Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)

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Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)

Post by Admin on Thu Oct 08, 2015 3:28 pm

How is the main character constructed? What filmic tools are used to accentuate and highlight that construction? What are the objectives, desires and challenges s/he faces?


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Re: Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)

Post by funfunfun on Sat Oct 10, 2015 10:14 pm

Each actor who played James Bond accentuated a characteristic they thought was necessary to bring the character to life. What makes Daniel Craig’s James Bond different to Sean Connery’s iconic interpretation was the lack of sureness and playfulness and an overdose of the darker and more serious side to Bond. This interpretation stunned audiences at first and many fans of the one-liners and at times ironic puns/jokes didn’t take the change of mood so well.

At the beginning of the film, James Bond is sat in a darkened room, waiting for his next target to show up. They exchange some conversation and a flashback shows Bond fighting and killing a bad guy in a sequence with intense and fast-paced music. He does this using his hands and not a gun which implies he’s more ruthless than the past Bonds- it’s easier and quicker to shoot someone. Throughout the scene, he expresses no emotion in his face, signalling he’s a stone cold killer, that he has no remorse. This is proven again when he shoots his target in mid-sentence.

Even though this interpretation of Bond is a more serious one, the filmmakers decided to show more of Bond’s emotional side through the scenes where he comforts Vesper in the shower and when he fails to bring her back to life after drowning. Relatively sad music pieces help to accentuate the emotion that Bond is going through. In the past films, very rarely does the audience see this emotional and raw side to Bond. He seemed almost invincible to physical and emotional distress and that his quick wit and resourcefulness were enough to get him through anything. In Casino Royale, there’s a scene where he unknowingly ingests a poison through a drink during a high stakes poker game. He immediately rushes off to the bathroom where he drinks salt water in order to throw up, but his resourcefulness doesn’t pay off. He ends up dying after a failed attempt at using a high tech medical kit built into his car but Vesper was the one that saved him. Through that sequence, the audience sees a real vulnerability in this character that the past films chose not to focus on.

Throughout the film, Bond is in constant danger and the audience learn that he’s not the invincible Bond they know. At one point, he is captured and tortured and if his torturer hadn’t been killed off, Bond would have probably died. So it would seem that without other characters interfering, Bond would have certainly died because he’s not invincible, he’s just a man with a license to kill.


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Re: Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)

Post by Kevin_Eire on Sun Oct 11, 2015 6:22 pm

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[size=40]Film: Casino Royal[/size]
[size=40]Director: Martin Campbell[/size]
[size=40]Year: 2006[/size]
Casino Royal – 2006 – Martin Campbell
Casino Royal was the first James Bond book to be released in 1953 and it was also the first introduction to the character James Bond which sparked and revolutionized the genre of spy films. Throughout the years we have seen different interpretations of the character James Bond and how his back ground and personality affect the audience, since 2006 Daniel Craig has played the character James Bond starring in his first James Bond film Casino Royal released in 2006 and has went onto become one of the best James Bond actors in the filming industry following his new release of the James Bond franchise entitled Spectre.
I decided to watch this film and review the development of this character because ever since Daniel Craig has dwelled into this role we have seen a whole new side to the character of James Bond especially with his personality and background which makes the character more interesting and mysterious for the audiences making them want more
The Personality of Daniel Craig’s James Bond
From the moment we are introduced to Daniel Craig’s James Bond we can automatically see the difference between his Bond and pervious Bonds such as the look and tone. We can mostly see this within the attitude and personality of Daniel Craig’s James Bond as he comes across as an ongoing time bomb within the M16 being immature and lacking the responsibility unlike we have seen in pervious Bond’s. This gives the audience a whole new look on the character as they almost see Daniel Craig’s Bond as the rookie as he begins his career into the legend he is known as. Having this new persona helps construct both the character and story in many ways leading the story and franchise into a new direction to create more Bond films for the future as we have seen (Casino Royal, Quatum of Solace, Sky Fall and Spectre) and new untold stories about James Bond’s past.
Throughout the film we see a different side to the James Bond character as we dwell down a path with this depiction of Bond showing the audience a ruthless, determined and self-centred James Bond, immediately the audience becomes engaged knowing that this is a different and more interesting take on the character Bond than the previous James Bond’s we are so used to seeing. Even though this may be a whole different take on the character Bond we are still given the same formula which makes James Bond, James Bond such as the classic saying (Bond, James Bond) the Martine drink, clothing (Suit) and the car. Each of these sets are handle in the correct manner which helps supply both the character and the story.
Daniel Craig’s James Bond Background
Daniel Craig’s James Bond background has become one of the main key focuses in the franchise today, we first of all see small glimpse of James Bond’s past in Casino Royal movie with small comments made here and there, we do not fully see or understand James Bond’s past which makes him a more mysterious and interesting character especially with the depiction we are getting from Daniel Craig. I believe having a past such as James Bond makes him more interesting and engaging for the audience making the audience imagine his background and up bringing, as the films go on we see a more unveiling of James Bond’s background in the film Sky Fall and what made him into what he is. I believe having this type of background leads to more doors for the franchise giving the studio more options into where to take the character Bond and how to revolutionize the character. As we watch the James Bond films we see that Daniel Craig’s James Bond tries to keep his past hidden away and unnoticed, we especially see this in the film Sky Fall this makes the audience become more interested in his past wanting to know more, from the trailer for the latest James Bond Film (Spectre) we can see that we will be introduced more into the past of James Bond again making the audience become more engaged and interested.
The Challenges Daniel Craig’s James Bond faces.
Throughout the latest franchise of James Bond films we see him come up against some amazing challenges, but from the begin of the franchise we see James Bond become challenged on a personal level such as struggling to keep in line, going above the law and again his background. Having all these main factors involved has helps evolve the character Bond and how is stereotyped to the audience , throughout the film we see his street smart and determination to catch the villain, as we dwell into his past we can see how he has become that person we can especially see this in Sky Fall as one of the character states that James Bond as a child went into the base and came out a different person again this hits towards his mysterious background which he find challenging to keep hidden away.
The use of the camera to tell the depiction Daniel Craig’s James Bond. 
The use of a camera in the filming industry is the bread and butter and source of all films, the use of camera angles and shots can make the audience see the film in such away, some people believe that it is the director who determines the audiences response with the way he/she depicts the film. If we watch Casino Royal and the shots and angles which are used throughout the film we can clearly see that each shot and angle supports Daniel Craig’s James Bond and the persona we are getting from him, a great example of this would be the chasing scene which is shown at the beginning of the film were we are first introduce to Daniel Craig’s James Bond. As we watch the chase seen we see the villain running through buildings using parkour especially at one particular bit were he slips through the small gap to reach the other side, as this happens the camera cuts to the other side to wait on Daniel Craig approaching but instead of using parkour we are introduced to James Bond bursting through the wall to reach his target. This automatically shows the public the type of James Bond we will be getting throughout the film which is a more determined, law breaking and rookie based Bond which is a breath of fresher air for the public to see a new take on Bond which the public has not seen before. Below I have attached the link to the following parkour scene.
James Bond – Parkour scene:
As the film progresses through we come to one particular scene which the character James Bond is known for which is his smooth personality and suit wear, we can see this in the gambling scene were James Bond goes ahead to ahead with a villain in gambling, as we watch this scene unfold we can see by the use of the camera using the shot reverse shot technique that Bond is challenging the villain on a mental level through cards, as the camera switches back and fourth we can see that the villain is more up tight and tense, while James Bond is more calm and relax which is the type of formula which is used in all Bond films which again makes James Bond, James Bond.  I have attached the following link below of the gambling scene in Casino Royal.
Casino Royal – Gambling scene:


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Re: Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)

Post by sheagallagher12 on Tue Oct 13, 2015 4:46 pm

Casino Royale – Shea Gallagher
In the following I will convey and evaluate the character creation of 007/James Bond in Martin Campbell’s ‘Casino Royale’ The main reason in which I have chosen this film is the wide use of camera technique, mise en scene, cinematography and editing which help to create a very ‘on edge’ climax, that continually builds tension as the films progresses and has an excellent development of characters and emotions.
 The establishing scene within the film shows 007 carrying out an assassination, Martin Campbell employs various unconventional camera angles that are constantly changing and moving throughout this scene creating a sense of anticipation for the audience because they are unaware of bonds intentions, this sequence is dragged out in order to manipulate the emotions of the audience as they fear for the protagonists. The small use of dialogue in the sequence immediately shows the persona of 007 and his wit sense of humour, thus creating an entire new take on the character with a sense of immaturity, unlike the previous bonds such as Sean Connery’s take on the character. The vast use of dramatic music helps to create a heart pounding climax for the audience as it also sets the tone for the rest of the film. One of the main elements of the character is the Mise-en-Scene, ranging from the expensive suits and clothing to the variation of luxury cars. A prime example of this would be the Aston Martin, as every 007 film has the car of its generation; it is a classic piece of scenery that has made a debut in all Bond films, also Bond’s wardrobe changes in almost every sequence as this reveal’s the ‘flashy’ nature of the character.
 The film portrays Bond to be an emotionless agent who is motivated by his duty to protect his country, this contrasts sharply with his live life near the final act of the film where he meets vesper, as the two build a relationship Bond decides to plan an early retirement, although certain events take place costing Vesper her life as Bond’s world has been basically torn apart it makes it easier for the audience to connect with him emotionally, this show’s that Bond is not some sort of ‘superhero’ and in fact gets both physically and emotionally hurt such as losing the love of his life, going into cardiac arrest via overdose, and being tortured by one of the members of spectre. By the end of the final climax bond is revealed to be a ruthless, determined and self centred character, thus allowing the audience to become more emotionally engaged as the take on the film overall is a much more gritty, realistic tone. All the elements of the previous elements of the franchise have basically been added to keep the trademark of the film such as The mise-en-scene and the music etc.


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Re: Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)

Post by blackskullthunder on Wed Oct 14, 2015 1:02 am

Casino Royal – Peter Shanks
Like all characters who have been played by multiple actors throughout the years, such as The Doctor, Bilbo Baggins and those featured in the various remakes and reboots that have been released, each actor who has played James Bond has brought something new and different to the role, with the latest actor to take on the role, Daniel Craig easily being the darkest interpretation of the character, and the closet to the original character from Ian Fleming’s novels (with the only one coming close being Timothy Dalton’s interpretation).
You get a feel for Craig’s bond straight from the very beginning of the film, showing him achieving Double 0 status, as he is introduced sat at the desk of rouge MI6 agent Dryden, the lighting in this scene, with him being almost completely covered by shadow and the sheer brutalness of the fight scene between him and Dryden’s contact and the remorselessness with the killing of Dryden. You can tell that this is a much darker Bond than those seen in the past, particularly than that of Craig’s predecessor Pierce Brosnan.
Though this Bond is much more ruthless than those of the past, he could also be seen as the most emotional as well, comparing him to George Lazenby’s appearance as Bond in “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” he is shown to fall completely in love with Eva Green’s character Vespa Lynd, and like with Lazenby’s love interest, Teresa Draco, he decides to retire from MI6 and spend his life with her, but both are killed by the actions of the group known as Spectre, though Vespa’s death is inadvertently caused by Spectre due to her committing suicide after betraying information about Bond and MI6 to them. It could be argued that the events of this film are what spurns Bond from truly connecting with the “Bond Girls” of future films, as both of the featured Bond girls in this movies meet their ends for helping him, take the trauma of seeing a characters first true love die in front of them, and the realisation that said love was just using them, and any character would be emotionally distant in their future life.
The character is also shown to be a lot less indestructible in this movie than previous films. With the famous crash scene knocking him out for a good few hours or so, and him being almost killed through being poisoned by Le Cheffe. This helps the audience care about the characters and their predicaments more, as in the previous films their no real feel of danger for Bond or the lead girl, whereas in this one there is a genuine fear that they may not survive the events of the film, in fact one of them doesn’t.
This is also the only Bond film aside from “From Russia With Love” (that comes to my mind at least) where the main villain isn’t killed by Bond himself (excluding those featuring Ernst Stravo Blofleid and those where the villain inadvertently kills themselves) as the villain Le Cheffe is killed by the mysterious Mr. White, this serves to not only show that Bond isn’t indestructible (it wouldn’t make much sense for Bond to kill Le Cheffe following the torture he has just endured) but also to show the ruthlessness of the mysterious organisation the two work for, later revealed to be Spectre.

All in all this is a far younger, brasher, darker yet more emotional Bond than we’ve seen in the movies previously, he is far more violent and even shown to be quite sadistic, such as when he drowns Dryden’s contact in a bathroom sink and the sick smile on his face after causing the character of Carlos to accidently blow himself up, though he does change to become more like the Bond we know from the previous films through his conversations with Vespa, M (with whom we see a relationship much more akin to that of a mother and son as apposed with that of a boss and employee or straight friendship from previous M’s and Bond’s respectively) and Felix Leiter. Though his main character growth is shown in Skyfall with the death of Judi Dench’s M, the character grows from a dark killer to the wise cracking hero from the later movies, as shown with the final line from the movie, the classic “My name’s Bond, James Bond” at which point Monty Norman’s theme kicks in, both of which have not been featured in the film at this point, as if to say, “you (the audience) just saw this man become one of the greatest heroes in cinema.”


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Re: Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)

Post by JackZD96 on Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:38 pm

Casino Royale (2006)
The character of James Bond played by Daniel Craig is a more of a different kind of Bond. His characteristics are different in contrast to previous Bond's for example Pierce Brosnan or Sean Connery. 

We see more of a darker side to him and of course he is presented in a courageous and fearless way which is typical to the type of character that he plays which is the hero. However, Craig's character shows a lot of killing throughout, which ironically isn't typical of this type of character. 

The opening scene basically connotes and completes our expectations of Bond with the use of Mise en Scene, editing and cinematography. The use of the fast paced editing adds to the excitement of the scene with all the characters trying to shoot at Bond as he is trying to catch Mollaca. 

We see a more of a weaker side with Bond when it comes to scenes with Le Chief. This again, isn't typical of the hero character. Especially in the game of poker that Bond has with Le Chief, he is portrayed as the weaker character as Bond is being taken advantage by him. This adds vulnerability to the character. We see camera shots showing Bond on the high angles which connotes to weak and with less power. 

In this clip, we see Le Chief in a more of a low angle shot with him in the background and Bond in the foreground. 

In this film we see a much younger Bond than previous and the film successfully provides and exceeds audiences expectations.


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Re: Casino Royale (Martin Campbell, 2006)

Post by melfiol on Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:48 am

James Bond is a man with an ego. We first see Bond sitting alone in a dark room. He is a man of a few words. This adds to the mystery of the character. One way that his confidence is shown in the film is when he places a detonated on an enemy. A close-up is shown of Bond quietly smiling to himself as it explodes. He is also somewhat desensitized to killing, quipping that he "wouldn't be very good" at his job if it bothered him. He appears to take violence casually.

As well as being the hero of the film, Daniel Craig's James Bond can also be classed as "the hunk. He is shown wearing smart, well-fitted suits and on the beach in speedos. He is desired by the women in the film and is an example for men.

Bond's main weakness is the women in his life. Firstly, M is introduced as a mother figure - the only woman who can stand her ground and command 007. However, Bond falls for the beautiful Vesper. M described Bond as "emotionally detached" Though her, it is revealed that he [X]. She changes him, with Bond revealing that he has "no armour left" by the end of the film. He is left vulnerable. 

At the start of the film, M tells Bond that it was too early for him to be promoted to "00" level. This means that he must prove himself throughout the film. This gives him both a challenge and incentive, as well as making this Bond "rough around the edges", rather than the ideal spy from start to finish. He develops into the hero.


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