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Genre: Action/Thriller
Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Simon Abkarian, Tobias Menzies, Ivana Milicevic, Clemens Schik, Ludger Pistor, Claudio Santamaria
Director: Martin Campbell
Rating: PG (Some Violence)
Year Made: 2007




- Commentary with Director & Producer
- Crew Commentary
- Becoming Bond
- James Bond: For Real
- Bond Girls Are Forever (2006)
- Music Video: Chris Cornell "You Know My Name"
- Never Before Seen Deleted Scenes
- The Road to Casino Royale
- Ian Flemings Incredible Creation
- James Bond in the Bahamas
- Ian Fleming: The Secret Road to Paradise
- Death In Venice
- The Art of the Freerun
- Catching A Plane: From Storyboard to Screen
- Storyboard Sequence: Freerun Chase
- Filmmaker Profiles



Languages: English/Thai
Subtitles: English/Thai/Chinese
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1 Widescreen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 2 hrs 24 mins
Region Code: 3
Distributor: Origin Entertainment
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CASINO ROYALE introduces James Bond before he holds his license to kill, But Bond is no less dangerous, and with two professional assassinations in quick succession, he is elevated to "00" status. "M" (Judi Dench), head of the British Secret Service, sends the newly-promoted 007 on his first mission that takes him to Madagascar, the Bahamas and eventually leads him to Montenegro to face one-eyed Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), a ruthless financier under threat from his terrorist clientele, who is attempting to restore his funds in a high-stakes poker game at the Casino Royale. "M" places Bond under the watchful eye of beautiful Treasury official Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together and even torture at the hands of Le Chiffre. The marathon poker game proceeds with dirty tricks and violence the stakes beyond blood money and reaching a terrifying climax.


Despite being either a miss-or-hit exercise, Hollywood is still into the trend of rebooting age old franchises that every past comic characters, television shows and movies are unearthed and given a face-lift for the movie-goers of today.

The granduncle of superspy, James Bond is not spared either. The last reboot was the Martin Campbell’s directed, Pierce Brosnan’s starrer, "Goldeneye" in 1995. To the surprise of many, Uncle Brosnan never got to reprise the famous 007 for the fifth time despite "Die Another Day" hitting an all-time high in the box-office.

There was a near public outcry when a then relatively unknown British actor Daniel Craig was cast as the new James Bond. Craig possesses none of the suaveness of Sean Connery, Brosnan or even Roger Moore and he looks a tad shorter than his predecessors. That’s when we knew the producers behind the lucrative Bond franchise are indeed committed on a reboot.

"Casino Royale" for the uninitiated is creator Ian Fleming’s first novella. If you wish to know why it took so long for the movie version to appear on the big screen, I’m afraid it will take as long as a TVB drama serial to pan every detail out. "Royale" is about Bond’s first mission as a “00” and he is dispatched by 'M' to participate in a poker game at Montenegro in order to stop a terrorist named Le Chiffre.

The original Ian Fleming’s book is not exactly a page turner, it took it’s time to develop the characters and plot. Fortunately Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis (Crash) did a marvelous job balancing the action and incorporating the juice of Fleming’s story into the movie.

With a runtime of 144 minutes, expect certain scenes to be rather slowly-paced especially the poker games sequences. In addition, James Bond has to go through the obligatory love scenes with Bond girl, Vesper Lynd (the so babelicious Eva Green). But Daniel Craig manages to convincingly pull off 007 in the end. The new Bond is tough as nails, rugged as hell and will send girls soothing with that piece of baby blue bathing suit. Watch out for a nerve-wrecking scene where Bond has a near-death experience after being poisoned. Damn, it’s not easy to be a 007.

Bringing back Martin Campbell to helm "Casino Royale" is definitely a good choice. The old school director relies a lot on physical effects and works with stunt choreographer, Gary Powell to bring us dazzling action sequences beginning with a free running chase scene in the opening which will have you open your mouth in awe. If this is not enough, an exhilarating car chase on an airport runway in the middle of the movie will jolt your senses.

With a certain reminiscence to the gritty "Bourne" trilogy, "Casino Royale" marks a successful reboot of the James Bond franchise. Gone are the days where Bond’s fighting skills and sleuthing are overshadowed by fancy, unimaginable gadgets. Like you and me, he uses an ordinary Sony Ericsson cellphone, a VIAO notebook but prove to be worthy of the British secret service because the man fights like a gorilla and runs like a cheetah though vulnerable at the privates.

When the credits start to roll, we are practically left shaken and stirred, we want more.


This 3-disc collector’s edition is obviously released in conjunction with the latest Bond movie, "Quantum of Solace" and yes, the answer is yes. You should get this one to be part of your video library.

Disc one contains the feature movie with two commentaries tracks. The first, Commentary with Director Martin Campbell and producer Michael G. Wilson, the two banter and supply the listeners with anecdotes, snippets from the production of “Casino Royale”. You get to know where are the various sequences being shot at and how certain elements of the story evolve to the one seen on screen etc. Very addictive commentary track.

The second, Crew Commentary track has its inputs from the "Casino Royale" crews including if I’m not wrong the costume designer, director of photography, composer and effects supervisor. It’s a very crowded track with each member jostling to contribute nuggets of information.

The featurettes on Disc two are similar to the ones found in the previous 2-disc Special Edition release. Becoming Bond is a 27 minutes feature that has Craig talks about becoming Bond and also an impressive press junket which had the British Royal Marines involved.

James Bond: For Real lasts 24 minutes and you can get to see for yourself how the stunts are executed especially the free-running sequences which I mentioned in the review.

Hosted by former Bond girl, Maryam d'Abo Bond Girls Are Forever seems like a tribute to all the Bond girls in the series. The 49 minutes feature consists of interviews with Ursula Andress from "Dr. No", Jane Seymour from "Live and Let Die”, Halle Berry from "Die Another Day" and many more. Disc Two is rounded off by the Music Video: "You Know My Name" by Chris Cornell.

Disc Three contains the much touted newly added features. Five Never-Before-Seen Deleted Scenes running a short 7 minutes start off the DVD, probably they will be incorporated into a director’s cut or something in the future.

The Road to Casino Royale (26 mins) traces the tumultuous history of bringing Casino Royale to the big screen from the ‘50s to the present.

You want to know more about James Bond’s creator, Ian Fleming? Ian Fleming’s creation is a 21 minutes feature that touches on the flamboyant writer’s life from his intelligence work in World War II to his writing career.

James Bond in Bahamas
(24 mins) is a flashback to the various past Bond movies such as "Thunderball", "You Only Live Twice", "Live and Let Die" to "Casino Royale" who had location shots in the beautiful oceanic Bahamas island.

Ian Fleming: The Secret Life of Ian Fleming (24 mins) is yet another facts heavy feature that touches on Fleming’s real-life buddy, Ivar Bryce who is a big influence to Fleming’s writings and the history of the Bahamas.

I particularly adore this 23 minutes feature, Death In Venice. We go behind-the-scenes on how the effects crew make the sinking palazoo sequence comes to life using miniatures and a complicated sinking mechanism built on the legendary 007 soundstage at Pinewood Studio for the closeup shots of the Eva Green’s character being trapped in the rumble.

The founder of Free-running, Sebastian Foucan who also appeared as a villain in the opening scene talks about how free running came about in this 13 minutes feature, The Art of the Freerun.

Catching A Plane lasts 13 minutes and details the storyboarding to the final filmed sequence. What’s surprising is a deleted shot of a car crashing to a plane given the sequence is already filmed and the tedious logistics involved.

The third disc is rounded up by a filmmakers profiles and a storyboard of the movie’s opening scene - freerun chase sequence.


While the relatively quiet poker scenes dominate the main plot, the Dolby Digital 5.1 on the whole is absolutely a knock-out and the pumping score by David Arnold contributes to the excitement. The Bahamas never look so perfect onscreen, the transfer comes across as natural and vibrant. A damn fine-looking DVD and it sound good as well.



Review by Linus Tee


. Casino Royale (Movie Review)

. Casino Royale (Soundtrack Review)

. Casino Royale (Book Review)

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This review is made possible with the kind support from Origin Entertainment


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