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 original draft scripts for Thunderball (1965) did not involve S.P.E.C.T.R.E., but Sicilian mobsters in the Sicilian Mafia, with Largo as a crime boss. In that earlier Bond movie, this was the reason why many of the villains were played by Italian actors. Fifty years later, this movie restores this Italian Connection script element by featuring a Rome setting with Italian-style gangsters for the film's S.P.E.C.T.R.E. board meeting. See more »
The opening sequence is all a Hollywood cliche. While Mexicans do celebrate Día de Muertos (no 'los' in the name), it's mostly a day where families gather to remember their dead loved ones at home or around a loved one's grave. No gigantic parades or allegory cars like the ones shown in the movie are ever used, nobody gets into costume (save for children in Halloween the night before) and the skeleton imagery used is decidedly European/North American as opposed to the more traditional Catrina. The music is also far more African sounding than any traditional Mexican music. Also an event this big would in real life involve closing streets 20 blocks away and a lot of policemen in riot gear lining the sidewalks. See more »
The first Gunbarrel Sequence to show Bond carrying his gun in his right hand prior to shooting. All other Gunbarrel Sequence attempt to conceal the weapon until Bond fires, except Casino Royale which had Gunbarrel Sequence incorporated as part of the plot. See more »
One Furtive Tear (L'Elisir D'Amore)
Written by Gaetano Donizetti
Arranged by Geoff Love
Performed by Geoff Love & His Orchestra
Courtesy of Parlophone Records Ltd.
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