart (2010).
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Despite being second billed to James Bond himself, Eva Green does not appear until 58 minutes into the film.
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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.
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.
Daniel Craig's now infamous swimming trunks are made by La Perla.
The region 1 Blu-ray disc became the highest selling high definition title to date, selling more than 100,000 copies.
The brown leather jacket worn by Daniel Craig in Miami was made by Giorgio Armani and was rumored to cost $4,000 US each.
The climactic Venice sinking sequence took three weeks of filming with an average of nine hours per day.
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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.
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Bollywood actor Gulshan Grover was considered for Bond villain. Also Indian film actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan for the role of Vesper.
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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.
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The inclusion of the scene at the Body Worlds exhibit means that this is the first Bond movie where actual corpses are shown on screen.
Daniel Craig is the first actor to be under the age of forty to play James Bond since Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962) and George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
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.
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).
First James Bond movie in the EON Productions official series not to have a major pre-credits action stunt sequence since The Man with the Golden Gun (1974).
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The poker cards, chips, and plaques featured in the movie were manufactured by Cartamundi. Poker sets of cards & chips that are replicas of the movie props are available from Cartamundi.
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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.
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The tiny model car attached to Dmitrios' key chain during the poker game resembles the Aston-Martin DBS that Bond is issued later in the film.
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The rights to Ian Fleming's first 007 novel "Casino Royale", sold by him separately very early on, now reside with Eon Productions. The book was filmed for television and later as a big-screen spoof.
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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.
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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 "We Have All The Time In The World" from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969).
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The character of "Q" does not appear in the film. The last time this happened in the James Bond series was Live and Let Die (1973), which was Roger Moore's début as Bond.
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According to Martin Campbell, Henry Cavill was the only actor in serious contention for the role of James Bond, but at 22 years old, was considered too young.
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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.
When director Quentin Tarantino was in talk with Sony pictures he wanted Samuel L. Jackson as Felix Leiter and Uma Thurman as Bond Girl Vesper Lynd.
Adjusted for inflation, Casino Royale (2006) is the 5th most financially successful of the James Bond films, behind Thunderball (1965), Goldfinger (1964), You Only Live Twice (1967) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977).
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A published report by BSkyB in early 2003 indicated that Sean Connery was among those being considered to direct the film.
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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.
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"Casino Royale" was the only James Bond novel not obtained by Harry Saltzman when he purchased the rights in 1961. He then went into partnership with Albert R. Broccoli.
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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. Coincidentally, Exit (2006) premiered just a few months before this film.
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First James Bond film since The Living Daylights (1987) not to be novelized into a book. The original Ian Fleming novel is to go into reprint as a tie-in for the release of the movie instead.
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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).
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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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Daniel Craig landed the coveted role of James Bond after 007 producer Barbara Broccoli "discovered" him in Steven Spielberg's Munich (2005).
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In 1999 MGM paid Sony $10 million for the rights to this film.
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Daniel Craig as James Bond uses a Walther P99 pistol in this movie. It's not the first time he's used it. In Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), Craig used one in the Tomb of the Dancing Light.
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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.
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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.
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When Bond plays poker at the Ocean Club and wins Dimitrios's car, the dealer running the game is an actual professional poker dealer who works at that establishment.
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The poker games at Casino Royale which take up the latter half of the film were shot in 9 days.
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Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli decided to re-hire GoldenEye (1995) director Martin Campbell to direct "Casino Royale", as they felt he was the right man to direct Daniel Craig's début as James Bond. "GoldenEye" was Daniel Craig's predecessor Pierce Brosnan's début in the role of James Bond.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The interior of the sinking house was based on the interior of the Hotel Danieli, Venice, Italy which had appeared in the earlier James Bond movie Moonraker (1979).
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Paul Haggis's main contribution was to rewrite the climax of the film.
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The special effects technician Tony Smart previously worked as a stuntman on Casino Royale (1967).
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The film takes place from July to August 2006.
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Rene Mathis introduces himself by saying "My name is Mathis, Rene Mathis" to Bond and Vesper in Montenegro. This is an allusion to the iconic phrase "The name's Bond, James Bond", which Daniel Craig utters for the first time in the last scene.
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Sean Connery, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan all supported the casting of Daniel Craig as James Bond. George Lazenby even gave his approval.
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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.
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According to the book "Bond on Bond" (2015) by Sir Roger Moore, producer Kevin McClory [who previously owned the film rights to SPECTRE, the character Ernst Stavro Blofeld, any Thunderball (1965) remake, and other various outlines, scripts and treatments] " . . . had been a long-time pain in Eon's behind and they couldn't use the Blofeld character or his organization [SPECTRE] for fear of litigation - which is how the Quantum idea came about, as originally the producers [Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson] had hoped to introduce Spectre as the villains in Casino Royale (2006) and Quantum of Solace (2008) - but now [in 2013], seven years after McClory's death [when a settlement was made by MGM & EON Productions with McClory's estate], they could finally bring everything back under one roof".
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Richard Branson is in the film getting searched when Bond goes through the metal detectors at Miami airport.
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First significant animated opening title sequence in a James Bond movie since the 1960s.
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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. 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.
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The movie was delivered to some theaters under the codename: "Rough Skins".
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The film prints were delivered to theaters under the codename "Change At Midnight".
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Chris Cornell has said inspirations for writing the song "You Know My Name" came from Paul McCartney's theme for Live and Let Die (1973) and Tom Jones theme for Thunderball (1965).
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Bond's attempt at saving Vesper from a drowning death, mirrors a scene that Daniel Craig played out in the film Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). Except in the the other film, he was trapped underwater while the lead female tried to save him.
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First Bond film since GoldenEye (1995) not to be released in the same year as an Austin Powers film, the series spoofing the Bond films.
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A video podcast with shooting updates was available during production making it the first James Bond movie to do this.
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Karl Urban was considered for James Bond, but was unable to make the screen test due to filming commitments.
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Gerard Butler and Ewan McGregor both turned down the role of James Bond due to fears of typecasting.
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In designing the credit sequence for the film, the graphic designer Daniel Kleinman was inspired by the cover of the 1953 British first edition of the novel, which featured Ian Fleming's original design of a playing card bordered by eight red hearts dripping with blood. Kleinman said, "The hearts not only represent cards but the tribulations of Bond's love story. So I took that as inspiration to use playing card graphics in different ways in the titles," like a club representing a puff of gun smoke, and slashed arteries spurting thousands of tiny hearts. In creating the shadow images of the sequence, Kleinman digitised the footage of Daniel Craig and the film's stuntmen on the Inferno visual effects system, at Framestore CFC in London; the actors' silhouettes were incorporated into more than 20 digitally animated scenes depicting intricate and innovative card patterns. Kleinman decided not to use the female silhouettes commonly seen throughout the Bond title sequences, considering that the women did not fit with both the film's spirit and the storyline following Bond falling in love.
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In the original novel, Le Chiffre is described as an overweight, unattractive man. Obviously, Mads Mikkelsen doesn't fit that description.
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When M talks to Bond about the financial loss Le Chiffre has taken as a result of his plot at Miami being foiled, she mentions how the CIA discovered he short-sold large quantities of airline stocks after 9/11, and when the stocks plummeted in the wake of the attacks, someone made a fortune. This really was alleged to have happened in real life as people noted seemingly suspicious stock trading the day before 9/11, but a thorough investigation by the FBI amongst others concluded there was no Al-Qaeda connection.
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On the Mi6 Intellgience Intranet, the names of the deceased villains who were known associates of Dimitrios were Vanya Bor, Heni Marville-Beau and Izzie Sawakowa.
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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.
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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).
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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". Moreover, James Villiers played Chief of Staff Bill Tanner in For Your Eyes Only (1981).
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Le Chiffre literally translates to "the figure" but can be used to mean something hidden as in a cypher.
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Keira Knightley auditioned to play Vesper Lynd but the studio preferred an older actress.
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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.
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Among the Body Worlds plastinates featured in that scene were the Poker Playing Trio (which plays a key role in one scene) and Rearing Horse and Rider. The exhibition's developer and promoter, German anatomist Gunther von Hagens, also has a cameo appearance in the film, although only his trademark hat is actually visible on screen.
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Every suit but diamonds are used in the final hand.
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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.
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This is the first EON Productions official James Bond movie to pretty much utilize all the main characters from an original Ian Fleming James Bond novel since Live and Let Die (1973).
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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.
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In an early draft Le Chiffre was believed to be dead, supposedly killed during the first Gulf War.
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Sam Worthington auditioned for James Bond.
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In the car roll sequence, Bond's Aston Martin rolls over a total of seven times before coming to a complete halt.
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Clive Owen was the fan-favorite choice to play James Bond. However, he was never offered the role, nor was he seriously considered.
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The supposed homage to Honey Ryder's famous entrance in Dr. No (1962) occurred because Daniel Craig hit a sandbar while swimming, forcing him to stand up and walk to shore.
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For the scene where Bond drives a digger toward a building and slams into the concrete plinth on which Mollaka is running, the stunt team built a model and put forward several ways in which the digger could conceivably take out the concrete, including taking out the pillar underneath. A section of the concrete wall was removed to fit the digger, and reinforced with steel.
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In filming the scene in which the engine thrust of the moving aircraft blows the police car high into the air, second unit directors Ian Lowe, Terry Madden and Alex Witt used a crane with a strong lead cable attached to the rear bumper of the vehicle to move it up and backwards at the moment of full extension away from the plane.
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The Skyfleet S570 aircraft in the film was an ex-British Airways 747-200B G-BDXJ which had its engines removed and was modified for its appearance in the film. The modified aircraft had the outboard engines replaced by external fuel tanks, while the inboard engines were replaced by a mock-up pair of engines on each inboard pylon. The cockpit profile was altered to make the 747 look like a prototype of an advanced airliner.
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The sinking of the Venetian house at the climax of the film featured the largest rig ever built for a Bond film.
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For the scene involving Bond following Vesper into the house undergoing renovation supported by inflatable balloons, a tank was constructed at the 007 stage at Pinewood, consisting of a Venetian piazza and the interior of the three-story dilapidated house. The rig, weighing some 90 tons, incorporated electronics with hydraulic valves which were closely controlled by computer because of the dynamic movement within the system on its two axes. The same computer system also controlled the exterior model which the effects team built to one-third scale to film the building eventually collapsing into the Venetian canal. The model elevator within the rig could be immersed in 19 feet (5.8 m) of water, and used banks of compressors to strictly regulate movement.
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Christian Bale was rumoured to be a contender for James Bond, though he denied that he was offered it.
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Some of the poker players are characters from the novels. The large black gentleman is Mr Big from "Live and Let Die", while the touristy woman to Felix Leiter's left appeared in "Goldfinger". She and her husband ask Bond to investigate Goldfinger's cheating them.
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"You Know My Name" has no mention of "Casino Royale" because according to Chris Cornell, he "couldn't imagine it fitting into a song lyric that would come out of my mouth". He added, "''Casino Royale'' didn't make a good rock title, but I would write a song named Octopussy just for fun".
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The longest James Bond movie as of 2015.
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The final two contenders for the role of James Bond were Daniel Craig and Henry Cavill. However, at 23, Cavill was deemed too young for the the role, so it Craig got the part. Cavill, who is 32 as of the release of SPECTRE (2015) (the same as that Sean Connery was when he took on the role), is now a fan favorite to take on the role once Craig retires.
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The Texas Hold'em games include a game where Bond has the best possible starting hand (Ace-Ace) and a game where Le Chiffre has the worst possible starting hand (2-7 off-suit).
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First Bond film since Moonraker (1979) to use a villain from the Bond novels.
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Second official EON Productions James Bond movie to feature a casino in the Bahamas. The first was Thunderball (1965).
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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".
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Barbara Broccoli originally wanted George Clooney for the role of James Bond and eventually met him to discuss about the part, but Clooney turned down the part saying, "I'm American and it wasn't right for James Bond, James Bond is English and not American."
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Eva Longoria auditioned for the role of Vesper Lynd, but was considered "too Latin".
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Ellen DeGeneres and Catrina Munro auditioned for Vesper Lynd.
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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.
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Ulrich Matthes was offered the role of 'Le Chiffre' but had to decline due to his commitment to a theatrical production of "Who's Afraid of 'Virginia Woolf'?".
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Internet buzz favored Goldfrapp providing the title song before Chris Cornell was announced as the singer.
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According to a September 2003 article in the Daily Record, the title of Bond 21 was at one point going to be "The Man with the Red Tattoo" and be based upon Raymond Benson's final Bond novel from 2002. It is not known whether EON ever seriously considered this.
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Vera Farmiga was considered for the role of Vesper Lynd but was considered "too American".
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Colin Farrell was considered for James Bond.
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Miranda Richardson turned down the role of Vesper Lynd.
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Steven Obanno was based on terrorist Joseph Kony.
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Eric Bana (Daniel Craig's costar in Munich (2005)), was considered for James Bond.
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Adolph Gettler is never identified by name onscreen, except in a deleted scene.
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Dryden's contact is named Fisher.
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Although much of the film was shot in Prague, Czech Republic, only the opening black and white sequence is actually set there.
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In an interview with David Giammarco published in 'The Globe & Mail' on 27th March 2006, producer Barbara Broccoli said: "'Casino Royale' is the definitive Bond story. It was always an ambition of theirs [her father Albert R. Broccoli and his producing partner Harry Saltzman] to be able to make this story, but sadly, they were never able to. So when it finally became available to us, we leaped at the chance. I like to think that I'm doing this for my dad."
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In an interview with David Giammarco published in 'The Globe & Mail' on 27th March 2006, producer Barbara Broccoli said: "'Casino Royale' is the definitive Bond story. It was always an ambition of theirs [her father Albert R. Broccoli and his producing partner Harry Saltzman] to be able to make this story, but sadly, they were never able to. So when it finally became available to us, we leaped at the chance. I like to think that I'm doing this for my dad."
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A handful of villains and henchmen in the James Bond universe have had a "Mr." title moniker. The Mr. Hinx henchman (Dave Bautista) and Mr. White (Jesper Christensen characters both appear in Spectre (2015) but share no scenes together. Spectre (2015) also features a henchman called Mr. Guerra (Benito Sagredo) making the movie have three characters that have a "Mr." title moniker. Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) has appeared in three Daniel Craig James Bond films: Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), and Spectre (2015) - the most Bond films for any henchman type character after Jaws who appeared in two Bond movies. In Dr. No (1962), there was a henchman called Mr. Jones (Reggie Carter); in Goldfinger (1964), there was a henchman called Mr. Ling (Burt Kwouk); in You Only Live Twice (1967), there was a villain called Mr. Osato (Teru Shimada); in The World Is Not Enough (1999), there were two: Mr. Bullion (Goldie) and Mr Lachaise (Patrick Malahide); in Die Another Day (2002), there was a henchmen called Mr. Kil (Lawrence Makoare); in Live and Let Die (1973), as with its source 'Ian Fleming novel of the same name, the arch-villain was called Mr. Big, but in the film version he was also known as Dr. Kananga, with the character's real full name in the source novel being Buonaparte Ignace Gallia; in Diamonds Are Forever (1971), there were two henchmen with a Mr. title moniker, Mr. Wint (Bruce Glover) and Mr. Kidd (Putter Smith), who functioned as a buddy-team henchman double-act; in Ian Fleming's novel of "The Spy Who Loved Me" (1962), the villain's employer was Mr. Sanguinetti, but this character does not appear in The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) movie. Moreover, a 1987 James Bond novel by John Gardner was entitled "No Deals, Mr. Bond" which reflects how the iconic spy character himself can also be known using a "Mr" name moniker as well.
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Due to the man running the tournament's previous announcement that the players were allocated an hour break after four hours of poker, and the fact that James made her return to the room immediately before he returned to the table, it isn't inconceivable that Vesper was sitting in the shower for over four hours, which would explain her shivering.
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The later James Bond movie Spectre (2015) features a story element referring to "L'Americain" [The American]. Reportedly, star George Clooney was once considered for the role of James Bond for Casino Royale (2006). Apparently, producer Barbara Broccoli originally wanted Clooney for the role and eventually met him to discuss the part, but Clooney turned it down, saying something like I'm American and it wasn't right for James Bond, James Bond is English and not American. Clooney has been likened to the late great American movie star Cary Grant who was considered to play James Bond during the 1960s and was the best man at the wedding of Dana Broccoli and co-founding Bond film franchise producer Albert R. Broccoli, and father of Barbara. Clooney later starred in an espionage picture called The American (2010) which was released between Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012) in a year where there would have been a Bond movie with a two year cycle.
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Diane Hartford:  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.
Tsai Chin:  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.
Alessandra Ambrosio:  The supermodel from Brazil is seen at the Ocean Club when James Bond arrives in the Bahamas. She is credited as Tennis Girl #1.
Richard Branson:  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.
Michael G. Wilson:  As a Montenegro Police Chief. The producer has appeared in cameos in many Bond movies.
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Veruschka von Lehndorff:  The sixties model, actress and artist as Gräfin von Wallenstein, seen at the Casino Royale.
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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.
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Phil Meheux:  The film's director of photography appears as a bureaucrat from H.M. Treasury in M's office.
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Carlos Leal:  The Sens Unik rapper as a Tournament Director.
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Martin Campbell:  the tanker truck driver murdered by the terrorist at Miami Airport.

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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Although the password that James Bond enters on the alpha-numeric keypad at the Casino Royale was supposed to be VESPER (837737), the password Bond enters is 836547.
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".
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.
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.
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.' "
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.
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.
In one scene, Bond was supposed to be swimming at the beach when he sees the wife of the villain (played by Caterina Murino) riding on a horse and the two make eye contact. Craig says that while shooting the scene, he accidentally hit an awkwardly situated sandbank that forced him to stand up and walk out of the water, instead of just floating off as the script said. The image of Craig stepping out of the water ended up being plastered all over the promotional material for the film, with many people assuming that it was a nod to Ursula Andress emerging from the beach in the first Bond movie ever, Dr. No (1962). The perceived homage to Bond's legacy likely helped win over many reluctant fans, many of whom had boycotted the movie when it was announced that an unknown actor was taking over the helm of the franchise. It also helped launch James Bond as a more modern and rugged 007. But the main effect was on Daniel Craig's career: The scene single-handedly turned him into an international sex symbol. Craig said he realized right away that the moment would draw comparisons to Andress, but he didn't think that he "would be haunted by it for the rest of my life."
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 a sleeping pill overdose.
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 a bit more prominently when Bond's plane is first landing in the Bahamas. There are also a few more bars heard just at the end of the defibrillator scene.
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).
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 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 his 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.).
First James Bond movie in the EON Productions official series where the movie ends with James Bond alone and without a leading Bond Girl with him.
Second consecutive James Bond movie where a female character is revealed to be a double agent.
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.
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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".
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The sinking house in Venice at the end of the movie is not just a movie set piece. In reality, buildings in Venice can actually give away and sink into canals.
It is not revealed where Bond kills Dryden's contact. In a deleted scene 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.
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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.
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Suit 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: It is rendered in black and white, the blood falls in fast rivulets, the rifling of the barrel is markedly changed, Bond is dressed more casually (ie, not in a tuxedo or suit and tie) and for the first time in the series, the viewer has seen the person Bond shoots. 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.
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Ernst Stavro Blofeld, portrayed in Spectre (2015) by Christoph Waltz, is one of three recurring villains in the official James Bond film franchise series. The other two are henchmen Jaws (Richard Kiel), from Moonraker (1979) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), and Mr. White (Jesper Christiansen), from Spectre (2015), Casino Royale (2006), and Quantum of Solace (2008). Of these three recurring villains, two, Mr. White and Ernst Stavro Blofeld, both appear in one of the same films, which is Spectre (2015). Of the three villains, only two, Jaws and Mr. White, are the only ones who have always been portrayed by the same actor.
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