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.
James Bond goes on his first ever mission as a 00. Le Chiffre 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 among the terrorist market. The boss of MI6, known simply as M sends Bond, along with Vesper Lynd to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. Bond, using help from Felix Leiter, Mathis 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 Bond plays poker at the Ocean Club, and wins Dimitrios' car, the dealer running the game is a professional poker dealer who works at that establishment. See more »
At the climax of the big game, the dealer mixes the players cards in with the community (board) cards to illustrate the various hands. This would never happen - the players cards are always kept separate from the board. 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 MGM and Columbia logos are in black & white to coincide with the pre-title sequence. 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 »
What a difference a great actor makes. Daniel Craig is superb as James Bond and parting from that point everything in it is enjoyable, frightening, thrilling just because we're with him. He conquered us from the word go. The initial chase is one of the best in film history and as soon as we get to know this new incarnation of the iconic Ian Fleming character, we're hooked. He's virile but there is room for ambiguity. He's elegant but as, the sensational Eva Green, points out is more acquired than inherited. More working class than even Sean Connery and that works wonders for Mr Bond. The script is more compact and organic. The locations are breathtaking and what else I can say? The series have been reinvigorated, rejuvenated and in one single stroke have secured that this franchise will live forever. A note to Barbara Broccoli, the producer, your father would be so proud. Congratulations!
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