Casino Royale

Casino Royale

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Director: Martin Campbell

Cast: Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen

     
 

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Actor Daniel Craig assumes the role formerly occupied by such screen greats as Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Timothy Dalton to set out on the character's very first 007 mission. James Bond has earned his "00" status by masterfully executing a pair

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Actor Daniel Craig assumes the role formerly occupied by such screen greats as Sean Connery, Roger Moore, and Timothy Dalton to set out on the character's very first 007 mission. James Bond has earned his "00" status by masterfully executing a pair of death-defying professional assassinations. Now assigned the task of traveling to Madagascar to spy on notorious terrorist Mollaka (Sebastien Foucan) for his maiden voyage as a 007 agent, Bond boldly goes against MI6 policy to launch an independent investigation that finds him traversing the Bahamas in search of Mollaka's notoriously elusive terror cell. Subsequently led into the company of the mysterious Dimitrios (Simon Abkarian) and his exotic girlfriend, Solange (Caterina Murino), Bond soon realizes that he is closer than ever to locating well-guarded terrorist financier Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), the man who has personally bankrolled some of the most prevalent terrorist organizations on the planet. When Bond learns that Le Chiffre is planning to partake in an upcoming high-stakes poker game to be played at Montenegro's Le Casino Royale and use the winnings to establish his financial grip on the globe, M (Judi Dench) assigns beguiling agent Vesper (Eva Green) the task of watching over the fledgling agent as he plays against Le Chiffre in a covert attempt to destroy the nefarious gambler's well-established monetary stronghold in the underworld once and for all. Bond will need more than his legendary gambling skills in order to win this dangerous game, though, and after allying himself with local MI6 field agent Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini) and CIA operative Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), the endlessly suave super-spy puts on his poker face for a high-stakes game of cards in which the stakes are not measured in dollars, but human lives.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
As both a kick start to the James Bond series and a throwback to the original vision of Ian Fleming's super-spy, 2006's Casino Royale is a sumptuous feast of action, humor, and dramatics, the likes of which Bond audiences have not witnessed in some time. While nearly every fan of the series has his or her own favorite actor in the lead role, there's no denying that -- despite the early criticism -- Daniel Craig irrefutably nails his acting assignment with an assured performance that's equally magnetic in excitement and attraction levels. And while much was made of the stripping down of 007, most of what people love about the character is still there in one form or another. From the cocky looks to the crooked crooks, there's no doubt this is a Bond film through and through. As far as the action goes, director Martin Campbell takes a note from international cinema with the film's first big chase sequence, echoing the free-running sequences in District B13 as he deftly takes the awe-inspiring foot chase to a new, dizzying level. Backing up the whole ride is a solid script that throws viewers for a few loops along the way to the somewhat expected climax, which finds Bond hardened in his "00" status and, for the first time in a long stretch of the series' history, sets up a formidable villainous group for him to go up against in future installments. To put it in Hollywood terms, Casino Royale succeeds because of its skillful reinterpretation of what has attracted audiences to the character for decades now, although it is not without fault. First off, Chris Cornell's opening theme is completely misguided in its alterna-rock aesthetics, even if it's padded nicely by David Arnold's slick orchestration. Also this 144-minute behemoth is just long enough for most audiences to get antsy as 007 finds love in a string of scenes that could have easily been whittled down in the script stage. Despite these hiccups, the franchise is livelier than ever with this revamp. This might be a grittier Bond full of far more emotions than gadgets, but it's hard not to be excited when the full-blown theme emerges at the end, promising more fantastic adventures to come.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2007
UPC:
0043396148598
Original Release:
2006
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
2:24:00

Special Features

Becoming Bond; James Bond: For Real; Bond Girls Are Forever (2006; Chris Cornell music video

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Daniel Craig James Bond
Eva Green Vesper Lynd
Mads Mikkelsen Le Chiffre
Giancarlo Giannini Mathis
Caterina Murino Solange
Simon Abkarian Alex Dimitrios
Isaach de Bankolé Steven Obanno
Jesper Christensen Mr. White
Ivana Milicevic Valenka
Claudio Santamaria Carlos
Sebastien Foucan Mollaka
Tobias Menzies Villiers
Jeffrey Wright Felix Leiter
Judi Dench M
Malcolm Sinclair Dryden
Richard Sammel Gettler
Ludger Pistor Mendel
Joseph Millson Carter
Daud Shah Fisher
Clemens Schick Kraft
Emmanuel Avena Leo
Tom Chadbon Stockbroker
Dayo Ade Infante
Urbano Barberini Tomelli
Madame Wu Tsai Chin
Charlie Levi Leroy Gallardo
Lazar Ristovski Kaminofsky
Tom So Fukutu
Veruschka Gräfin von Wallenstein
Daniel Andreas Dealer
Carlos Leal Tournament Director
Christina Cole Ocean Club Receptionist
Jürgen Tarrach Schultz
John Gold Card Player
Jerry Inzerillo Card Player
Diane Hartford Card Player
Jessica Miller Dealer
Leostránsky Tall Man
Paul Bhattacharjee Hot Room Doctor
Crispin Bonham Carter Hot Room Doctor
Simon Cox Hot Room Technician
Rebecca Gethings Hot Room Technician
Peter Notley M16 Technician
John Chancer Police Commander
Pater Brooke Airport Policeman
Jason Durran Airport Policeman
Robert Jezek Arresting Officer
Robert G. Slade Pilot
Félicité De Jeu French News Reporter
Michaela Ochotská Shop Assistant
Michael Offei Obanno's Leutenant
Makhoudia Diaw Obanno's Liaison
Michael G. Wilson Chief of Police
Martina Duravolá Police Chief's Girlfriend
Marcela Martincáková Police Chief's Girlfriend
Vladimir Kulhavy Croatian General
Valentine Nonyela Nambutu Embassy Official
Dusan Pelech Bartender
Phil Meheux Treasury Bureaucrat
Alessandra Ambrosio Tennis Girl
Veronika Hladikova Tennis Girl
Regina Gabajová Hotel Splendide Clerk
Olutunji Ebun-Cole Cola Kid
Martin Ucik Barman
Vlasta Svátková Waitress
Miroslav Simünek Disapproving Man
Ivan G'Vera Venice Hotel Concierge
Jiri Lenc Hotel Splendide Limo Driver
Jaroslav Jankovsky Hermitage Waiter
Richard Branson Miami Airport Check-in Desk

Technical Credits
Martin Campbell Director
Sabrina Allaria Production Manager
David Arnold Score Composer
Stuart Baird Editor
David Baxa Art Director
Barbara Broccoli Producer
Martin Campbell Editor
Martin Cantwell Sound/Sound Designer
Susanna Codognato Art Director
Roberto Contreras Camera Operator
Chris Corbould Special Effects Supervisor
Chris Cornell Songwriter
Gino de Rossi Special Effects
Nicolas Dodd Score Composer
Sebastien Foucan Stunts
Peter Francis Art Director
Rodrigo Gutierrez Camera Operator
Paul Haggis Screenwriter
James Hambidge Art Director
Lindy Hemming Costumes/Costume Designer
Janet Hirshenson Casting
Fred Hole Art Director
Clive Jackson Camera Operator
Jane Jenkins Casting
Peter Lamont Production Designer
Michael Lamont Art Director
Steve Lawrence Art Director
Steven Lawrence Art Director
Dominic Masters Art Director
Callum McDougall Executive Producer
Debbie McWilliams Casting
Phil Meheux Cinematographer
David Minkowski Co-producer
Janine Modder Production Manager
Henning Molfenter Co-producer
Bruce G. Moriarty Asst. Director
Chris Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Andrew Noakes Associate Producer
Roger Pearce Camera Operator
Neal Purvis Screenwriter
Jaromir Sedina Camera Operator
Robert Steadman Camera Operator
Matthew Stillman Co-producer
Hana Surkalova Makeup
Alan Tomkins Art Director
Jasmina Torbati Production Manager
Robert Wade Screenwriter
Anthony Waye Executive Producer
Michael G. Wilson Producer
Carl L. Woebcken Co-producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Casino Royale: Feature Film
1. Double O Status [6:51]
2. Freedom Banking [2:41]
3. Fancy Footwork [7:11]
4. You Can Run [2:41]
5. Embassy Heat [6:04]
6. Island Retreat [4:35]
7. Risky Wager [5:07]
8. After Hours Questioning [4:44]
9. Miami Showcase [5:27]
10. Unveiling Operation [6:31]
11. Manipulative Maneuver [5:48]
12. Game of Luck [4:19]
13. Relationship Briefing [5:11]
14. Sizing Up the Competition [5:05]
15. Calling the Shots [4:44]
16. Cutting Their Losses [5:36]
17. Raising the Stakes [6:59]
18. Arrogance Happens [3:42]
19. Dirty Martini [4:52]
20. Big Blind [4:48]
21. A Vesper [3:41]
22. Simplest Torture [6:51]
23. Trust Games [6:06]
24. Tell Tales [2:21]
25. New Ventures [3:14]
26. Red Handed [7:34]
27. Sinking Feelings [3:29]
28. Double Blind [7:44]

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Casino Royale 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 84 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sorry, but Craig is an awful James Bond. Short, ugly, classless. Film is too long for what it has to say and there is no reason for an 'origin' story as Fleming never did one, either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
he dose not act like Bond and he have to be ``real`` spy now no cool thing to help he out becaues it not ``real``
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SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
While I'm not a fan of the Bond movies, this one I can make an exception. It really is pretty good. Craig did a good job.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't usually make comments about other reviewers, but the previous review is way off base. I am old enough to have seen most of the Bond films in the theatre. Only a few Connery films are better. Daniel Craig isn't stiff he's icy cold, a killer for Queen and country. It is the new beginning of the Bond mytho's. In fact, did anyone else notice that the Bond theme didn't play until the end of the film as he introduces himself as &quot Bond, James Bond&quot . The chase scene in the building site is crazy good. The banter between Bond and Vesper Lynn is funny. The next movie starts exactly where this one ends with Mr. White.
LaylaCD More than 1 year ago
Daniel Craig makes Bond a thinking feeling person as well as tough and resourceful. Connery certainly had the timing and talent, but his Bond became a cardboard character and only Connery's considerable looks and talent made those movies tolerable and some enjoyable.
iamflemingfan More than 1 year ago
Finally! Someone(Daniel Craig) playing James Bond as he is written in the books. Daniel Craig is the consummate James Bond- 007. And, Judi Dench is the consummate M. To be fair, the other actors didn't have this excellent script & direction. The chemistry between James & Vesper was hot. Re-read the book after seeing the movie. Both are excellent.
This movie has everything a James Bond fan (or any movie-goer wants): action, love, anguish, humor, & sexy, sexy Daniel Craig. Bond has for 55 yrs. been the hero with a dark, cold side. He's an assassin. Not some smarmy, flippant character as he had been portrayed up until now. He takes a lickin' & keeps on tickin'. This is a must-see movie. Please treat yourself as well to Daniel's other movies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Casino Royale will thrill you! Originally I was scepticale of Daniel Craig. But I misjudged him. He is fantastic! Better than Timothy Dalton. Better than Pierce Brosnan, Roger Moore, and George Lazenby! He will thrill you. Vesper Lynd is as sexy as possible, nearing the sexyness of Honey Ryder! Le Chriffe is dark, mysterious, and as fantastic as Blofeld. And that's hard to come by. Of course, Judi Dench was magnificent as M. Miss Moneypenny wasn't missed. She was replaced by a man named Villiers (no sexual content between him and 007). Sadly, this movie lacked one thing. The gadget master. Q. John Cleese wasn't made for the part in D.A.D, since Desmond Llwelyn was irreplaceible. Casino Royale was magnificent!! WATCH IT! Then see Quantum of Solace, a direct follow up.
AnneW1 More than 1 year ago
My husband and I remember when the first Bond movies came out. We have always thought Sean C was the best Bond, until we saw Casino Royale. Great stunts, real emotional complexity, and definitely the most "physical" Bond for men who like action and women who don't! The second movie was a real disappointment. Terrible script and dialogue. We are hoping Daniel Craig will be given a great script again like Casino Royale and we will definitely give him a third chance. Enjoy this movie!
HARRYPOTTER86 More than 1 year ago
This movie is a masterpiece, so I won't talk in sentences. Craig- Best Bond ever Green- Good acting Dench- no one else can be 'M' but her Le Chifre guy- best Bond villain is the past decade Locations- superb Screenplay- Mind-blowing Direction- wow Action- Mouth-opening (there is parkour in the beginning!) Story- mind boggling but awesome My fave Bond film
Rocko_Jerome More than 1 year ago
I always liked Bond in theory. The concept of a womanizing, extremely driven, suave secret agent is compelling, but in actual practice the movies never held my interest. Because the aforementioned character didn't strike me as so fascinating when he's portrayed as an infallible cartoon character, and played by actors who looked more like Sears cataloh models than men of action. I wasn't asking for complete hardcore and bitter reality, this is escapism after all. Just a dose of gravity, and a Bond who I could buy as a tough guy. With Casino Royale, I got the whammy. Big Time. Much has been said about Craig, and I don't have much to add. What I'm here to say: If you thought you knew Bond, you might be in for an awakening, here. Give it a shot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not being a James Bond addict this viewer approached CASINO ROYALE in the quiet of the home with the DVD form of the film. For the first time the unique appeal of this 007 character makes sense under Daniel Craig's interpretation. Prior Bond films with the varied actors who have portrayed him have gone for the slick, tricky, smart killing machine whose eyes seemed always on the outlook for the next gorgeous babe he treated with little respect except for physical favors. The various villainous characters seemed to blend and the stories appeared to be more interested in that tired musical soundtrack theme and carnage than they were in character development. Enter Daniel Craig, all buff and uber-masculine, and the beginnings of James Bond's character are explained in a touching manner, making this machine-like concept a deeper being. Of course, credit must go to director Martin Campbell working with an intelligent script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade which travels Craig's Bond from Uganda, to the Bahamas, Miami, Montenegro and Venice. The chief bad guy this round is Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) who complete with scarred blind eye and cruel gaze is Bond's nemesis. Judi Dench turns in another strong performance as the ubiquitous 'M' on charge of 007's ventures and along the way Bond meets such good/bad characters as Giancarlo Giannini, Jeffrey Wright, and the very elegant and stylish French actress Eva Green whose complex character provides all the information we needed to know about James Bond's view of women. CASINO ROYALE is a strong 2 1/2 hour film that for this viewer makes James Bond an interesting character in addition to being a suave stunt/lady-killer man. Daniel Craig is in fine form (literally) and proves his mettle here. This viewer will see the next Bond/Craig film in the theaters! Grady Harp
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a fabulous movie, what a treat, what an escape to the magical world of Bond! Finally, it is out on DVD. I can't begin to say what I feel about this film. To start off, Daniel Craig IS Bond. He is rough, gritty, sexy, and he knows how to deliver those lines. He handles cards, women, guns with the same delicate, smart, witty enthusiasm. The visuals, the action sequences, and my favorite the card scenes are just addicting. And to save the best for last, Vesper...Eva Green is mesmerizing on screen, she is the only woman that Bond loves, and she breaks his heart with such passion, when this movie ends, your heart is in pieces as well. So many stars, so many points, so many applauses....bravo CASINO ROYALE!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Probably older than most viewers, I grew up reading the Ian Fleming novels at an impressionable age and was introduced to the celluloid Bond with Sean Connery and Dr. No, From Russia With Love, etc. Having suffered through the laughable Roger Moore era, I was delighted when Pierce Brosnan took on the part, and with many thought that Daniel Craig was not the man to step into his shoes. Wrong, kiddies - he has the cold, calculating menace that Fleming wrote about so well, and if you have read all the novels, there are little clues to some of them that might be missed - such as Bond's penchant for married women, at least in one novel. For me, Craig nails the part, without laser neckties and piton shooting fountain pens. Looking forward to Quantum of Solace.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I heard all the negative comments concerning a "blonde Bond". How he [being Daniel Craig] didn't fit the classic Bond mold and all. True on some parts I suppose, however that has been the case since Connery left years before. Seemed no one could fill his shoes. I've never subscribed to the pigeonhole philosophy. Although I was never in love with Roger Moore, I was less so with Timothy Dalton. I did like Pierce Brosnan, but I had heard where they were taking the new Bond and realized Brosnan could not do the film. They were stripping him down to his boxers and starting over. Not since "Dr. No" have we been shown any true sign of mortality, imperfections etc. Warts and all this Bond was just learning to get his swagger on. In short he was human. Unlike all the previous Bonds, we could identify with him or parts of him anyway. The film was refreshing, but still action packed, in fact the foot chase in the first half hour is the best chase scene in recent memory. Gone were the gadgets that made Bond superhuman. He had to rely on his guts as well as his gray matter to get him out of trouble. The swagger returns to the screen in the last scene. "The Bond, James Bond scene". The "Bond theme song also makes it's first entrance in this last scene. Oddly I didn't miss it until I heard it. It was as if they were crowning him as "Bond". in the films final moments. Alas this could mean we will not see this rough and rugged Bond we fell in Love with in Casino Royale. Too bad, because I rank this new film ahead of all Bond films except "Goldfinger" and "You only live twice". Daniel Craig is fantastic as the new Bond. Buy it, you won't be disapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I went into this movie with the thought that this bond would be horrible. I have never been so wrong in my life. Daniel Craig is BY FAR the best bond ever. I hope he sticks around for a while. If I were going to turn gay, it would be for him!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
OK, girls. Listen up. IT'S OK TO RENT THIS FILM WITH YOUR SIGNIFICANT OTHER. I'm NOT a Bond fan. Not in the least. But I rented this for my husband and got the jaw-dropping pleasure of watching Daniel Craig as Bond. WOW. The man is the very definition of sexy. Not just brawn (but trust me, there is alot of brawn to be had!), but brains, a sense of humor and the dashing sophistication that comes with the role. He was awesome. The only reason it didn't get 5 stars was because it dragged a bit at the end. They could have chopped off about half an hour and made it a much more crisp, cohesive film. But, it was still great. I could watch Daniel Craig read the phonebook.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I can't wait for the DVD release of this movie. It was an incredible movie experience. This, my friends, is a brand new Bond. He's suave, yes, he's dashing, yes, but he's also very hard-core and full of emotion. The best Bond to date? There's a good chance.
Harry-The-Critic More than 1 year ago
This movie keeps you always on the edge of the seat. You are there with Bond every minute of the movie. For the first time around, James Bond is given a raw-cut look instead of a prim, black tuxedo clad, high gadgetry British secret agent amongst 3-4 girls. The hero has given great weightage to the role and how it was shaped.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a huge James Bond fan. I think out of all of the ones I've seen this is by far the best. It's just too bad that this is the end of the line for Bond, but I'm sure someone will come along and try to reproduce them. Oh, well. Bond is Bond.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now whatever what they say about this film, i don't care!This is a must see. Best Bond film of my generation.As for me, first impression never last. Good thing I didn't believe those critics throwing stones on Daniel. I watched the film and see it for myself that this guy is really is a JAMES BOND.James Bond in a whole lotta way.Boredom is a no no no for this film.Full of action and of course romance in a so smooth and suave way.Five stars for Daniel and the film!!!