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Casino Royale

Casino Royale

4.5 84
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


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.

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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:
Original Release:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]

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
1. Chapter 1
2. Chapter 2
3. Chapter 3
4. Chapter 4
5. Chapter 5
6. Chapter 6
7. Chapter 7
8. Chapter 8
9. Chapter 9
10. Chapter 10
11. Chapter 11
12. Chapter 12
13. Chapter 13
14. Chapter 14
15. Chapter 15
16. Chapter 16


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