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Casino Royale

  • Drama
  • Thriller
  • 2006
  • Martin Campbell
  • 138 mins
  • 12

Summary

Spy adventure starring Daniel Craig in his first appearance as 007. James Bond is awarded his licence to kill and sets off in pursuit of Le Chiffre, a corrupt banker who finances terrorism. Realising that the desperate Le Chiffre needs to win big on the gaming tables of Montenegro to pay off a dangerous client, Bond formulates a plan to ruin him in a high-stakes poker game.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Daniel Craig effortlessly made the role of James Bond his own with this 21st movie in the series. GoldenEye director Martin Campbell injects some Bourne-style grit into the proceedings, upping the violence content (the opening sequence, shot in grainy black and white, is particularly brutal). He also strips Bond of much of the slightly camp humour. The plot is essentially an origins story, as a rough-around-the-edges Bond gains his two zeros (the two authorised kills he needs for his infamous licence) before tackling villain Le Chiffre (a splendidly thin-lipped Mads Mikkelsen) in a game of high-stakes poker. Craig's humanised, more flawed interpretation of the role balances Campbell's physical direction and co-writer Paul Haggis's sparing wit, while Eva Green provides an alluring love interest. Apart from a chaotic and overlong last act, this proved to be a triumphant new beginning for the franchise.

Credits

Cast

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James BondDaniel Craig
Vesper LyndEva Green
Le ChiffreMads Mikkelsen
Felix LeiterJeffrey Wright
MJudi Dench
Rene MathisGiancarlo Giannini
SolangeCaterina Murino
Alex DimitriosSimon Abkarian
Mr White Jesper Christensen
ValenkaIvana Milicevic
VilliersTobias Menzies
Mollaka Sébastien Foucan
Steven ObannoIsaach de Bankole
Madame WuTsai Chin
Gräfin von WallensteinVeruschka
DrydenMalcolm Sinclair
Chief of PoliceMichael G Wilson
Man at airportRichard Branson

Crew

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DirectorMartin Campbell

Details

Theatrical distributor
Sony
Released on
2006-11-17
Languages
English | German | Italian | French | Serbian
Guidance
Violence
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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