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The 21st film in the EON productions' Film/JamesBond film franchise and third adaptation of the ''Literature/JamesBond'' novel ''Literature/CasinoRoyale''. Creator/IanFleming had sold the rights to the novel separately from the rest of the series, which is the reason that it took so long for a proper adaptation of it.

The movie is essentially a ContinuityReboot for the franchise, serving as an OriginsEpisode of how Bond acquired his [[ProfessionalKiller license to kill]] and became the TuxedoAndMartini {{Badass}} he is today. Due to ComicBookTime however, it is still officially part of the same series.

In the film's [[AdaptationExpansion expanded]] first half, Bond earns his 00- status and tracks down a terrorist financier known only as Le Chiffre. In the second half, adapted from [[Literature/CasinoRoyale Fleming's original novel]], Bond must win a high-stakes game of {{poker}} against Le Chiffre to bankrupt the criminal and turn him against his terrorist clients. Along the way, Bond is nearly killed twice, gets tortured by Le Chiffre, and falls in love with the gorgeous accountant in charge of staking him in the game, Vesper Lynd.

The film also features [[PragmaticAdaptation several changes]] to the original novel in its second half, some of which have to do with the time period of the filming : The card game goes from Baccarat to Texas Hold 'Em Poker, the time period from the 1950s to the 2000s, the setting from France to a newly-independent Montenegro, and Bond from a SuperOCD ShellShockedVeteran to a [[DeadpanSnarker Wisecracking]] [[SociopathicHero Sociopath]], which makes the torture scene a different affair altogether. Lastly, the film exchanges Vesper's quiet final scenes and a long discussion between Bond and Mathis on the nature of evil for an action packed showdown in the grand canals of UsefulNotes/{{Venice}}.

''Casino Royale'' was noted for being DarkerAndEdgier than the previous films, with the fight scenes brutal and bloody, and the story hewing closer to a political thriller about tracking down the cash flow of terrorist organizations than an adventure yarn about a superhero secret agent saving the world from megalomaniacs using {{Underwater Base}}s, {{Kill Sat}}s and pilfered [[NukeEm nuclear weapons]].

Followed by ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', one of the few [[ImmediateSequel direct sequels]] in the Bond film franchise.

Under absolutely no circumstances should you confuse this with the [[Film/CasinoRoyale1967 1967 film]] of the same title.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* TenMinuteRetirement: Bond sends in his resignation, but [[spoiler:the death of Vesper]] makes him reconsider, keeping him at Her Majesty's service.
* AgentsDating: Bond and Vesper Lynn break the tension between the AbsurdlyHighStakesGame of Texas Hold'Em. By the end, he's ready to retire and stay with her. [[spoiler: Turns out she's TheMole]].
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: {{Deconstructed}} with Solange, who married Dimitrios and suffered through a loveless, unhappy marriage. Out of spite, she hooks up with Bond, lamenting as she does that she had "so many chances to be happy" with "nice guys" but keeps on being drawn to "bad men" like them instead. Later in the film, her association with the man who helped orchestrate the bomb plot (Dimitrios) and the man who foiled it (Bond) are what gets her tortured to death.
* AnnoyingArrows: A nailgun version, after killing Gettler, Bond pulls out a nail in his back.
* {{Badass}}:
** Creator/DanielCraig's version of Bond is remorseless when he kills, which becomes a theme in the film. He can also apparently smash his way through drywall and takes a nail gun to his shoulder without even a grimace. Which is quite accurate to Creator/IanFleming's original novel version.
** Also, the acrobatic bomber (Sebastian Foucan) who Bond chases in Madagascar. Actually, in this movie a great number of the villains, if not all of them, are this. They lose against Bond, all right, but at least they put up a hell of a fight.
* BadassInANiceSuit: Particularly in the film's final scene.
* BatmanGambit: [[spoiler: Mr. White. He finances Le Chiffre and sends assassins to terrorize him, forcing him to desperately focus his attention on defeating Bond in order to pay off his debts. This animosity strokes Bond's ego to the point where he blindly focuses on defeating Le Chiffre. Mr. White, then, puts Vesper (whom he is blackmailing as well, with her fiance) between the two men to mitigate their final confrontation, where Le Chiffre tortures Bond, giving White an opportunity to kill both (but he only kills Le Chiffre because only Bond knows the password to the account, and Vesper refuses to go through with the deal unless Bond is kept alive). This actually leads to White's downfall, after Vesper preempts this and leaves her cell phone with Bond before she kills herself, allowing him to locate White in the final scene]].
* BilingualBonus: At the end of the embassy shootout, an official tells James "laissez tomber" in unsubtitled French ([[MondeGreen though it sounds like he could also be saying "Listen to me!" in English]]), this phrase in French translates literally to English as "[[PutDownYourGunAndStepAway Let it fall!]]" but colloquially as "Give up!"
* BondGunBarrel: The movie plays with this bit; a part of the actual narrative ''becomes'' the "Bond Shooting At A Gun Barrel's POV" scene.
* BreakTheCutie:
** Bond in the chair with no bottom. Bond being heartbroken [[spoiler:after Vesper's death]], and that causes Bond's depression and weariness seen in most of ''Film/QuantumOfSolace''.
** Vesper as well.
* BriefcaseFullOfMoney:
** The money the African "freedom fighters" give Le Chiffre at the beginning.
** The poker winnings - although initially, it is a 'briefcase full of computer for transferring money', but the trope is definitely being invoked. (Later, Mr. White casually takes a real briefcase full of $100+ million away after the building collapses.)
* BrokenAce: Bond
* ByronicHero: Bond. This marks a completely different personality from the character presented in the franchise; however, he (mostly) returns to his iconic cold, calculating, womanizing personality in {{Skyfall}}.
* {{Bulungi}}: In Madagascar, Bond storms the embassy of a fictional country named "Nambutu".
* TheCameo: In the Miami airport scene, look very closely at who is in the metal detection scanner opposite the Skyfleet plane. Richard Branson decides to make an appearance. This got cut from airings on British Airways flights.
** Earlier in Nassau, Bond exchanges appreciative glances with a sexy tennis player - Victoria's Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio.
* TheCanKickedHim: Bond's first confirmed kill was in a bathroom.
* CaliforniaDoubling: All scenes that take place in Montenegro and the United States (except the actual airport runways) are actually shot in the Czech Republic (that is located in a different climate zone than Montenegro and Florida). Also, Madagascar in the opening is the Bahamas.
* CantKillYouStillNeedYou: Steven Obanno is extremely angry at Le Chiffre for losing his money in the foiled attack at Miami, attacking him in his Montenegro hotel room. He tells Le Chiffre "I would take your hand, but you need it to play poker.", and briefly threatens Le Chiffre's girlfriend.
** [[spoiler: Bond and Mr. White do this to each other. The latter does this to the former because he needs the password to the account; the former does this to the latter at the very end, leading up to the events of ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'']].
* [[spoiler: CartwrightCurse]]: The original.
* CatSmile: Valenka (Le Chiffre's girlfriend).
* ChaseScene: Played straight with the Parkour scene, but subverted for the car chase: When Bond rushes out in his fancy modified Aston-Martin after the people who kidnapped Vesper, he's almost immediately driven off the road by them dropping her in the center of the road. He is summarily captured. (This is taken directly from the book; all that's changed is the model of car.)
* ChekhovsGun:
** Near the beginning is a scene with Le Chiffre playing poker. "I have only 2 pair, and you have a full 17.4% chance of completing your straight". Guess what happens during the big poker game... ([[spoiler:Le Chiffre actually gets a Full House, aces full of sixes, and Bond actually gets a straight flush, the probability of which is ''much'' lower than getting a regular straight.]])
** Early in the movie, [[EverybodyCallsHimBarkeep The Bombmaker]] gets spooked when he sees one of the British agents holding a finger to his ear, giving away that [[OvertAgent he was using an earpiece.]] Later on, when Bond and Vesper are trying to evade a pair of bad guys via FakeOutMakeOut, one of the bad guys notices the earpiece that Bond was using to listen in on Le Chifre with.
** ChekhovsArmoury: The scene where Bond looks through the secret compartments in his car is a more low-key version of the traditional "Pay attention, 007. You'll be needing all of these gadgets before the film is over" scene.
** ChekhovsGunman: When Bond improvises his DrinkOrder (for what more dedicated fans will know is a Vesper Martini), numerous other players ask for the same thing. Only one player changes anything about the order, telling the barman to prepare his martini without the fruit. He later reveals himself as James Bond's [[WorkingTheSameCase brother]] from [[{{CIA}} Langley]].
* ChessMotifs: Variation, with casino and poker motifs.
* CityOfCanals: Including a scene where [[spoiler:Bond sinks a floating building.]]
* TheCommiesMadeMeDoIt: The post-Soviet version. [[spoiler:Vesper Lynd turns out to be working for the bad guys because they have her boyfriend hostage.]]
* CoolCar:
** Just look at Bond's Aston! Just freaking look at it! Even if it was completely stock it would still be gorgeous!
** And the [[ContinuityNod older Aston]] that Bond runs into isn't half bad either.
* ColdBloodedTorture: Pretty disturbing especially for a Bond movie.
* ContinuityReboot: The movie did this to the Bond movie franchise. Though they also have claimed in secondary material that it's a {{Prequel}}. It retains some BroadStrokes, keeping JudiDench as M and the post-UsefulNotes/ColdWar scenario from the Pierce Brosnan films, [[WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell though now she misses the Cold War]], when agents had the decency to defect after a big mistake, rather than seeing Bond as a relic of that era.
* ConsummateProfessional: Daniel Craig's interpretation of Bond... even when he's [[WhatTheHellHero shooting up embassies.]]
* CoolClearWater: During the final action sequence, the water has the clarity of a swimming pool, when in reality, it should be murky, seeing as how a building (and one under construction, no less), just collapsed into it.
* CPRCleanPrettyReliable: At the end, Bond isn't so much trying to restore circulation as [[spoiler:getting one last grope of Vesper's rack.]]
* CosmopolitanCouncil: The players at the high-stakes poker game.
* CovertPervert: Vesper Lynd.
-->'''Vesper:''' I'll be keeping my eyes on the money, and off your perfectly formed arse.
-->'''Bond:''' You noticed?
-->'''Vesper:''' Even accountants have imaginations.
* DarkerAndEdgier: The movie tries to be more mature and realistic than its predecessors -- for example, instead of just adding extra blood, sex, and swearing (all of which existed in previous Bond films), the movie made more subtle changes. Interestingly, some of its darkest elements were actually taken straight from the book (such as the torture scene late in the film). We discover in this film that, for example, to become a 00 Agent one must have at least two confirmed kills under their belt.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: Heavily implied with Bond. After Vesper performs a SherlockScan, she comments that his immediate assumption that she's an orphan is because he himself is one, and while he clearly had private education, he's likely from a poor background, so it was only by the grace of someone's charity. She also believes that the other students ''never'' let him forget this, hence the reason for why he has such a massive chip on his shoulder.
* DareToBeBadass: The chorus from the [[CrowningMusicOfAwesome opening song]] puts a darker spin on this trope, basically couching it in a warning that if you ''don't'' TakeALevelInBadass, you will be dead very quickly:
-->''Arm yourself, because no one else here will save you''
-->''The odds will betray you''
-->''And I will replace you...''
* DeliberatelyMonochrome: The pre-title sequence, prior to Bond receiving his 00 status.
* DemotedToExtra: Felix Leiter in the novel is in contact with Bond from near the beginning and doubles as TheWatson. In the film, he only has a dozen or so lines, and the two don't meet until after [[spoiler:Bond's been cleaned out]].
* DesignStudentsOrgasm: With a playing card theme, in the opening credits. Bond is also hit with flurries of cards and British £10 notes.
* {{Determinator}}: Bond, whenever he's in chase mode. When going after the ''Parkour''-adept bombmaker, he uses a ''bulldozer'' to smash through the obstacles.
* DoubleMeaning: In the theme's lyrics "Life is gone with just a spin of the wheel" can refer either to the casino motif or a critical scene where Le Chiffre gains the upper hand while Bond is driving.
* DoubleMeaningTitle: The title can be taken as an allusion to the Casino Royale (literally "royal casino") where the poker game takes place, or to the "battle royale" (that is, a duel that can only have one winner) that takes place in the casino.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:"The bitch is dead." The line's from the original novel, more or less. Interestingly, M's response to this line provokes a change in 007 that was not there in the novel. Rather than turning hard and misogynistic, he becomes obsessed with revenge. (Of course in either case Bond was simply covering his feelings, showing hatred and contempt instead of the sadness he felt at being betrayed by and losing the woman he loved)]]
* DrinkOrder: Bond's first time ordering a Vesper martini is taken straight from the source material, right down to the waiter's pleased expression as he walks away.
* DropDeadGorgeous: [[spoiler: Vesper Lynd does a SexySoakedShirt scene as a corpse]].
* DungeonBypass: Bond's answer to Mollaka's [[LeParkour freerunning]].
* EvenEvilHasLovedOnes: In a [[FreezeFrameBonus blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment]], when Bond earns his second kill, we see a photo of the target's family on his desk.
* EyeScream: In the final gunfight, [[spoiler:Bond shoots a thug in the eye with a [[NailEm nailgun]]. Ironically, the exact eye that is punctured by the nail was already blind (indicated by the opaque lense of his glasses), if not gone altogether.]]
* FakeOutMakeOut: Fails when a guard spots Bond's earpiece.
* {{Fanservice}}:
** Bond climbing out of the ocean. Many jaws dropped.
** For the more traditional fanservice: Why is that woman in a bathing suit riding a horse on a beach?
** Vesper in the purple dress. Her second dress even more so.
* FiveBadBand:
** TheBigBad: Le Chiffre
** TheDragon: Leo
** TheEvilGenius: Alex Dimitrios
** TheBrute: Kratt
** TheDarkChick: Valenka
** BiggerBad: Mr. White
* FingerSuckHealing: Bond sucks on Vesper's fingers when she is going into shock.
* FlashbackEffects: Bond's flashbacks to his first kill are grainier than the present-day footage.
* Foreshadowing: As noted on the YMMV page, Bond getting knocked from the tournament is treated by Vesper as a result of his reckless behavior, when in fact he was making a very sound call in assuming he would win the hand. [[spoiler: It makes sense upon subsequent viewings why Vesper would refuse to buy him back into the game, and it's not because he's reckless.]]
* FramingTheGuiltyParty: Mathis manages to get [[spoiler: Steven Obanno]]'s murder pinned on Le Chiffre's accomplice Leo, sending the terrorist on a one-way trip to the French slam. Nobody cares.
* FreezeFrameBonus: When Dryden is shot, there's a brief shot of a portrait of him with his family, emphasizing the fact that no matter how you paint him, Bond is a killer.
** Right after [[spoiler: White kills Le Chiffre]], in the latter's final shot, [[spoiler: his eye starts bleeding]]. Overlaps somewhat with IronicEcho, when Bond taunts [[spoiler: Le Chiffre earlier in the film, "I won't consider myself to be in trouble until I start weeping blood."]]
* GainingTheWillToKill: Bond's discussion with Dryden (with flashbacks to a brutal fight between Bond and Dryden's contact) has shades of this. To be promoted to double-0 status, an agent must kill two people. The contact was Bond's first; the second is... *[[KilledMidSentence FWIP]]* ...easier. ''Considerably.''
* GrenadeTag: At the end of the sequence where Bond is trying to prevent the airport bombing, the bomber apparently gets away and triggers the remote detonator for the bomb -- which is when he discovers that Bond planted the bomb on him while they were fighting.
* GroinAttack: What Le Chiffre does with a knotted rope to torture Bond.
* HasAType: James prefers married women. They're less complicated.
* HeroicBSOD: Bond has a variation at the end of one game [[spoiler:after Le Chiffre deliberately uses his tell to fool Bond]] while everyone else leaves the table.
* HistoricalInJoke: When M talks to Bond about the financial loss Le Chiffre has taken as a result of his plot at Miami being foiled, she mentions how the CIA discovered he short-sold large quantities of airline stocks after 9/11, and when the stocks plummeted in the wake of the attacks, Le Chiffre made a fortune. Le Chiffre's MO is to short-sell companies' stocks, stage terrorist attacks on said companies' assets, then sell the shares at cheaper value, so this line seems to suggest that in this universe, Le Chiffre conspired with al-Qaeda to orchestrate the 9/11 attacks, or at the very least, he profiteered off of them.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** The terrorist who tries to blow up a plane via remote detonator, only to find that Bond clipped the bomb to his belt while they were grappling.
** In a less lethal example, before the poker game Bond gives Vesper a dress, stating that it is so she can draw the other players' attention from their cards to her. When she does this later, Bond ends up being more distracted than the rest of them.
** Gettler is killed with the nail gun he used against Bond moments earlier in the climax
* HollywoodNerd: Le Chiffre is very good at math, a poker prodigy, and he has an inhaler.
** Although WordOfGod has it that he doesn't need it for any medical reasons, he just gets off on the amphetamines.
* HostageSituation: Somewhat reversed, in that the hero is the one taking the hostage. Subverted ''again'' in that when Gettler tries to take [[spoiler:Vesper hostage,]] Bond doesn't care what happens to her, because he thinks [[spoiler:she's a double agent.]]
-->'''One Eye:''' I'll kill her!
-->'''Bond:''' Allow me.
* IcyBlueEyes: Bond.
* ImageSong: Chris Cornell's "You Know My Name", which also has cues in the score to act as the LeitMotif before the final scene.
* InformedAttractiveness
-->'''Vesper:''' Hello.
-->'''Mathis:''' I suppose I [[AsYouKnow don't have to tell you]] how beautiful you look. [[HelloNurse Half the people on that table are still watching you.]]
* ItGetsEasier:
-->'''Dryden''': How did he die?\\
'''Bond''': Your contact? Not well. ''[We see Bond knock the guy out by giving him a swirlie in a bathroom sink]''\\
'''Dryden''': Made you feel it, did he? Well, you needn't worry. [[KilledMidSentence The second is]]--''[Bond shoots him in the head at the point where Dryden would've said "easier"]''\\
'''Bond''': [[BondOneLiner Yes. Considerably.]]
* ItMayHelpYouOnYourQuest: ELLIPSIS.
* ItWorksBetterWithBullets:
** In the [[TheTeaser pre-credits sequence]], Dryden tries to shoot Bond with a hidden pistol in his desk, only to learn that Bond had already found and disarmed it.
** The African bomber tries to shoot Bond while on the crane, but he's out of bullets.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeFashionable: An [[InvertedTrope inversion]]: Bond and Lynd are dressing each other up long before their relationship has had much development.
* JackOfAllStats: They make a point of establishing this about Bond early in the movie. He's athletic but can't match the LeParkour skills of his quarry and has to use his brain, working the environment, to make up the difference.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Craig's Bond is shown initially as a cynical and tough guy. However that doesn't mean he has no humanity or he doesn't feel compassion or pity. The "shower" sequence says all.
* KilledMidSentence: Bond does this early in the film on his second confirmed kill, the one that earns him his 00 status.
-->'''Dryden:''' ''[Discussing Bond's first kill]'' Made you ''feel'' it, did he? Well...you needn't worry. The second is--\\
''[[BoomHeadshot Bond shoots him in the head before Dryden would have said "much easier"]]\\
'''Bond:''' ...Yes. ''Considerably.''
* KissOfLife: [[spoiler:Bond tries this on Vesper. [[TearJerker It doesn't work]] and quickly turns into a heartbreaking LastKiss.]]
* {{Kneecapping}}: ''Casino Royale'' ends with Bond locating and knee-capping [[spoiler:TheManBehindTheMan]].
* KungShui: The freerunner hops a fence, Bond hijacks a bulldozer. Freerunner flips through a narrow hole in a wall, Bond powers through the wall. Freerunner hops down several flights of unfinished stairs, Bond hops on a hydraulic lift and smashes the hydraulics. BOND SMASH!
* LeParkour: The original creator of free running plays a bomber running away from Bond. The bomber uses parkour, whereas Bond [[DungeonBypass takes somewhat more of a ''direct'' route...]]
* LogoJoke: The opening {{Vanity Plate}}s, like the scene they lead into, are [[DeliberatelyMonochrome in black-and-white]].
* [[spoiler:LoveInterestTraitor: Double example: this film has Vesper Lynd, playing along with Bond until she steals the money to get her boyfriend (who she's still in love with) back. However, it's suggested that she did fall for Bond as well, cutting a deal to save his life in exchange for going through with the theft. Bond's RoaringRampageOfRevenge in the next film culminates with the reveal that the original boyfriend is himself a traitor, seducing women with access to state secrets and using them to obtain and sell said secrets. Fortunately(?), Vesper's killed before she finds out about that facet of his personality. She dies thinking that she has at least saved the lives of the two men she loved.]]
* MagicalDefibrillator: Bond pulls one out after being poisoned. At first it looks like it's going to be used to treat actual fibrillation, for a change, but in the end it turns into a use-the-defibrillator-to-restart-a-stopped-heart scene after all.
* TheMagicPokerEquation: The final hand plays this straight. [[spoiler:[[DontExplainTheJoke Well, straight flush, actually.]]]] The hands leading up to it play with it a bit, especially with [[spoiler:Le Chiffre's tell.]]
* TheManBehindTheMan: Alex Dimitrios to the parkour bomber, then Le Chiffre to Dimitrios and Mr. White to Le Chiffre. Continues on into ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'', where more men behind Mr. White are revealed.
* MeaningfulEcho: "Money isn't as important as knowing who to trust": What Le Chiffre says to Dimitiros when he reminds him what's important in their organization [[spoiler:and also the last sentence he hears before Quantum sends Mr. White to shoot him.]]
* MetaCasting: The parkour bomb-maker in the beginning is played by Sébastien Foucan, one of the developers of parkour.
* MisplacedWildlife: An early scene in Madagascar has people watching a fight between a mongoose and a cobra... except the mongoose is actually a ferret.
* MobstacleCourse: The LeParkour villain does this when he wants to be a jerk.
* MoodWhiplash: During the exceptionally brutal torture scene, Bond informs Le Chiffre that he has an itch "down there". The villain takes another whack at the poor man's family jewels while Bonds screams: "No, no! To the right! To the right!" before breaking down into hysterical laughter/tears and exclaiming: "Now the whole world's gonna know you died scratching my balls!"
* MythologyGag:
** Vesper's introduction to Bond references Miss Moneypenny, who does not appear in the film.
** Later in the film, a bartender asks him whether he prefers his martini shaken or stirred. Bond responds, "Do I look like I give a damn?"
** And on their way to the casino, Bond jokingly tells Vesper her alias is "Stephanie Broadchest", referencing the naming style of Bond girls like [[Film/{{Goldfinger}} Pussy Galore]], [[Film/DrNo Honey Ryder]] and [[Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice Kissy Suzuki]]. Vesper is very much offended by the choice of alias.
** When M chastises Bond early in the movie, she mentions "Christ, I miss the UsefulNotes/ColdWar," a callback to her character's introduction in ''Film/GoldenEye'', where she chastises Pierce Brosnan's Bond for being a "relic of the Cold War."
** Bond wins a classic Aston Martin [=DB5=], which is one of the best known cars from the older movies.
** Can anyone say "Two measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet, shaken well over ice until chilled, and served with a thin slice of lemon"?
** At the Bodies exhibition in Miami, Demetrios' bag gets tagged number 53, in reference to ''Casino Royale'''s original publication year, 1953.
* NailEm: Gettler attacks Bond with a nail gun in the climax. It appears to have rapid fire function.
* TheNameIsBondJamesBond:
** Bond's iconic introduction serves as the punchline to TheTag at the end of the film, complete with the James Bond {{Leitmotif}}.
** Said by Mathis. ''René'' Mathis.
* TheNamesake: The film is named for the casino in Montenegro where a poker tournament which takes most of the second act happens.
* NeutralFemale: Subverted in the fight with the African warlords. Vesper, idle and shocked, takes a while to react but eventually helps Bond decisively.
* NeverBringAKnifeToAFistFight: Bond can handle the machete-wielding Obanno easily.
* NeverTrustATrailer: You see Bond kissing Vesper in the sea in the poster up there? The scene, which also appears in the trailer, is not in the movie.
* NiceToTheWaiter: Throughout the film, Bond is shown tipping porters, waiters and drivers serving him. As noted under ParkingPayback, Bond crashes the car of a {{Jerkass}} guest who treats him rudely, and in the end, after beating Le Chiffre, Bond gives one of his newly-won casino chips to the dealer (and considering how much they were playing for, that chip probably comes with several zeroes attached).
** It was one of the 500k franc plaques. Since Montenegro is an {{Expy}} of Monaco and presuming French francs, it converts to over US$100,000 at the time of this writing. It pays to give good service.
* NonNudeBathing: Bond finds Vesper sitting fully-clothed under a running shower after she was attacked. Apparently the script originally had her naked, but word is that either Eva Green and/or Daniel Craig decided Vesper would have been too much in shock to undress so they went with that instead.
* OvercomplicatedMenuOrder: The film puts a twist on the usual Franchise/JamesBond martini by having him order one consisting of: "Two measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice and add a thin slice of lemon peel." And after four of the other people at the table decide they want one too (with Leiter telling the waiter to hold the fruit), Le Chiffre sarcastically wonders aloud if anyone's interested in playing poker instead of drinking. This is also a MythologyGag to a specific scene in [[Literature/JamesBond the books]]. Bonds' order is recreated exactly, right down to the waiter's pleased expression.
* ParkingPayback: Bond is mistaken for a valet and ordered by a very condescending guest to park his car. He does so -- by backing it forcefully into a parking barrier, setting off many car alarms. This is not just for kicks and giggles; it's a handy distraction as well so Bond can get a good look at the hotel's security footage. Gets a BrickJoke when the guest spots Bond later that night, double-taking in surprise.
* ThePasswordIsAlwaysSwordfish:
** Subverted. Bond initially thinks "Ellipsis" is some sort of codename, but it turned out to be the letters corresponding to the number code on a security access door at the airport. Go figure.
** And later played straight, when Bond uses the numbers corresponding to "Vesper" as a password -- the name of the woman he's got on his side.
* PineappleSurprise: The would-be-bomber of the Skyfleet prototype tries to use a tiny keyring bomb attached to a fuel tanker truck to blow up the plane. After a long fight with Bond, the bomber triumphantly pushes the switch on his detonator...only to realize that Bond had attached the bomb to his belt loop.
* PragmaticAdaptation: While obviously more well-known and popular, Texas Hold'Em is also far more of a psychological warfare game than Baccarat.
* PrecisionFStrike: When Bond asks "why should I need more time," adding "[[spoiler:the job is done, and the bitch is dead]]."
* ProductPlacement:
** Lots, especially for Sony. The most bizarre one has to be the hotel in the Bahamas storing its surveillance camera footage on Blu-Ray discs...
** Vesper brings up Bond's watch when evaluating his personality, which he corrects her Rolex guess to Omega. The marketing for the film also included Omega ads involving Bond.
*** Gets a little funnier since the release of ''Film/{{Skyfall}}'', as Severine's actress Bérénice Marlohe is a brand ambassador for the watchmakers.
** Aston Martin, both in the [=DB5=] he gets in a poker game (also present in the original movie) and the [[CoolCar shiny brand-new DBS he gets from M]].
* PubliclyDiscussingTheSecret: After making contact with Mathis, Bond and Vesper proceed to discuss their secret mission in a café just off the town square. Mathis also brings up blackmailing Royale's chief of police, with none of the other patrons noticing any of it.
* PunkInTheTrunk: After Bond kills Obanno and his bodyguard, Mathis plants the bodies in the trunk of Le Chiffre's right hand man Leo's car to get him out of the way.
* RaceLift: Felix Leiter (a blond Texan in the novels) is black in this movie and in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' (played by Jeffrey Wright). Leiter had previously been played by white actors in the EON films, although the non-canonical ''Film/NeverSayNeverAgain'' also had a black Leiter, played by Bernie Casey.
* RailingKill: Bond throws Obanno's bodyguard over a stairwell railing before fighting Obanno.
* RatedMForManly
* RedRightHand: As many Bond villains do, most of the bad guys have one.
** Le Chiffre weeps blood from a damaged vessel in his left eye when stressed. [[SarcasmMode Nothing sinister, though]].
** Mollaka in the opening of the movie has chemical burns on the right side of his head, presumably from a botched bombing.
* RewindReplayRepeat: Bond checks the security tapes at the Ocean Club.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: Le Chiffre's plan to sabotage the test flight of a new passenger jet was clearly inspired by the troubles Boeing was having in getting the 787 Dreamliner ready for its first official test flight around that time (the 787 was originally scheduled to start flying in 2008, but due to technological issues, it didn't take to the air until 2011).
* RoadTripAcrossTheStreet: Played for laughs. After playing poker with Dimitrios at the Ocean Club, Bond invites Solange Dimitrios back to his place for a drink. She asks him if it's far, he assures her it isn't, and they set off. Seconds later, he parks the car -- back at the Ocean Club, which is also where he's staying. Making it funnier is the staff member saying "Good evening, sir and welcome back."
* {{Rule of Cool}}: [[spoiler:Bond wins the card game, against master poker players, not by outplaying them or by some great strategy (though he ''was'' probably the chip leader on that last hand; [[FridgeBrilliance the player with the most chips can't lose more on an "all-in" bet than the player with the second most chips--if Bond wasn't the chip leader, or tied for it, the game wouldn't have been over]]), but because he gets a straight flush at the exact right moment in the ideal situation, where everyone else stays in because they all happen to have hands that are near impossible to beat (as opposed to folding when they realize Bond probably has a good hand, which would be the typical outcome), which has even more ridiculous odds. The only reason the audience does not question what is nearly mathematically impossible is that Bond getting a straight flush is flippin' cool.]]
** Nearly mathematically impossible, yes, but ask any card player about their worst bad bet, and it'll sound [[RealityIsUnrealistic almost exactly like Le Chiffre's]]. The odds of aces full (or, better, ''quad'' aces) losing a hand are very low, and yet it happens. What's more, it's more likely to happen in Texas Hold 'Em because of how the game works. Given the cards that came up in the last hand, it would have been ''very'' difficult for any player in that last hand to fold, especially if they were low on chips.
** Bond also tips over all of his chips when going all-in; in real life, this is highly annoying for players and dealers alike since it's easier and quicker to mark amounts when players keep their chips in stacks and shoving them in a pile is just a big messy headache.
* SceneryPorn: [[CaliforniaDoubling Southern Europe]] is ''gorgeous''.
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: Bond doesn't let the fact that a known terrorist and bomb-maker has sought refuge in an embassy stop him from taking him down. M is naturally ''furious''.
* SequelHook: So much that the opening scene of ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'' continues right after Bond gets Mr. White.
* SherlockScan: Bond and Vesper do this to each other on the train.
* ShirtlessScene: Bond at the beach.
* ShootTheShaggyDog: It sure took a long time for Bond and Vesper to go to Italy just for [[spoiler: her to betray him and die.]] Hell, if the movie didn't end 10 minutes before it did the whole thing would've been a ''Main/ShaggyDogStory''; [[spoiler: the trail to the case died, Vesper died, and Le Chiffre died without MI6 getting the information from him that they wanted.]]
* ShowerOfAngst: [[HeroicBSOD Vesper takes one fully clothed]] while Bond tries to comfort her.
* ShowSomeLeg: To give Bond an advantage in the poker game, he gets Vesper a very low-cut dress. It backfires somewhat - Bond ends up [[DistractedByTheSexy just as distracted]], especially since Vesper intentionally ignores his instruction to walk up behind him and instead approaches from the other side of the table so that he can see her coming.
* SomebodySetUpUsTheBomb: At the end of the sequence where Bond is trying to prevent the airport bombing, the bomber apparently gets away and triggers the remote detonator for the bomb -- which is when he discovers that Bond planted the bomb on him while they were fighting. Cue OhCrap from the bomber, and a sardonic grin from Bond.
* SoulBrotha: Felix Leiter.
* StaggeredZoom: At the start of the airport chase sequence.
* StealthPun: Bond wonders why Vesper bought him a dinner jacket, and more importantly, how it perfectly fits him, to which Vesper says "I sized you up" on the train, not just physically but [[SherlockScan psychologically]] as well.
* StockSoundEffect: The klaxon alarm at the embassy had also been used in Osato's office and Blofeld's volcano lair in ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice'' and Sanchez's factory in ''Film/LicenceToKill''.
* StealthPun: Felix Leiter, James Bond's [[SoulBrotha Brother]] From Langley.
* SuperCellReception: Bond is issued a super-awesome [[ProductPlacement Sony]] [[StuckOnBandAidBrand Ericsson]] phone that could make calls from the most isolated places in the world, browse the Internet like it was plugged in with a 1024 kbps data link, with a GPS map that could follow tracker bugs. It follows in the tradition of Bond's obscenely advanced gadgets.
* TamperingWithFoodAndDrink: [[spoiler:Bond gets poisoned and has to defib himself. Ouch.]]
* TheStoic: James Bond.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Cell phones, here probably intended to show how gadgets aren't necessary in the modern world. They looked terrific at the time (remember that GPS?) but amusingly, in today's smartphone era they all now look terribly out of date.
* TheTell
* ThemeMusicWithholding: Done so very well.
* TheseHandsHaveKilled: Vesper goes through this during her ShowerOfAngst, after she's involved with Bond's confrontation with the African warlords. She didn't actually kill anyone, even indirectly (in fact, the action she's angsting over is technically the act of ''saving Bond's life''), but she still has the symptoms.
* TelevisionGeography: Czech Airlines (CSA) planes are seen during the Miami International Airport chase sequence where Bond is chasing down the bomber. Czech Airlines does not fly to the United States at this time, and even then, when it did, it never flew to Miami.
* TooDumbToLive: Carter keeps putting his hand to his ear, thus giving himself away.
--> '''Bond''': Put your bloody hand down!
* TooKinkyToTorture: Not really, but [[InvokedTrope invoked]] by Bond as part of being DefiantToTheEnd. He asks Le Chiffre to scratch an itch for him.
-->''[[GroinAttack *thump*]] "Yeaaaaaargh!'' [[CasualDangerDialogue No! No! To the right! To the right!"]]
* ToThePain: "You know, I never understood all these elaborate tortures. It's the simplest thing... to cause more pain than a man can possibly endure." (Then comes the GroinAttack.)
* TrackingChip: MI6 implants a GPS tracker in James Bond to keep track of him.
* TragicHero: It's written basically as a tragedy, showing Bond's downward spiral of failure and futility. As a spy, he's clearly in over his head and only succeeds in a technical sense through sheer luck and outside intervention. It's only after he loses everything, including Vesper, that he embraces his profession as a super-spy.
* TrailersAlwaysSpoil: The trailers for the film include ''the very last shot of the film'', with Bond in the [[BadassInANiceSuit very nice suit and vest]] while carrying a silenced submachine gun. They do leave out the context and the line that makes that scene so awesome though.
** The action in Venice, making it clear more than just post-victory celebration will occur there.
* TranquilFury: Daniel Craig's portrayal of Bond. Even M is unnerved at how he never ''visibly'' appears angry.
* TroubledFetalPosition: Vesper does this in a ShowerOfAngst. Originally she was supposed to be in her underwear in the scene, but she argued that, traumatized from seeing Bond killing several people, she wouldn't have stopped to get undressed.
* TryAndFollow: Bond chasing after the bomber.
* TwoDecadesBehind: ''Definitely'' an example of PanderingToTheBase. The recipe for the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vesper_(cocktail) Martini]] variant Bond names after Vesper Lynd is taken word-for-word from the novel. The problem is, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lillet Lillet]] stopped making one of its ingredients, Kina Lillet, in 1986, replacing it with a reformulated Lillet (''sans'' the quinine that gave it the "Kina" part of the name) called Lillet Blanc. Not only that, Diageo dropped the alcohol content of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gordon%27s_Gin Gordon's Gin]] by about ten percent in 1992, meaning shaking it with ice (originally meant to drop the sky-high proof to something more palatable) would turn it into the "weak martini" [[Series/TheWestWing President Bartlett]] decries the TuxedoAndMartini. But the film is set in the present-day, and mentions Kina Lillet by name (this also shows up in ''Film/QuantumOfSolace'').
* ViewersAreMorons: Mathis' job is to provide running commentary on the poker games in case the viewers get confused or don't appreciate when something is significant. The worst example is when Bond loses a hand, but says it was part of his plan to discover his opponent's "tell:" his eye twitches when he's bluffing, and he moves his fingers to his eye to stop the twitching. The next hand the villain does this right on schedule. The camera zooms in to make it obvious, but it's not enough. The camera then pans to Mathis, who says, "It's the tell! He's bluffing!" Thanks for reminding us, Mathis!
** He also insists on giving a tally of the money on the table, which, given that he was talking to an ''accountant'', was ''probably'' unnecessary.
* VillainousBreakdown: Le Chiffre is stoic until Bond resists his torture, [[IShallTauntYou and actually mocks him for it]].
-->"''You!'' Are '''SO''' ''WRONG!!''"
* VillainousRescue: [[spoiler:Mr. White interrupting Bond's torture to kill Le Chiffre.]]
* VomitingCop: M's personal assistant, Villiers, when M and Bond are watching [[spoiler:Solange's body being dealt with.]]
** Which is HilariousInHindsight for those who recognize Villiers as Brutus on ''{{Rome}}'', someone much more accustomed to that sort of thing.
* WatchThePaintJob: The effects crew managed to rotate Bond's Aston Martin ''7 times'' for the scene where it's totaled. Makes any car fan weep, and it set a world record in the process. On the DVD extra featurette about how they performed the stunt, they felt it necessary to include a disclaimer noting the car was specially reinforced and DoNotTryThisAtHome. [[ViewersAreMorons As if the average person who buys an Aston Martin's first impulse is to see how many times you can roll it . . . .]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: What happened to Felix Leiter stepping in to bring in Le Chiffre?
* WhatTheHellHero: Subverted. M gives Bond a severe chewing out for shooting the unarmed bombmaker and blowing up an embassy, but her main complaint is that he got caught on videotape doing it.
* WhyWeAreBummedCommunismFell: "Christ, I miss the UsefulNotes/ColdWar." It's also a MythologyGag. When Judi Dench was [[{{Film/GoldenEye}} first cast]] in the Bond universe, while chastising Brosnan!Bond about his trigger-happy nature, she refers to him as a "relic from the Cold War."
* WorthyOpponent: Vesper to Bond, after presenting him with a ''real'' dinner jacket.
--> '''Bond''': It's ''tailored!''
--> '''Vesper''': I sized you up the moment I met you.
* XanatosGambit: Regardless of whether [[spoiler: Le Chiffre or Bond won, Mr. White was still going to get his money: Le Chiffre was desperate to pay off his debts and save his own skin, and Vesper transferred the funds to White's account]].
* YankTheDogsChain: [[spoiler:Bond, HappilyMarried? A beautiful dream, not gonna happen. Especially since it ended badly [[Film/OnHerMajestysSecretService the last time it happened]].]]
* YouCanAlwaysTellALiar: Figuring out Le Chiffre's tell is a key part of Bond's strategy in the poker game. He later tells Vesper that everybody has a tell, except her, [[spoiler:which is foreshadowing that he can't tell she's been lying to him]].
* YouHaveFailedMe: [[spoiler: Mr. White kills Le Chiffre after he failed to get back the money.]]
* YouLookFamiliar: Poker game participant Madame Wu is played by Tsai Chin, who also played the Chinese girl Bond bedded at the beginning of ''Film/YouOnlyLiveTwice''.
* YoureNotMyType: In an exchange between Bond and Vesper.
-->'''Bond:''' Don't worry, you're not my type.
-->'''Vesper:''' Smart?
-->'''Bond:''' Single.
* YourPrincessIsInAnotherCastle: TheBigBad has been defeated, Vesper and Bond do it, all is good... [[spoiler: Vesper suddenly steals 120 million dollars to pay for her fiancé's ransom. And dies.]]
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