Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.
A cryptic message from Bond's past, sends him on a trail to uncover a sinister organization. While M battles political forces to keep the Secret Service alive, Bond peels back the layers of deceit to reveal the terrible truth behind S.P.E.C.T.R.E.
Is there solace in revenge? Bond and "M" sniff a shadowy international network of power and corruption reaping billions. As Bond pursues the agents of an assassination attempt on "M," all roads lead to Dominic Greene, a world-renowned developer of green technology. Greene, a nasty piece of work, is intent on securing a barren area of Bolivia in exchange for assisting a strongman stage a coup there. The CIA looks the other way, and only Bond, with help from a retired spy and from a mysterious beauty, stands in Greene's way. "M" wonders if she can trust Bond, or if vengeance possesses him. Beyond that, can anyone drawn to Bond live to tell the tale? Written by
The ingredients of the famous martini, "shaken, not stirred" James Bond drink, that is described in this film, as three measures of Gordons, one of vodka, a half a measure of Kina Lillet, shaken over ice, with a thin slice of lemon. In Casino Royale (2006), Bond alluded to naming it after Vesper. The Vesper name has two sources according to Henry Chancellor's book, "James Bond: The Man and His World - The Official Companion to Ian Fleming's Creation". One of them was that she was named after an exotic cocktail called a "Vesper". The rum punch drink contained ice, rum, fruit, and herbs, and was served to Ian Fleming and his life-long friend Ivar Bryce at a north-eastern Jamaican plantation house. See more »
M's shoe heel height changes from low heel to high heel 16:45 to 16:53 mins. See more »
Mr. Bond, my name is Fields. I'm from the consulate.
Of course you are. And what do you do at the consulate Fields?
That's not important. My orders are to turn you around and put you on the first plane to London.
[Walking past her]
Do those orders include my friend Mathis?
I'm sorry, I don't know who you are.
You see? You've been gone for such a short time and you're already forgotten.
You're just saying that to hurt me.
[Following Bond out]
Mr. Bond, these orders come from ...
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The iconic "James Bond gun barrel" sequence, not seen in its traditional format since Die Another Day, is incorporated into the closing credits. See more »
Excellent movie, I won't add spoilers, but be aware, it's a sequel to Casino Royale and is necessarily darker in tone. Bond has shut down emotionally as a consequence of Vesper's death and is driven to investigate and, to some extent, avenge her death.
Daniel Craig further extends his takeover of the role, he exudes a sense of sadness with a ruthless drive to move forward with his mission. Mention should be made of Judi Dench - she delivers another excellent performance as M.
Would heartily recommend watching Casino Royale on DVD beforehand if you own it, specifically to prepare and remind yourself of the odd plot point as they certainly will be relevant here.
Bond fans rest assured it's fantastic entertainment. It has to be agreed that it is lacking in old-school quips and innuendo, but in my opinion it is entirely in keeping with Bond's situation in this movie. There are some beautiful locations though, especially in Italy and the Aston looks great, for a little while!
As Bond himself says, "you don't have to worry about me". I'm not worried about the franchise and the third part of this trilogy will be worth looking forward to.
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