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 the past sends James Bond on a rogue mission to Mexico City and eventually Rome, where he meets Lucia, the beautiful and forbidden widow of an infamous criminal. Bond infiltrates a secret meeting and uncovers the existence of the sinister organisation known as SPECTRE. Meanwhile back in London, Max Denbigh, the new head of the Centre of National Security, questions Bond's actions and challenges the relevance of MI6 led by M. Bond covertly enlists Moneypenny and Q to help him seek out Madeleine Swann, the daughter of his old nemesis Mr White, who may hold the clue to untangling the web of SPECTRE. As the daughter of the assassin, she understands Bond in a way most others cannot. As Bond ventures towards the heart of SPECTRE, he learns a chilling connection between himself and the enemy he seeks.
The character name of Franz Oberhauser (Christoph Waltz) is the son of Hannes Oberhauser from the Ian Fleming James Bond short story "Octopussy" (1966), which features flashback sequences in Austria, where this movie was partially filmed. Hannes Oberhauser, in the story, is murdered by Major Dexter Smythe, who, in the film Octopussy (1983), is the title character Octopussy's (Maud Adams's) father. An octopus is the traditional symbol of the criminal organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E. (Special Executive for Counterintelligence, Terrorism, Revenge, and Extortion). The name of the criminal organization in the James Bond video game From Russia with Love (2005) is O.C.T.OP.U.S., which was used instead of S.P.E.C.T.R.E., for legal reasons. See more »
In the train, Bond and Madeleine order dirty martinis (a break from his normal routine), but when the drinks arrive, they are perfectly clear. Dirty martinis contain olive juice, so they would be cloudy. The International Bartenders Association standard recipe requires Olive Juice/brine. The traditional number of olives is that it should be odd, with 5 seen as excessive and 3 the norm. See more »
The opening credits feature octopuses (the Spectre logo) and their tentacles, scenes from the film, skull faces, romantic scenes, and ladies/villains from the previous Daniel Craig films. See more »
In the UK theatrical release, when Bond lands with his parachute in the middle of a street in Rome (after the car chase), and greets someone, he says "Buona Sera" - the Italian for 'Good Evening'. In the UK DVD release, this line has been dubbed, with him saying the English "Good Evening". See more »
1. This reviewer not only watched all the Sean Connery movies in theatres but read all the novels too. Does that date me?
2. The Biography Channel Special on Ian Fleming portrayed him as an ageing indolent frat boy who wrote his novels using a typewriter on the beach using the two finger method while cavorting. Hard to believe such innocent beginnings led to a franchise that just will not die.
3. Speaking of franchises, Hollywood is running out. Which is why Stallone was able to raise the cash to turn his C-rated Expendables series into an A level franchise. And why Fast and Furious -- which started out as a drama script not a special effects gimmick -- is the new Mission Impossible. So, against this backdrop, if you are going to do Bond, you do it big. At least that is what the producers thought. At 2 and half hours, however, the audience starts to wonder if .. maybe ... less is more?
4. Craig is good. Probably the best Bond since Sean. If only the writers and producers could support him the way he deserves.
5. The first reboot with Craig was the best, remains the best. The second was horrid. The bizarre entry which took place in his childhood home in the English countryside -- the one where a classic car was gratuitously machine-gunned for no obvious reason -- almost killed the franchise completely. This entry -- essentially a mishmash of Dr. No and the old Mannix TV show with a dollop of modern political correctness thrown in -- is OK, but will never make it to brilliant.
6. Times change, years pass. The gold standard for this sort of movie is the Damon/Bourne series, even more ironic because (so far) that franchise remains in limbo. The first reboot here was a close competitor. So far, no other instalment in this series has even come close.
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