Casino Royale

Details about the Film Casino Royale  

Casino Royale is a 2006 film adapted from Ian Fleming’s novel of the same name and was released on the 14th of November. It is the 21st film in the James bond series and happens to feature a new timeline which does not precede the entire series but it is set in the time when agent 007 is just beginning his career and earning his license to kill. It is the first James Bond film to star Daniel Craig as the less experienced agent 007.

Casino Royale was directed by Martin Campbell and is an Eon Productions film that was distributed by Metro Goldwyn Mayer and Columbia Pictures. It cost $150 million dollars to make the film and it grossed $599 million at the box office.

Filming Locations for Casino Royale

Casino Royale was set to be filmed in Montenegro, Prague and South Africa. Unfortunately due to location problems in South Africa production had to make alternative arrangements. In the end filming took place in the Czech Republic, Italy, the Bahamas and in the United Kingdom.

Interior sets for Casino Royale were built at the Barrandov Studios in Prague but were later moved to Pinewood Studios in the United Kingdom while the outside view of the film’s casino was a spa in the Czech Republic called Karlovy Vary. The Grand Hotel Pupp was filmed as the film’s Hotel Splendide.

The Basic Plot to Casino Royale

Casino Royale begins with Bond in Prague where he confronts a treacherous MI6 section chief. Bond must kill him to obtain his 00 status. Bond then shoots the traitor.

James Bond then goes on to foil a terrorist attack by thwarting the destruction of a Sky fleet airliner. Upon which the French financier of the terrorist attack, Le Chiffre, loses his clients money. Le Chiffre then sets up a high stakes Texas hold ‘em poker tournament at Casino Royale in Montenegro to attempt to recoup the money lost.

Along with the aid of his new love interest, Vesper, Bond enters the high stakes poker game with the belief that if he defeats Le Chiffre, Le Chiffre will be forced to aid the British government in exchange for his protection. During the poker tournament Bond antagonises Le Chiffre while Vesper dresses seductively to add a distraction. Bond initially loses his money but a CIA agent gives Bond the money in exchange for custody of Le Chiffre. After defeating the French financier, Bond and Vesper decide to retire in Venice but upon her death he returns to MI6 to uncover the truth about her death which is the basis for the plot of the following films to come.

The Casting of Casino Royale

Pierce Brosnan announced in 2004 that he will not be playing in the new films. At one stage there was a selection of over 200 people that were considering to replace Brosnan. Daniel Craig previously declined the role as he thought that the series had become clichéd. Upon reading the script he changed his mind, stating that the new Bond is grittier and based more on the novels.

The only cast member to be carried over from previous films was Judi Dench. She portrays M, the head of the organisation MI6. Eva Green was selected as Vesper Lynd, Bond’s love interest. Mads Mikkelsen played Le Chiffre, the villain and Ivana Milicvic, his Henchwoman. The famous Miss Moneypenny does not make an apparance in this film.

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