BOND 50 CASINO ROYALE

Week 21 of our marathon James Bond retrospective

2012 marks the 50th anniversary of James Bond on the big screen. To celebrate, SFX's Nick Setchfield revisits each and every 007 adventure in a week by week countdown to Skyfall ...

MISSION 21: CASINO ROYALE (2006)

KEEP ON RUNNING Bond’s remorseless pursuit of scarred bomb-maker Mollaka is one of the most satisfying action sequences yet – a defiantly physical reproach to the crowd-swindling CGI of Die Another Day . He’s clumsy but winningly gutsy in the chase, clearly lacking the free-running expertise of his quarry but compensating with balls, determination and ingenuity (when he’s not commandeering a bulldozer the inexorable agent is smashing through a plaster wall with just the faintest touch of Wile E Coyote). Framed against clear Madagascan skies, the confrontation on the towering cranes of a construction site has a dizzyingly vertiginous sense of reality – and when Bond effortlessly catches the gun that a desperate Mollaka lobs at him it’s a moment of masterful, minimalist cool. This exhaustively choreographed sequence took six weeks to shoot, with real life free-running specialist Sebastien Foucan cast as the fleet-heeled terrorist.

TRIV AND LET DIE

Casino Royale was brought to the screen as a TV adaptation in 1954 and a lacklustre big screen spoof in 1967. Eon reclaimed the rights in 1999.

JAMES BOND WILL RETURN IN QUANTUM OF SOLACE

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