“If the theatrics are supposed to scare me,
you have the wrong man Bond …”
The Casino Royale movie is based on Ian Fleming’s novel of the same name and introduces Daniel Craig for the first time as James Bond 007.
Bond is on a mission to track down terrorists and the hunt takes him from Madagascar to The Bahamas where he comes across Dimitrios (Abkarian) and his stunning girlfriend Solange (Murino).
Agent 007 learns that Dimitrios is involved with a banker to the world’s terrorist organisations, Le Chiffre (Mikkelsen). Bond is then sent to the Le Casino Royale in Montenegro, with Vesper Lynd (Green) who has been sent by M (Dench) to keep watch on Bond's actions.
James Bond then faces off against Le Chiffre in a high waging poker game which could destroy Le Chiffre’s organisation. Vesper and Bond become close as they face danger and torment in their attempts to outsmart Le Chiffre.
In the Casino Royale movie, Mathis (Giannini) and Felix Leiter (Wright) assist Bond in a drawn out pursuit that ends in spectacular fashion.
The film was widely admired and won the following BAFTA awards in 2007:
Daniel Craig James Bond
Eva Green Vesper Lynd
Mads Mikkelsen Le Chiffre
Judi Dench M
Jeffrey Wright Felix Leiter
Giancarlo Giannini Mathis
Caterina Murino Solange
Simon Abkarian Alex Dimitrios
Isaach De Bankole Steven Obanno
Jesper Christensen Mr White
Ivana Milicevic Valenka
Tobias Menzies Villiers
Claudio Santamaria Carlos
Sebastien Foucan Mollaka
Malcolm Sinclair Dryden
Richard Sammel Gettler
‘You Know My Name’ by Chris Cornell
Bahamas, Czech Republic, England, Italy.
Bond: ‘So you want me to be half monk, half hit man’
M: ‘Any thug can kill. I need you to take your ego out of the equation.’
In the Casino Royale movie, James Bond visited Madagascar to hunt down a bomb creator known as Mollaka. The dramatic chase sequence in the city and through a large building site is astonishing.
Chase in Madagascar
Mollaka’s physical strength and agility is matched by 007’s uncanny ability to escape from a variety of situations. The pursuit ends at the Nambutu Embassy where Bond finally kills Mollaka and escapes by destroying a part of the building.
Solange was married to a dangerous terrorist and lived a lonely life. One day, when riding her horse along a beach, she noticed Bond coming out of the water and was engrossed in him. Sadly she later suffered an excruciating death at the hands of Le Chiffre’s men.
Caterina Murino in Solange
Bond travelled to The Bahamas where he came across the dangerous Alex Dimitrios and his beautiful wife Solange. After 007 won a poker match against Dimitrios, he became romantic with Solange who then provided Bond with her husband’s next movements.
The confidential banker to terrorist organisations, Le Chiffre was the key villain of the Casino Royale movie, and had a mathematical brain. This allowed him to win big on any game involving probability or chance, including poker.
Mads Mikkelsen is Le Chiffre
Le Chiffre had been gambling with his client’s funds and, thanks to Bond’s involvement, had lost a huge sum of money. To recover the money he arranged a high stakes poker match at the Casino Royale in Montenegro.
Vesper and Bond travelled by train together to the countryside of Montenegro. Filming actually took place in the Czech Republic - their meeting with René Mathis taking place in the beautiful township of Loket.
The town of Loket in the Czech Republic
Leiter worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and took part in the poker game in Montenegro. With 007 losing severely he assisted Bond with a plan to turn things around. Leiter was then knocked out of the tournament, but Bond won the final hand and defeated Le Chiffre.
The beautiful agent from the Treasury was assigned to keep an eye on Bond and his handling of cash in a poker tournament.
Initially sceptical of Bond and his ways, Vesper began to trust 007 and saved his life when he was poisoned by Le Chiffre’s girlfriend, Valenka.
Eva Green is Vesper Lynd
Vesper and 007 celebrated the poker win by dining in a restaurant at the Casino Royale. Vesper was later snatched by Le Chiffre and Bond was lured into a deadly car crash. Subsequently they were both captured by Le Chiffre who demanded the access code to the poker winnings.
Equipped with the newest Aston Martin DBS from MI6, Agent 007 was entered into a high stakes poker contest in Montenegro. In the Casino Royale movie, Bond faced off against the dangerous Le Chiffre with an aim of winning big. The competition proved much tougher than Bond had ever imagined.
High stakes poker match at Le Casino Royale in Montenegro
The extraordinary climax to the Casino Royale movie occurred in the stunning city of Venice. Vesper and 007 had travelled here for a romantic holiday but it wasn't to be.
Agent 007 soon discovered that Vesper had actually stolen the poker winnings from Montenegro. He pursued her into a palazzo on the Grand Canal. However, the building soon began sinking and Vesper ultimately sacrificed herself after becoming trapped in a lift.
After undergoing torture at the hands of Le Chiffre, Bond was miraculously rescued by Vesper - the mysterious Mr White had killed Le Chiffre moments before 007 was to be castrated. Bond then recovered in Italy at the stunning Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como with Vesper by his side.
Villa del Balbianello on Lake Como, Italy
It turned out that Vesper had left Mr White’s number in her mobile phone for Bond to find. With this information 007 tracked down the villain at his lavish villa on Lake Como and captured him.
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