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Trivia / Casino Royale (2006)

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  • 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.
    • Le Chiffre in the novel is described as overweight and unattractive. This is in stark contrast to Mads Mikkelsen's Handsome Lech portrayal and good looks (the man made it to several "sexiest man alive" polls and others declared him "sexiest man in Denmark").
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  • Approval of God: Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan all lent Craig their support. Moore in particular was reportedly very impressed with it.
  • California Doubling:
    • 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.
    • When Bond arrives in Nassau, he is driving on the right hand side of the road. Nassau is a left-hand drive country.
  • Cast the Expert:
    • The parkour guy that James Bond pursues in the foot chase 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.
  • Deleted Scene:
    • The opening sequence is longer.
    • A scene after Bond and Vesper arrive in Montenegro.
    • Bond being rushed to the hospital after his torture.
    • The scene of Bond escorting Vesper out of the hotel is longer.
  • Dyeing for Your Art: Daniel Craig buffed up, quit smoking 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: The British Vesper Lynd is played by the French Eva Green.
  • Fan Nickname: "Bond Begins".
  • Follow the Leader: The filmmakers were inspired by Batman Begins to do a complete reboot of the series.
  • International Coproduction: The film was officially an English-American-German-Czech co-production, thereby qualifying for various regional incentives to encourage film investment in Europe.
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  • Promoted Fanboy: James Ferguson, an Aberdeen physician, was the one who came up with the poisoning sequence — having been a huge fan of James Bond. He's been retained as the medical advisor on the subsequent films.
  • Star-Making Role: For both Daniel Craig and Eva Green. While Craig had a respectable body of work beforehand and was somewhat known in his native country for Layer Cake and Green had started her momentum with Kingdom of Heaven, this brought them to mainstream attention.
  • Technology Marches On: 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.
  • Throw It In!: Bond standing up out of the water was a complete accident. He was meant to continue swimming but he ran into a sand dune and instinctively stood up.
  • Wag the Director: Vesper was scripted to be in her underwear for the shower scene. Daniel Craig had it changed to wearing her dress, feeling she would not have stopped to undress before getting in.
  • What Could Have Been: Enough for its own page.
  • You Look Familiar: Poker game participant Madame Wu is played by Tsai Chin, who played the Chinese girl Bond bedded at the beginning of You Only Live Twice.


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