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Casino Royale (2006)

Director: Martin Campbell     Starring: Eva Green Daniel Craig
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Format: DVD
Sku: 204031844
UPC: 043396148598
UPC 14: 00043396148598
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Albert R. Broccoli's EON Productions Presents Daniel Craig as Ian Fleming's James Bond 007.
In his first mission, james bond must stop le chiffre, a banker to the world's terrorist organizations, from winning a high-stakes poker game at casino royale in montenegro.

"...brings vigor to the Bond franchise and the possibility of new directions...  Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"...the most exciting Bond film since On Her Majesty's Secret Service...  Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"...quite possibly the best action movie of the year.  Pete Vonder Haar, Film Threat
"This is Bond as we've never seen him, more naked, alive and mysterious than ever.  Stephanie Zacharek,
"Flat-out one of the best Bonds ever.  William Arnold, Seattle Post-Intelligencer

Editor's Note
After a great deal of discussion--on the part of fans and producers alike--over Daniel Craig's (THE MOTHER, MUNICH) suitability for the role of James Bond, he more than proves himself in this explosive revamping of the franchise. Under the direction of Martin Campbell (THE MASK OF ZORRO) and with Paul Haggis (CRASH) helping with the re-writes, this addition to the Bond canon manages to hold true to the essence of the stories--the villainous villains, the fabulous sets, the beautiful women, the fast-paced action--while updating the formula with subtlety and humanity.

Trading in the Cold War era for a new, post-9-11 landscape, the tale unfolds in locations that span the globe, including the Bahamas, Venice, and the Czech Republic. It opens in Madagascar, where Bond pursues a guerilla bomb-maker in one of the most breathtaking chase scenes ever--and it all takes place on foot. Botching that assignment, Bond goes to Montenegro to square off against terrorist baddie Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelson), an international loan shark who gambles with the money of his equally dangerous clients. Beautiful British Treasury representative Vesper Lynd (Eva Green, THE DREAMERS) supplies Bond's own funds, appearing on his arm in Montenegro, while M (Dame Judi Dench, PRIDE AND PREJUDICE) keeps a close watch on the action from headquarters. The extravagant poker game forms the center of the action, with Jeffrey Wright (SYRIANA, THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE) putting in an intense appearance at the table; interrupting the game are assassination attempts, poisoning, and other dramatic events that keep the adrenaline pumping. The flirtation that unfolds between Bond and Vesper Lynd is only in keeping with the spy's M.O. as a ladies' man. What differs here, however, is what sets this Bond apart from the rest: the romance is taken seriously, and it exposes a vulnerability in Bond that he's never shown before. This, however, only makes him the tougher, as Craig's Bond is darker, less campy, more brooding and mysterious, than his past incarnations ever were.


Video Features DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.40:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Spanish, Dubbed & Subtitled

Technical Info

Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Sony
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/22/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 144 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 14859
Video UPC UPC: 00043396148598
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 2

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  2.40:1
Entertainment Reviews
Expert Review Casino Royale (2006) - DVD
By: Sean O'Connell DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/2/2007 6:07 PM
After four decades, 20 feature films and five actors in the leading role, the James Bond franchise finally gets... an origin story? You'd think it unnecessary, as 007's trademarks by this point have been burned into our memory. We know the trained assassin's drink of choice, his preferred mode of transportation, and his willingness to invoke the hard-earned license to kill when dangerous situations arise. But familiarity has bred contempt for a spy that hasn't ignited movie theaters since the Cold War concluded. A change was long the full review
Expert Review Casino Royale (Two-Disc Special Edition) - DVD
By: Edward Perkis Cinema Blend DVD Reviews
Published on: 3/17/2007 9:09 AM
After four pretty well received Bond films with Pierce Brosnan, Daniel Craig was hired amid much fanfare and trepidation ("He's blonde!" "He can't drive a stick!"), Craig is asked to play Bond as a "blunt instrument" (as MI6 head M (Judy Dench) derisively refers to him.) Reliant more on brute strength, iron nerves, and boundless energy than gadgets and sophistication, this Bond doesn't always make the right the full review

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Caterina Murino
Video Cast Info Daniel Craig
Video Cast Info Eva Green
Video Cast Info Giancarlo Giannini
Video Cast Info Jeffrey Wright
Video Cast Info Judi Dench
Video Cast Info Mads Mikkelsen
Video Cast Info Simon Abkarian
Video Cast Info Barbara Broccoli - Producer
Video Cast Info Callum McDougall - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info David Arnold - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Ian Fleming - Based On Novel By
Video Cast Info Martin Campbell - Director
Video Cast Info Paul Haggis, et. al. - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Peter Francis, et. al. - Art Director
Video Cast Info Phil Meheux - Cinematographer
Video Cast Info Stuart Baird - Editor


Nominee (2007)
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Martin Campbell, et. al., Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Daniel Craig, Best Actor in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, David Arnold, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Steven Begg, Chris Corbould, Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Phil Meheux, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Stuart Baird, Best Editing
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Peter Lamont, Simon Wakefield, Best Production Design
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Paul Haggis, et. al., Best Screenplay - Adapted
   Video Award Name British Academy Awards, Chris Munro, et. al., Best Sound

British Academy Awards (2007)
   Video Award Name Chris Munro, et. al., Nominee, Best Sound
   Video Award Name Daniel Craig, Nominee, Best Actor in a Leading Role
   Video Award Name David Arnold, Nominee, Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music
   Video Award Name Martin Campbell, et. al., Nominee, Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film
   Video Award Name Paul Haggis, et. al., Nominee, Best Screenplay - Adapted
   Video Award Name Peter Lamont, Simon Wakefield, Nominee, Best Production Design
   Video Award Name Phil Meheux, Nominee, Best Cinematography
   Video Award Name Steven Begg, Chris Corbould, Nominee, Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects
   Video Award Name Stuart Baird, Nominee, Best Editing

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"Mr. Craig's Bond looks as if he has renewed his license to kill....Ms. Green brings conviction to the film, as do Jeffrey Wright and Isaach de Bankole." 11/17/2006 p.E1-E19

Entertainment Weekly
"CASINO ROYALE, the most exciting Bond film since ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE, has everything you want in a pop entertainment: physical audacity, intrigue, romance, but also a charge of personality..." -- Grade: A 11/24/2006 p.80

Rolling Stone
3.5 stars out of 4 -- "There's one whopper of a reason why CASINO ROYALE is the hippest, highest-octane Bond film in ages, and his name is Daniel Craig." 11/30/2006 p.122

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "[T]here's no disputing the icon is re-energised by Craig....Vibrant, vital and violent, when he utters the immortal final line, your neck hairs spike and your pulse pounds." 01/01/2007 p.30

Ultimate DVD
4 stars out of 5 -- "Full of witty dialogue and sly asides, CASINO ROYALE also knows how to have fun, and it does so with style and panache." 12/01/2006 p.216

Sight and Sound
"Craig is very good indeed: everything about his performance shows cunning and grace." 01/01/2007 p.52

Entertainment Weekly
Included in Entertainment Weekly's "Top 10 Films Of The Year" -- "As 007, Daniel Craig floods the screen with personality the way the old stars did..." 12/29/2006 p.106

Film Comment
Ranked #20 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006." 01/01/2007 p.36

Wall Street Journal
"Daniel Craig became a star when he played James Bond in this thoroughly modern action epic....Martin Campbell directed, stylishly." 07/29/2011

ReelViews 9 of 10
The purpose of Casino Royale is to "re-boot" the franchise. Craig isn't succeeding Brosnan; he's re-inventing the role. As far as this movie is concerned, nothing in the previous 20 entries has happened. This is Bond's "origin" story and the only thin bit of continuity is Judi Dench's return as Madam M. Forget everything you think you know about 007...For Daniel Craig, this is a triumphant debut. Not since early Connery have we seen a Bond this magnetic. Craig manages to show us both the human and the inhuman sides of Bond, and the portrayal is free of fatuousness...Not since the closing moments of On Her Majesty's Secret Service have we seen such a vulnerable 007...In recent years, I have come to each new James Bond movie with a series of ingrained expectations. For the most part, the Brosnan films met them across the board. Casino Royale defies many of them, and I couldn't be happier. - James Berardinelli 8 of 10
Making full amends for inflicting Goldeneye (1995) on Bondphiles, Martin Campbell returns to helm Casino Royale, adapted from Ian Fleming's first 007 novel by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Oscar winner Paul Haggis (Crash). Although it's impossible to gauge how much creative sway Haggis exerted over the final screenplay, the writing is certainly sharper and much more sophisticated in Casino Royale, which takes place in a post-9/11 world in which Bond goes after international terrorists, rather than cat-stroking madmen bent on global domination...there's so much that's very right about Casino Royale - from the knockout opening action sequence in Madagascar to the sizzling chemistry between Craig and Green - that you leave the theater happily shaken and stirred. - Tim Knight

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Craig,Daniel
Product attributeLabel:   Columbia/tri-Star
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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