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Casino Royale (2006)

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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.

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Martin Campbell

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Neal Purvis (screenplay), Robert Wade (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Daniel Craig ... James Bond
Eva Green ... Vesper Lynd
Mads Mikkelsen ... Le Chiffre
Judi Dench ... M
Jeffrey Wright ... Felix Leiter
Giancarlo Giannini ... Rene Mathis
Caterina Murino ... Solange
Simon Abkarian ... Alex Dimitrios
Isaach De Bankolé ... Steven Obanno (as Isaach De Bankole)
Jesper Christensen ... Mr. White
Ivana Milicevic ... Valenka
Tobias Menzies ... Villiers
Claudio Santamaria ... Carlos
Sebastien Foucan ... Mollaka (as Sébastien Foucan)
Malcolm Sinclair ... Dryden
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Storyline

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 simon

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Daniel Craig is James Bond 007 See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violent action, a scene of torture, sexual content and nudity | See all certifications »

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UK | Czech Republic | USA | Germany | Bahamas | Italy

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

17 November 2006 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bond Begins See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$150,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£13,370,969 (United Kingdom), 19 November 2006, Limited Release

Opening Weekend USA:

$40,833,156, 19 November 2006, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$167,445,960, 18 March 2007

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$599,045,960, 9 November 2013
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Dolby Digital | SDDS | DTS

Color:

Black and White (opening sequence)| Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Venice is a major setting in this movie, and it's the third time in the EON Productions official James Bond franchise. The others being From Russia with Love (1963) and Moonraker (1979). See more »

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When M is explaining the stock market manipulations which coincided with the September 11th terrorist attacks, she states that "the stocks hit bottom on 9/12." In reality the stock market did not reopen after the attacks until Monday 9/17. However the NYSE is only one of several dozen international stock markets. Several of the largest of these were open on 9/12, including the London Stock Exchange, which would, presumably, be the one M was talking about. See more »

Quotes

Mathis: I hate to say it, but, the accountants seem to be running MI6 these days. Oh, not that I have anything against accountants. Many of them are lovely people. So, I decided that it was cheaper to supply his deputy with evidence that we were bribing Le Chiffre. Its amazing what you can do with photoshop, these days, isn't it.
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References Notorious (1946) See more »

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You Know my Name
Music by David Arnold
Lyrics by Chris Cornell
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"Do I look like I give a damn?"
5 January 2009 | by Nazi_Fighter_DavidSee all my reviews

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 night—slumped in the shower fully clothed, radiating inner beauty—her 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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