Casino Royale (2006)

Character: Vesper Lynd
Director: Martin Campbell
Co-Stars: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina Murino, Ivana Millicevic
Written by: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis
Based on: Casino Royale, 1953 novel by Ian Fleming
Genre: Action, Adventure, Thriller
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13

James Bond (Daniel Craig) works with a British Treasury agent, the beautiful but emotionally turbulent Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), to defeat the suicide bomber financier Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) in a game of Texas Hold ‘Em with a $10 million dollar buy-in. Vesper becomes Bond’s lover but she is hiding a terrible secret.

Eva Green’s Role

James Bond (Daniel Craig) works with a British Treasury agent, the beautiful but emotionally turbulent Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), to defeat the suicide bomber financier Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen) in a game of Texas Hold ‘Em with a $10 million dollar buy-in. Vesper becomes Bond’s lover but she is hiding a terrible secret.

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Eva Green

On her character Vesper Lynd
“She’s the first Bond girl. She’s the root of all the Bond girls, and she is quite complex and she’s the one that gets Bond’s heart, which is quite unusual. You will see a very human side of Bond in this movie.”

“She’s an enigma. She’s very mysterious. You can’t really see through her. She’s also the first Bond girl ever written by Ian Fleming, and she’s quite different. She doesn’t really play on her sexuality. She’s very sensual, but they have this relationship which is verbal, they are like boxing partners. It’s quite an unusual relationship.”

“A lot of Bond Girls are sexy and unreal, but Vesper is more realistic and more human. I had a chance to read the script before the screen test and I really fell in love with the character.”

“She’s the only woman that Bond falls in love with, and she shapes him and she’s going to have a great impact on his life. He’s going to become the Bond that we know, and that makes it interesting. In this movie, I think he maybe will be more human, you will see his flaws, and he’s a bit more rugged, and Daniel Craig looks a bit rugged.”

“I’m not just a bimbo in a bikini. Vesper is sassy and strong. She’s key in shaping Bond’s character. She’s tough, she’s clever.”


On being a Bond Girl
“I’m aware that, for an actress, a role in a Bond movie can be a life-changing thing – and I know it can mean the beginning of the end. But that’s not going to happen to me.”

“People who think Bond is sexist don’t have a sense of humor. Most of the girls are strong. They behave like men, almost. In this movie Vesper and Bond are equals. Vesper is funny, sharp, and sassy, but ambiguous.”

“When you see those beautiful women in Bond movies, it’s funny, it’s glamorous, it’s great. It’s just as an actor – especially as a woman – you have to be careful. I haven’t proved a lot yet, so I don’t want to be perceived as a bimbo.”


On Casino Royale’s script
“In the end, it is one of the best scripts I have ever read. And what has definitively convinced me is the love story between Bond and Vesper Lynd.”

“I think this is one of the best scripts I’ve read for a long time, and it’s not like a cliché movie or anything like that. It’s a very deep, profound movie with a lot of twists and turns. The love story moved me, and it’s not like an action movie. That’s why I’m doing this movie, and this character is a gift for an actor, so you can’t say no. You’d be quite a moron.”

“At first I didn’t want to audition for the role at all because I feared that they’d only put me into a bikini and would make sure I’d look pretty. But then, I read the script and discovered that Bond falls for my character and that she (Vesper) is full of secrets. And that she dies.”


On why she agreed to play Vesper Lynd

“Vesper was an enigmatic character, but very human, very sensitive, and it was mainly the love story that was very appealing to me (in that one).”


On preparing to play Vesper Lynd
“I’m quite cerebral, so I’m imagining each scene and working on the character. I haven’t read the novel and I’m reading it at the moment. I’m a bad student, but I’m about to read it. In a way, I just imagined this movie as an old-fashioned movie in a very good way, because [Vesper] is quite sassy and sharp, and the relationship is kind of unusual and very funny, but you’ll just have to wait and see. I’m working at the moment.”

“Action? No, I’m an office person. But I don’t have to fight anybody.”


On the idea of a female Bond

“I think if it’s a woman it would be a different thing. They could do a movie about a spy woman and all this, but I think Bond… I mean, call me old-fashioned, but I think he should remain a man.”


On reinventing the Bond Girl cliché

“I have no intention to be just the beautiful. Or sexy. Which is why I turned down the offer at first. To be a ‘Bond-Girl’ didn’t sound too tempting for me back then. Until I read the script and discovered there is more depth to the character. Suddenly there was a real love story, something that is rather unusual for Bond. A strong woman who is vulnerable at the same time, is rare. Not only for Bond but generally throughout movies.”


On Daniel Craig
“Daniel plays Bond as a gentleman. But he’s also trashy and sexy and scary. And that’s an attractive combination. Previous Bonds were cerebral, Craig is physical.”

“He does what he wants, but he’s such a wonderful Bond because he’s so in his body. He’s sexy, raw and rugged.”


On her on-set camaraderie with Daniel Craig
“In the shower scene, you remember? They wanted me to strip down to my panties. We had a good fight about that. I used to go to Daniel and asked for his support.”


Marlène Jobert

On Eva getting the role of Vesper Lynd
“Last fall, when the casting started all over Europe, my daughter had refused to go to the tests. She didn’t want to make this film because she thought that a Bond girl was a character that’s too soft, and for which looks are very important. Since she was little, Eva hear people say she’s very pretty. It’s been worse since she followed that career. It really irritates her that people only talk about her looks. She spent three years at drama school, she was in two professional plays, and she would like to be chosen because of her acting skills. Thanks to her British manager, she ended up reading the script and realized that the role of Vesper Lynd was very important, difficult, subtle, enigmatic. Then she went to Prague, where she made two tests with Daniel Craig, whom she found very nice. Martin Campbell, Barbara Broccoli and Michael J. Wilson didn’t hide from her that after months looking for the right actress, they had chosen her.”

Production Trivia & Facts

Casino Royale is the first film in the Bond franchise that was shown in China. It was shown without cuts.

Eva auditioned with Daniel Craig in Prague, Czech Republic. It is rumored that they reenacted the seduction scene between Sean Connery and Daniela Bianchi in From Russia With Love (1963).

Has a run time of 2 hours and 24 minutes.

The film prints were delivered to some theaters under the codenames: “Rough Skins” and “Change At Midnight”.

First James Bond movie to be based on a full-length Ian Fleming novel since Moonraker (1979).

The opening credits are played over imagery of playing cards and other gambling-type imagery. This sequence is unusual compared to other Bond films in that it doesn’t focus on silhouettes of nude women. Casino Royale is the first James Bond film since Dr. No (1962) where there were no nude dancing females during the opening title sequence.

During the opening credits animation, there is a quick shot of Vesper’s face on a card that is a combination of the queen of hearts and the queen of spades. This is a foreshadowing of the plot: the queen of hearts is a symbol of love, and James Bond falls in love with her; the queen of spades (also known as “the bitch” in some card games, such as Hearts) is a symbol of bad luck which foretells Vesper betraying Bond.

At 144 minutes, this was the longest James Bond movie, beating the previous holder On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969) by four minutes, until the release of Spectre (2015), which beat it by another four minutes.

The Casino Estoril of Lisbon, Portugal was the inspiration for the casino gambling scene and title for the Ian Fleming novel of “Casino Royale”. This was the place that German agents frequented during World War II.

Eva does not appear until 58 minutes into the film.

Vesper’s first line in the film is “I’m the money,” to which Bond replies “every penny of it.” This is in reference to the character of Ms. Moneypenny, who did not appear in the film.

Vesper Lynd’s official job is “International Liaison Officer for the Financial Action Task Force of HM Treasury”. Her work address was 1 Horse Guards Road, London, SW1A 2HQ. Like the use of the real Vauxhall Cross address of Mi6 in the Bond films, this is the real address of Her Majesty’s Treasury.

The scene where Bond comforts a distraught Vesper in the shower after she’s witnessed her first death was shot in one take. Eva fought to keep Vesper’s clothes on during the pivotal shower scene between Vesper Lynd and James Bond. The original script required Vesper to be wearing nothing but her underwear. Eva thought it was not fitting for her character to stop and take her clothes off when Vesper was supposed to be horribly upset about the violence that she has just witnessed and experienced. Eva asked for Daniel’s support and together, they pushed for the script to be changed. It was a worthwhile fight. Eva and Daniel succeeded and the scene was re-written and changed.

Vesper Lynd’s pretend alias was Stephanie Broadchest, a typical Ian Fleming name moniker. James Bond’s alias is Arlington Beech.

The “Vesper” that James Bond orders at Casino Royale is taken from the novel. It consists of three parts gin (Gordon’s -Bond’s choice), one part vodka (Bond preferred a grain vodka be used) and half part of Kina Lillet. The ingredients are shaken over ice until cold, served in a cocktail glass with a slice of lemon peel for garnish. Kina Lillet has been out of the market since 1985 and the modern substitute would be Lillet Blanc, made by the same company, Lillet, based in Podensac, France.

Eva’s favorite Bond Girl is Dame Judi Dench. Dame Judi and Eva will soon be starring alongside each other again in Tim Burton’s Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children (2016).

Eva tried to drink The Vesper when she was once in New York City. She thought it was very strong.

Eva’s favorite Vesper Lynd outfit is the black Gucci trench coat and hat that Vesper wore when she and Bond arrived in Montenegro. She thinks it’s “simple but elegant”.

Vesper’s purple evening gown was made by Roberto Cavalli, while her black one was by Versace. In addition, she wears Versace 4061 sunglasses in Venice, and her unique Algerian love knot necklace was made by jewelry designer Sophie Harley. She also wears Melograno perfume by Santa Maria Novella (Eva’s own personal perfume).

The now famous Algerian Loveknot necklace and the pair of earrings that Vesper Lynd wears in the film were designed by UK Jewelry Designer of the Year (2013) Sophie Harley. The necklace was Sophie’s contemporary take on the ancient design and it is made of twisted silver and gold rings, multi-layered chains and features Sophie’s signature winged heart clasp. The necklace was also featured in Quantum Of Solace (2008).

Eva is the first Bond Girl to promote Heineken since the beer brand became a James Bond sponsor in Tomorrow Never Dies (1997). Fellow Bond Girls Olga Kurylenko of Quantum of Solace (2008) and Bérénice Marlohe of Skyfall (2012) followed in on her footsteps. Eva is the 5th French (main) Bond Girl in the James Bond franchise. She follows the footsteps of Claudine Auger (Thunderball , 1965), Corinne Cléry (Moonraker , 1979), Carole Bouquet (For Your Eyes Only , 1981), and Sophie Marceau (The World Is Not Enough , 1999). Bérénice Marlohe (Skyfall , 2012) Léa Seydoux (Spectre , 2015) followed Eva as the 6th and 7th French (main) Bond Girls respectively.

Casino Royale marks as the first co-starring opportunity for Eva and Daniel Craig. The second is The Golden Compass (2007) where Eva played the role of Serafina Pekkala and Daniel as Lord Asriel. Their characters had no interactions or scenes together.

Casino Royale marks as the first co-starring opportunity for Eva and Mads Mikkelsen. The second is The Salvation (2014) where Eva played the role of Madelaine and Mads as Jon Jensen. Their characters have no verbal interactions even though they shared many scenes together.

Apart from being Bond Girls, Eva as Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale (2006) and Monica as Lucia Sciarra in the Spectre (2015), both Eva and Monica have co-starred with Louis Garrel. Eva played Louis’ twin sister Isabelle in Bernardo Bertolucci’s The Dreamers (2003) while Monica played Louis’ wife Angèle in Philippe Garrel’s A Burning Hot Summer [Un Été Brûlant] (2011).
Awards & Nominations

BAFTA Awards (2007)

Won (BAFTA Film Award)

Best Sound

Nominated (Alexander Korda Award for Best British Film)

Nominated (Anthony Asquith Award for Film Music) – David Arnold

Nominated (BAFTA Film Award)

Best Screenplay – Adapted

Best Actor in a Leading Role

Best Cinematography

Best Editing

Best Production Design

Best Achievement in Special Visual Effects

Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, USA (2007)

Won (Saturn Award)

Best Action/Adventure/Thriller Film

Nominated (Saturn Award)

Best Actor – Daniel Craig

Best Supporting Actress – Eva Green

Best Writing – Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, Paul Haggis

Best Music – David Arnold

American Cinema Editors, USA (2007)

Nominated (Eddie)

Best Edited Feature Film – Dramatic (Stuart Baird)

Art Directors Guild (2007)

Won (Excellence in Production Design Award) – Contemporary Film

ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards (2007)

Won (ASCAP Award) – Top Box Office Films

BMI Film & TV Awards (2007)

Won (BMI Film Music Award) – David Arnold

British Society of Cinematographers (2006)

Won (Best Cinematography Award) – Phil Meheux

Costume Designers Guild Awards (2007)

Nominated (CDG Award) – Excellence in Contemporary Film –Lindy Hemming

Edgar Allan Poe Awards (2007)

Nominated (Edgar) – Best Motion Picture Screen Play

Empire Awards, UK (2007)

Won (Empire Award)

Best Film

Best Actor – Daniel Craig

Best Female Newcomer – Eva Green (Actress)

Scene of the Year – The Parkour Chase

Evening Standard British Film Awards (2007)

Won (Evening Standard British Film Award)

Best Actor – Daniel Craig

Gold Derby Film Awards (2007)

Nominated (Gold Derby Award)

Film Editing

Original Song – “You Know My Name”

Sound Editing/Mixing

Visual Effects

Grammy Awards (2008)

Nominated (Grammy)

Best Song Written for Motion Picture, Television or Other Visual Media

Irish Film and Television Awards (2007)

Nominated (Audience Award)

Best International Actor – Daniel Craig

Best International Actress – Eva Green

Nominated (IFTA Award) – Best International Film

Jupiter Award (2007)

Won (Jupiter Award) – Best International Film

Italian National Syndicate of Film Journalists (2007)

Nominated (Silver Ribbon)

Best European Director (Regista del Miglior Film Europeo) – Martin Campbell

Motion Picture Sound Editors, USA (2007)

Nominated (Golden Reel Award)

Best Sound Editing for Sound Effects and Foley in a Foreign Film

National Movie Awards, UK (2007)

Won (National Movie Award) – Best Action/Adventure

Nominated (National Movie Award)

Best Performance by a Male – Daniel Craig

Best Performance by a Female – Judi Dench

Best Performance by a Female – Eva Green

Satellite Awards (2006)

Won (Satellite Award)

Best Original Song – Chris Cornell “You Know My Name”

Visual Effects Society Awards (2007)

Won (VES Award) – Outstanding Special Effects in a Motion Picture