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10th Anniversary Of Casino Royale (2006)

By: Anders Frejdh
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On this day in Bond history, Casino Royale (2006), Daniel Craig's first film as Ian Fleming's James Bond, premiered at cinemas 10 years ago. (Thunderball was first released in Japan on 9th December 1965. The Swedish premiere took place on 17th December 1965. In the United States, the film premiered on 21st December and in the UK on 29th December 1965.)

Casino Royale, the 21st James Bond adventure in the most successful franchise in film history, stars Daniel Craig in his debut as 007, and is based on Ian Fleming’s first novel to feature the ultimate secret agent, which was published in 1953.

Casino Royale traces the early career of James Bond. His first “007” mission leads him to Le Chiffre, banker to the world’s terrorists. In order to stop him, and bring down the terrorist network, Bond must beat Le Chiffre in a high-stakes poker game at Casino Royale.

Bond is initially annoyed when a beautiful Treasury official, Vesper Lynd, is assigned to deliver his stake for the game and watch over the government's money.

But, as Bond and Vesper survive a series of lethal attacks by Le Chiffre and his henchmen, a mutual attraction develops leading them both into further danger and events that will shape Bond’s life forever.

This film, by many considered the best Bond film of all, was directed by Martin Campbell (his second Bond at the helm).

Production notes (Source: MGM / Eon Productions)
• 3 Feb 2005: It was announced that Martin Campbell would direct a film to be titled Casino Royale
• 30 Jan 2006: Principal photography began at Barrandov Studios with Martin Campbell directing Daniel Craig in the Embassy shoot-up
• 9 Feb 2006: Martin Campbell shot the opening scene in which Bond becomes a 00 agent
• 3 Mar 2006: Martin Campbell shot Bond’s seduction of Solange
• 9 Mar 2006: Daniel Craig was filming Bond’s epic pursuit of Mollaka across a crane
• 4 Apr 2006: Shooting was taking place on the action-packed stairwell fight
• 7 Apr 2006: Martin Campbell shot the scene in which Bond orders the Vesper cocktail
• 12 Apr 2006: Martin Campbell shot the scene in which Bond bets everything against Le Chiffre, and loses
• 19 Apr 2006: Martin Campbell shot the scene in which Bond discovers his drink has been poisoned
• 24 Apr 2006: The scene was shot in which Bond reads Vesper’s text message and learns he was betrayed
• 28 Apr 2006: Shooting was completed on Bond’s torture scene
• 4 May 2006: The teaser trailer was released, giving the world its first look at Daniel Craig in action as James Bond
• 1 Jun 2006: Daniel Craig shot the final moment of the film at Lake Como, Italy, with Bond standing over an injured Mr White
• 5 Jun 2006: Daniel Craig filmed the scene where M tells Bond about Vesper Lynd & her kidnapped Algerian boyfriend
• 8 Jun 2006: Martin Campbell filmed the scene in which Bond resigns from MI6
• 13 Jun 2006: Shooting took place on the tanker chase across Miami airport (actually Dunsfold Aerodrome, Cranleigh)
• 23 Jun 2006: Martin Campbell filmed the collapsing Venetian building on the 007 Stage
• 30 Jun 2006: Martin Campbell shot the scene where the lift containing Vesper plummets into the water, pursued by Bond
• 11 Jul 2006: Shooting was completed on the climactic Venice house collapse
• 18 Jul 2006: Principal photography completed. The last shots were the truck chase across the "Miami airport" set
• 8 Sep 2006: The first full trailer for the film was released
• 18 Sep 2006: Construction began on the new Albert R. Broccoli 007 Stage at Pinewood Studios after fire damaged the previous one
• 16 Nov 2006: ‘You Know My Name’ by Chris Cornell, the theme song for the film, was released

A selection of filming locations for Casino Royale:

Vehicles used during the filming: (Source: BMT 216A: The James Bond Vehicle Library)
• Aston Martin DB5
• Aston Martin DBS V12 - 2007
• Bentley
• Ford Econoline Van 1971
• Ford Mondeo
• Le Chiffres car
• MD 600N Helicopter
• Miami taxi
• New Holland W190 Wheel Loader
• Range Rover Sport HSR
• Spirit 54
• Sunseeker Predator 108
• Truck with jetfuel

Over the years, FSWL has been fortunate to meet some of the cast and crew from Casino Royale:

>Andreas Daniel (actor)
>Andrew Noakes (associate producer)
>Anthony Waye (executive producer)
>Barbara Broccoli (producer)
>Caterina Murino (actress)
>Chris Corbould (miniature effects/special effects supervisor)
>Daniel Craig (actor)
>Daniel Kleinman (vinjett)
>David Arnold (film soundtrack composer)
>David Decio (stand-in)
>Debbie McWilliams (casting director)
>Eva Green (actress)
>Gary Powell (stunt coordinator)
>Jesper Christensen (actor)
>Judi Dench (M)
>Lindy Hemming (costume designer)
>Mads Mikkelsen (actor)
>Michael G. Wilson (producer)
>Monty Norman (composer of the James Bond theme)
>Neal Purvis (screenwriter)
>Nicholas Dodd (conductor and orchestrator)
>Pauline Hume (end titles)
>Peter Lamont (production designer)
>Richard Sammel (actor)
>Robert Wade (screenwriter)
>Rocky Taylor (stuntman)
>Sébastien Foucan (actor)
>Toby Hefferman (2nd assistant director)
>Tom So (actor)

Albert R. Broccoli's Eon Productions present Ian Fleming's James Bond in Casino Royale.

Editor's note:
For more James Bond anniversaries featured on From Sweden with Love, click here.

Other James Bond films on From Sweden with Love:

Dr. No (1962) starring Sean Connery
From Russia with Love (1963) starring Sean Connery
Goldfinger (1964) (1964) starring Sean Connery
Thunderball (1965) (1965) starring Sean Connery
You Only Live Twice (1967) starring Sean Connery
Casino Royale (1967) starring Peter Sellers and David Niven
On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) starring George Lazenby
Diamonds Are Forever (1971) starring Sean Connery
Live and Let Die (1973) starring Roger Moore
The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) starring Roger Moore
The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) starring Roger Moore
Moonraker (1979) starring Roger Moore
For Your Eyes Only (1981) starring Roger Moore
Octopussy (1983) starring Roger Moore
Never Say Never Again (1983) starring Sean Connery
A View to a Kill (1985) starring Roger Moore
The Living Daylights (1987) starring Timothy Dalton
Licence to Kill (1989) starring Timothy Dalton
GoldenEye (1995) starring Pierce Brosnan
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) starring Pierce Brosnan
The World Is Not Enough (1999) starring Pierce Brosnan
Die Another Day (2002) starring Pierce Brosnan
Quantum of Solace (2008) starring Daniel Craig
Skyfall (2012) starring Daniel Craig
SPECTRE (2015) starring Daniel Craig


Photo above:
The original Swedish film poster for Casino Royale (2006) from FSWL's private collection.

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