Casino Royale is still and will always be a vital part of the James Bond franchise. Even though Pierce Brosnan’s The World Is Not Enough and especially Die Another Day were his final ‘James Bond’ movies, they had negative reviews.
A decision to change the movie to a new direction started when Brosnan was replaced with David Craig. And this is one of the reasons why Martin Campbell was asked to direct 2006’s Casino Royale.
Campbell revealed the efforts put into Casino Royale, telling Polygon that the team behind James Bond “wanted bringing it back to the earth” with the film.
He said: “When I came on board, I felt the same way. I felt the whole thing needed to have its feet well and truly on the ground.”
One of the movie’s most exciting plots was when Bond competed against Mads Mikkelsen’s terrorist financier Le Chiffre at a high-stakes game of poker.
Taking a look at the poker sequences, the famous director noted that the main key to making them “convincing” was that they were not just “card games.” He also said that: “It’s the stakes. It’s also two guys’ eye-******* one another, basically. That was the secret.”
During the movie’s production, one of the team’s problems was making sure the audience wasn’t bored with those card games. Stuart Baird, Casino Royale’s editor, actually thought people would be bored with the movie’s poker game scene.
Campbell made sure that the poker scenes showed in the movie depicts Bond’s mental ability and his mortality. This is particularly enthralling since the director labeled Craig’s Bond as “a bull in the china shop,” also saying that: “He just hurls himself no matter what the dangers are, he’s not really thinking.” Craig’s final Bond movie will be released in April next year.