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Here is the 21st Bond flick in a long row of Bond movies, and the first to star Daniel Craig as the slick secret service agent James Bond. Based on the 1953 novel and the 1967 movie Casino Royale, the latest version has been adapted by Academy Award winning writer Paul Haggis, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Martin Flick who directed the 1995 Bond film, Golden Eye is directing this movie.

Casino Royale is the first official Bond film to be co-produced by Columbia Pictures, which had produced and originally distributed the 1967 non-canonical film version; this is the result of the 2005 Sony/Comcast consortium's acquisition of Bond film series rights co-owner United Artists.

Casino Royale goes back in time and introduces Bond before he holds a license to kill. Bond is quickly promoted to '00' status after two professional kills in rapid succession. The novice is reckless and rash and he is sent on his first mission to Madagascar to track a terrorist, Mollaka (Sebastian Foucan). Not everything goes to plan and Bond decides to investigate, independently of MI6, in order to track down the rest of the terrorist cell.

Following a lead to the Bahamas, he encounters Dimitrios (Simon Abkarian) and his girlfriend, Solange (Caterina Murino). He learns that Dimitrios is involved with Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), banker to the world's terrorist organizations. Secret Service intelligence reveals that Le Chiffre is planning to raise money in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro at Le Casino Royale. MI6 assigns 007 to play against him, knowing that if Le Chiffre loses, it will destroy his organisation.

'M' (Judi Dench) places Bond under the watchful eye of the beguiling Vesper Lynd (Eva Green). At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together and even torture at the hands of Le Chiffre. In Montenegro, Bond allies himself with Mathis (Giancarlo Giannini) MI6's local field agent, and Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) who is representing the interests of the CIA. The marathon game proceeds with dirty tricks and violence, raising the stakes beyond blood money and reaching a terrifying climax.

Cast: Danny Craig, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen
Genre: Adventure/Action, Drama, Spies
Director: Martin Campbell 

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