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Casino Royale (2006)

A reboot of the series, with Bond winning his 00 status in the pre-credits sequence. Bond is instructed to investigate the funding of terrorism. He tracks down and kills a bomb-maker and takes his mobile phone. Searching through the phone, Bond discovers a text message which he traces to Alex Dimitrios, and then on to financer Le Chiffre. Le Chiffre’s investments involve short-selling stock in successful companies and then engineering terrorist attacks to sink their share prices. Bond foils Le Chiffre’s plan to destroy the prototypeSkyfleet airliner, which forces Le Chiffre to set up a high-stakes poker tournament at the Casino Royale to recoup his fortune. Bond is instructed to beat Le Chiffre and is aided by a member of HM Treasury, Vesper Lynd.

Bond beats Le Chiffre at the poker table, but Lynd is kidnapped by Le Chiffre after the game, as is Bond, who is captured whilst pursuing them; Lynd is ransomed for the money and Bond is tortured. Le Chiffre is subsequently killed by Mr. White, a liaison between Le Chiffre and a number of his clients. Bond learns that his poker winnings were never repaid to the Treasury, which Lynd was supposed to have done, and Bond establishes that she was a double agent. Bond pursues her and is attacked by members of White’s organisation: he survives, but White takes the money and Lynd sacrifices herself in exchange for Bond’s life, as he later finds out from M. Bond subsequently finds and captures White.

James BondDirectorProducer(s)Writer(s)ScreenplayEditorMusicTheme songBudgetGrossDistributed ByReleasedRunning Time
Daniel CraigMartin CampbellMichael G. Wilson, Barbara BroccoliIan FlemingNeal Purvis, Robert Wade and
Paul Haggis
Stuart BairdDavid Arnold"You Know My Name"
David Arnold (Composer)
Chris Cornell (Composer, performer)
$150 million$599,045,960MGM/Columbia Pictures
14 November 2006 (London, premiere)144 minutes
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