ON THIS DAY, 2006...
On 14th November 2006, Casino Royale premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square, the Odeon West End and the Empire simultaneously in London.
Casino Royale is the twenty-first James Bond film produced by Eon Productions. It was released in 2006 and directed by Martin Campbell. The film is a reboot of the James Bond series, featuring Daniel Craig in his first appearance as the iconic MI6 agent.
The plot of "Casino Royale" is based on Ian Fleming's first James Bond novel of the same name. It explores Bond's early career as he earns his license to kill.
The story follows Bond as he is tasked with thwarting a terrorist financier named Le Chiffre, played by Mads Mikkelsen. The mission takes Bond to various locations, including the titular casino in Montenegro, where he engages in a high-stakes poker game.
The cast also includes Eva Green as Vesper Lynd, Judi Dench reprising her role as M, and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter.
The film received critical acclaim for its gritty and realistic portrayal of Bond, departing from the more fantastical elements of some previous installments. Daniel Craig's performance was widely praised, and the movie was successful both commercially and critically.
Casino Royale was a significant success, and Daniel Craig went on to portray James Bond in several subsequent films, contributing to a new era for the iconic character.