After earning 00 status and a licence to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007. Bond must defeat a private banker funding terrorists in a high-stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro.
A cryptic message from James Bond's past sends him on a trail to uncover the exsistence of a sinister organisation named SPECTRE. With a new threat dawning, Bond learns the terrible truth about the author of all his pain in his most recent missions.
Years after a friend and fellow 00 agent is killed on a joint mission, a secret space based weapons program known as "GoldenEye" is stolen. James Bond sets out to stop a Russian crime syndicate from using the weapon.
James Bond (Daniel Craig) goes on his first mission as a 00. Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) is a banker to the world's terrorists. He is participating in a poker game at Montenegro, where he must win back his money, in order to stay safe amongst the terrorist market. The boss of MI6, known simply as "M" (Dame Judi Dench) sends Bond, along with Vesper Lynd Eva Green) to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. Bond, using help from Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), Rene Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini), and having Vesper pose as his partner, enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career. But if Bond defeats Le Chiffre, will he and Vesper Lynd remain safe?Written by
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. See more »
When Bond is attempting CPR on Vesper to revive her the outline of a bra is visible under her dress but she was clearly naked when she slipped her dress on earlier. See more »
[Bond walks up and kisses Vesper]
You taste nice.
Have we dispensed with the covers?
No. We dispensed with one that was of no use and created another that is.
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JAMES BOND WILL RETURN appears at the end of the credits See more »
The initial UK releases have minor edits in the torture scene to secure a commercially lucrative 12 certificate:
Le Chiffre draping the rope over Bond's shoulder, saying "Such a waste" and then removing it was cut (for being "a little too sexual" according to director Martin Campbell).
The rope swinging twice under the chair was shortened to one swing.
A close-up of Bond's grimacing face during the second whipping was cut (the two-shot of both characters that precedes and follows this close-up in the uncut version was extended to fill the gap).
The uncut version was passed with a 15 certificate in 2012 and is available on Blu-ray. See more »
Anyone who has followed the James Bond series over the last four decades knows that the new Bond has changed... In "Casino Royale," 007 do not identify himself with the classic words, "Bond. James Bond," and instead of playing Chemin-de-Fer or Craps, he plays Poker and he doesn't care whether his vodka martinis are shaken or stirred nor he drinks a Smirnoff vodka, or a five-star Hennessey, or a Dom Pérignon'52... He never pauses to take a finger of Caviar He never enjoys a good cigar and is less preoccupied with matters of sex
But he is a more trained Bond, a cold-hearted killer improvising, modifying, and overcoming, uttering to M in one decisive moment his most significant line, "So you want me to be half monk, half hit-man!"
In taking the part, Daniel Craig completely inhabited the character of the super agent 007 There is something empathetic about him and something human He so lets you in behind his blue eyes and into his emotional life
His opponent is the villain banker Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) who tries to get rich in supplying funds for terrorists To continue doing so, Le Chiffre wants to win back his losses in a no-limit showdown Poker game with $115,000,000 in chips at Casino Royale in Montenegro
Ivana Milicevic plays Le Chiffre's Bosnian bodyguard who nearly eliminates our hero Valenka is harmful but not pure evil as her boss
Simon Abkarian is the middleman Alex Dimitrios involved with Le Chiffre, who knew where to put his hands on weapons and people who could use them He works with anyone who has money
The Italian actress Caterina Murino (Solange) reveals her sexy side as the frustrated woman so upset in her marriage
Jeffrey Wright plays the undercover CIA agent Felix Leiter 'bleeding chips at the poker tournament;' and Giancarlo Giannini plays the 'contact' Mathis
Eva Green is Bond's love interest Vesper Lynd Green and Craig have electric chemistry on screen together Vesper's character seems ambiguous, impudent and complicated One nightslumped in the shower fully clothed, radiating inner beautyher quiet look is capable to melt Bond's cold heart and free his doubtful mind In another, she disconcerts him with her pretty 'Algerian love knot.'
"Casino Royale" lacks the fundamental technology exhibition which plays an important part in any Bond films... The traditional "James Bond Gun Barrel Sequence" and the "James Bond Theme" disappeared The only thin bit of continuity is Judi Dench's fifth return as the cool, scheming chief Lady M
Directed by Martin Campbell, the movie has it all: spectacular locations from Prague, London, Miami and Nassau and amazing actions involving the superb Aston Martin DB5 coupe in a high-speed mountain chase; a rush to stop a fuel tanker at Miami Airport; a combat with an Ugandan terrorist; a pursue in a four-wheel bulldozer; a breathless foot chase across highest cranes; and an unexpected climax in one of the buildings on the canals of Venice
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