Bond in Review: Casino Royale part II

“Casino” then takes us to Uganda, where we meet the film’s three main antagonist: Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) Mr. White (Jesper Christensen) and warlord Obanno (Isaac De Bankole). As opposed to the often over-the-top villains of the Brosnan era, Le Chiffre is more of a cold, calculating bad guy-we only really see him lose his cool later on. Mr. White of course, serves as a sort of a connective tissue for the Craig films (Sort of like Blofeld used to be in the Connery movies), although he didn’t appear in Skyfall.

We also learn about Le Chiffre’s critical flaw. He’s a banker who has offered his services to Obanno,  but he also uses his client’s money on the stock market, and is using his own nefarious acts to influence it-which begins to draw the attention of MI6, as Bond and another agent has his man under surveillance in Madagascar.

When his fellow agent is ‘made’ and the man runs, Bond goes in a lengthy pursuit of the villain, in the film’s first major set-piece-a sort of chase in which the suspect uses parkour to attempt to evade Bond, while Bond pretty much acts as a sort of “blunt instrument” as M puts it later. Especially when the guy leads over an obstruction, but Bond just smashes through it.

 

 

It’s a really great scene that doesn’t seem to use much CG as Die Another Day, and shows part of the direction they’re going for, at least at first. As has been already made clear, this Bond’s a bit different.

It all culminates in the embassy, where a tired Bond decides to simply get rid of this guy who he’s been trying very hard to capture. He does recover the man’s cellphone though, with the cryptic message, ELLIPSIS.

After sort of been given a dressing down by M, Bond decides to pursue his own investigation, tracking the source of the message to the Bahamas. Here we get to see Craig display some of his more comedic traits as he continues his investigation; he also gets some revenge on a rude German man who mistakes him for a valet (and whose damaged car sets off security alarms, allowing Bond to easily infiltrate the security room). The rude man’s demeanor reminds me a bit of Goldfinger, maybe he’s the “Craigverse” equivalent 🙂

These scenes also feature supermodel cameos Alessandra  Ambrósio (on the right here).

and early blu-ray product placement! (This is a sony film, after all!)

 

 

The Beach club doesn’t seem to have the best security, or the most discretion about their clients, as Bond pretty much walks into the surveillance office with no problem, and charms some information out of the receptionist about the man who he’s been tracking.

Here we get our first Bond girl for the film, Solange. Like a lot of Bond girls, she’s sort of innocent, but her unfortunate connections result in a cruel fate (Similar in a sense to Corrine from Moonraker, or Lisl from For Your Eyes Only). Craig also of course, gets a male “Dr.no” moment.

 

Bond then plays poker with her arrogant husband, Dimitrios, who works for Le Chiffre, and hired the guy Bond chased in the beginning and now is hiring a new one. Hoping to get more information, Bond faces him in a poker game, showing off his skill which will become important later on. He also scores Dimitrios’s car when he puts it in the game, which is, of course, the legendary Aston Martin DB5-although yet to installed with any gadgets (We do sort of see this down the line in Skyfall, where it seems to have the same gadgets as it’s “Goldfinger” predecessor).

 

 

 

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