Casino Royale (2006) - James Bond 007 :: MI6 - The Home Of.
This is Bond before he is given 00 status, based on the first Ian Fleming novel, Casino Royale, written in 1953. His second kill depicted in a black and white sequence feels like a homage to the book’s Cold War roots and results in Bond achieving his 00 status.
The first James Bond film to be released in color was 1962's Dr. No. The only James Bond film to have been made in black and white was the 1954 television special Casino Royale on Climax.
Casino Royale (2006) is the twenty-first spy film in the Eon Productions James Bond film series, and is the third screen adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1953 novel of the same name. I make no apologies for believing that Daniel Craig really did become the closest thing we've seen to IAN FLEMING's James Bond.
From the very first frame of Casino Royale, it's apparent that this is not your typical James Bond film. It doesn't open in an exotic location, with Bond ready to shoot his way through henchmen. It opens in an empty office building. Quiet. Somber. Black and white. Bond executes his first kill in a down-and-dirty fight, tearing through a bathroom.
Quentin Tarantino revealed in 2004 that he had the wish to make a version of Casino Royale in black and white. He wanted Samuel L. Jackson to play Felix Leiter, with Uma Thurman playing Vesper Lynd. The parkour chase at the start of the movie took six weeks to film. Casino Royale was the first ever James Bond movie to be approved by censors in.
The Casino Royale episode was lost for decades after its 1954 broadcast until a black and white kinescope of the live broadcast was located by film historian Jim Schoenberger in 1981. The episode aired on TBS as part of a Bond film marathon.
Poker is central to the plot of Casino Royale and Bond and Vesper’s first meeting is an appropriately obfuscating sequence of raises and calls. “In poker you don’t play your hand, you play the man across from you,” asserts Bond, and so the playing begins.