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Information about James Bond: Casino Royale (2006 film)

Casino Royale (2006, 13 years ago) is the twenty-first movie in the James Bond series; it was directed by Martin Campbell and the first to star Daniel Craig (33 walls) as MI6 agent James Bond. Based on the 1953 (66 years ago) novel of the same name by Ian Fleming, it was adapted by screenwriters Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Paul Haggis. It is the third screen adaptation of the Casino Royale novel, which was previously produced as a 1954 (65 years ago) TV episode and a 1967 (52 years ago) satirical film. The movie is set at the beginning of James Bond's career as Agent 007, just as he is earning his license to kill. After preventing a terrorist attack at Miami International Airport, Bond falls for Vesper Lynd, the treasury agent assigned to provide the money he needs to foil a high-stakes poker tournament organised by Le Chiffre. The film's story arc continues in the 22nd James Bond film, Quantum of Solace.

However, the 2006 (13 years ago) movie is the only EON Productions adaptation of Fleming's novel. It is a reboot of the Bond franchise, establishing a new timeline and narrative framework not meant to be preceded by any previous film. This not only frees the Bond franchise from more than forty years of continuity, but allows the movie to show a less experienced and more vulnerable Bond.

Casino Royale was released on 16 Nov. 2006 (13 years ago). The casting for the movie involved a widespread search for a new actor to portray James Bond, and significant controversy over Daniel Craig (33 walls), when he was eventually selected. Some Pierce Brosnan fans threatened to boycott the movie in protest. Despite this, the film, and Daniel Craig's performance in particular, earned critical acclaim. Casino Royale was produced by EON Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures, marking the first official Bond movie to be co-produced by the latter studio, which had produced and originally distributed the 1967 (52 years ago) non-canonical movie version. The 2006 (13 years ago) version is the highest-grossing Bond film, without adjusting for inflation, making $594,239,066 worldwide.


In Prague, James Bond earns his 00 status when he corners and kills corrupt MI6 section chief Dryden and his underground contact Fisher. In Uganda, Mr. White arranges a meeting between a banker, Le Chiffre, and Obanno, the leader of a guerrilla group seeking a safe haven for his funds. Le Chiffre assures the leader that there is "no risk in the portfolio", but his investments actually involve considerable risk: he short sells successful companies and then profits by engineering terrorist attacks to sink their stock values.

In his first mission as Agent 007, Bond pursues an international bomb-maker named Mollaka in Madagascar. After a parkour chase across the city to the Nambutu embassy, Bond kills his target and blows up a part of the embassy to enable his escape. He obtains Mollaka's mobile phone and discovers that it has received an SMS from Alex Dimitrios, an associate of Le Chiffre in the Bahamas. Bond travels there, wins Dimitrios's Aston Martin DB5 in a poker game, and seduces his wife, Solange Dimitrios, who reveals that her husband is flying to Miami on business. Bond travels there, kills Dimitrios, and foils Le Chiffre's plan to destroy the prototype Skyfleet airliner. This leaves the banker with a major financial loss, since he had shorted and bought put options on Skyfleet stock, which then expired worthless.

Now under pressure to recoup his clients' money, Le Chiffre sets up a high-stakes poker tournament at Casino Royale in Montenegro. Hoping that a defeat would force Le Chiffre to aid the British government in exchange for protection from his creditors, MI6 enters Bond into the tournament. He meets up with René Mathis, his ally in Montenegro, and Vesper Lynd, an agent from HM Treasury, who is assigned to look after his handling of the government's $10 million buy-in. As the tournament progresses, Le Chiffre tricks Bond into believing he is bluffing; when Bond goes all-in, he loses his initial stake. Vesper, who says his bet was reckless, refuses to give Bond additional funds to buy back into the tournament.

Distraught over his failure, Bond prepares to assassinate Le Chiffre when he is intercepted by one of the other players, who introduces himself as CIA officer Felix Leiter. Also out to get Le Chiffre, Leiter believes Bond has a better chance to win than himself and offers to supply him with enough funds to re-enter the tournament in exchange for allowing the CIA custody of Le Chiffre. In an effort to secure his win, Le Chiffre has Bond poisoned, and the spy goes into cardiac arrest. Vesper manages to save his life, and he goes back to the game. Bond rapidly recoups his losses and wins the tournament with an inside draw to a straight flush. Following her celebratory dinner with Bond, Vesper is abducted by Le Chiffre, who uses her to lure Bond into a near-fatal car chase and ultimate capture. Le Chiffre strips Bond naked, ties his hands and feet to a chair, and tortures him for the access code to the game's winnings by lashing his testicles. When it becomes clear that Bond will not yield, Le Chiffre prepares to castrate him. At that moment Mr. White enters and executes Le Chiffre and his associates for their failure. Bond and Vesper are left alive.

Bond awakens in a hospital on Lake Como and orders the arrest of Mathis, who Le Chiffre said was a double agent. Bond admits his love for Vesper and vows to quit the service before it strips him of his humanity. Accordingly, he posts his resignation to M and goes on a romantic holiday in Venice with Vesper. However, Bond soon learns that his poker winnings were never deposited into the Treasury's account. Realizing that Vesper has stolen them, he pursues her into a building under renovation where she meets members of her organization. Bond shoots the flotation devices supporting the structure to gain access to the building, but as he does so the foundation starts to slowly collapse into the Grand Canal. After killing the henchmen in the building, Bond finds Vesper imprisoned in a lift. Apologizing to him tearfully, she locks herself inside as the lift plunges under the rising waters, where Vesper purposefully takes in water in an effort to drown more quickly. Bond dives in, breaks into the lift and pulls Vesper's body onto the roof of the collapsed building, where Bond's attempts to resuscitate her are in vain. Mr. White, watching from a balcony, walks away with the money, somehow retrieved from the bottom of the canal.

M tells Bond that Vesper had a French-Algerian boyfriend who was kidnapped and held for ransom by the organization behind Le Chiffre and White. Bond learns that she agreed to deliver the ransom money (his winnings) only if they would consent to let Bond live. James discovers that Vesper has left Mr. White's name and number in her mobile phone for him to find. White, arriving at a palatial estate near Lake Como, receives a phone call. As he asks the identity of the caller, he is shot in the leg. Bond approaches, with a silenced UMP in hand, and replies, "The name's Bond. James Bond."


  • Daniel Craig (33 walls) as James Bond: A British agent who, after being assigned 00-status, is sent on a mission to arrest a bomb maker in Madagascar, where he stumbles upon Le Chiffre's terrorist cell and is then sent to defeat him in a high-stakes poker game at Casino Royale.
  • Eva Green as Vesper Lynd: An agent for HM Treasury assigned to supervise Bond and finance his poker table exploits.
  • Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre: A banker who services many of the world's terrorists. He is a mathematical genius and chess expert, and uses these skills when playing poker.
  • Judi Dench as M: The strict head of MI6. Though she feels she has promoted Bond too soon and expresses abhorrence of his rash actions, she acts as an important maternal figure in his life. Dench was the only cast member carried through from the Brosnan films.
  • Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter: A quiet CIA operative participating in the poker tournament while assisting Bond. This is the first official Bond movie in which Leiter is played by a black actor. (The only other black actor to portray Felix Leiter was Bernie Casey in Never Say Never Again, which was not produced by EON.)
  • Giancarlo Giannini as René Mathis: Bond's contact in Montenegro.
  • Simon Abkarian as Alex Dimitrios: Another contractor in the international terrorist underworld and associate of Le Chiffre, based in the Bahamas.
  • Caterina Murino (14 walls) as Solange Dimitrios: Dimitrios's wife, whom Bond seduces. She is killed by Le Chiffre for unintentionally revealing one of his plans to Bond.
  • Ivana Miličević as Valenka: Le Chiffre's girlfriend and henchwoman.
  • Isaach De Bankolé as Steven Obanno: A feared leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, introduced to Le Chiffre by Mr. White to account his finances.
  • Jesper Christensen as Mr. White: A mysterious liaison for an unnamed terrorist organisation.
  • Sébastien Foucan as Mollaka: A bombmaker pursued by Bond through a construction site in Madagascar.
  • Tobias Menzies as Villiers: M's young secretary at MI6 Headquarters.
  • Ludger Pistor as Mendel: A Swiss banker responsible for all monetary transactions during and after the poker tournament.
  • Claudio Santamaria as Carlos: A terrorist employed by Le Chiffre to blow up an aircraft.
  • Clemens Schick as Kratt: Le Chiffre's bald bodyguard who often accompanies his boss wherever he travels
  • Joseph Millson as Carter: An MI6 agent who accompanies Bond in Madagascar.
  • Immanuel-Roger Abraham as Williams: An MI6 agent who debriefs Bond in London.


EON Productions gained the rights for Casino Royale in 1999 (20 years ago) after Sony pictures (wallpaper) Entertainment exchanged them for MGM's rights to Spider-Man. In Mar. 2004 (15 years ago), Neal Purvis and Robert Wade began writing a screenplay for Pierce Brosnan as Bond, aiming to bring back an Ian Fleming flavor. Paul Haggis' main contribution was to rewrite the climax of the film. He explained, "the draft that was there was very faithful to the book and there was a confession, so in the original draft the character confessed and killed herself. She then sent Bond to chase after the villains; Bond chased the villains into the house. I don't know why but I thought that Vesper had to be in the sinking house and Bond has to want to kill her and then try and save her."

Director Quentin Tarantino expressed interest in directing an adaptation of the Casino Royale novel, though this was only a personal interest, and he did not follow this up with EON. Tarantino desired to make Casino Royale after Pulp Fiction. He claims to have worked behind the scenes with the Fleming family, and believed this was the reason why filmmakers finally went ahead with Casino Royale. In Feb. 2005 (14 years ago), Martin Campbell was announced as the film's director. Later in 2005 (14 years ago), Sony led a consortium that purchased MGM, allowing Sony to gain distribution rights starting with the film.

EON admitted that they had relied too heavily on CGI effects in the more recent films, particularly Die Another Day, and were keen to accomplish the stunts in Casino Royale "the old fashioned way". In keeping with this drive for more realism, screenwriters Purvis, Wade, and Haggis wanted the script to follow as closely as possible to the original 1953 (66 years ago) novel, keeping Fleming's darker storyline and characterisation of Bond.

Casino Royale became the first Bond movie to take its title from a Fleming novel or short story since 1987's The Living Daylights. It is also the first Bond movie since then not to be adapted as a novelisation. Instead, a movie tie-in edition of Fleming's original novel was published.


Pierce Brosnan had originally signed a deal for three films, with an option for a fourth, when he was cast in the role of James Bond. This was fulfilled with the production of Die Another Day in 2002 (17 years ago). However, at this stage Brosnan was approaching his 50th birthday, and speculation began that the producers were seeking to replace him with a younger actor. Brosnan officially announced he was stepping down in Feb. 2005 (14 years ago). At one point producer Michael G. Wilson claimed there was a list of over 200 names being considered for his replacement. According to Martin Campbell, Henry Cavill was the only actor in serious contention for the role. But being only 22 years old at the time, he was considered too young. Sam Worthington was also considered.

In May 2005 (14 years ago), Daniel Craig (33 walls) announced that MGM and producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli had assured him that he would get the role of Bond, and Matthew Vaughn told reporters that MGM offered him the opportunity to direct, but EON Productions at that point had not approached either of them. A year beforehand, Craig rejected the offer as he felt the series had descended into formula: only when he read the script did he become interested. Craig read all of Fleming's novels to prepare for the part, and cited Mossad and British Secret Service agents who served as advisors on the set of Munich as inspiring because, "Bond has just come out of the service and he's a killer....You can see it in their eyes, you know immediately: oh, hello, he's a killer. There's a look. These guys walk into a room and very subtly they check the perimeters for an exit. That's the sort of thing I wanted."

On 14 Oct. 2005 (14 years ago), EON Productions, Sony pictures (wallpaper) Entertainment, and MGM announced at a press conference in London that Craig would be the sixth actor to portray James Bond. A tuxedo-clad Craig arrived via a Royal Navy speedboat. Significant controversy followed the decision, as it was doubted if the producers had made the right choice. Throughout the entire production period Internet campaigns such as expressed their dissatisfaction and threatened to boycott the movie in protest. Craig, unlike previous actors, was not considered by the protesters to fit the tall, dark, handsome and charismatic image (wallpaper) of Bond to which viewers had been accustomed. The Daily Mirror ran a front page news story critical of Craig, with the headline, The Name's Bland— James Bland.

The next important casting was that of the lead Bond girl, Vesper Lynd. Casting director Debbie McWilliams acknowledged that Hollywood actresses Angelina Jolie (146 walls) and Charlize Theron (135 walls) were "strongly considered" for the role and that Belgian actress Cécile de France had also auditioned, but her English accent "wasn't up to scratch." Audrey Tautou was also considered, but not chosen because of her role in The Da Vinci Code that was released in May 2006 (13 years ago). It was announced on Feb. 16, 2006 (13 years ago) that Eva Green would play the part.


Craig in Venice during filming.Principal photography for Casino Royale commenced on 30 Jan. 2006 (13 years ago) and concluded on 21 Jul. 2006 (13 years ago). The movie was primarily shot at Barrandov Studios in Prague, with additional location shooting in the Czech Republic, the Bahamas, Italy, and the United Kingdom. The shoot concluded at Pinewood Studios.

Initially, Michael G. Wilson confirmed that Casino Royale would either be filmed or take place in Prague and South Africa. However, EON Productions encountered problems in securing movie locations in South Africa. After no other locations became available, the producers had to reconsider their options. In sep. 2005 (14 years ago), Martin Campbell and director of photography Phil Meheux were scouting Paradise Island in the Bahamas as a possible location for the film. On 6 Oct. 2005 (14 years ago), Martin Campbell confirmed that Casino Royale would movie in the Bahamas and "maybe Italy". In addition to the extensive location filming, studio work including choreography and stunt coordination practice was performed at the Barrandov Studios in Prague and at Pinewood Studios where the movie used several stages as well as the paddock tank and the historic 007 Stage. Further shooting in the UK was scheduled for Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, the cricket pavilion at Eton College (although that particular scene was cut from the completed movie) and the Millbrook Vehicle Proving Ground in Bedfordshire.

After Prague, the production moved to the Bahamas. Several locations around New Providence were used for filming during Feb. and March, particularly on Paradise Island. Footage set in Mbale, Uganda was filmed at Black Park, Country Park in Buckinghamshire on 4 Jul. 2006 (13 years ago). Additional scenes took place at Albany House, an estate owned by golfers Ernie Els and Tiger Woods. The crew returned to the Czech Republic in April, and continued there, filming in Prague, Planá and Loket, before completing in the town of Karlovy Vary in May. A famous Czech spa Karlovy Vary, in German known as the Karlsbad, was used as the exterior of the Casino Royale, with the Grandhotel Pupp serving as "Hotel Splendide". The main Italian location was Venice, where the majority of the film's ending is set. Other scenes in the later half of the movie were shot in late May and early Jun. at the Villa del Balbianello on the shores of Lake Como. Further exterior shooting for the movie took place at properties such as the Villa la Gaeta, near the lakeside town of Menaggio.

A recreation of the Body Worlds exhibit provided a setting for one scene in the film. Among the Body Worlds plastinates featured in that scene were the Poker Playing Trio (which plays a key role in one scene) and Rearing Horse and Rider. The exhibition's developer and promoter, German anatomist Gunther von Hagens, also has a cameo appearance in the film.

On 30 Jul. 2006 (13 years ago), a fire broke out at the 007 Stage. The damage was significant, but had no effect on the release of Casino Royale as the incident occurred one week after filming had been completed, and the sets were in the process of being dismantled. On 11 Aug. 2006 (13 years ago), Pinewood Studios confirmed that no attempt would be made to salvage the remains of the stage, instead it would be rebuilt from scratch.


The gunbarrel sequence modified as part of the opening sequenceIn designing the credit sequence for the film, graphic designer Daniel Kleinman was inspired by the cover of the 1953 (66 years ago) British first edition of Casino Royale, which featured Ian Fleming's original design of a playing card bordered by eight red hearts dripping with blood. Kleinman said, "The hearts not only represent cards but the tribulations of Bond's love story. So I took that as inspiration to use playing card graphics in different ways in the titles," like a club representing a puff of gun smoke, and slashed arteries spurting thousands of tiny hearts. In creating the shadow images (wallpaper) of the sequence, Kleinman digitised the footage of Craig and the film's stuntmen on the Inferno visual effects system, at Framestore CFC in London; the actors' silhouettes were incorporated into more than 20 digitally animated scenes depicting intricate and innovative card patterns.

For the rest of the film, Special Effects and Miniature Effects Supervisor Chris Corbould, as with the producers, wanted to return to a more realistic style of movie making and significantly reduce digital effects. According to Corbould, "CGI is a great tool and can be very useful, but I will fight to the tooth and nail to do something for real. It’s the best way to go". Three scenes involving primarily physical effects in the movie were the chase at a building site in Madagascar, the Miami Airport chase sequence, and the sinking Venetian house, with sets located on the Grand Canal and in Pinewood Studios.

First on the schedule were the scenes on the Madagascar building site, shot in the Bahamas on the site of a derelict hotel which Michael G. Wilson had become acquainted with in 1977 (42 years ago) during the filming of The Spy Who Loved Me. In the scene, Bond drives a digger toward the building, slamming into the concrete plinth on which Mollaka is running. The stunt team built a model and put forward several ways in which the digger could conceivably take out the concrete, including taking out the pillar underneath. A section of the concrete wall was removed to fit the digger, and reinforced with steel.

The sequence at Miami International Airport was partly shot at the Dunsfold Aerodrome in Surrey, with some footage from the Prague and Miami airports. In filming the scene in which the engine thrust of the moving aircraft blows the police car high into the air, second unit directors Ian Lowe, Terry Madden, and Alex Witt used a crane with a strong lead cable attached to the rear bumper of the vehicle to move it up and backwards at the moment of full extension away from the plane.

The Skyfleet S570 aircraft in the film, was an ex-British Airways 747-200B G-BDXJ; which had its engines removed and was modified for its appearance in the film. The modified aircraft had the outboard engines replaced by external fuel tanks, while the inboard engines were replaced by a mockup pair of engines on each inboard pylon. The cockpit profile was altered so as to make the 747, look like a prototype of an advanced airliner. The plane used can be seen on the BBC Motoring programme, Top Gear, on the Test Track.

The sinking of the Venetian house at the climax of the movie featured the largest rig ever built for a Bond film. For the scene involving Bond following Vesper into the house undergoing renovation supported by inflatable balloons, a tank was constructed at the 007 stage at Pinewood, consisting of a Venetian piazza and the interior of the three-story dilapidated house. The rig, weighing some 90 tons, incorporated electronics with hydraulic valves which were closely controlled by computer because of the dynamic movement within the system on its two axes. The same computer system also controlled the exterior model which the effects team built to one-third scale to movie the building eventually collapsing into the Venetian canal. The model elevator within the rig could be immersed in 19 feet (5.8 m) of water, and used banks of compressors to strictly regulate movement.

The scene involving the car crash was devised using an Aston Martin DB9 that was especially modified to look like Bond's Aston Martin DBS (15 walls) V12 and reinforced to withstand the impact. Due to the low centre of gravity of the vehicle, an 18-inch (450 mm) ramp had to be implemented on the road tarmac at Millbrook Proving Grounds and stunt driver Adam Kirley had to use an air cannon located behind the driver's seat to propel the car into a roll at the precise moment of impact. At a speed exceeding 70 mph (113 km/h), the car rotated seven times while being filmed, and was confirmed by the Guinness Book of Records on 5 Nov. 2006 (13 years ago) as a new world record.


The soundtrack of Casino Royale, released by Sony Classical on 14 Nov. 2006 (13 years ago) featured music composed by veteran composer David Arnold, his fourth soundtrack for the Bond movie series, while Nicholas Dodd orchestrated and conducted the score. Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced on 26 Jul. 2006 (13 years ago) that Chris Cornell, who was the lead singer for Audioslave and Soundgarden, composed and performed the title song "You Know My Name". The song's main notes are played throughout the movie as a substitute for the James Bond theme, to represent Bond's immaturity. The classic theme only plays during the end credits to signal the end of his character arc.


Casino Royale premiered at the Odeon Leicester Square, the Odeon West End and the Empire simultaneously in London on 14 Nov. 2006 (13 years ago). It marked the 60th Royal movie Performance and benefited the Cinema & TV Benevolent Fund (CTBF), whose patron, Queen Elizabeth II, was in attendance with the Duke of Edinburgh. It is the third James Bond premiere that the Queen attended following You Only Live Twice and Die Another Day. Along with the cast and crew, numerous celebrities and 5,000 paying guests were also in attendance with half the proceeds benefiting the CTBF.

Only two days following the premiere, pirated copies appeared for sale in London. "The rapid appearance of this movie on the streets shows the sophistication and organisation behind movie piracy in the UK," said Kieron Sharp, from the Federation Against Copyright Theft. Pirated copies of the DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) were selling for less than £1. Craig himself was offered such a DVD (Digital Versatile Disc) while walking anonymously through the streets of Beijing wearing a hat and glasses in order to avoid being identified.

In Jan. 2007 (12 years ago), Casino Royale became the first Bond movie ever to be shown in mainland Chinese cinemas. The Chinese version was edited before release, with the reference to the Cold War re-dubbed and new dialogue added during the poker scene explaining the process of Texas Hold'em, as the game is less familiar in China. Casino Royale earned approximately $11.7 million in China since its opening on 30 Jan. on 468 screens, including a record opening weekend collection for a non-Chinese film, with $1.5 million.

After critics dubbed Die Another Day "Buy Another Day" because of around twenty product placement deals, EON limited their promotions for Casino Royale. Partners included Ford Motors, Heineken Pilsener (which Eva Green starred in adverts for), Smirnoff, Omega SA, Virgin Atlantic Airways and Sony Ericsson.


Critics gave the movie a positive response, in particular Craig's performance and credibility. During production this had been subject to debate by the media and the public, as Craig did not appear to fit Ian Fleming's original portrait of the character as tall, dark, and suave. The Daily Telegraph compared the quality of Craig's characterization of Bond to Sean Connery's and praised the script as smartly written, noting how the movie departed from the series' conventions. The Times compared the more assertive portrayal by Craig to Timothy Dalton, and praised the action as edgy, with another reviewer citing in particular the action sequence involving the cranes in Madagascar. Critics Paul Arendt of BBC Films, Kim Newman of Empire and Todd McCarthy of Variety all described Craig as the first actor to truly embody Ian Fleming's James Bond from the original novel: ironic, brutal, and cold.

The movie was similarly well received in North America. MSNBC gave the movie a perfect 5 star rating. The movie was described as taking James Bond "back to his roots", similar to From Russia with Love, where the focus was on character and plot rather than the high-tech gadgets and visual effects that were strongly criticised in Die Another Day. Rotten Tomatoes gave the movie an aggregate rating of 94%, the highest rating for a wide-release of the year. It is the fifth-highest rating for a Bond movie on the site behind Goldfinger which received a 95%, The Spy Who Loved Me and From Russia with Love which both received a 96%, and Dr. No, with a 97% score. Metacritic gave the movie a Metascore of 81, signifying "Universal Acclaim." Entertainment Weekly named the movie as the fifth best of the series, and chose Vesper Lynd as the fourth best Bond girl in the series. Some newspaper columnists and critics were impressed enough by Craig's performance to consider him a viable candidate for an Academy Award nomination. Roger Ebert gave the movie a four out of four star rating, the first for any of the James Bond movies he reviewed. Ebert wrote that "Craig makes a superb Bond", "who gives the sense of a hard man, wounded by life and his job, who nevertheless cares about people and right and wrong", and that the movie "has the answers to all my complaints about the 45-year-old James Bond series", specifically "why nobody in a Bond movie ever seems to have any real emotions."

However, the movie met several mixed reactions. Though American radio personality Michael Medved gave the movie three stars out of four, describing it as "intriguing, audacious and very original... more believable and less cartoonish, than previous 007 extravaganzas", he commented that the "sometimes sluggish pacing will frustrate some Bond fanatics." Similarly, a reviewer for The Sun praised the movie for its darkness and Craig's performance, but felt that "like the novel, it suffers from a lack of sharpness in the plot" and believed that it required additional editing, particularly the finale. Commentators such as Emanuel Levy concurred, feeling the ending was too long, and that the film's terrorist villains lacked depth, although he praised Craig and gave the movie a B+ overall. Other reviewers responded negatively, including Tim Adams of The Observer who felt the movie came off uncomfortably in an attempt to make the series grittier.


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