Casino Royale

(Great Britain/Czech Republic/Germany/USA, 2006, 139 minutes)

Newly promoted to 00 status, British secret agent James Bond is assigned to ensnare a shady financier with terrorist connections through a high-stakes poker game. A new actor in the role brings a surprising reinvention to the long-running 007 franchise by going back to the basics: the darker, more character-driven tone and the absence of outlandish setpieces make it an elegant, determined and much welcome throwback to the series’ early films, finally adapting the only original Ian Fleming novel left unfilmed (the rights had been previously snapped up, resulting in an ill-advised 1967 all-star comedy, and Eon Productions, responsible for the “official” franchise, could only reclaim them in 2000).

A Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Columbia Pictures release. Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions presents a Stillking/Casino Royale Productions/Eon Productions/Babelsberg production. Starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Giancarlo Giannini; with Jeffrey Wright; and Judi Dench as M. Directed by Martin Campbell; produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli; screenplay by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis, based upon the novel Casino Royale by Ian Fleming; music by David Arnold; director of photography, Phil Méheux; production designer, Peter Lamont; costume designer, Lindy Hemming; film editor, Stuart Baird.


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