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.
In the shower scene, Vesper (Eva Green) 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.
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 (shaken, not stirred).
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 driver's seat. This allowed the car to complete seven full rolls. The stunt was officially entered into the Guinness Book of World Records on November 5, 2006.
A promotional leaflet used to promote the film in Japan headlined the "Seven rules to receive 00 status". The MI6 fansite has it translated as: "1) You don't fear death, and won't give in to 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."
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.
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 fifty-two thousand dollars.
At two hours and twenty-four 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.
The three-piece navy blue suit worn by James Bond at the end of the film resembles the gray suit worn by Sir Sean Connery in Goldfinger (1964). The Goldfinger suit has lapels on the waistcoat and other distinct differences appropriate for the different era and Connery's height.
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."
Le Chiffre's (Mads Mikkelsen's) left eye is deformed and weeps blood. Le Chiffre's girlfriend Valenka (Ivana Milicevic) almost always has her hair styled to cover her left eye, she hides her eye in deference to his damaged one.
During the Bahamas horse riding sequence, Caterina Murino (Solange) 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.
The idea of the Palazzo sinking house was a concept conceived by Screenwriters 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 Le Chiffre.
The location used in the Bahamas as the Madagascar Construction site, was an abandoned hotel site at Coral Harbour that was under construction thirty years ago. It was used to film hotel rooms for the Bond movie Thunderball (1965), and it was also used for the Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) as a camera platform, with models and workshops. It is now part of a military base.
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 (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. In 1985, Kina Lillet was reformulated to reduce sugar and quinine (the "Kina" in the name) and was rebranded just as "Lillet." The addition of red and rose versions of the aperitif have cause the original to be known as "Lillet Blanc."
One week after filming was completed, the 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios burned down on July 30, 2006. This was the second time this had happened, the first being before filming A View to a Kill (1985). The filmmakers had just finished using the stage for filming interiors set in Venice for the movie.
Although Dame 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.
Quentin Tarantino showed interest in adapting Ian Fleming's novel "Casino Royale" with an "out of continuity" universe that would feature 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, about which time Ian Fleming wrote, 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 Directors Guild 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.
This film replaces the high-stakes casino game of Baccarat (Chemin de Fer) from the novel, with the modern high-stakes card game of Texas Hold 'Em. Interestingly, in this game, a hand with a pair of eights is called an "Octopussy", the name of a James Bond short story and movie. A hand with a pair of eights is seen in the movie.
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 Romanian, meaning "Smashed Eye".
Most BAFTA nominations ever received by a Bond movie, totalling nine. The previous record had been two each for GoldenEye (1995) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). The nine 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 for Best Sound.
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 from the Ian Fleming James Bond novel, "Goldfinger".
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 sunglasses by Persol, cufflinks by S.T. Dupont, suspenders by Albert Thurston, polos and t-shirts by Sunspel, shoes by Converse, John Lobb, and Nike, Ted Baker pants, La Perla swim trunks, a Giorgio Armani leather jacket, and an Omega watch. 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 has filmed the entire canon of Fleming James Bond novels, although some just in title (for example The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Moonraker (1979), and You Only Live Twice (1967)).
The chase around Miami airport was filmed at three separate airports in three different countries. They were: Nassau International Airport in Nassau, The Bahamas; Dunsfold Park Aerodrome in Dunsfold Park, Dunsfold, Surrey, England, and Ruzyne International Airport in Ruzyne, Prague, Czech Republic.
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 twenty-four frames per second) of Eastman Double-X 5222 black-and-white negative film. At the time of its release, this movie is the only film in the official franchise 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 television episode, or television movie, Climax!: Casino Royale (1954) is completely in black and white.
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 this movie's lead Screen Graphics Artist, who would have been in charge of creating all of the mock web pages in the film.
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.
The style of free-running and movement Mollaka the bomb maker uses in the Madagascar chase, near the beginning of the film, is called "parkour". Sebastien Foucan (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, Mollaka was known as "Two Fingers".
Vesper Lynd's official job was that of International Liaison Officer for the Financial Action Task Force of H.M. 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.
Chris Cornell's title song, "You Know My Name", debuted on the U.S. charts on December 9, 2006, where it went to the number seventy-nine spot, it peaked at number seven on the UK Singles chart, sold one hundred forty-eight thousand copies in the UK in 2006, and has sold three hundred twenty-three thousand digital copies, and three and a half million streams in the U.S., as of 2017. The song does not appear on the soundtrack. This is the first time in the history of the official franchise, that the title song has not been included on the soundtrack.
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 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 and EON Productions with McClory's estate), they could finally bring everything back under one roof."
The first lines of the 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."
The announcement of Daniel Craig as the new James Bond was made on October 14, 2005, aboard the H.M.S. President, in London. On that day, former James Bond Sir Roger Moore was celebrating his seventy-eighth birthday.
In 1999, Sony paid MGM five million dollars to settle the forty million dollar lawsuit that MGM had brought against Sony over the Bond rights. The lawsuit was filed because of Sony's intentions to make a second adaptation of "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 serious adaptation of "Casino Royale".
Richard Branson's cameo in the film is cut out of the in-flight version shown in all the leading airlines, as was a shot of the Virgin Atlantic aircraft that Branson supplied. However, Branson is seen at the Miami airport right hand side x-ray screening when Bond is chasing Eclipse. Only appearing for a second, Branson did make it onto British Airways.
Daniel Craig's role in Layer Cake (2004) clinched the role of James Bond for him over the other competing rival actors. DVD and 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".
Changes in some regions' release dates meant that some territories had this movie released in 2007, thereby supplying fans and some publicists a once-in-a-millennium marketing dream, to see a James Bond movie in "Two Double-O Seven".
The Skyfleet S570 prototype at Miami International Airport is meant to be a take on the new Airbus A380. The S570 was built off of an old 747-200, which was originally used by British Airways (under the designation "G-BDXJ"), and had flown for 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.
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.
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. Sir 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 first EON Productions James Bond movie to feature the Columbia Pictures logo. Columbia Pictures produced the James Bond spoof Casino Royale (1967), and was attempting to make a second adaptation of the novel, before it bought MGM.
The 2007 Ford Mondeo sport model, used in the beginning of the film, is a special, one-off handbuilt prototype vehicle, constructed at Ford of Europe's Design Studio in Cologne, Germany, in January, 2006, and shipped to the Bahamas in secrecy for shooting. Production was not due to start until the second quarter of 2007.
The set interior, of the sinking house in Venice, measured forty-five feet by forty feet, and was forty-five feet high. It was built around the existing indoor tank at Pinewood Studios, which was increased to twenty feet, so the whole set could sink sixteen feet.
First EON Productions James Bond film in the official franchise to mark many firsts for the franchise: First to have a major black and white sequence; first not to feature Miss Eve Moneypenny, 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 blond James Bond. First to have an animated opening sequence since Dr. No (1962), and the first for any Bond film since Casino Royale (1967). First EON Productions James Bond movie not to feature "Q" 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 noticeably 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 vehicles.
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 the DB9, that were dressed up to look like the DBS, for the car roll sequence.
The number on Dimitrios' (Simon Abkarian) key ring was "53". 1953 was the year of release for the Ian Fleming source novel, and Playboy Magazine, a publication which has a long associated history with the James Bond film franchise. Also, this movie version was released 53 years after the novel's publication.
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 final two contenders for the role of James Bond were Daniel Craig and Henry Cavill. However, at twenty-two, Cavill was deemed too young for the the role, so Craig got the part. Cavill, who was thirty-two, as of the release of Spectre (2015), (the same that Sir Sean Connery was when he took on the role), is now a fan favorite to take on the role, once Craig steps aside.
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 franchise as far as actual screentime is concerned, even with its own end titles removed.
A James Bond origin story like this had been touted to be the first Bond film after Sir 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.
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 four year gap between the release of Die Another Day (2002) and Casino Royale (2006) is the second longest gap between Bond films since the franchise first started in 1962. The longest gap in the James Bond film franchise, was between the Licence to Kill (1989) and GoldenEye (1995). The gap between Quantum of Solace (2008) and Skyfall (2012) is tied for second place.
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.
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).
Ian Fleming received three offers for the film rights to his novel during 1954. Producer and Director Gregory Ratoff bought the rights to the novel in May 1954 for six hundred dollars. It was a six month option, and Ratoff took this to CBS, which produced and broadcast this one hour episode for Climax! (1954). CBS purchased the rights to the novel for one thousand dollars. John Shepridge negotiated the sale of the film and television rights in 1954. Before the sale, the novel had not been successful, and was retitled and Americanized for its paperback issue. Fleming also needed money. Twelve months later, and after the television screening, Ratoff bought "Casino Royale" outright in perpetuity, for an additional six thousand dollars. 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 Ford Thunderbird, at the cost of three thousand pounds. Gregory Ratoff passed away on December 14, 1960. His widow, in 1961, sold the rights to Charles K. Feldman for seventy-five thousand dollars. Feldman would go on to make Casino Royale (1967), and it would not be made as an EON Productions film for another thirty-nine years.
The interiors of the Venetian sinking house were a rig built at the Paddock Tank at Pinewood Studios, and it could be submersed in nineteen feet of water. It weighed ninety tons, and used a mixture of hydraulics and electronics. A computer controlled the hydraulic valves, as well as a one-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.
In designing the credit sequence for the film, 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 digitized 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 twenty 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 the film's spirit and the storyline following Bond falling in love.
Some of the poker players are theorized 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.
When M talks to Bond about the financial loss Le Chiffre has taken, as a result of his plot in Miami being foiled, she mentions how the C.I.A. 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 F.B.I., amongst others, concluded there was no Al-Qaeda connection.
Chris Cornell's performance of the opening credits song, "You Know My Name", makes him the first American male to perform a James Bond opening credits song. Louis Armstrong's "We Have All The Time In The World", from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) was a closing theme.
This movie features the famous scene of Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) torturing James Bond in a chair. However, in Exit (2006) that the tables are turned, and Thomas Skepphult (portrayed by Mikkelsen) was the one who was tortured in a chair. Coincidentally, Exit (2006) premiered just a few months before this film.
The first day of filming on the James Bond official franchise took place on January 16, 1962, for Dr. No (1962), which was ten years to the day, that James Bond Creator Ian Fleming started writing the novel "Casino Royale", on January 16, 1952, though some sources state that this was the fifteenth or seventeenth.
Product placements and promotional tie-ins seen in the movie include: Virgin Airlines, including a Richard Branson cameo; Heineken beer; Sony Ericsson K800 and K790 camera phones; Sony Electronics, including Blu-ray players, discs, and security system; Sony HD5 MP3 player, LCDs and computers, such as the VAIO laptop; Ford automobiles, including Mondeo, Range Rover, and Land Rover Defender, Jaguar, Lincoln, Volvo, and the Aston Martin DB5 and DBS; FedEx; Château Angélus; Cybershot digital cameras; M's Turnbull & Asser pajamas; Omega Seamster watches, James Bond wears a Black Seamaster Co-Axial Planet Ocean, and an Omega Seamseter Diver 300M; Smirnoff vodka; and Bollinger champagne.
James Purefoy did a screentest 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 on to play Bond, but he 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 he laughed them off and pointed out how absurd they were; Bloom, who was twenty-eight at the time, was too young for the role.
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; 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 Chiffre's Predator 108 yacht; a bendy articulated bus; a Texron fuel truck oil tanker; Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor cars; cranes; a Fiat W190 bulldozer; a Notar MD-600N helicopter; Range Rover and Land Rover Defender; Jaguars, Lincolns, and Volvos; a Skyfleet S570 prototype airplane, and a Virgin Atlantic Airbus A340-600.
René Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini) introduces himself by saying "My name is Mathis, René 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.
"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."
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 Casino Royale (1967).
The Casino Estoril of Lisbon, Portugal was the inspiration for the casino gambling scene and title for the novel. 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.
South Africa was originally scheduled as a filming location for the movie. A James Bond movie had never filmed in this country before. Scheduling difficulties, and the inability to secure shooting locations, meant that the location had to be scrapped.
Twenty-first official James Bond movie in the EON Productions franchise, the first to feature Daniel Craig as James Bond, the fifth to feature Dame Judi Dench as M, and it's the twenty-third James Bond movie overall. It's the twenty-fourth, if one counts Climax!: Casino Royale (1954) as a movie.
Solange's name is never mentioned in the film. The name of "Solange", in the film, 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 Royal World Premiere was held on Tuesday, November 14, 2006, at London's Odeon Leicester Square Theatre in the presence of Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. The Gala Charity Premiere Benefit was also the 60th Royal Film Performance, and was held in aid of the Film & Television Benevolent Fund (C.T.B.F.).
M's personal assistant is named Villiers, just like Amherst Villiers, a British automotive engineer famous for creating the supercharged 4.5 liter Bentley that James Bond drove in the original novels by Ian Fleming, the "locomotive". Also, James Villiers played Chief of Staff Bill Tanner in For Your Eyes Only (1981).
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 ninety 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 nineteen feet (5.8 meters) of water, and used banks of compressors to strictly regulate movement.
Quentin Tarantino was interested in doing a Bond movie featuring the early years of James Bond. Set in the 1960s, with Pierce Brosnan as James Bond. Both of them were dropped from the project, but the idea was taken by EON producers.
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."
The license plate number of James Bond's silver birch 1964 Aston Martin DB5 is 56526. The car from Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965) had the steering wheel on the right side, and in this movie, its on the left side.
For the scene where Bond drives a digger toward a building, and slams into the concrete plinth, on which Mollaka (Sebastien Foucan) 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.
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. In the 2004 season of MythBusters (2003), the team proved a myth about a taxi being flipped over behind a 747. The most obvious difference was that the plane the Mythbusters used was stationary on a runway, whereas the plane in this film was still airborne.
The Skyfleet S570 aircraft 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.
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 visible on-screen.
Since MGM is part of Columbia Pictures, and is 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 Blu-ray recorder in the surveillance video room that Bond infiltrates.
Spectre (2015) featured a story element referring to "L'Americain" (The American). Reportedly, 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, "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 movie, 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.
During the showdown of the final hand of the poker game, Bond does not reveal his cards until all of the other players have showed their hands, even though he knows that he holds the best possible hand in this situation. He intentionally waited to "rub it in their faces". This is called a "slowroll" in poker slang, and while not against the rules, it is considered very bad etiquette, and would be critiqued harshly in a real world game.
Pierce Brosnan was initially asked back by the producers for this film, after the then-record breaking success of Die Another Day (2002). However after seeing The Bourne Identity (2002) and other contemporary spy films raise the bar on realism and physicality in spy films, in addition to Pierce's agent reportedly demanding $30 million plus royalties for Brosnan to return as Bond, the producers reconsidered hiring Brosnan back, opting to cast the role instead with the younger, more virile Daniel Craig to reset the franchise.
When he was cast as 007, Daniel Craig had his own ideas on playing the role and in an interview with Jonathan Ross on the set of the film, he stated that he wanted to be faithful to the book and show the character's raw vulnerability by having him make a few mistakes and that the drama would be there when he gets it right and make the audience think that it's all going to go wrong and that when it all goes right, the audience would get more excited.
In an interview with David Giammarco published in "The Globe & Mail" on March 27, 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,d like to think that I'm doing this for my dad."
The fourth James Bond film to feature a casino called "Casino Royale". Never Say Never Again (1983) featured a casino called "Casino Royale", set in Monte Carlo, and filmed at the Casino de Monte Carlo, Hôtel de Paris, Casino Square, Monte Carlo, Monaco. Monte Carlo was also the setting for the Casino Royale in the television movie Climax!: Casino Royale (1954), filmed on the Casino Set at Television City, Los Angeles, California. The casino in GoldenEye (1995) was not called "Casino Royale", but Monte Carlo again, was its setting and filming location (Monte Carlo Resort and Casino). The Casino Royale was set in France for Casino Royale (1967) (filmed in England) and in the original Ian Fleming novel, it being set in the fictional French resort town of Royale-les-Eaux. This movie is the first time that a Casino Royale has not been located in 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.
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 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.
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".
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.
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.
Diane Hartford: She features as Card Player #3 in the credits, and has the longest gap between appearances in Bond movies. She had three lines playing a girl in the Kiss Kiss Club in Thunderball (1965), a gap of forty-one years.
Tsai Chin: As Madame Wu, seen at the card table at Casino Royale. She has the second longest gap between appearances in Bond movies. She played Ling, the girl who helps set up Bond's "death" in You Only Live Twice (1967), a gap of thirty-nine years.
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.
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.
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.
Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson mandated to Screenwriters Neal Purvis and Robert Wade that two particular story elements from the 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.
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.
In one scene, Bond was supposed to be swimming at the beach when he sees Solange (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, 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."
Vesper Lynd (Eva Green) died never knowing that her kidnapped boyfriend, Yusef Kabira (Simon Kassianides), had set her up from the beginning being a Quantum Agent; and his kidnapping was staged, by Quantum, to force Vesper to become a double Agent.
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 one hundred 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 (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.
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.
When James Bond is poisoned, at one point, the heart monitoring machine indicates that his heart has stopped beating. Technically, he dies before he is resuscitated. As such, this is the first instance in an official Bond film that he dies and then lives for a second time, as per the Ian Fleming haiku and novel and 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), his 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 Casino Royale (1967), James Bond (actually several James Bonds, the real one, and six namesakes) ultimately dies, and goes to Heaven.
The scene where Le Chiffre tortures Bond is taken directly from the novel. However, the scene leaves out the part where Le Chiffre cuts Bond's back so he bleeds on the floor and rats are released in a feeding frenzy underneath the chair.
Le Chiffre is the first leading Bond villain in the EON Productions official franchise to have two readily apparent physical dysfunctions. He has an inhaler for breathing, which is a character trait from the original novel, but he also has tear ducts that weep blood. This bleeding of the eye is a real medical condition, which is known as haemolacria. This usually manifests itself as either partially blood-tinged tears, which are part teardrops and 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.
This is the first James Bond movie where he failed in all his mission objectives (Le Chiffre died without revealing any information on his network, MI6's money was lost to the terrorist organization, Vesper also died without revealing anything). However, at the end, James captures Mr. White, so there's a chance he might be able to salvage something.
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, nor Bond ally. Nor are any directly involved with events that lead to his death. Like with the novel, Le Chiffre is the first major villain (not including henchmen) in the franchise to be killed by his own people. Also, in scriptwriting terms, Le Chiffre is also the first major villain in the official James Bond franchise to be killed before the third act (Le Chiffre dies around the end of the movie's second act).
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.
During the black and white sequence at the beginning, Dryden goes up in an elevator, showing the floor indicator. The scene cuts before the elevator goes higher than six, because Bond has not yet earned his double-o status, 007.
First James Bond movie in the EON Productions official franchise, where the movie ends with James Bond alone and without a leading Bond Girl with him. In On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) he is with Tracy at the end but she is murdered by Irma Bunt.
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.
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".
When James Bond sends his resignation letter, there are several e-mail addresses are seen in his e-mail clients. These addresses contain names of related personnel involved in making of the film (Anne Bennett, Chris McBride, Robert Wright, et cetera).
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 returned in 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.
During the final hand of poker with Le Chiffre, Bond appears to hesitate before going "all in". This is only for dramatic effect. With the dealing of the Four of Spades as the fourth community card (known as "The Turn" or "Fourth Street"), Bond would have known he could not lose the game, regardless of the hands being held by the other players. Under the dynamics of Texas Hold 'em, no other player could then complete a straight flush, which is the highest hand in straight poker. Even if Le Chiffre had four aces, he still would have lost to Bond's straight flush.
Third consecutive James Bond movie in the franchise, where James Bond is tortured. In The World Is Not Enough (1999), he was tortured in a chair with tightening screws. 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 while in a North 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. Plate glass was positioned under the chair so Daniel Craig was never actually struck with the rope. However, at one point during filming, Mads Mikkelsen struck the glass with the rope so hard that the glass cracked, prompting a shocked crew member to quickly run over to the chair.
The fact that Dame Judi Dench returns as M in this "origin" story has given credence to a curious fan theory: that "James Bond" is in fact a code name for whichever agent is assigned the number 007. (This would explain different actors playing the character in the same continuity). However, events in subsequent movies starring Craig have suggested that Bond is in fact his given name.
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 (not in a tuxedo nor suit and tie) and for the first time in the franchise, 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.
Bond's attempt at saving Vesper from a drowning death, mirrors a scene that Daniel Craig played out in Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001). Except in the the other film, he was trapped underwater, while the lead female tried to save him.
Bond falling in love with Vesper Lynd, only to have the object of his affections killed is a repeat of the concept of Bond falling in love with Tracy di Vicenzo, who was killed at the end of On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). However, the novel "Casino Royale" was the first one written, and "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" came later. So, the on-screen deaths occurred opposite of the books. Moreover, two movies are set in different continuities.