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.
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In the final scene, where the restored Aston Martin DB5 is seen driving away, the "GB plate" it's had in all previous appearances is missing. Of course "Q" could've simply forgotten to apply one, but one is still required for driving on the continent. See more »
SPOILER: The villain in the backseat of the SUV with Madeline, who she sticks with a syringe, is credited as "Syringe Heavy". See more »
In August 2015, Columbia submitted the film to the BBFC in the UK for advice on whether the film would receive a 12A rating upon a formal submission. The BBFC informed the filmmakers that cuts would be required in two scenes before a 12A rating, instead of an uncut 15, could be obtained. These were made prior to formal submission and it was duly passed at 12A with no further changes.
Reductions to "strong bloody (injury) detail" were made in the following two scenes:
The eye gouging now only shows an establishing shot of the thumbs being inserted, then cuts to a counter-shot from behind the victim's head when the slightly bloody thumbs emerge. The uncut version showed this all from the front, including the aftermath.
The suicide now takes place off-screen and with reduced detail. The uncut version showed the man putting the gun under his chin and firing with a spray of bloody mist, and two subsequent shots showed brain tissue hanging down from the back of his head.
These cuts persist in all worldwide versions of the film. See more »
This is not a great Bond film despite the praise being heaped upon it by the critics. It is an okay Bond film with some nice nods towards other scenes in the franchise for the die-hard Bond fan; such as the time Bond jumped up and grabbed a rail above him to double kick the bad guy... In Moore's adaptation it was a great move... In this one.... Well, doesn't quite work as Bond had hoped but it really is a blink and you will miss it shot.
There are some good one-liners in the film from various characters - and not in the cheesy Pearce Brosnan kind of way - and Q really does steal every scene he is in.
The plot is more of a 'haven't we seen this before' kind of thing which I won't go into because it would risk spoiling things you see at the start of the film but... Yeah... Been here, seen this and - in fact - in other Bond films!!!
Christoph Waltz is brilliant for the time we get to see him but he is hardly in the film and the secrets about his character (not allowed to talk about it in chat shows etc) have been so badly hidden it is painfully obvious from the get-go which is also frustrating.
The action is there but it does feel like a case of going from country to country just to have another action scene which has been shown in the trailers already. Seriously - all of the main trailers for the film show action in various locations... This is all you get. If you have seen the trailers, you know you're about to get a car chase or a fight scene or an explosion etc. This kills the film for me too.
Daniel Craig looks as though he can't be bothered anymore but they needed him for this film because it links back to all three of his other films. Can't very well have a story like this and have a Dr. Who regeneration with the main character...... Maybe for the next one. It's no secret (on or off screen) that Craig has had enough.
The Bond Girls are 'meh'. They will be forgotten. Monica Belluci is underplayed but the sexual energy is crackling off the screen from her for the three minutes she appears. The other Bond Girl is.... Sorry - I watched it last night and have forgotten already.
Over all, I laughed a few times but mainly felt bored. I knew what action scenes were coming up, the story itself wasn't that interesting, the chemistry between characters (other than Bond and Q) was tired to watch and the ending just seemed incredibly rushed; one minute they're dealing with this and then - boom - they're back in this country and doing this and that and over here to do this and fix this or fail at that and then do this and finish....Considering the rest of the film is dragged out... The pace is just completely wrong.
I hope this is Craig's last Bond film and Sam Mendes too; the directing skills he brought to Skyfall (whether you liked the story or not) were clearly a fluke.
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