Casino Royale (2006)

At the beginning of Casino Royale we meet James Bond as we’ve never seen him before, involved in the assignment that earns him his double-O status. Gone are the gadgets and gone is the juvenile humour and in its place the film is serious and violent.

After international terrorist financier Le Chiffre loses a client’s money he is forced to hold a high stakes poker tournament in Montenegro in order to win back the amount owed. James Bond is sent to Montenegro where he is to gamble against Le Chiffre with the aim of bankrupting him. Assisting him are Vesper Lynd, who is there to make sure the treasury’s money used wisely, Rene Mathis, and the CIA’s Felix Leiter.

However, all is not as it first seems and 007, having just gained his licence to kill, is set for a fall.

What we say

After years of producing second rate Bond filmsCasino Royale showed that Eon Productions had what it takes to up the ante and produce a truly great 007 film without relying on gadgets and silly gags.

Original release

UK Premiere: 14th November 2006 at the Odeon Leicester Square, the Odeon West End and the Empire
UK: 16th November 2006
USA: 17th November 2006

Principal crew

Director Martin Campbell
Screenplay Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Paul Haggis
Producer Barbara Broccoli, Michael G Wilson
Music David Arnold
Editing Stuart Baird
Production design Peter Lamont
Cinematography Phil Meheux


Daniel Craig James Bond
Eva Green Vesper Lynd
Mads Mikkelsen Le Chiffre
Judi Dench M
Jeffrey Wright Felix Leiter
Giancarlo Giannini Rene Mathis
Caterina Murino Solange
Simon Abkarian Alex Dimitrios
Isaach De Bankolé Steven Obanno
Jesper Christensen Mr. White
Ivana Milicevic Valenka
Tobias Menzies Villiers
Claudio Santamaria Carlos
Sebastien Foucan Mollaka
Malcolm Sinclair Dryden
Richard Sammel Adolph Gettler
Ludger Pistor Mendel
Joseph Millson Carter
Darwin Shaw Fisher
Clemens Schick Kratt
Emmanuel Avena Leo
Tom Chadbon Stockbroker
Ade Infante
Urbano Barberini Tomelli
Tsai Chin Madame Wu
Charlie Levi Leroy Gallardo
Lazar Ristovski Kaminofsky
Tom So Fukutu
Veruschka von Lehndorff Gräfin von Wallenstein
Andreas Daniel Dealer
Carlos Leal Tournament Director
Christina Cole Ocean Club Receptionist
Jürgen Tarrach Schultz
John Gold Card Players
Jerry Inzerillo Card Players
Diane Hartford Card Players
Jessica Miller Dealer
Leo Stransky Tall Man
Paul Bhattacharjee Hot Room Doctors
Crispin Bonham-Carter Hot Room Doctors
Simon Cox Hot Room Technicians
Rebecca Gethings Hot Room Technicians
Peter Notley MI6 Technician
John Chancer Police Commander
Peter Brooke Airport Policemen
Jason Durran Airport Policemen
Robert Jezek Arresting Officer
Robert G. Slade Pilot
Félicité Du Jeu French News Reporter
Michaela Ochotská Shop Assistant
Michael Offei Obanno’s Lieutenant
Makhoudia Diaw Obanno’s Liaison
Michael G. Wilson Chief of Police
Martina Duravolá Police Chief’s Girlfriends
Marcela Martincáková Police Chief’s Girlfriends
Vladimír Kulhavý Croatian General
Valentine Nonyela Nambutu Embassy Official
Dusan Pelech Bartender
Phil Meheux Treasury Bureaucrat
Alessandra Ambrosio Tennis Girls
Veronika Hladikova Tennis Girls
Regina Gabajová Hotel Splendide Clerk
Olutunji Ebun-Cole Cola Kid
Martin Ucík Barman
Vlastina Svátková Waitress
Miroslav Simunek Disapproving Man
Ivan G’Vera Venice Hotel Concierge
Jirí Lenc Hotel Splendide Limo Driver
Jaroslav Jankovsky Hermitage Waiter


  • Mount Gay rum and soda
  • Bollinger
  • Whisky
  • Château Angélus
  • Champagne
  • Vesper
  • Vodka martini


James Bond's Aston Martin in Leicester Square on the day of the world premier of Casino Royale

Aston Martin DBS (2006) at Leicester Square before the premiere


  • “How did he die?”
    “Not well.”
  • “Do you want a clean kill or do you want to send a message?”
  • “How was your lamb?”
    “Skewered. One sympathizes.”
  • “I thought that one less bombmaker in the world would be a good thing!”
  • “I never knew M stood for…”
    “Utter another syllable and I’ll have you killed!”
  • “Well, I understand double-Os have a very short life expectancy… so your mistake will be short-lived.”

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David Leigh founded The James Bond Dossier in 2002. A fan of 007 since the age of 8, he is also author of The Complete Guide to the Drinks of James Bond. You can order a copy here if you don't own it already.

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