Capital Celluloid 2014 - Day 242: Sun Aug 31

Casino Royale (Campbell, 2006): Hippodrome Casino, Leicester Square, 7.45pm

This screening is from the Nomad Cinema. Here is their introduction:
The original Casino Royale (1967) may have been a spoof comedy, but this 2006 take on Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel is a very dark affair. Daniel Craig stars in his first role as 007 in what the producers were hoping would be a successful reboot of the Bond franchise - and they certainly succeeded. Set at the beginning of Bond’s career as a secret agent, we see a less experienced and far more vulnerable man, as he typically falls in love with a treasury employee [the exquisite Eva Green] assigned to help him bankrupt a terrorist in a high-stakes game of poker.

No need to gamble on us though: go all in and grab yourself a ticket to see this contemporary classic in the extraordinary, atmospheric setting of the Hippodrome Casino in London’s West End. Go on, take our advice...

Tickets include one Super Odd Chip, courtesy of The Hippodrome Casino.
Please note: This screening is partly seated at tables in cabaret style [first come, first seated] with waiter service throughout the film.


Chicago Reader review:
Clive Owen seemed like the natural choice, but in casting Daniel Craig as the new James Bond, franchise owners Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson opted for someone who looked cold enough to kill a man with his bare hands. That he does, in a brutal black-and-white opening sequence, and for the rest of the movie Craig's wardrobe seems to alternate between crisp evening clothes and other people's blood. The script updates Ian Fleming's first Bond novel to a post-9/11 world and scales back the silliness that always seems to creep into the series; director Martin Campbell (The Mask of Zorro) contributes some superior action set pieces but keeps the camp and gadgetry to a minimum. With Eva Green, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, and liver-lipped Mads Mikkelsen as the villain, an international terrorism financier who weeps drops of blood.

JR Jones

Here (and above) is the trailer.

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