Oh, man, I had to come early to the theater and queue, twice, to get the ticket for this movie! I’ve read some articles that questioned the selection of Daniel Craig as the new James Bond with license to kill. Well, well, I think he portrays James ‘007’ Bond very well – more intense, macho, yet more caring and sensitive to women. My number one Bond is still Mr. Connery, but Craig replaces Brosnan as the second best Bond *smile*. The movie’s plot is also one of the best among Bond’s movies.
This is the official Sony’s site for Casino Royale.
Synopsis from Rotten Tomatoes: After a great deal of discussion–on the part of fans and producers alike–over Daniel Craig’s (The Mother, Munich) suitability for the role of James Bond, he more than proves himself in this explosive revamping of the franchise. Under the direction of Martin Campbell (The Mask Of Zorro) and with Paul Haggis (Crash) helping with the re-writes, this addition to the Bond canon manages to hold true to the essence of the stories–the villainous villains, the fabulous sets, the beautiful women, the fast-paced action–while updating the formula with subtlety and humanity.
Trading in the Cold War era for a new, post-9-11 landscape, the tale unfolds in locations that span the globe, including the Bahamas, Venice, and the Czech Republic. It opens in Madagascar, where Bond pursues a guerilla bomb-maker in one of the most breathtaking chase scenes ever–and it all takes place on foot. Botching that assignment, Bond goes to Montenegro to square off against terrorist baddie Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelson), an international loan shark who gambles with the money of his equally dangerous clients. Beautiful British Treasury representative Vesper Lynd (Eva Green, The Dreamers) supplies Bond’s own funds, appearing on his arm in Montenegro, while M (Dame Judi Dench, Pride and Prejudice) keeps a close watch on the action from headquarters. The extravagant poker game forms the center of the action, with Jeffrey Wright (Syriana, The Manchurian Candidate) putting in an intense appearance at the table; interrupting the game are assassination attempts, poisoning, and other dramatic events that keep the adrenaline pumping. The flirtation that unfolds between Bond and Vesper Lynd is only in keeping with the spy’s M.O. as a ladies’ man. What differs here, however, is what sets this Bond apart from the rest: the romance is taken seriously, and it exposes a vulnerability in Bond that he’s never shown before. This, however, only makes him the tougher, as Craig’s Bond is darker, less campy, more brooding and mysterious, than his past incarnations ever were.
In a scene towards the end of the movie where Bond and Vesper are lying on the beach, Bond has sand on his back through most of the scene. When they start to kiss, in the distant shot towards the end of the scene, he has no sand on his back at all.
In the scenes at Miami airport you see numerous CSA planes (Czech Airlines). Czech Airlines offer no direct flights to Miami, however Prague airport, where this scene was shot, is full of CSA planes.
During the scene at the restaurant in Monenegro (actually filmed in the Czech Republic) you see a payphone with a Czech Telecom logo on it (itself a piece of history as these are all now rebranded O2).
During the poker games as usual the gamblers say: “check”, meaning they pass the opportunity to bet to the next person. However, in the Polish cinema translation the subtitles say “czekam” instead of “sprawdzam”, which is the word which should be used. “Czekam” means “I’m waiting” – while it sounds similar to “check”, it makes no sense in the context of the game.
When Bond starts to type his resignation letter on the boat in Venice he’s wearing an Omega Planet Ocean watch with a black strap. When he finishes typing and closes the laptop he’s wearing an Omega Seamaster with a silver strap – a completely different watch.