Casino Royale DVD Review

All this time Le Chiffre had said nothing. Directly the boot was shut, the third man, whom Bond at once recognized, climbed in beside him and Le Chiffre reversed furiously back on to the main road. Then he banged the gear lever through the gate and was soon doing seventy on down the coast. Again he reflected on the efficiency of these people and the ingenuity of the equipment they used. Had M underestimated their resourcefulness? He stifled a desire to place the blame on London. It was he who should have known; he who should have been warned by small signs and taken infinitely more precautions. He squirmed as he thought of himself washing down champagne in the Roi Galant while the enemy was busy preparing his counter-stroke. He cursed himself and cursed the hubriswhich had made him so sure the battle was won and the enemy in flight. There was no answer from the bundle in the corner and Bond suddenly had a chill feeling, but then she stirred slightly. In the back seat was the tall thin gunman. He lay back relaxed, gazing at the ceiling, apparently uninterested in the wild speed of the car. His right hand lay caressingly on Vesper’s left thigh which stretched out naked beside him. He got to the entrance and looked along the steps to left and right down and amongst the few remaining cars. They were given a corner table near the door. Bond ordered a bottle of Veuve Clicquot and scrambled eggs and bacon. The entrance to the Roi Galant was a seven-foot golden picture-frame which had once, perhaps, enclosed the vast portrait of a noble European. It was in a discreet corner of the ‘kitchen’–the public roulette and boule room, where several tables were still busy. As Bond took Vesper’s arm and led her over the gilded step, he fought back a hankering to borrow some money from the caisse and plaster maximums over the nearest table. But he knew that this would be a brash and cheap gesturepour épater la bourgeoisie. Whether he won or lost, it would be a kick in the teeth to the luck which had been given him. On a small table beside him half a bottle of Clicquot and a glass had materialized.

She sends her men off to die all the time. But Bond’s beefs don’t extend to this maternal figure. Most of this is fine, this tilling of the soil. Some of it goes a bit too far, but director Sam Mendes brings authenticity to all of it, to both the action sequences and the character work, making for an extraordinary entry in the Bond franchise. It won’t toppleCasino Royaleas the best of the Craig era, but it’s tons of fun. He and Bond share one of the best written scenes in the movie, crystallizing both their personal friendship and their nations’ sometimes competing interests. This 22nd Bond disappointed me when I saw it in the cinema.

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‘I would love a glass of vodka,’ she said simply, and went back to her study of the menu. As they deciphered the maze of purple ink which covered the double folio menu, Bond beckoned to the sommelier. At twenty minutes to nine he had exhausted all the permutations which might result from his duel with Le Chiffre. He rose and dressed, dismissing the future completely from his mind. Leiter’s room was on one of the upper floors and they parted company at the lift after arranging to see each other at the Casino at around half past ten or eleven, the usual hour for the high tables to begin play. It turned out that Leiter was from Texas. By the time Bond had taken in these details, he had come to within fifty yards of the two men. He was reflecting on the ranges of various types of weapon and the possibilities of cover when an extraordinary and terrible scene was enacted. He kicked back his chair and hurtled through the empty window-frame on to the pavement. The girl’s eyes followed him out on to the boulevard. The men were drinking inexhaustible quarter-bottles of champagne, the women dry martinis. Against the background of this luminous and sparkling stage Bond stood in the sunshine and felt his mission to be incongruous and remote and his dark profession an affront to his fellow actors. Royale (without the ‘Eaux’) also started as a small fishing village and its rise to fame as a fashionable watering-place during the Second Empire was as meteoric as that of Trouville. But as Deauville killed Trouville, so, after a long period of decline, did Le Touquet kill Royale. A torrent of Italian burst from the wireless set on the floor. Mathis switched it off and they exchanged some phrases about the set and about how Bond should pay for it. Then with effusive farewells and a final wink Mathis bowed himself out. ‘ He made a winding motion with his right hand and raised his eyebrows. Mathis sat down on the bed and ripped open a packet of Caporal with his thumbnail. Suddenly an appalling roar of static filled the small room. Mathis gazed at the set for a few seconds with benevolence and then turned it off and his voice was full of dismay. He was lost in his thoughts when the telephone rang. It was theconcierge announcing that a Director of Radio Stentor was waiting below with the wireless set he had ordered from Paris. Bond would have preferred to work alone, but one didn’t argue with M. He left the room hoping that the man they sent would be loyal to him and neither stupid, nor, worse still, ambitious. ‘ The Chief of Staff turned to M’s private secretary who shared the room with him. It is these rather spectacular plans of his that have suggested to us a counter-operation which, though risky and unconventional we submit at the end of this memorandum with confidence. In January 1946, Le Chiffre bought control of a chain of brothels, known as the Cordon Jaune, operating in Normandy and Brittany. He was foolish enough to employ for this purpose some fifty million francs of the moneys entrusted to him by Leningrad Section III for the financing of SODA, the trade union mentioned above. He felt secure and encouraged, had visions of a BEM and made the first payment on a Morris Minor.

There was a buzz of speculation round the table. Bond’s neighbours on both sides of him bent forward and spoke solicitously about the heat and the lateness of the hour and the smoke and the lack of air. Immediately he felt something hard press into the base of his spine, right into the cleft between his two buttocks on the padded chair. There was an excited buzz round the table. For most of them it was more than they had earned all their lives. It was their savings and the savings of their families. The croupier had completed his task of computing the cagnotte, changing Bond’s notes into plaques and making a pile of the giant stake in the middle of the table. It was nearly as bad as it could have been–the king of hearts and an ace, the ace of spades. It squinted up at him like a black widow spider. In two coups he had lost twelve million francs. By scraping the barrel, he had just sixteen million francs left, exactly the amount of the next banco. In the background there thudded always the hidden metronome of the Casino, ticking up its little treasure of one-per-cents with each spin of a wheel and each turn of a card–a pulsing fat-cat with a zero for a heart. Bond, on the other hand, by one o’clock in the morning, had won four million, bringing his resources up to twenty-eight million. The game continued uneventfully, but with a slight bias against the bank. The woman on his left, the American Mrs Du Pont, turned to him with a wry smile. Bond slipped them into his right-hand pocket with the unused packet of notes. His face showed no emotion, but he was pleased with the success of his first coup and with the outcome of the silent clash of wills across the table. Bond slipped a packet of notes on to the table without counting them. If he lost, the croupier would extract what was necessary to cover the bet, but the easy gesture conveyed that Bond didn’t expect to lose and that this was only a token display from the deep funds at Bond’s disposal. Unhurriedly he pocketed the inhaler, then his hand came quickly back above the level of the table and gave the shoe its usual hard, sharp slap. The Greek, after taking a third card, could achieve no better than a four to the bank’s seven. The chef de partie lifted the velvet-covered chain which allowed entrance through the brass rail. For a while they ate in silence, then they talked of other things while the coffee was served. Neither of them drank brandy or a liqueur. Finally, Bond felt it was time to explain the actual mechanics of the game. She finished her story just as the waiters arrived with the caviar, a mound of hot toast, and small dishes containing finely chopped onion and grated hard-boiled egg, the white in one dish and the yoke in another. ‘Go on,’ said Bond, full of admiration for the ingenuity of the double-cross. The little carafe of vodka had arrived in its bowl of crushed ice and Bond filled their glasses. ‘If you agree,’ said Bond, ‘I would prefer to drink champagne with you tonight. It is a cheerful wine and it suits the occasion–I hope,’ he added.

Remembering Original Bond Girl, Linda Christian

Few characters have come to define a genre as James Bond has done, and this introduction to his world, with its merciless villains, spectacular dangers, ill-fated romances and exotic settings, is Fleming at his best. This collection of rarely seen editions of Beatrix Potter’s much loved debut, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, features exquisite facsimiles from the archive of her publisher Frederick Warne & Co. Ltd., charting the transformation from Peter’s initial appearance in a picture letter, to the glorious full-colour deluxe first commercial edition. This exclusive Folio collection features 12 classic tales, including The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck and The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies. Presented in a treasury box set that retains all the charm of Beatrix Potter’s originals, this is the perfect gift for any child. Regarding all this and the wider politics of James Bond, producer Barbara Broccoli said that she believes Bond films are “a parallel world … a heightened reality, and that’s where we feel very comfortable.” Let me pause here to address the inevitable ‘it’s just a film’ comment. Plenty of research has been done regarding the influence of media on public perception.

But in every film since—includingQuantum of Solace,Skyfall, and nowSpectre, they’ve doubled down on some personal connection in Bond’s past, and each time it hasn’t really worked. For decades the superspy has been embraced at least in part because his beginnings are suggested but unknown, which allows audiences to read into him. It’s called mystique, an increasingly elusive quality in our over-sharing era. So, yes, nothing I’ve mentioned so far is criticism. The locations are well-established, especially the sequences in China . There are other references too, maybe accidental. How much doesSkyfallborrow from Christopher Nolan films such asThe Dark Knight? The fey villain (in this case, Javier Bardem’s Silva), allowing himself to be captured as a mid-movie centerpiece, all a part of his plan. The night shots of a Chinese metropolis from the air and a deserted island city , not unlike the final dream level in Inception. We waste no time; the first act is launched by an astonishing, parkour-based action sequence with amazing crane jumping like nothing we’ve seen in Bond before. Within minutes, not only does Craig perform startling physical feats, establishing his bona fides as a believable action man, we have a sequence as much fun as anything in the Bourne movies.

The letter arrived on the fifteenth of each month. I couldn’t bear the idea of a fifteenth coming round without his letter. I tried to give them as little as possible. I told them you had been given this job at Royale, what your cover was and so on. That was why they knew about you before you arrived and why they had time to put the microphones in. They suspected Le Chiffre, but they didn’t know what your assignment was except that it was something to do with him. His feelings for her were confused and he was impatient with the confusion. He had intended to sleep with her as soon as he could, because he desired her and also because, and he admitted it to himself, he wanted coldly to put the repairs to his body to the final test. He thought they would sleep together for a few days and then he might see something of her in London. Then would come the inevitable disengagement which would be all the easier because of their positions in the Service. If it was not easy, he could go off on an assignment abroad or, which was also in his mind, he could resign and travel to different parts of the world as he had always wanted. Bond loved the place at first sight–the terrace leading almost to the high-tide mark, the low two-storied house with gay brick-red awnings over the windows and the crescent-shaped bay of blue water and golden sands. How many times in his life would he have given anything to have turned off a main road to find a lost corner like this where he could let the world go by and live in the sea from dawn to dusk. And now he was to have a whole week of this. In his mind he fingered the necklace of the days to come. Bond automatically slammed the brakes full on and braced all his sinews against the wheel to correct the inevitable slew to the left, but he only kept control for a split second. For a split second, resting on the petrol tank, it seemed to paw at the heavens like a giant praying-mantis. Then slowly it toppled over backwards and fell with a splintering crash of coachwork and glass. With a snarl it raced out to the wide entrance gate in a spray of gravel. A small black object shot out of an open rear window and thudded into a flower-bed. He gave it a short deliberate slap to settle the cards, the first of which showed its semicircular pale pink tongue through the slanting aluminium mouth of the shoe. Then, with a thick white fore-finger he pressed gently on the pink tongue and slipped out the first card six inches or a foot towards the Greek on his right hand. Then he slipped out a card for himself, then another for the Greek, then one more for himself. Opposite him, the banker’s chair was vacant. He knew most of the players by sight, but few of their names. At Number 7, on his right, there was a Monsieur Sixte, a wealthy Belgian with metal interests in the Congo. Bond reflected that they would probably play a pawky and nervous game and be amongst the early casualties. At Number 1, to the right of the bank was a well-known Greek gambler who owned, as in Bond’s experience apparently everyone does in the Eastern Mediterranean, a profitable shipping line. He would play coldly and well and would be a stayer. For ten minutes he lay on his left side reflecting on the events of the day. Then he turned over and focused his mind towards the tunnel of sleep. It proved to be just what the series needed, presenting deeper thematic complexity with a more character driven, realistic, approach to the larger than life action. To recoup the loss, Le Chiffre sets up a high-stakes, winner-takes-all game of Texas Hold em at the Casino Royale hotel in Montenegro.

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He took some notes and plaques out of his right hand pocket and the entire stack of notes out of his left and pushed them forward. There was no hint in his movements that this would be his last stake. Again he gave only a cursory look at his two cards. In fact, Le Chiffre had lost heavily all that afternoon. At this moment he only had ten million left. With a hint of a shrug, Le Chiffre slowly faced his own two cards and flicked them away with his fingernail. Le Chiffre looked incuriously at him, the whites of his eyes, which showed all round the irises, lending something impassive and doll-like to his gaze. He paid the bill and gave a handsome tip to the sommelier. Vesper rose and led the way out of the restaurant and out on to the steps of the hotel. ‘It’s much the same as any other gambling game.

1) The Vesper, as ordered by the literary Bond in Casino Royale, Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, 1953. But there is perhaps one literary drink more legendary than any other, and it takes a bit of spycraft to find its place of birth. When in Haiti, English author Graham Greene enjoyed an afternoon tipple at Port-au-Prince’s Hotel Oloffson—later immortalized in his novel The Comedians as the Hotel Trianon. In the sleepy Welsh fishing village of Laugharne, Dylan Thomas spent many a smoke fogged evening at a corner table of Brown’s Hotel. While in London, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Charles Dickens both frequented the infamous Ye Olde Cheshire Cheese. Standing on one of Venice’s famous bridges, clutching a postcard reproduction of a Canaletto masterpiece and gazing at the identical view before me, sent shivers down my spine. The great Venetian artist and I were separated by several centuries, but I could almost feel his easel propped beside me. There is, perhaps, one literary drink more legendary than any other, and it takes a bit of spycraft to find its place of birth. Following scandal and his shock resignation from Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, James Bond becomes a gun for hire; able, and willing, to sell his lethal skills to the highest bidder. And SPECTRE, it seems, are eager to have the disgraced British super spy on their payroll. There are many reasons why a book might be unavailable. Superfans know 007’s adventures were influenced by Fleming’s own experiences as an intelligence officer during the Second World War. Yet many aren’t aware of the Winston Churchill connection. Contemplate Queen and country as you sip the world-famous cocktail inside Dukes Bar, one of Fleming’s preferred watering holes. Bond, as we know, is a travelling man, but he’ll always report for duty in London. Here’s how to follow in the footsteps of everybody’s favourite undercover agent. It’s hard to imagine a film more eagerly anticipated than the 25th James Bond instalment, No Time to Die, set to release in Canada on Oct. 8 . After having worked as an intelligence officer in the Old Admiralty Building in Whitehall during the Second World War, Ian Fleming went on to write the James Bond spy novels. And for the review of the final movie where Daniel Craig is James Bond, No Time To Die, go here. When we finally get a showdown between Bond and the Big Bad , it’s a fizzle. Waltz more whiny than threatening, the villain lair location doesn’t impress especially, and Bond and Swann escape far too easily. Bond’s most defining and appealing characteristic is his devotion to Queen and Country, above all else. It explains and even excuses his ruthlessness. Maybe that’s old hat to some, but needing to connect some plot twist or some enemy to Bond’s private life frequently feels trite, even as it provides a measure of psychological foundation. We get to meet the new Quartermaster, or as we know him, Q. A much younger man this time out, nerdy even, but a rich character essayed by the wonderful Ben Whishaw. Odd that, if the opening sequence — a solid car chase along the Italian coastline — takes place not long after the conclusion of Casino Royale, that Bond seems to be wearing a different suit.

Turns out the bad guy this time out is a man, Dominic Greene , who wants to take control of the water supply of Bolivia, so stages a coup with the help of Mr White’s Quantum organization. I suppose as far as megalomaniacal plans go it has a certain style, but he has no real henchman, and isn’t much of a physical threat to Bond. He’s slippery, but a villain as diminutive as he is should have muscle, too. Daniel Craig arrived with a flourish typical of a new Bond at a press conference on the banks of the Thames. The actor had proclaimed his tough guy credentials in a zippy crime drama called Layer Cake, and looked comfortable with props in Munich, but seemed far from a shoo-in for the role of James Bond. And what about all those other actors who were considered? For years, since probably Croupier, Clive Owen was very much in the running. How the actor looks in the tux is very important, after all. The VESPER is your go-to t-shirt that can take anything you throw at it. Made of 100% heavy preshrunk cotton, this super soft and comfy tee is a wardrobe staple. Like a best friend it’s there when you need it, whether it’s with a pair a jeans, or under a sweater, for a day lounging on the couch or a night on the town. Inevitably and without any question, you will be hunted down and killed. Here was a target for him, right to hand. He would take on SMERSH and hunt it down. Without SMERSH, without this cold weapon of death and revenge, the MWD would be just another bunch of civil servant spies, no better and no worse than any of the western services. His fingernails dug into the palms of his hands and his body sweated with shame. While he was getting through to London, he calmly reviewed the facts of Vesper’s letter. The little shadows and question-marks of the past four weeks, which his instinct had noted but his mind rejected, all stood out now like signposts. He pulled on a shirt and trousers and with a set cold face he walked down and shut himself in the telephone booth. I knew it would be the end of our love if I told you. I realized that I could either wait to be killed by SMERSH, would perhaps get you killed too, or I could kill myself. Then I was told not to stand behind you in the Casino and to see that neither Mathis nor Leiter did. That was why the gunman was nearly able to shoot you. You may have wondered why I was so quiet in the night-club. They didn’t hurt me because I was working for MWD. I love you with all my heart and while you read these words I hope you still love me because, now, with these words, this is the last moment that your love will last. So good-bye, my sweet love, while we still love each other. The thought passed through Bond’s mind that she must have left orders to be called early, so that it would not be he who found her. For two hours they made slow, sweet love in a mood of happy passion which the day before Bond would never have thought they could regain. The barriers of self-consciousness and mistrust seemed to have vanished and the words they spoke to each other were innocent and true again and there was no shadow between them. That evening most of the gayness and intimacy of their first night came back. She was excited and some of her laughter sounded brittle, but Bond was determined to fall in with her new mood and it was only at the end of dinner that he made a passing remark which made her pause.

  • As he drove, whipping the car faster and faster through the night, with the other half of his mind he cursed Vesper, and M for having sent her on the job.
  • Later, perhaps they would be dragged out, dispassionately examined, and then bitterly thrust back with other sentimental baggage he would rather forget.
  • Keeping both the martini glass and the bottle in your freezer is ideal.