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Casino Royale Director Admits Mistake In Iconic James Bond Poker Scene

by : Cameron Frew on : 28 Nov 2020 18:03
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Casino Royale’s poker scenes are some of the best in the movie. However, its director has admitted there’s a mistake. 

The 2006 film introduced a new era of James Bond in Daniel Craig, an athletic, vulnerable brute unlike any 007 we’d seen before, albeit with shades of Timothy Dalton.

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As the title goes, Montenegro’s Casino Royale plays a pivotal role as Bond and Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) go head-to-head in a high stakes Texas hold ’em tournament. While seemingly flawless, there is one ‘amusing’ error, according to Martin Campbell.

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Campbell, who also directed Pierce Brosnan’s Bond introduction with GoldenEye, looked back on the poker sequence in a new interview with Polygon. ‘There was a lot of [card] playing in it. It was the thing I sweated on more than anything else,’ he said.

He added, ‘I think the sequence was pretty convincing. What you realise is, it’s not just the card games – it’s the stakes. It’s also two guys eye-f*cking one another, basically. That was the secret.’

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Of course, Bond comes out on top at the end with a straight flush, winning a whopping $115 million. Just before the film kicks into a further dramatic gear, Bond slips the dealer a plastic chip worth $500,000, which isn’t worth anything outside the game.

Campbell said, ‘I always laugh at the end when Bond just flips him half a million. It was just amusing to me – it’s not Bond’s money.’

The director added, ‘This is sort of Bond before he becomes Bond, thinking with his heart instead of his head. From a dramatic point of view, each of the card games has a good climax.’

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Cameron Frew

After graduating from Glasgow Caledonian University with an NCTJ and BJTC-accredited Multimedia Journalism degree, Cameron ventured into the world of print journalism at The National, while also working as a freelance film journalist on the side, becoming an accredited Rotten Tomatoes critic in the process. He's now left his Scottish homelands and taken up residence at UNILAD as a journalist.

Topics: Film and TV, James Bond

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    Casino Royale’s poker scene was as elaborate as a James Bond stunt