- Casino Royale (2006 film)
Infobox Film Bond
name = Casino Royale
caption = Theatrical poster
Eva Green Mads Mikkelsen Judi Dench Jeffrey Wright
Barbara Broccoli Michael G. Wilson
Neal PurvisRobert Wade Paul Haggis
main theme =
You Know My Name
composer = David Arnold
performer = Chris Cornell
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Columbia Pictures
released = Globally:
14 November 2006
17 November 2006
17 November 2006
17 November 2006
7 December 2006
runtime = 144 min
Die Another Day(2002)
Quantum of Solace(2008)
US$150 millioncite web |title=Box Office History for James Bond Movies |publisher=The Numbers |url=http://the-numbers.com/movies/series/JamesBond.php |accessdate=2007-11-08]
worldgross = US$594,239,066 cite web |url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=jamesbond21.htm |title=Casino Royale box office |publisher=Box Office Mojo |accessdate=2006-11-21]
amg_id = 1:292159
imdb_id = 0381061
"Casino Royale" (2006) is the twenty-first film in the
James Bondseries; it is directed by Martin Campbelland the first to star Daniel Craigas MI6 agent James Bond. Based on the 1953 novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, it was adapted by screenwriters Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Paul Haggis.
It is the third screen adaptation of the "Casino Royale" novel, which was previously produced as a 1954 television episode and a 1967 satirical film. However, the 2006 film is the only
EON Productionsadaptation of Fleming's novel. It is a reboot of the Bond franchise, establishing a new timeline and narrative framework not meant to precede any previous film. [cite web|title=IGN: Interview: Campbell on Casino Royale|url=http://movies.ign.com/articles/659/659741p1.html|work=IGN.com|publisher=IGN Entertainment, Inc|date= 2005-10-19|accessdate=2007-03-22] This not only frees the Bond franchise from more than forty years of continuity, but allows the film to show a less experienced and more vulnerable Bond. [cite web|url=http://www.space.com/entertainment/061116_bond_review.html|title=New James Bond Proves Worthy of Double-0 Status|accessdate=2007-06-16|publisher=SPACE.com|date= 2006-10-21]
The film is set at the beginning of James Bond's career as Agent 007, just as he is earning his licence to kill. After preventing a terrorist attack at Miami Airport, Bond falls for
Vesper Lynd, the treasury agent assigned to provide the money he needs to foil a high-stakes poker tournament organized by Le Chiffre. The 22nd James Bond film, " Quantum of Solace", will be a direct sequel to "Casino Royale" and will continue some aspects of the story such as Le Chiffre's associate, Mr. White.
The casting for the movie involved a widespread search for a new actor to portray James Bond, and significant controversy over Daniel Craig when he was eventually selected. Some
Pierce Brosnanfans threatened to boycott the film in protest.cite web|title=Blond, James Blond|url=http://money.cnn.com/2006/11/08/commentary/mediabiz/index.htm|work=CNN|publisher=CNN|date= 2006-11-06|accessdate=2007-04-02] Despite this, the film, and Daniel Craig's performance in particular, earned critical acclaim. "Casino Royale" was produced by EON Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayerand Columbia Pictures, marking the first official Bond film to be co-produced by the latter studio, which had produced and originally distributed the 1967 non-canonical film version.
Prague, James Bond corners and kills corrupt MI6 section chief Dryden and, in a brutal fight in a changing room, his underworld contact Fisher, earning his double-O status. Meanwhile in Uganda, a Mr. White arranges a meeting between a banker, Le Chiffre, and Obanno, the leader of a guerilla group seeking a safe haven for his funds. Le Chiffre assures the leader that there is "no risk in the portfolio", but his investments actually involve considerable risk: he short sells successful companies and then engineers terrorist attacks to sink their stock values.
In his first mission as Agent 007, Bond pursues an international bomb-maker named Mollaka in Madagascar. After a
parkourchase across the city to the Nambutu embassy, [cite web |url=http://www.theurbanheroes.com/client.php?client=1 |title=Curtis - Sébastien's stunt double |date=2006-11-29 |publisher=www.theurbanheroes.com |accessdate=2007-05-14|quote=Curtis was hired to be a stunt double in the recent James Bond film "Casino Royale". He was on location in the Bahamas for 13 weeks working closely with Gary Powell, the stunt coordinator, to help plan and execute the opening chase scene.] Bond kills his target and blows up a part of the embassy to enable his escape. He obtains Mollaka's mobile phone and discovers that it has received an SMS from Alex Dimitrios, an associate of Le Chiffre in the Bahamas. Bond travels there, wins Dimitrios's Aston Martin DB5, and seduces Dimitrios's wife, Solange Dimitrios, who reveals that her husband is flying to Miami on business. Bond follows him to Miami, where he kills Dimitrios, and observes Le Chiffre's henchman, Carlos, leaving for the Miami International Airport. There, Bond foils Le Chiffre's plan to destroy the prototype "Skyfleet" airliner while managing to kill Carlos, leaving the banker with a major financial loss, since he had shorted and bought put optionson Skyfleet stock, which then expired worthless.
Now under pressure to recoup his clients' money, Le Chiffre sets up a high-stakes poker tournament at Casino Royale in
Montenegro. Hoping that a defeat would force Le Chiffre to aid the British government in exchange for protection from his creditors, MI6 enters Bond into the tournament. He meets up with René Mathis, his ally in Montenegro, and Vesper Lynd, a treasury agent, who is assigned to look after his handling of the government's $10 million buy-in. As the tournament progresses, Bond loses his initial stake and becomes enraged when Vesper refuses to authorise him to buy back in because she considers his play reckless.
Distraught over his failure, Bond prepares to assassinate Le Chiffre when he is intercepted by one of the other players, who introduces himself as CIA officer
Felix Leiter, who is also out to get Le Chiffre. Leiter believes Bond has the skill to beat Le Chiffre and offers to supply him with enough funds to re-enter the tournament in exchange for allowing the CIA custody of Le Chiffre. Back in the game, Bond rapidly recoups his losses. When Le Chiffre and his associates attempt to poison him, Bond narrowly survives due to Vesper's intervention. Bond wins the tournament on a straight flush. Following her celebratory dinner with Bond, Vesper is abducted by Le Chiffre, who uses her to lure Bond into a near-fatal car chase and ultimate capture. Le Chiffre tortures Bond for the access code to the game's winnings and when it becomes clear that Bond will not yield, Le Chiffre prepares to castrate him. At that moment Mr. White enters and executes Le Chiffre and his associates for their failure. Bond and Vesper are left alive.
Bond awakens in a hospital on
Lake Comoand orders the arrest of Mathis, who had been identified by Le Chiffe as a double agent. Bond admits his love for Vesper and vows to quit the service before it strips him of his humanity. Accordingly, he posts his resignation to M and goes on a romantic holiday in Venice with Vesper. However, Bond soon learns that his poker winnings were never deposited into the Treasury's account. Realising that Vesper has stolen them, he pursues her as she meets members of the organisation she is working for into a building under renovation. Bond shoots the floatation devices supporting the structure to gain access to the building, but as he does so the foundation starts to slowly collapse into the Grand Canal. After killing the henchmen in the building, Bond finds Vesper imprisoned in an elevator. Apologising to him tearfully, she locks herself inside as the elevator plunges under the rising waters. Bond dives in, breaks into the elevator and pulls Vesper onto the roof of the collapsed building. She dies, despite Bond's attempts to revive her. Mr. White, watching from a balcony, walks away with the money.
M tells Bond that Vesper had a French-Algerian boyfriend who was kidnapped and held for ransom by the organisation behind Le Chiffre and White. Bond learns that she agreed to deliver the
ransommoney (his winnings) only if they would consent to leave Bond, as well as her boyfriend, alive. He discovers that Vesper has left Mr. White's name and number in her mobile phone for Bond to find. White, arriving at a palatial estate near Lake Como, receives a phone call. As he asks the identity of the caller, he is shot in the leg. Bond approaches, with a UMP in hand, and replies, "The name's Bond. James Bond."
Daniel Craigas James Bond: A British agent who, after being assigned OO-status, is sent on a mission to arrest a bomb maker in Madagascar, where he stumbles upon Le Chiffre's terrorist cell and is then sent to defeat him in a high-stakes poker game at Casino Royale.
Eva Greenas Vesper Lynd: An agent for HM Treasury assigned to supervise Bond and finance his poker table exploits. She is actually affiliated to global terrorists and thought to be based on SOE agent Krystyna Skarbek. [cite book |last=McCormick |first=Donald |title=The Life of Ian Fleming |pages=p.151 |publisher=Peter Owen Publishers |year=1993]
Mads Mikkelsenas Le Chiffre: A banker who services many of the world's terrorists. He is a mathematical genius and chess expert, and uses these skills when playing poker.
Judi Denchas M: The strict head of MI6. Though she feels she has promoted Bond too soon and expresses abhorrence of his rash actions, she acts as an important maternal figure in his life.
Ivana Miličevićas Valenka: Le Chiffre's girlfriend and henchwoman.
Jeffrey Wrightas Felix Leiter: A quiet CIA operative participating in the poker tournament while assisting Bond. This is the first official Bond film in which Leiter is played by a black actor. [The only other black actor to portray Felix Leiter was Bernie Caseyin " Never Say Never Again".]
Giancarlo Gianninias René Mathis: Bond's contact in Montenegro.
Simon Abkarianas Alex Dimitrios: Another contractor in the international terrorist underworld and associate of Le Chiffre, based in the Bahamas.
Caterina Murinoas Solange Dimitrios: Dimitrios's wife, whom Bond seduces. She is killed by Le Chiffre for unintentionally revealing one of his plans to Bond.
Isaach De Bankoléas Steven Obanno: A feared leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, introduced to Le Chiffre by Mr. White to account his finances.
Jesper Christensenas Mr. White: A mysterious liaison for an unnamed terrorist organisation.
Sébastien Foucanas Mollaka: A bombmaker pursued by Bond through a construction site in Madagascar.
Ludger Pistoras Mendel: A Swiss banker responsible for all monetary transactions during and after the poker tournament.
Claudio Santamariaas Carlos: A terrorist employed by Le Chiffre to blow up an aircraft.
Two major exclusions from the film are the characters of Q and
Miss Moneypenny. Their exclusion makes "Casino Royale" the second film in the series without Q ("Live and Let Die" being the first), and the first without Moneypenny. In October 2005, producer Michael G. Wilson stated that the characters were not in the movie because they were not in the book, though Moneypenny was mentioned by Bond in the novel. The decision to leave Moneypenny's character out from the film coincided with the announcement by actress Samantha Bond, who had portrayed the character in the previous four films, that she would not reprise the role. [cite news|last=Hastings|first=Chris|coauthors=Nina Goswami and David Fickling|title=Ah, Miss Moneypenny. I'm afraid we will not require your services|publisher= Telegraph.co.uk|date= 2005-10-16|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/10/16/nbond16.xml|accessdate=2006-11-21] "Casino Royale" includes a cameo by British entrepreneur Richard Branson(seen being frisked at Miami airport) The cameo was cut out of the in-flight version shown on British Airwaysaircraft, as was a shot of the Virgin Atlanticaircraft Branson supplied. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6579839.stm "BA cuts Branson from Bond movie"] , "BBC News", 21 April 2007]
EON Productionsgained the rights for "Casino Royale" in 1999 after Sony Pictures Entertainmentexchanged them for MGM's rights to "Spider-Man". [cite news|title=Sony Pictures, in an accord with MGM, drops its plan to produce new James Bond movies.|publisher= New York Times|date= 1999-03-30|url= http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=F30814FC35540C738FDDAA0894D1494D81&n=Top%2fNews%2fBusiness%2fSmall%20Business%2fMarketing%20and%20Advertising|accessdate=2007-06-20] In March 2004, Neal Purvisand Robert Wade began writing a screenplay for Pierce Brosnan as Bond, aiming to bring back an Ian Fleming flavour. [cite web|title=Purvis & Wade Talk Bond & Jinx|publisher=MI6.co.uk|date= 2004-03-09|url=http://www.mi6.co.uk/sections/articles/event_purvis_wade_talk.php3?t=bond21&s=bond21|accessdate=2007-03-10] Paul Haggis' main contribution was to rewrite the climax of the film. He explained, "the draft that was there was very faithful to the book. And there was a confession. So in the original draft the character confessed and killed herself. And then she sent Bond to chase after the villains. And Bond chased the villains into the house. And I don't know why but I thought that Vesper had to be in the sinking house and Bond has to want to kill her and then try and save her." [cite news | author = Mark Lawson | title = Paul Haggis | publisher = The Guardian| date = 2007-12-04| url = http://film.guardian.co.uk/interview/interviewpages/0,,2223284,00.html | accessdate=2007-12-07]
Quentin Tarantinoexpressed interest in directing an adaptation of the "Casino Royale" novel, [cite news|title=Kill Bill director aims for Bond|publisher= BBC|date= 2004-05-16|url= http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/3718975.stm|accessdate=2007-03-05] though this was only a personal interest, and he did not follow this up with EON. In the June 2007 issue of " GQ" (UK) Tarantino confirmed his desire to make "Casino Royale" after "Pulp Fiction". Tarantino claims to have worked behind the scenes with the Fleming family, and believes that this was the reason why filmmakers finally went ahead with "Casino Royale". [cite news|first=Chris|last=Heath|title=Quentin Tarantino Interview|work=GQ|publisher=|date=June 2007|accessdate=2007-05-03] In February 2005, Martin Campbell was announced as the film's director. [cite web|author=EON Productions|title=James Bond 21 Is Casino Royale|publisher=MI6.co.uk|date= 2005-02-03|url=http://www.mi6.co.uk/sections/articles/bond_21_announced.php3|accessdate=2007-03-10] Later in 2005, Sony led a consortium that purchased MGM, allowing Sony to gain distribution rights starting with this film. [cite press release|title=Consortium Led by Sony Corporation of America, Providence Equity Partners, Texas Pacific Group, Comcast Corporation and DLJ Merchant Banking Partners Enters into Definitive Agreement to Acquire Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer|publisher=Sony Corporation|date=2004-09-23|url=http://www.sony.com/SCA/press/040924.shtml|accessdate=2007-04-29]
EON admitted that they had relied too heavily on CGI effects in the more recent films, particularly "Die Another Day", and were keen to accomplish the stunts in "Casino Royale" "the old fashioned way." [cite news|last=Alberge|first=Dayla|title=Fake stunts banished as new Bond keeps it real|publisher=
The Times Online|date= 2006-03-14|url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2-2084375,00.html|accessdate=2006-11-21] In keeping with this drive for more realism, screenwriters Purvis, Wade, and Haggis wanted the script to follow as closely as possible to the original 1953 novel, keeping Fleming's darker storyline and characterisation of Bond.cite news|author=Jon Silberg|title=High Stakes for 007|publisher= American Cinematographer|date=December 2006|url=http://www.ascmag.com/magazine_dynamic/December2006/CasinoRoyale/page1.php|accessdate=2007-04-17]
"Casino Royale" became the first Bond film to take its title from a Fleming novel or short story since 1987's "
The Living Daylights". It is also the first Bond film since then not to be adapted as a novelisation. Instead, a film tie-inedition of Fleming's original novel was published. [cite web|title=Casino Royale (movie tie-in) (James Bond OO7) (Paperback)|publisher= Amazon.com|date= 2006-10-31|url=http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0143037668|accessdate=2007-06-20]
Pierce Brosnanhad originally signed a deal for three films, with an option for a fourth, when he was cast in the role of James Bond. This was fulfilled with the production of " Die Another Day" in 2002. However, at this stage Brosnan was approaching his 50th birthday, and speculation began that the producers were seeking to replace him with a younger actor. [cite news|title=Is Brosnan too old to be 007?|url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-207653/Is-Brosnan-old-007.html|publisher=Daily Mail|date= 2004-02-09|accessdate=2008-08-05] Brosnan officially announced he was stepping down in February 2005. Throughout 2004 and 2005, a whole legion of potential new actors to portray James Bond were speculated on by the media, ranging from established Hollywood actors, such as Eric Bana, Hugh Jackman, Goran Višnjićand Clive Owen, to many unknown actors from a number of different countries. [cite web|title=Dallas & Casino Royale Casting Rumors|url=http://www.movieweb.com/news/95/9395.php|work=Variety|publisher=MovieWeb, Inc|date= 2005-09-28| accessdate=2007-03-21] At one point producer Michael G. Wilsonclaimed there was a list of over 200 names being considered. [cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/4337224.stm|title=Michael G. Wilson said 200 actors had been considered|publisher=BBC.co.uk|date= 2006-11-14|accessdate=2007-04-04] English actor Colin Salmon, who had played the role of MI6 operative Charles Robinson in earlier Bond films alongside Pierce Brosnan, was also considered for the role and raised speculation that he might become the first black Bond. [cite news|title=Bets off as actor backed for Bond|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/film/4065229.stm|publisher=BBC.co.uk|date= 2004-12-04|accessdate=2007-04-04] According to Martin Campbell, Henry Cavillwas the only actor in serious contention for the role. But being only 22 years old at the time, he was considered too young.cite web|author=Chavez, Kellvin|url=http://www.latinoreview.com/films_2005/sonypictures/zorro2/mc-interview.html|publisher=Latino Review|title=Exclusive interview with Martin Campbell on Zorro and Bond|accessdate=2007-03-23]
In May 2005, Daniel Craig announced that MGM and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli had assured him that he would get the role of Bond, and
Matthew Vaughntold reporters that MGM offered him the opportunity to direct, but EON Productions at that point had not approached either of them. [cite web|title=Craig, Vaughn on Bond|url=http://filmforce.ign.com/articles/609/609721p1.html|publisher=IGN Entertainment, Inc.|date= 2005-05-03|accessdate=2006-08-10] A year beforehand, Craig rejected the offer as he felt the series had descended into formula: only when he read the script did he become interested. Craig read all of Fleming's novels to prepare for the part, and cited Mossadand British Secret Serviceagents who served as advisors on the set of "Munich" as inspiring because, "Bond has just come out of the service and he's a killer. [...] You can see it in their eyes, you know immediately: oh, hello, he's a killer. There's a look. These guys walk into a room and very subtly they check the perimeters for an exit. That's the sort of thing I wanted." [cite news|title=Daniel Craig: Quantum of Solace|work= The Daily Telegraph|date=2008-10-11|url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2008/10/11/sm_danielcraig111.xml|accessdate=2008-10-11]
On 14 October 2005, EON Productions and Sony Pictures Entertainment confirmed to the public at a press conference in London that Craig would be the sixth actor to portray James Bond. [cite web|url=http://film.guardian.co.uk/news/story/0,12589,1592512,00.html|publisher=
Guardian Unlimited|title=Daniel Craig confirmed as 006th screen Bond|accessdate=2007-05-15] Significant controversy followed the decision, as it was doubted if the producers had made the right choice. Throughout the entire production period Internet campaigns such as
danielcraigisnotbond.comexpressed their dissatisfaction and threatened to boycott the film in protest. [cite news|url=http://www.moono.com/news/news01533.html|title=Anti-Bond protests|publisher=Moono|accessdate=2007-04-03] Craig, unlike previous actors, was not considered by the protesters to fit the tall, dark, handsome and charismatic image of Bond to which viewers had been accustomed. "The Daily Mirror" ran a front page news story critical of Craig, with the headline, "The Name's Bland — James Bland". [cite news|title=The Name's Bland.. James Bland|publisher=
Daily Mirror|date= 2005-10-15|url=http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/tm_objectid=16251427&method=full&siteid=94762&headline=the-name-s-bland---james-bland-name_page.html|accessdate =2006-12-27]
The next important casting was that of the lead
Bond girl, Vesper Lynd. Casting director Debbie McWilliams acknowledged that Hollywood actresses Angelina Jolieand Charlize Theronwere strongly considered for the role and that Belgian actress Cécile de Francehad also auditioned, but her English accent "wasn't up to scratch." [cite web|title=Casino Royale Bond girl candidates|publisher= MI6.co.uk|date= 2006-07-07|url=http://www.mi6.co.uk/sections/articles/bond_21_girl_casting_rumours.php3?t=bond21&s=bond21|accessdate=2006-11-21] Audrey Tautouwas also considered, but not chosen because of her role in "The Da Vinci Code" that was released in May 2006. [cite web|url=http://www.superherohype.com/news/jamesbondnews.php?id=4470|title=The New Bond Girls!|publisher=superherohype.com|date= 2006-07-07|accessdate=2006-03-04] It was announced on February 16, 2006 that French actress Eva Greenwould play the role of Vesper Lynd. [cite web|url=http://us.imdb.com/news/sb/2006-02-17#film5|publisher=StudioBriefing|title=New Bond Girl Will Be "Very Much an Equal to Bond"|accessdate=2007-03-23]
Principal photography for "Casino Royale" commenced on 30 January 2006 and concluded on 21 July 2006. The film was primarily shot at
Barrandov Studiosin Prague, with additional location shooting in the Czech Republic, the Bahamas, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The shooting schedule concluded at Pinewood Studios.cite video|title=James Bond: For Real|medium=DVD|publisher=Special Treats Productions|year=2006]
Initially, Michael G. Wilson confirmed that "Casino Royale" would either be filmed or take place in Prague and South Africa. However, EON Productions encountered problems in securing film locations in South Africa. [cite news|last=Cox|first=John|title=Eon facing South African detour|publisher=CommanderBond.net|date=
2005-08-08|url=http://commanderbond.net/?action=Story&SID=2877|accessdate=2006-11-21] After no other locations became available, the producers had to reconsider their options. In September 2005, Martin Campbell and director of photography Phil Meheuxwere scouting Paradise Island in the Bahamas as a possible location for the film. [ cite news|last=Cox|first=John|title=Bond bound for Bahamas|date= 2005-09-13|publisher=CommanderBond.net|url=http://commanderbond.net/?action=Story&SID=2922|accessdate=2006-11-21] On 6 October 2005, Martin Campbell confirmed that "Casino Royale" would film in the Bahamas and "maybe Italy." In addition to the extensive location filming, studio work including choreography and stunt coordination practice was performed at the Barrandov Studios in Prague and at Pinewood Studios where the film used several stages as well as the paddock tank and the historic "Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage". Further shooting in the UK was scheduled for DunsfoldAerodrome in Surrey, the cricket pavilion at Eton College(although that particular scene was cut from the completed movie) and the Millbrook Vehicle Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.cite news|last=Matheson|first=Veronica|title=On the trail of James Bond|publisher=News.com.au|url=http://www.news.com.au/travel/story/0,23483,20707920-27978,00.html|accessdate=2007-03-23]
One segment of the film involved the
Body Worldsexhibit of plastinated human cadavers. Several well-known displays from this exhibit are shown prominently, including a Bond-appropriate poker game. Gunther von Hagens, creator of the exhibit, appears in a cameo - identified by his voice and trademark black hat - leading a tour near where Bond stabs Dimitrios.
After Prague, the production moved to the Bahamas. Several locations around
New Providencewere used for filming during February and March, particularly on Paradise Island. Footage set in Mbale, Uganda was filmed at Black Park, Country Park in Buckinghamshire concluding on 4 July 2006. Additional scenes took place at Albany House, an estate owned by golfers Ernie Elsand Tiger Woods. [cite news|title=James Bond takes over Ernie and Tiger's pad|publisher=Ernie Els Official Website|date= 2006-06-12|url=http://www.ernieels.com/search.aspx?i_MediaEntryID=506|accessdate=2006-11-21] The crew returned to the Czech Republic in April, and continued there, filming in Prague, Planá and Loket, before completing in the town of Karlovy Varyin May. A famous Czech spa Karlovy Vary, in German known as the Karlsbad, was used as the exterior of the Casino Royale, with the Grandhotel Puppserving as "Hotel Splendide". [cite news|title=On set report from Casino Royale getaway chase sequence|publisher= MI6.co.uk|date= 2006-05-23|url=http://www.mi6.co.uk/news/index.php?itemid=3701&catid=2|accessdate=2006-11-21] The main Italian location mentioned by Campbell was Venice, where the majority of the film's ending is set. Other scenes in the later half of the film were shot in late May and early June at the Villa del Balbianelloon the shores of Lake Como. [cite news|title=OO7 NEL BEL PAESE|publisher=Il Giorno|date= 2006-02-25|url=http://qn1.quotidiano.net/chan/musica:5405032:/2006/02/27:|accessdate=2007-06-20] Further exterior shooting for the movie took place at properties such as the Villa la Gaeta, near the lakeside town of Menaggio.
On 30 July 2006, a fire broke out at the 007 Stage. The damage was significant, but had no effect on the release of "Casino Royale" as the incident occurred one week after filming had been completed, and the sets were in the process of being dismantled. [cite news|title=Fire wrecks James Bond film stage|publisher=
BBC News|date= 2006-07-30|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/5228794.stm|accessdate=2006-11-21] On 11 August 2006, Pinewood Studios confirmed that no attempt would be made to salvage the remains of the stage, [cite news|title=007 stage destroyed by fire|publisher= MI6.co.uk|date= 2006-07-30|url=http://www.mi6.co.uk/sections/articles/event_pinewood_fire.php3?t=bond21&s=bond21|accessdate=2006-11-21] instead it would be rebuilt from scratch. [cite news|title=UK release date pulled a day forward to 16th November|publisher= MI6.co.uk|date= 2006-09-21|url=http://www.mi6.co.uk/news/index.php?itemid=4114&catid=4|accessdate=2006-11-21]
In designing the credit sequence for the film, graphic designer
Daniel Kleinmanwas inspired by the cover of the 1953 British first edition of "Casino Royale", which featured Ian Fleming's original design of a playing card bordered by eight red hearts dripping with blood.Fleming, Ian. "Casino Royale". London: Jonathan Cape (1953).] Kleinman said, "The hearts not only represent cards but the tribulations of Bond's love story. So I took that as inspiration to use playing card graphics in different ways in the titles," like a club representing a puff of gun smoke, and slashed arteries spurting thousands of tiny hearts. [cite web | title=Credits design | url=http://www.mi6.co.uk/news/index.php?itemid=4511| work=Daniel Kleinman | publisher=MI6.com | date= 2006-12-06| accessdate=2007-04-03] In creating the shadow images of the sequence, Kleinman digitized the footage of Craig and the film's stuntmen on the Inferno visual effects system, at Framestore CFCin London; the actors' silhouettes were incorporated into more than 20 digitally animated scenes depicting intricate and innovative card patterns.cite web|title=Commercials at Framestore CFC|url=http://www.framestore-cfc.com/commercials/index.html|accessdate=2007-04-29]
For the rest of the film, Special Effects and Miniature Effects Supervisor
Chris Corbould, as with the producers, wanted to return to a more realistic style of film making and significantly reduce digital effects. According to Corbould, "CGI is a great tool and can be very useful, but I will fight to the tooth and nail to do something for real. It’s the best way to go". Three scenes involving primarily physical effects in the film were the chase at a building site in Madagascar, the Miami Airportchase sequence, and the sinking Venetian house, with sets located on the Grand Canal and in Pinewood Studios.
First on the schedule were the scenes on the Madagascar building site, shot in the Bahamas on the site of a derelict hotel which Michael G. Wilson had become acquainted with in 1977 during the filming of "The Spy Who Loved Me". In the scene, Bond drives a digger toward the building, slamming into the concrete plinth on which Mollaka is running. The stunt team built a model and put forward several ways in which the digger could conceivably take out the concrete, including taking out the pillar underneath. A section of the concrete wall was removed to fit the digger, and reinforced with steel.
The sequence at Miami International Airport was partly shot at the Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, with some footage from the Prague and Miami airports. In filming the scene in which the engine thrust of the moving aircraft blows the police car high into the air, second unit directors Ian Lowe, Terry Madden, and Alex Witt used a crane with a strong lead cable attached to the rear bumper of the vehicle to move it up and backwards at the moment of full extension away from the plane.
The sinking of the Venetian house at the climax of the film featured the largest rig ever built for a Bond film. For the scene involving Bond following Vesper into the house undergoing renovation supported by inflatable balloons, a tank was constructed at the 007 stage at Pinewood, consisting of a Venetian piazza and the interior of the three-story dilapidated house. The rig, weighing some 90 tons, incorporated electronics with hydraulic valves which were closely controlled by computer because of the dynamic movement within the system on its two axes. The same computer system also controlled the exterior model which the effects team built to one-third scale to film the building eventually collapsing into the Venetian canal. The model elevator within the rig could be immersed in convert|19|ft|m of water, and utilised banks of compressors to strictly regulate movement.
The scene involving the car crash was devised using an
Aston Martin DB9that was especially modified to look like Bond's Aston Martin DBS V12and reinforced to withstand the impact. Due to the low centre of gravity of the vehicle, an 18-inch (450 mm) ramp had to be implemented on the road tarmac at Millbrook Proving Grounds and stunt driver Adam Kirley had to use an air cannon located behind the driver's seat to propel the car into a roll at the precise moment of impact. At a speed exceeding 70 mph (113 km/h), the car rotated seven times while being filmed, and was confirmed by the Guinness Book of Recordson 5 November 2006 as a new world record.
The soundtrack of "Casino Royale", released by
Sony Classicalon 14 November 2006 featured music composed by veteran composer David Arnold, his fourth soundtrack for the Bond film series, while Nicholas Dodd orchestrated and conducted the score. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced on 26 July 2006 that Chris Cornell, who was the lead singer for Audioslaveand Soundgarden, composed and performed the title song " You Know My Name". [cite press release|author=Steve Elzer|url=http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/07-26-2006/0004404210&EDATE=|title=Chris Cornell Has Written and Will Perform the Main Title Song for CASINO ROYALE|publisher=Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group|date= 2006-07-26|accessdate=2006-07-26]
"You Know My Name" is the first theme song since 1983's "
Octopussy" to use a different title than the film, and Cornell is the first male performer since a-hain 1987's "The Living Daylights". It is the fourth title theme after "Dr. No", "On Her Majesty's Secret Service" and "Octopussy", that does not make any reference to the title of the film.cite web|title=David Arnold|url=http://www.davidarnold.com|publisher=David Arnold|accessdate=2006-11-17 - The theme song from "The Spy Who Loved Me", "Nobody Does it Better", includes the film title in its lyrics.] It is the first title song to be repeated in the end credits since "A View to a Kill". The end titles begin with the James Bond Theme, but halfway through, an abbreviated version of Cornell's song is played. The song's main notes are played throughout the film as a substitute for the James Bond theme, to represent Bond's immaturity. The classic theme only plays during the end credits to signal the end of his character arc. [cite news | author = Bregt De Lange and Mario Schuurmans |title=Interview with David Arnold at the World Soundtrack Awards 2007| publisher = maintitles.net | url = http://www.maintitles.net/features/interview-david-arnold-wsa-2007 | accessdate=2008-03-16]
"Casino Royale" premiered at the
Odeon Leicester Square, the Odeon West Endand the Empire simultaneously in London on 14 November 2006. It marked the 60th Royal Film Performance and benefited the Cinema & Television Benevolent Fund (CTBF), whose patron, Queen Elizabeth II, was in attendance with the Duke of Edinburgh. It is the third James Bond premiere that the Queen had attended following "You Only Live Twice" (1967) and " Die Another Day" (2002). [ cite web|title=Daniel Craig makes his 007 debut at premiere of Casino Royale|publisher= Daily Mail|url=http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/showbiz/showbiznews.html?in_article_id=416461&in_page_id=1773&ico=Homepage&icl=TabModule&icc=picbox&ct=5|date= 2006-11-18|accessdate=2006-11-21] Along with the cast and crew, numerous celebrities and 5,000 paying guests were also in attendance with half the proceeds benefiting the CTBF. [cite news|title=Stars out for Bond royal premiere|publisher= BBC News|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6146090.stm|date= 2006-11-14|accessdate=2006-11-21]
Only two days following the premiere, pirated copies appeared for sale in London. "The rapid appearance of this film on the streets shows the sophistication and organisation behind film piracy in the UK," said Kieron Sharp, from the Federation Against Copyright Theft. [cite web|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/entertainment/6157066.stm
title=Studio claims 007 box office coup|publisher=news.bbc.co.uk|date=
2006-11-17|accessdate=2007-02-28] Pirated copies of the DVD were selling for less than £1. Craig himself was offered such a DVD while walking anonymously through the streets of Beijingwearing a hat and glasses in order to avoid being identified. [cite web|url=http://www.metro.co.uk/fame/article.html?in_article_id=35129&in_page_id=7|title=The name's Qi, Ling Ling Qi|publisher=Metro.co.uk|date= 2007-01-29|accessdate=2007-01-30]
In January 2007, "Casino Royale" became the first Bond film ever to be shown in mainland Chinese cinemas. [cite web|url=http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/story/CTVNews/20070125/dench_070125/20070125?s_name=oscars2007&no_ads=|title=Judi Dench continues to earn Academy's respect|publisher=CTV|date=
2007-01-25|accessdate=2007-06-20] It was reported that the Chinese version was released without alteration, but it emerged that it had been edited before release, with the reference to the Cold War re-dubbed and new dialogue added during the poker scene explaining the process of Texas Hold'em, as the game is less familiar in China. "Casino Royale" earned approximately $11.7 million in China since its opening on 30 January on 468 screens, [cite web|title=Casino Royale (2006) - International Box Office|work=BoxOfficeMojo.com|url=http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=intl&id=jamesbond21.htm|date= 2007-03-25|accessdate=2007-03-29] including a record opening weekend collection for a non-Chinese film, with $1.5 million. [cite web|last=McNary|first=Dave|title= China shows 007 the love|publisher=Reed Business Information|url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117958463.html?categoryid=13&cs=1&query=casino+royale|date= 2007-01-31|accessdate=2007-03-20]
After critics dubbed "
Die Another Day" "Buy Another Day" because of around twenty product placementdeals, EON limited their promotions for "Casino Royale". Partners included Ford Motors, Heineken Pilsener(which Eva Greenstarred in adverts for), Smirnoff, Omega SA, Virgin Atlantic Airwaysand Sony Ericsson. [cite news|author=Marc Graser|title=Brands line up for Bond sequel|work=Variety|date=2008-08-14|url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117990584.html?categoryid=13&cs=1|accessdate=2008-08-15]
The film achieved GB£1.7 million of ticket sales in the UK on its first day of release. Weekend opening total in the UK was GB£13,400,000. The film also opened in the
Republic of Irelandwith over €1,100,000 in the first 2 weeks. Altogether the film took about €4,200,000 in Ireland. From 16 November to 19 November 2006, the film took in over $40,000,000. [cite web|title=Casino Royale - Box Office Data, Movie News, Cast Information|url=http://www.the-numbers.com/movies/2006/JB21.php|work=The Numbers|publisher=Nash Information Services, LLC|accessdate=2007-04-29]
Opening day estimates in the United States and Canada showed "Casino Royale" on top with $14,750,000, while opening weekend estimates showed it in second place with $40,600,000, [cite news|title=Casino Royale grosses $40.6 million|publisher=SuperHeroHype!|date=
2006-11-19|url=http://www.superherohype.com/news/jamesbondnews.php?id=4922|accessdate=2006-11-19] as well as earning another $42,000,000 internationally. Although " Happy Feet" won the overall weekend box office contest, the significance of such a comparison in earnings is problematic, as "Happy Feet" has little more than half the running time of "Casino Royale", and therefore had significantly more screenings per day, which translates into more potential gross. A better indication of the film's relative performances is that "Casino Royale", per theatre, outperformed "Happy Feet", which was released in 370 more theatres. According to Box Office Mojo, "Casino Royale" took in, on average, $11,890 per theatre, while "Happy Feet" grossed $10,918 per theatre. [cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=happyfeet.htm|title=Happy Feet (2006) box office|publisher=Box Office Mojo|accessdate=2006-11-21]
"Casino Royale" opened at the first position in 27 countries, with a weekend gross of $43,407,886 worldwide. [cite web|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=jamesbond21.htm|title="Casino Royale" hits jackpot overseas|publisher=Comingsoon.net|date=
2006-11-20|accessdate=2006-11-21] As of 30 March 2007 it had grossed over $593,352,994 globally, [cite web|url=http://www.variety.com/article/VR1117956403.html?categoryid=13&cs=1|title='Dreamgirls' banking on expansion|publisher=Variety.com|date= 2006-12-28|accessdate=2006-12-30] breaking both the domestic and international box office records of "Die Another Day". The film held the opening weekend record in India, taking in over $3,386,987, which was the highest for a foreign language film at the time. [cite web|title='Spider-Man 3' breaks all records!|publisher=Sify Movies|date= 2007-05-09|url=http://sify.com/movies/tamil/fullstory.php?id=14446385|accessdate=2007-05-27] [cite web|url=http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/2006/12/23/stories/2006122301350500.htm|title=Bond breaks records|publisher=The Hindu Business Line|date= 2006-12-23|accessdate=2007-05-06] In Russia, the film made over $4.5 million, the eighth largest opening for a non-Russian film. [cite news|title=Russia - CIS Box Office November 16 – 19, 2006|publisher=Box Office Mojo|date= 2006-11-19|url=http://www.boxofficemojo.com/intl/cis/?yr=2006&wk=46&p=.htm|accessdate=2007-06-20]
"Casino Royale" was simultaneously released on
DVD, UMD, and Blu-ray Discon 13 March 2007. [cite web|url=http://www.amazon.com/Casino-Royale-Two-Disc-Widescreen-Daniel/dp/B000MNP2KI|publisher= Amazon.com|title=Casino Royale (2-Disc Widescreen Edition)|accessdate=2007-06-20] In the UK, "Casino Royale" was released on 19 March 2007 on DVD and Blu-ray Disc. [cite web|url=http://www.dvdtimes.co.uk/content.php?contentid=63473|publisher=DVD Times|title=Casino Royale and more from Sony!|accessdate=2006-12-09] The DVD and Blu-ray Disc releases broke sales records: the region 1 Blu-ray Disc edition became the highest selling high-definition title to date, selling more than 100,000 copies since its release. [cite news|title=Casino Royale Blu-ray Reaches Unit Milestone|publisher= Netscape|date= 2007-03-28|url=http://movies.netscape.com/story/2007/03/28/casino-royale-blu-ray-reaches-unit-milestone|accessdate=2007-06-20] The region 2 DVD edition achieved the record of fastest selling title for its first-week release. The UK DVD has continued to sell well, with 1,622,852 copies sold since March 19. [cite news|title=Bond Breaks Records|publisher= Empire Magazine|date= 2007-03-29|url=http://www.empireonline.com/news/story.asp?NID=20554|accessdate=2007-03-29] A copy of the Blu-ray Disc edition of Casino Royale was given out to the first 500,000 PAL PlayStation 3owners who signed up to the PlayStation Network. [cite web|title=Casino Royale Blu-ray for PS3 early adopters|publisher= Eurogamer|date= 2007-02-12|url=http://www.eurogamer.net/article.php?article_id=72870|accessdate=2007-07-05] The DVD release includes the official music video for the film, and three documentaries detailing how Daniel Craig was chosen for the role of Bond, the filming, and an expanded version of the " Bond Girls Are Forever" documentary incorporating new interviews with "Casino Royale" cast members.
A three-disc edition of "Casino Royale" will be released in the United Kingdom on 20 October 2008 (and the following day in the United States). As well as features present from the 2007 release, the collector's edition contains an
audio commentary, deleted scenes, featurettes and a storyboard-to-film comparison. [cite news | title = Casino Royale Collectors Edition DVD Preview | work = MI6.co.uk| date = 2008-07-29 | url = http://www.mi6.co.uk/sections/articles/dvd_cr_collectors_edition_preview.php3?t=&s=&id=01966 | accessdate=2008-07-29]
Critics gave the film a positive response, in particular Craig's performance and credibility. During production this had been subject to debate by the media and the public, as Craig did not appear to fit Ian Fleming's original portrait of the character as tall, dark, and suave. "
The Daily Telegraph" compared the quality of Craig's characterization of Bond to Sean Connery's and praised the script as smartly written, noting how the film departed from the series' conventions. " The Times" compared the more assertive portrayal by Craig to Timothy Dalton, and praised the action as edgy, [cite news|title="Brilliant" Bond seduces critics|publisher= BBC News|date= 2006-11-04|url=http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/entertainment/6116286.stm?ls|accessdate=2006-11-21] with another reviewer citing in particular the action sequence involving the cranes in Madagascar. [cite news|last=Wavell|first=Stuart|title=Potato Head shoots way to 007 triumph|publisher=The Sunday Times|date= 2006-11-05|url=http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,2087-2437998,00.html|accessdate=2006-11-21] Critics Paul Arendt of BBC Films, [cite web|last=Arendt|first=Paul|title=Casino Royale (2006)|publisher=BBC Films|url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/films/2006/11/06/casino_royale_2006_review.shtml|accessdate=2006-11-21] Kim Newmanof "Empire" [cite web|last=Newman|first=Kim|authorlink=Kim Newman|title=Casino Royale|publisher=Empire|url=http://www.empireonline.com/reviews/reviewcomplete.asp?FID=10199|accessdate=2006-11-21] and Todd McCarthy of "Variety" [cite news|last=McCarthy|first=Todd|title=Casino Royale|publisher=Variety|url=http://www.variety.com/VE1117932077.html|accessdate=2006-11-21] all described Craig as the first actor to truly embody Ian Fleming's James Bond from the original novel: ironic, brutal, and cold.
The film was similarly well received in North America.
MSNBCgave the movie a perfect 5 star rating. [cite web|last=Hartl|first=John|title="Casino Royale" is Prime Bond|publisher= MSNBC|url=http://movies.msn.com/news/article.aspx?news=241821|accessdate=2006-11-17] The film was described as taking James Bond "back to his roots", similar to "From Russia with Love", [cite news|last=Honeycutt|first=Kirk|title=Casino Royale|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/film/reviews/article_display.jsp?&rid=8223|work=The Hollywood Reporter|publisher=The Nielsen Company|date= 2006-10-10|accessdate=2007-03-21] where the focus was on character and plot rather than the high-tech gadgets and visual effects that were strongly criticised in "Die Another Day". [cite news|last=McCarthy|first=Todd|title=Die Another Day|url=http://www.variety.com/index.asp?layout=review&reviewid=VE1117919352&categoryid=31&cs=1|work=Variety|publisher= Reed Business Information|date= 2002-11-15|accessdate=2007-06-20] Rotten Tomatoesgave the movie an aggregate rating of 94%, the highest rating for a wide-release of the year. It is the fifth-highest rating for a Bond film on the site behind "Goldfinger" which received a 95%, "The Spy Who Loved Me" and "From Russia with Love" which both received a 96%, [cite web|title=The Spy Who Loved Me|work=RottenTomatoes.com|publisher=IGN Entertainment, Inc|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/spy_who_loved_me/|accessdate =2007-03-20] [cite web|title=From Russia With Love|work=RottenTomatoes.com|publisher=IGN Entertainment, Inc|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/from_russia_with_love/|accessdate=2007-03-20] and "Dr. No", with a 97% score. [cite web|title=Dr. No|work=RottenTomatoes.com|publisher=IGN Entertainment, Inc|url=http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/dr_no/|accessdate=2007-03-20] Metacriticgave the movie a Metascore of 81, signifying "Universal Acclaim." [cite web|title=Casino Royale at Metacritic|work=Metacritic|url=http://www.metacritic.com/film/titles/casinoroyale?q=Casino%20Royale|accessdate=2007-08-19] " Entertainment Weekly" named the film as the fifth best of the series, [cite web| author=Benjamin Svetkey, Joshua Rich | url=http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,1560072_18,00.html |title=Ranking the Bond Films | publisher= Entertainment Weekly|date = 2006-11-24| accessdate=2008-03-04] and chose Vesper Lynd as the fourth best Bond girl in the series. [cite web|author=Joshua Rich|title=The 10 Best Bond Girls|publisher= Entertainment Weekly|date= 2007-03-30|url=http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,1557446_8,00.html|accessdate=2007-03-30] Some newspaper columnists and critics were impressed enough by Craig's performance to consider him a viable candidate for an Academy Awardnomination. [cite web|author=Mark Caro|title=Bond, Oscar Bond|publisher= Chicago Tribune|date= 2006-12-21|url=http://featuresblogs.chicagotribune.com/entertainment_popmachine/2006/12/bond_oscar_bond.html|accessdate=2008-05-13] [cite web|author=Hal Boedecker|title=Hey Oscar, have you met James Bond?|publisher= Orlando Sentinel|date= 2006-12-28|url=http://blogs.orlandosentinel.com/entertainment_tv_tvblog/2006/12/looking_ahead_t.html|accessdate=2008-05-13] [cite web|author=Pete Hammond|title=THE SEASON: As critics ramp up, dark horses are at the gate|publisher= Hollywood Wiretap|date= 2006-12-07|url=http://www.hollywoodwiretap.com/?module=news&action=story&id=9137|accessdate=2008-05-13] Roger Ebertgave the film a four out of four star rating, the first for any of the James Bond films he reviewed. Ebert stated that "Casino Royale" answers many of the questions he had begun to ask himself about the 45-year-old series, like why no character seems to have any real emotions. Ebert also felt that this was the first Bond film that got him to care about Bond, and the rest of the characters." [cite news|author=Roger Ebert|url=http://rogerebert.suntimes.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070816/REVIEWS/708160301/1023|title="Casino Royale" review|publisher=" Chicago Sun-Times"|date=2007-09-17|accessdate=2008-07-03]
However, the film met several mixed reactions. Though American radio personality
Michael Medvedgave the film three stars out of four, describing it as "intriguing, audacious and very original... more believable and less cartoonish, than previous 007 extravaganzas", he commented that the "sometimes sluggish pacing will frustrate some Bond fanatics." [cite news|author= Michael Medved|title=Casino Royale|publisher=Eye On Entertainment|url=http://images.michaelmedved.com/images/pdf/casinoroyale.doc|accessdate=2006-11-30|format=DOC] Similarly, a reviewer for "The Sun" praised the film for its darkness and Craig's performance, but felt that "like the novel, it suffers from a lack of sharpness in the plot" and believed that it required additional editing, particularly the finale. [cite web|title=The best Bond since Connery|publisher=The Sun|date= 2006-10-20|url=http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2006480716,00.html|accessdate=2006-11-21] Commentators such as Emanuel Levyconcurred, feeling the ending was too long, and that the film's terrorist villains lacked depth, although he praised Craig and gave the film a B+ overall. [cite web|last=Levy|first=Emanuel|title=Casino Royale B+|publisher=Emanuel Levy|url=http://www.emanuellevy.com/article.php?articleID=3668|accessdate=2006-11-21] Other reviewers responded negatively, including Tim Adams of " The Observer" who felt the film came off uncomfortably in an attempt to make the series grittier, and criticized Craig's performance with the review title "You might be shaken, but this Bond won't leave you stirred". [cite web|last=Adams|first=Tim|title=You might be shaken, but this Bond won't leave you stirred|publisher= The Observer|date= 2006-11-05|url=http://observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,1939830,00.html|accessdate=2006-11-21] Steve Sailerof " The American Conservative" also criticised the film, saying it was "mediocre in execution and bloated in conception, wrapping the usual elephantine Bond movie mechanics around Fleming's minimal plot". [cite news|last=Sailer|first=Steve|title=Unshaken, unstirred|publisher=The American Conservative|url=http://www.isteve.com/Film_Casino_Royale.htm|date= 2006-12-18|accessdate=2007-02-22]
The film appeared on many critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2006. [cite web|url=http://www.metacritic.com/film/awards/2006/toptens.shtml |title=Metacritic: 2006 Film Critic Top Ten Lists |accessdate=2008-02-25 |publisher=
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Portland Oregonian" Roger Moorewrote, "The script showed him as a vulnerable, troubled and flawed character. Quite the opposite to my Bond! Craig was, and is, very much the Bond Ian Fleming had described in the books – a ruthless killing machine. It was a Bond that the public wanted." So impressed was Moore that he chose to buy the DVD. [cite news|author= Roger Moore|title=Bye bye to Ian Fleming's James Bond?|work= The Times|date=2008-10-04|url=http://entertainment.timesonline.co.uk/tol/arts_and_entertainment/film/london_film_festival/article4866756.ece|accessdate=2008-10-05]
At the 2006
British Academy of Film and Television ArtsAwards, "Casino Royale" won the Film Award for Best Sound (Chris Munro, Eddy Joseph, Mike Prestwood Smith, Martin Cantwell, Mark Taylor), and the Orange Rising Star Award, which was won by Eva Green. [cite web|url=http://www.bafta.org/site/page287.html|title=Latest winners and nominees|accessdate=2007-02-11|year=2007|month=February|work=www.bafta.org|publisher=British Academy of Film and Television Arts] The film was nominated for eight BAFTA awards, including the Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film of the Year; Best Screenplay (Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis); the Anthony Asquith Award for Best Film Music ( David Arnold); Best Cinematography (Phil Meheux); Best Editing (Stuart Baird); Best Production Design (Peter Lamont, Simon Wakefield); Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects (Steve Begg, Chris Corbould, John Paul Docherty, Ditch Doy); and Best Actor (Daniel Craig). This made Craig the first actor ever to receive a BAFTA nomination for a performance as James Bond. [cite web|url=http://www.bafta.org/site/page287.html|title=This year's nominees|accessdate=2007-01-12|year=2007|month=January|work=www.bafta.org|publisher=British Academy of Film and Television Arts] He also received the Evening Standard British Film Awardfor Best Actor. [cite web|title=Craig named best actor at Brit film nods|work=Associated Press|publisher=The Nielsen Company.|date= 2007-02-05|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/international/news/e3i942a6313d5bbee0094106779c885314f|accessdate=2007-03-20]
"Casino Royale" won the Excellence in Production Design Award from the
Art Directors Guild, [cite web|title=ADG Awards 2006|publisher=Alternative Film Guide|url=http://www.altfg.com/awards/2006/art-directors-guild.htm|accessdate=2007-04-30] and singer Chris Cornell's "You Know My Name" won the International Press Academy Satellite Award for Best Original Song. [cite web|title=Satellite Awards - 2006|publisher=Alternative Film Guide|url=http://www.altfg.com/awards/2006/satellite-awards.htm|accessdate=2007-04-30] The film was nominated for five Saturn Awards— Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film, Best Actor (Daniel Craig), Best Supporting Actress (Eva Green), Best Writing (Purvis, Wade and Haggis) and Best Music (David Arnold). [cite web|title=33rd Saturn Awards Nominations|url=http://www.saturnawards.org/nominations.html|work=The Academy of Science Fiction Fantasy & Horror Films|accessdate=2007-04-29] The 2006 Golden Tomato Awards named "Casino Royale" the Wide Release Film of the Year. [cite web|title=Golden Tomato Awards. 'Casino Royale' and 'The Queen' take top honors in awards for well-reviewed films|publisher=Newsday.net|date= 2007-01-10|url=http://www.newsday.com/entertainment/movies/ny-ettomatoaward0110,0,1075435.story|accessdate=2007-04-03] "Casino Royale" was also nominated for, and has won, many other international awards for its screenplay, [cite web|work=Mystery Writers of America|title=Mystery Writers of America Announces 2007 Edgar Award Nominees|publisher=PR Newswire Association LLC.|date= 2007-01-19|url=http://www.prnewswire.com/cgi-bin/stories.pl?ACCT=104&STORY=/www/story/01-19-2007/0004509088&EDATE=|accessdate =2007-03-20] film editing, [cite web|last=Crabtree|first=Sheigh|title=10 make cut for ACE noms|work=The Hollywood Reporter|publisher=The Nielsen Company|date= 2007-01-12|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003531899|accessdate=2007-03-20] visual effects, [cite press release|url=http://www.vesawards.com/5thvesannounced.pdf|title=Visual Effects Society 5th Annual VES Awards Announced|date= 2007-02-11|accessdate=2007-04-03|publisher=Visual Effects Society|format=PDF] and production design. [cite news|last=Thompson|first=Anne|coauthors=Carl DiOrio|title='Casino', 'Curse', top ADG Awards|publisher= The Hollywood Reporter|date= 2007-02-18|url=http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/awards_festivals/news/e3i00c30daf8fb3b8f130ce2fd34b5f81bf?imw=Y|accessdate=2007-04-03] At the 2007 Saturn Awards, the film was declared to be the Best Action/Adventure/Thriller film of 2006. [cite news|author=David S. Cohen|title='Superman' tops Saturns|publisher=Variety|date= 2007-05-10|url=http://www.variety.com/awardcentral_article/VR1117964717.html?nav=news&categoryid=1983&cs=1|accessdate=2007-05-11] Several members of the crew were also recipients of 2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards, including Gary Powell for Best Stunt Coordination and Ben Cooke, Kai Martin, Marvin Stewart-Campbell, and Adam Kirley for Best High Work. [cite web|title=THE 2007 TAURUS WORLD STUNT AWARDS ENDED WITH A BANG ON SUNDAY NIGHT|url=http://www.taurusworldstuntawards.com/index.php?cmd=cmdPressDetail&id=18|publisher=Taurus Worlds Stunt Awards|date= 2007-05-21|accessdate=2008-01-23]
* [http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/casinoroyale/site/ Official Sony "Casino Royale" Site]
* [http://www.sonypictures.com/movies/casinoroyale/blog Official "Casino Royale" Blog]
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