Trivia: Casino Royale

  • Ability Over Appearance: Daniel Craig got a lot of controversy when he was cast as James Bond because he looked very different from the past Bonds, being derisively referred to as "James Blond." This all went away, of course, once the film came out, and he got rave reviews. He may have invoked the trope since he refused to dye his hair black for the role.
  • The Cameo:
    • There's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it appearance by rock-star executive Richard Branson: he's one of the people being scanned when Bond goes through Miami Airport security. They actually had to cut this little bit for inflight showings on British Airways flights, due to Branson's airline Virgin Atlantic being a rival competitor to British Airways in transatlantic air travel
    • A similarly short appearance by VS Angel Alessandra Ambrosio as a sexy tennis player who gives Bond the eyes in Nassau.
    • One of the poker players is played by Tsai Chin, who played Ling, the Chinese girl Bond beds in the pre-credits sequence of You Only Live Twice.
  • Cast the Expert:
    • The parkour guy that James Bond pursues in the Le Parkour scene at the beginning of the film is Sébastien Foucan, one of the inventors of Le Parkour.
    • When Bond plays poker at the Ocean Club and wins Dimitrios's car, the dealer running the game is an actual professional poker dealer who works at that establishment.
  • Death by Cameo: The director of the film plays a truck driver who has his neck snapped at the Miami airport.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Daniel Craig buffed up and put on twenty pounds of muscle for the role of Bond. In an aversion of the literal meaning of the trope, many critics moaned about Craig's hair being blonde in the film.
  • Fake Brit: Eva Green is French.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Tyrone from Snatch is apparently a poker ace too.
    • Le Chiffre's stockbroker is none other than Duggan (Tom Chadbon).
    • The warlord that Le Chiffre meets at the beginning would later go on to appear on the seventh season of 24, ironically enough as a prime minister opposing a similar warlord.
    • Spanish people watching this film could easily recognize the casino director as Jacques Noiret.
    • That's Sgt. Werner Rachtman contacting Vesper while in Venice
    • Madame Wu is also S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent May's mother.
    • Hey, It's That Plane!: The plane that served as the experimental skyliner is now located at Dunsfield Aerodrome, also home of Top Gear. You can frequently catch glimpses of it behind the test track, and Jeremy Clarkson actually tows it during a tractor "drag" race in one episode.
  • Mythology Gag: To get this you have to read several of the original novels, especially Goldfinger. Throughout the series there are references to the game at the Casino Royale including the names and positions of the players. The large black gentleman? Mr. Big from Live and Let Die. The touristy woman to Felix's left? In the book Goldfinger, she and her husband ask Bond to investigate Goldfinger's cheating them.
  • Non-Appearing Title: "You Know My Name" has no mention of "Casino Royale" because according to Chris Cornell, he "couldn't imagine it fitting into a song lyric that would come out of my mouth"
    "''Casino Royale'' didn't make a good rock title, but I would write a song named Octopussy just for fun".
  • Historical In-Joke: A throwaway line from M suggests that Le Chiffre may have orchestrated the 9/11 attacks, or at the very least, profited off of them
  • What Could Have Been: Approximately half the male actors in film were rumored as being considered for the role of Bond. Of note, Henry Cavill was the runner-up, but at age 22, was considered too young.
    • A lot of the examples of this trope for this film involve the constant struggle of MGM and EON to secure/keep/re-secure the rights to the novel.
      • As Hitchcock notes, when MGM first had the rights, they wanted Alfred Hitchcock to direct, with Cary Grant as Bond. Sadly, that fell through. And then Columbia got the rights and did that other film....
      • Quentin Tarantino often expressed his desire to do the film—as a prequel to the classic series instead of a reboot, set before Dr. No. He also noted that if a literal prequel were impossible, he'd have kept Pierce Brosnan. (He's since half-joked that his interest in doing Casino Royale was what led to the studio trying to secure the rights for the book again.)