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"CASINO ROYALE"
(2006) (Daniel Craig, Eva Green) (PG-13)

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QUICK TAKE:
Drama/Action: A British secret agent tries to thwart a villain's efforts to finance terrorist operations.
PLOT:
With his two obligatory kills, British secret agent James Bond (DANIEL CRAIG) has just achieved the rare status of "007." Following the damage and strained international relations caused by his deadly efforts to nab a criminal, however, his MI6 superior, M (JUDI DENCH), is displeased with his rash and impulsive ways, leaving her uncertain if he's the right man for the job. Nevertheless, he continues on the trail that he hopes will lead to financier Le Chiffre (MADS MIKKELSEN) who's funding international terrorists with the likes of fellow criminal Alex Dimitrios (SIMON ABKARIAN), which, naturally, leads Bond into the arms of Dimitrios' wife, Solange (CATERINA MURINO).

But such extracurricular activities must wait as Bond follows Dimitrios and thwarts a terrorist plot designed to generate a stock windfall. Now in need of the funds to pay his terrorist contacts, Le Chiffre sets up a high-stakes, invitation-only poker match at a casino in Montenegro. Local field agent Rene Mathis (GIANCARLO GIANNINI) manages to get Bond into the game, with British government agent Vesper Lynd (EVA GREEN) supplying his betting money, and undercover CIA agent Felix Leiter (JEFFREY WRIGHT), who's also after Le Chiffre, posing as another player.

As they try to thwart the villain's effort to raise the money he needs to finance the terrorists, Bond must also deal with attempts on his life, double-agents, and the fact that he finds himself falling for Vesper.

WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
If they're fans of the Bond films and/or anyone in the cast, it's a good bet they will.
WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG-13
For intense sequences of violent action, a scene of torture, sexual content and nudity.
CAST AS ROLE MODELS:
  • DANIEL CRAIG plays a British secret agent with a license to kill, and he does just that while trying to thwart Le Chiffre's efforts to finance terrorist operations. He also drinks, uses some profanity, has an impulsive temper, and fools around with Solange (knowing she's married) and apparently has sex with Vesper.
  • EVA GREEN plays the British government agent who's in charge of Bond's betting money at the big poker tournament. She ends up becoming both his assistant and lover, although she easily holds her own against him in terms of smarts and confidence. She also drinks.
  • MADS MIKKELSEN plays the financier who funds various international terrorist actions and wishes to have Bond killed to keep him out of the way.
  • JUDI DENCH plays Bond's superior who isn't sure she picked the right man for the job as she tries to get him to behave in the proper way. She uses some profanity and drinks.
  • JEFFREY WRIGHT plays an undercover CIA agent who's also posing as a player at the poker tournament so that he can try to stop Le Chiffre. He also drinks.
  • GIANCARLO GIANNINI plays a local field agent who assists Bond and Vesper and drinks.
  • SIMON ABKARIAN plays another criminal type who's in cahoots with Le Chiffre in setting up terrorist actions.
  • CATERINA MURINO plays his comely wife who wants to have sex with Bond.
  • CAST, CREW, & TECHNICAL INFO

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    OUR WORD TO PARENTS:
    Here's a quick look at the content found in this dramatic action flick that's rated PG-13. Profanity consists of some mild expletives, while some colorful phrases are also uttered, as is some non-explicit, sexually related dialogue and innuendo.

    Off-screen sex is implied and we see some fooling around among unmarried couples (including one woman cheating on her husband with another man). Women are seen in revealing attire, as is the protagonist in small swim trunks, while he's also seen bound completely nude to a chair to be tortured (seen from the side in a dimly lit room).

    Beyond that scene, other violence consists of people being killed or wounded by various means, while all sorts of brutal fighting and property damage occurs in various scenes, there's a bad car wreck, and a person is seen as they drown.

    Some of that has rather bloody results, and a museum display shows human cadavers in various stages of having been dissected and then set in everyday poses. Some of the violence and other moments of peril might be unsettling or suspenseful to viewers

    Some of the stunts and other action may be enticing for some kids to imitate, while various characters have varying degrees of bad attitudes, and drinking occurs in a number of scenes.

    If you're still concerned about the film and its appropriateness for yourself or anyone else in your home who may be interested in seeing it, we suggest that you take a closer look at our detailed listings for more specific information regarding the film's content.

    For those prone to visually induced motion sickness, there are varying amounts of camera movement in the film.


    ALCOHOL OR DRUG USE
  • Miscellaneous people drink beer while watching a cobra vs. mongoose contest.
  • Others with Le Chiffre drink.
  • Miscellaneous people have drinks.
  • Bond has a drink.
  • Bond invites Solange for a drink.
  • Bond has a drink on a train, and then he and Vesper have wine.
  • Bond, Vesper, and Mathis have champagne in front of them.
  • Miscellaneous people drink at a casino where Bond orders a drink and other poker players do the same (after liking the sound of his order). We also see Vesper and Mathis with drinks. Later in the same scene, we see more drinking.
  • Following a brutal fight, Bond downs a drink in one gulp.
  • Bond orders a martini, and when asked if he wants it shaken or stirred, he curtly replies, "Do I look like I give a damn?" (having just been in a brutal fight).
  • Bond and Vesper have drinks with dinner.
  • BLOOD/GORE
  • Le Chiffre has an old but still bad-looking scar from his brow, over his eyelid and down onto the top of his cheek. From time to time, and due to that previous wound, he bleeds from his tear duct (just a little that he then wipes away).
  • A man Bond chases has bad scars and/or lesions on his skin (face and arms).
  • During a fight, both Bond and the man he's pursuing have blood on their heads.
  • We see a photo of a dead guy with a small, bloody bullet hole in his head.
  • We see a museum display that features human corpses (and one horse) in various stages of dissection, posed as if doing normal things (such as playing cards). Some are nearly just skeletons, but others show muscles, skin, and such, thus giving them something of a ghastly look.
  • Bond's face is bloody following a fight.
  • A man injects a tracking device into Bond's forearm, leaving a small but bloody mark there.
  • Immediately after a fight, both Bond and the thug he's just killed have bloody faces. We then see Bond back in his hotel room, shirtless, with various bloody cuts on his face, chest, and elsewhere.
  • From a distance, we see dead bodies in a car trunk.
  • The woman with Le Chiffre pours some sort of poison into Bond's drink in the casino. He immediately has a reaction, goes into the bathroom and drinks a lot of salt water to make him vomit (we see that).
  • Bond is bloody following a bad car wreck.
  • We a dead man's face on the floor with a bullet hole in his head.
  • Vesper's face is somewhat bloody after being trapped in a collapsed building.
  • DISRESPECTFUL/BAD ATTITUDE
  • Le Chiffre, Dimitrios, and all of the villains obviously have bad attitudes (particularly Le Chiffre who's funding terrorists).
  • For those opposed to betting, we see people doing that on a contest between a cobra and a mongoose, while a long sequence in the middle of the film is all about high-stakes poker.
  • Bond violates the one unbreakable rule of government by illegally entering another country's embassy and killing a man there (all while on the job).
  • After a rude man thinks Bond is the valet and throws him his keys, Bond takes the man's vehicle and purposefully backs into a parking lot structure, damaging it and another vehicle parked on the other side.
  • When Solange shows up, Dimitrios meanly says if she's there for good luck (as he gambles) she's two hours late.
  • Solange nearly cheats on Dimitrios with Bond, but he leaves on business before they have sex (we see them making out on the floor).
  • There's talk of people profiting from the decline of airline stocks after 9/11 and that someone was wanting to do the same in this story about the debut of the world's largest passenger plane (by destroying it, which Bond thwarted).
  • When Bond says that Vesper isn't his type, she asks, "Smart?" He replies, "Single."
  • During the course of the film, we learn that several people who've been helping Bond double-cross him.
  • FRIGHTENING SCENES
  • Scenes listed under "Violence," "Blood/Gore" and "Jump Scenes" may be unsettling, suspenseful, or scary to younger viewers and/or those with low tolerance levels for such material. Those who don't fall into either of those categories will probably find it less so (viewing it more as action and adventure).
  • We see a museum display that features human corpses (and one horse) in various stages of dissection, posed as if doing normal things (such as playing cards). Some are nearly just skeletons, but others show muscles, skin, and such, thus giving them something of a ghastly look.
  • The woman with Le Chiffre kisses him back in their hotel room, but they're suddenly grabbed around the throat by thugs who want the money Le Chiffre owes them. One man says he's going to cut off the woman's arm with a machete, has her stick it out, and then takes the blade down to her arm, but stops.
  • The woman with Le Chiffre pours some sort of poison into Bond's drink in the casino. He immediately has a reaction, goes into the bathroom and drinks a lot of salt water to make him vomit (we see that). With the camera representing his woozy state, he goes out to his specially equipped car where he injects a needle into his arm to send a blood analysis back to headquarters. Those there realize the severity of the poisoning and tell him to use the portable defibrillator on himself immediately. He then fumbles with it trying to do so, and is barely staying conscious while waiting for it to charge. He then tries using it, but it doesn't work as he sees a cable is unplugged. But before he can plug it back in, he passes out, and we hear his heartbeat slowing until it stops. Just then, Vesper comes across the scene, plugs in the cable, and then zaps him back to life.
  • One of Le Chiffre's goons uses a knife to remove the tracking device from Bond's arm (we don't see the actual cutting).
  • In a somewhat dimly lit room, we see that Le Chiffre has Bond bound to a chair nude, where the seat has been cut out so that his butt and crotch hang down through the opening. We see the side of his bare butt as well as him shirtless, but not his crotch. Le Chiffre then uses a thick rope with a heavy end to whack Bond repeatedly, including to the crotch area (trying to make Bond disclose something). Le Chiffre also smacks Bond several times and we hear the sound of Vesper apparently being tortured in another room. Le Chiffre then kicks Bond backwards in the chair to the floor and is seemingly going to cut off his testicles with a knife, but is interrupted before doing so.
  • Bond tries to save a woman who's trapped in a metal elevator in a building that's collapsed and is now underwater. He struggles to open the metal doors but can't, and we then see the woman drown (seen in full). He eventually pulls her body to the surface and performs CPR on her, but it's too late.
  • GUNS/WEAPONS
  • Handguns/Machine Guns/Knives/Explosives/Machete: Carried and/or used to threaten, wound, or kill others and/or cause property damage. See "Violence" for details.
  • During the opening credits featuring blocky, animated characters, we see them firing guns, slicing at others with knives, etc.
  • IMITATIVE BEHAVIOR
  • Phrases: "Who the hell do they think they are?" "Prigs," "Where the hell is he?" "Bastards," "How the hell does he know these things?" "That slimy bugger," "What the hell are you up to?" "A cold-hearted bastard," "What's so damn important?" "You're a bloody idiot," "Do I look like I give a damn?" "Scratching my balls" and "The bitch is dead."
  • All of the fighting, stunt work and such may be enticing for some kids to try to imitate.
  • After a rude man thinks Bond is the valet and throws him his keys, Bond takes the man's vehicle and purposefully backs into a parking lot structure, damaging it and another vehicle parked on the other side.
  • We see a miscellaneous woman's bare midriff.
  • JUMP SCENES
  • None.
  • MUSIC (SCARY/TENSE)
  • An extreme amount of action-oriented, suspenseful, and ominous music plays in the film.
  • MUSIC (INAPPROPRIATE)
  • None.
  • PROFANITY
  • At least 7 hells, 3 damns, 2 asses, 1 bugger and 1 use each of "Christ," "For God's sakes" and "My God."
  • SEX/NUDITY
  • We see a military man with his shirt open.
  • We see a close-up, side view of a shapely woman coming out of the ocean and climbing onto a yacht (seen in silhouette, she then later shows cleavage).
  • We see Solange in a bikini top (that shows cleavage) and sarong around her waist riding on horseback. Bond then comes out of the surf, shirtless and fit, watching her.
  • We see Solange in a skintight, low-cut dress that shows cleavage.
  • We see Bond on top of Solange on the floor, passionately kissing her (she's in the same cocktail dress that shows cleavage). After he starts asking questions, she says she's afraid he'll sleep with her to get to Dimitrios (her husband). When Bond then asks how afraid, she says not enough to stop. She then gets on top of him and then they reverse again. He then kisses down her body, but a phone call interrupts them.
  • Vesper makes a comment about Bond's perfectly formed "ass." He's then pleased that she noticed but she suggests she was just using her imagination (or something like that).
  • Telling Vesper about the aliases they'll be using, Bond says her name will be "Stephanie Broadchest."
  • About asking Vesper to wear a provocative dress at a high-stakes card game, Bond tells her that he needs the other players thinking about her neckline rather than their cards. We then see her in that dress that shows cleavage, while some miscellaneous women also show cleavage in other outfits.
  • The woman with Le Chiffre kisses him back in their hotel room, but they're suddenly grabbed around the throat by thugs who want the money Le Chiffre owes them.
  • Bond joins Vesper in the shower (both are fully clothed, and he does so to console her after she's upset and shell-shocked from witnessing deadly violence). When she comments on blood on her fingers, he sucks on a few of her fingertips, but that's all that occurs.
  • Vesper shows some cleavage.
  • A woman with Le Chiffre wears a cocktail dress with a skimpy top comprised of straps that crisscross her breasts (her back is mostly bare).
  • In a somewhat dimly lit room, we see that Le Chiffre has Bond bound to a chair nude, where the seat has been cut out so that his butt and crotch hang down through the opening. We see the side of his bare butt as well as him shirtless, but not his crotch. Le Chiffre then uses a thick rope with a heavy end to whack Bond repeatedly, including to the crotch area (trying to make Bond disclose something, but he refuses and mocks Le Chiffre despite the pain, including commenting about him "scratching my balls").
  • Vesper says she likes seeing Bond when he wakes up, saying that the way he looks at her makes her feel reborn. Bond then suggestively asks wouldn't that mean she'd be naked (being reborn), with her saying, "You have me on that" and then, "You can have me anywhere." She then comments on his smile and little finger, with him saying that's because she knows what he can do with his little finger. We then see the two of them passionately kissing and falling back onto a bed, but they then accidentally roll off and crash behind the bed.
  • We see Bond come out of the water in rather small swim trunks.
  • We see Bond passionately kissing Vesper on the beach (on top of her).
  • We see Bond and Vesper's leg's intertwined and playfully moving about just out from under some bedcovers. She then gets up (it's possible we see a side view of her naked torso, but it's split-second at best). She then gets dressed (and shows cleavage in her dress) while he's shirtless.
  • SMOKING
  • None.
  • TENSE FAMILY SCENES
  • Solange nearly cheats on Dimitrios with Bond, but the latter leaves on business before they have sex (we see them making out on the floor).
  • TOPICS TO TALK ABOUT
  • Spies and secret agents.
  • Possessing a government license to kill.
  • Bond violates the one unbreakable rule of government by illegally entering another country's embassy and killing a man there (all while on the job).
  • M tells Bond he needs to take his ego out of the situation.
  • There's talk of people profiting from the decline of airline stocks after 9/11 and that someone was wanting to do the same in this story about the debut of the world's largest passenger plane (by destroying it, which Bond thwarted).
  • Bond's poker strategy of playing the person opposite of you rather than your hand.
  • VIOLENCE
  • We see a flashback to Bond attempting to make his first official kill. He battles a man in a public restroom, with each brutally punching, kicking and otherwise striking and bashing the other into stalls, walls, and such. During this, the victim fires his gun but doesn't hit Bond who ends up drowning the man in a filled sink. We then see Bond going to exit, and the man then suddenly grabbing his gun on the floor. Bond then spins and shoots, but we don't see the impact.
  • Bond's next victim tries to shoot him with a gun he retrieves from his desk, but Bond has previously emptied it. Bond then shoots that man dead, blowing him backwards out of his chair (no blood).
  • During the opening credits featuring blocky, animated characters, we see them firing guns, slicing at others with knives and otherwise fighting. The victims then turn into playing cards and fall away, while fake blood is also seen from such action.
  • We see people betting on a contest between a cobra and a mongoose (the latter wins by biting the neck of the former).
  • Bond gets into a prolonged chase of a suspect through a construction zone and then beyond. During this, Bond commandeers a bulldozer and gives chase, with the suspect firing into the glass on the cab. Bond isn't hurt and drives the bulldozer into a structure, damaging it. The suspect then flees up a building under construction, scaling its girders. During this, he throws one man to his death below (he lands hard and some sort of tank or canister with him explodes) and shoots another, all while ascending the structure via girders and cables, all with Bond in hot pursuit. The two end up on a crane high above the city where the man tries to shoot Bond, but his gun is empty. Thus, he throws his gun at Bond who catches it and throws it back at him, nearly knocking the man from the crane (he briefly dangles from it). The two then exchange blows (punches and kicks) before the man escapes by jumping from one crane down to another below it and then down onto a roof and beyond (doing lots of acrobatic jumps from one structure to the next). Bond tries to do the same but barely grabs hold of the second crane and then continues the chase. The man runs into several people while escaping from the scene and then goes into his embassy (into which Bond leaps from atop a passing truck). Bond then finds and holds his gun on the man, but must deal with another who tries to shoot him (Bond bashes his head down onto something). He then fights with the first man, but alerted guards then open fire at them with machine guns, with some bystanders getting shot in the process. Bond shoots some water or steam pipes (to create a distraction), punches and kicks some of the guards and tries to remove the suspect from the premises, but finds himself outmanned and outgunned. After giving up the man, Bond suddenly shoots him dead and then fires into some sort of canister or gas tank that results in a huge explosion, allowing Bond to escape.
  • After a rude man thinks Bond is the valet and throws him his keys, Bond takes the man's vehicle and purposefully backs into a parking lot structure, damaging it and another vehicle parked on the other side.
  • Dimitrios tries to get Bond with a switchblade in a museum, but Bond grabs his hand and both struggle with that between them without trying to garner any attention. Bond then strikes Dimitrios, spins him around and stabs him with the blade (we don't see the impact).
  • Bond slowly pursues a villain through an airport, setting off the sprinklers to create some confusion. The man then gets outside and breaks a worker's neck to take his fuel truck that he plans to ram into a huge airplane making its debut. Bond then jumps onto the truck, with the driver swerving to try to throw him off. Bond then ends up dangling from the side of the truck with the man then trying to sideswipe him into another large vehicle (Bond jumps out of the way just in time and barely avoids being run over by the other vehicle). The driver then tries shooting Bond and drives through a luggage cart and then a bus (that explodes) while headed toward the plane. Back on the truck, Bond then swings into the cab and kicks the man, with both punching and smashing the other around. Airport police are now driving alongside the truck and shoot out the tires, with the truck crashing into one cop car. As they fight, they end up on a runway and barely avoid a plane that's landing (its engines blow a cop car back through the air). The man then kicks Bond out of the truck and he dangles from the mangled door, but gets back in with more fighting occurring (elbows, knees, fists, etc.). The man then jumps out, and Bond gets behind the wheel as the truck crashes through more vehicles, but the brakes won't work and the steering wheel is tied off in the direction of the plane. Bond then unties that and just manages to turn the leaking fuel truck before it hits the plane. He then gets out, only to have the airport cops strike and knock him to the tarmac. The villain, dressed as a cop and standing off to the side, then tries to detonate an explosive attached to the truck, but learns too late that Bond has attached it to him (the man) who is presumably killed from the unseen but heard explosion.
  • We see a dead, wet, and sandy woman lying face down in a hammock, and M mentions the woman was tortured before she was killed.
  • The woman with Le Chiffre kisses him back in their hotel room, but they're suddenly grabbed around the throat by thugs who want the money Le Chiffre owes them. One man says he's going to cut off the woman's arm with a machete, has her stick it out, and then takes the blade down to her arm, but stops.
  • A thug tries to shoot Bond who ducks into a hotel stairwell with Vesper. That thug then races in, but Bond throws him over the railing and must then contend with a second thug who repeatedly tries to strike Bond with a machete. The two then end up fighting on several levels in the stairwell, punching, kicking and bashing each other around, tumbling down the steps and such. When they get to the bottom (and we see the first thug's body), they struggle even more, with Vesper wrestling a handgun from the thug's hand (it fires but doesn't hit anyone) with Bond then strangling him to death.
  • The woman with Le Chiffre pours some sort of poison into Bond's drink in the casino, which nearly kills him.
  • After having been poisoned, Bond stumbles out toward his car and through traffic, with one car seemingly partly sideswiping him (he's okay from that slight impact).
  • Bond sees men grab and throw Vesper into a car, so he gives chase in his. But when he's speeding down the road at night, he suddenly sees her lying bound in the middle of the road and thus swerves to avoid her. That results in a bad wreck where his car flips and tumbles down the road, severely damaging it and injuring him.
  • One of Le Chiffre's goons uses a knife to remove the tracking device from Bond's arm (we don't see the actual cutting).
  • In a somewhat dimly lit room, we see that Le Chiffre has Bond bound to a chair nude, where the seat has been cut out so that his butt and crotch hang down through the opening. We see the side of his bare butt as well as him shirtless, but not his crotch. Le Chiffre then uses a thick rope with a heavy end to whack Bond repeatedly, including to the crotch area (trying to make Bond disclose something, but he refuses and mocks Le Chiffre despite the pain, including commenting about him "scratching my balls"). Le Chiffre also smacks Bond several times and we hear the sound of Vesper apparently being tortured in another room. Le Chiffre then kicks Bond backwards in the chair to the floor and is seemingly going to cut off his testicles with a knife, but is interrupted before doing so.
  • We hear several gunshots from another room and a goon then enters our scene where he shoots another villain dead (we don't see the impact, but do see his face on the floor with a bullet hole in his head).
  • Two men walk up behind another and use shock devices to subdue him (he goes limp from the shock and they drag him off).
  • Bond pursues a person who's stolen a large sum of money, and we see an assassin waiting for him, but Bond shoots that man dead. He then confronts and fights with various thugs, one who tries to get him with a knife, while others shoot machine guns at him (he returns fire with his handgun). During this, Bond shoots some sort of tubing in the bottom of a building at Venice, causing that to burst and flood the basement. That eventually causes the building to start to collapse, all as more fighting occurs, such as Bond hitting one man with a board, sending him falling through the floor as his machine gun fires and hits another man. Bond then fights another man and uses him as a shield from another man firing bullets or nails (from a nail gun) at him. More fighting continues, with punching, kicking, and close calls for Bond. A man is shot in the back with a nail gun, Bond use a large electrical cable to shock a man, fights with another and fires a nail gun through a thug's dark glasses (we don't see the impact but do see the nail sticking out of the dark lens). We also see Bond pull a nail from some part of his own body.
  • Bond tries to save a woman who's trapped in a metal elevator in a building that's collapsed and is now underwater. He struggles to open the metal doors but can't, and we then see the woman drown (seen in full).
  • A bad man is suddenly shot in the leg and we then see Bond stand over him with an assault rifle.



  • Reviewed November 13, 2006 / Posted November 17, 2006

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