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.
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
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 this movie, 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. See more »
When Bond is giving CPR to Vesper he very quickly gives up. If he had had any training in this, he would know not to give up for a lot longer, and if professional rescuers are expected, not give up at all. See more »
[Dryden, an MOD director, comes into his office late at night. After sitting at his desk, he finds James Bond sitting in the shadows]
M doesn't mind you earning a little money on the side, Dryden. She'd just prefer it if it wasn't selling secrets.
If the theatrics are supposed to scare me, you have the wrong man, Bond. If M was so sure that I was bent, she'd have sent a 00. Benefits of being section chief, I'd know if anyone had been promoted to 00 status, wouldn't I? Your file shows no kills, ...
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The opening credits are set in a stylish montage of fights with gambling symbols: playing cards, playing card symbols (diamonds, hearts, spades and clubs), kings and queens, and roulette wheels. 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 »