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Casino Royale [2006] (3 discs)

Director:Martin Campbell
Writer:Neal Purvis
Paul Haggis
Robert Wade
Composer:David Arnold
Length:144 minutes
(2 hours 24 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
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IMDB Rating:8.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:94%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: James Bond runs into a few troubles on his first mission as a Double-O agent.

Reaction: More realistic than the usual Bond fare, this movie shows just how Bond became the man we all know and ... love?

Personal Rating: 8/10

Martin Campbell => Director
Neal Purvis => Writer
Paul Haggis => Writer
Robert Wade => Writer
David Arnold => Composer
Chris Cornell => Song 'You Know My Name'
Ian Fleming => Novel
Stuart Baird => Film Editing
Alessandra Ambrosio => Tennis Girl
Caterina Murino => Solange
Christina Cole => Ocean Club Receptionist
Crispin Bonham-Carter => Hot Room Doctor
Daniel Craig => James Bond
Eva Green => Vesper Lynd
Giancarlo Giannini => Mathis
Isaach De Bankolé => Steven Obanno (as Isaach De Bankole)
Ivana Milicevic => Valenka
Jeffrey Wright => Felix Leiter
Jesper Christensen => Mr. White
Judi Dench => M
Ludger Pistor => Mendel
Mads Mikkelsen => Le Chiffre
Richard Branson => Man at Airport Security (uncredited)
Sebastien Foucan => Mollaka (as Sébastien Foucan)
Simon Abkarian => Alex Dimitrios
Tobias Menzies => Villiers
Tsai Chin => Madame Wu

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • Though the iconic James Bond theme is not fully heard until the final scene of the film, a few bars of it can be heard faintly at the end of the scene where Bond wins Dimitrios' vintage Aston Martin while playing poker, and when Bond's plane is first landing in the Bahamas.
  • This is the first film since Dr. No where there were no dancing females during the opening title sequence.
  • First [James Bond] film approved by Chinese censors. All other films in the series were available in China only as illegal bootlegs.
  • Changes in some regions' release-dates meant that some territories had this movie released in the year 2007, thereby supplying fans and some publicists a once-in-a-millennium marketing dream, to see a James Bond movie in the year Two Double-O Seven.
  • As of 2007, highest-grossing movie of the Bond-franchise.
  • Chris Cornell's title song {You Know My Name} debuted in the US Charts on 9 December 2006 where it went to the No. #79 spot. The song does not appear on the film's soundtrack. This is the first time in the history of the official series that the title song has not been included on the soundtrack.
  • The style of free-running/movement Mollaka the Bomb-Maker uses in the Madagascar Chase near the beginning of the film is called "parkour." Sebastien Foucan, who plays Mollaka is one of the main publicists of parkour and has appeared in many other media events.
  • The Free Running / Parkour sequence was inspired by an edited-out roof-top chase sequence from the earlier James Bond movie On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Quantum of Solace, this movie's direct follow-up, actually contains a real roof-top chase sequence. As such now, both movies reference On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
  • The producers did not like the final scene in the novel as it was too melodramatic and opted for a more cinematic finale as in the movie. This involves changing Vesper's death scene. In the novel, she commits suicide through sleeping pill overdose.
  • Daniel Craig is the first actor to be under the age of forty and play James Bond since George Lazenby in On Her Majesty's Secret Service.
  • Although the password that James Bond enters on the alpha-numeric keypad at the Casino Royale was supposed to be VESPER (837737), the password Bond enters is 836547.
  • Le Chiffre is the first leading Bond villain in the EON Productions official series to have not one but two readily apparent physical dysfunctions. He has an inhaler for breathing which is a character trait from the original Ian Fleming novel but he also has tear ducts that weep blood.
  • Le Chiffre is the first leading Bond villain in the EON Productions series to die but not by the hand of James Bond, a Bond Girl or Bond ally. Nor are any directly involved with events that lead to his death. Indeed like with the original Ian Fleming novel, Le Chiffre is the first major villain (i.e. not including henchmen) in the series to be killed by his own people.
  • The sinking house in Venice at the end of the movie is not just a movie set piece. In reality, buildings in Venice can actually give away and sink into canals.
  • First [James Bond] movie in the EON Productions official series where the movie ends with James Bond alone and without a leading Bond Girl with him.
  • This is the first time in a Bond film that two leading Bond girls die since You Only Live Twice. And it's the first Bond movie since On Her Majesty's Secret Service where the main central love interest dies at the end of the movie, as in the original novel.
  • Le Chiffre is a French word which translates into English as "The Cypher" or "The Number". Other translations in different languages include "Die Nummer", "Herr Ziffer", and "Mr. Number".