James Bond 21: Casino Royale - Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Mads Mikkelsen, Martin Campbell
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Based on Ian Fleming's first novel in the James Bond series, Casino Royale introduces James Bond (Daniel Craig) before he holds his license to kill. But Bond is no less dangerous, and with two professional assassinations in quick succession, he is elevated to "00" status. Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Madagascar where he is to spy on a terrorist, Mollaka (Sebastien Foucan). Not everything goes to plan and Bond decides to investigate, independently of MI6, in order to track down the rest of the terrorist cell. Following a lead to the Bahamas, he encounters Dimitrios (Simon Abkarian) and his girlfriend, Solange (Caterina Murino). He learns that Dimitrios is involved with Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), banker to the world's terrorist organizations.
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Persons of interest
- Daniel Craig .... James Bond
- Judi Dench .... M
- Simon Abkarian .... Dimitrios
- Mads Mikkelsen .... Le Chiffre
- Eva Green .... Vesper Lynd
- John Cleese .... R
- Jeffrey Wright .... Agent Felix Leiter
- Giancarlo Giannini .... Mathis
- Tobias Menzies .... Villiers
- Ivana Milicevic .... Valenka
- Ludger Pistor .... Mendel
- Claudio Santamaria .... Carlos
- Clemens Schick .... Kratt
- Ian Fleming .... Author
- Neal Purvis .... Screenwriter
- Robert Wade .... Screenwriter
- Martin Campbell .... Director
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- James Bond 21: Casino Royale film production notes
- James Bond 21: Casino Royale QuickTime film trailers
- Awards and film festivals:
- British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) 2007: Won: Sound (Chris Munro, Eddy Joseph, Mike Prestwood Smith, Martin Cantwell, Mark Taylor); Nominated: The Alexander Korda Award for the Outstanding British Film of the Year (Michael G Wilson, Barbara Broccoli, Martin Campbell, Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis), Adapted Screenplay (Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis), Actor in a Leading Role (Daniel Craig), The Anthony Asquith Award for Achievement in Film Music (David Arnold), Cinematography (Phil Meheux), Editing (Stuart Baird), Production Design (Peter Lamont, Lee Sandales, Simon Wakefield), Achievement in Special Visual Effects (Steve Begg, Chris Corbould)
- See also James Bond 22: Quantum of solace
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Special Agent Matti
Wow! James Bond 21: Casino Royale hits pay dirt. It's everything that an action-spy film should be. There's running around, there's more running around, there's hitting, there's shooting, there's killing, there's exploding, there's rooting, there's terrorism, there are fancy cars and exotic locales. The free-running opening sequence is awesome (see also Breaking and entering).
And then there's Daniel Craig. As an indie actor he's had plenty of dramatic roles; as an unconventional-looking man he's had sympathetic romantic roles; as James Bond he's gone all out. His body is outstanding: he looks like a recent military man (up to and including SAS: large, fast, strong, solid) and he even has a tan, no small feat for an Englishman. The fact that he doesn't look like Pierce Brosnan or Sean Connery just makes it all the more intriguing that he comes across as sexy. He has a magnetism that draws your eye, even when there's a hot chick in the same scene.
On top of that, he looks just like the blunt instrument of which Bond is so often accused of being.
Then there's Judi Dench's M. At last we get to see something of the reason why she's head of MI6. Previously, M has been a tough and competent woman; now, she's a fiercely effective spy-master whose piercing intelligence can cut through crap like a hot knife through butter. She's cool!
Casino Royale is one of the best Bond movies ever, even if it seems like the never-ending film from hell.
Security censorship classification
M (Moderate action violence)
144 minutes (2:24 hours)
Not for public release in Australia before date
Film: 7 December 2006