Bond Director Admits To Poker Scene Error

By Ben Hamill - December 29 2020
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Bond Director Admits To Poker Scene Error

Martin Campbell, who wrote and directed actor Daniel Craig’s first 007 film and James Bond appearance, Casino Royale, has admitted to a small error having sneaked in (initially) undetected in the film’s most climactic scene; the Poker scene. 

The Casino Royale film starring Daniel Craig was in fact the third adaptation of the Ian Fleming book by the same name. For Daniel Craig, it was his first time playing iconic British superspy James Bond. His portrayal of Bond showed another side to 007 – a much more modernised and emotional side, and one more prevalent during his early career.

Following the 1995-released Goldeneye featuring the charming Pierce Brosnan as Bond, Casino Royale was the second 007 film directed by Martin Campbell.

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Less Action–More Poker Storyline

Casino Royale is in many ways a Bond film very different to the rest – with a lot less focus on giant props and classic automobile-destroying action, and more on building tension in the actual storyline. Focused also much more on character development, the bulk of the storyline leads up to a game of Texas Hold’em.

But not all quintessentially Bond staples were removed, with some, like the ongoing use of femme fatales – or “Bond Girls” – and entertaining car chases, thankfully this time without all the million-dollar destruction, kept in place.

And of course, since no 007 film would be quite the same without it, Casino Royale still invites the viewer to join Bond for a martini – shaken, not stirred.

That Famous Poker Scene

The mistake, so revealed Campbell in an interview with a popular streaming news and insight publication, happens during the Poker scene that sees 007 face off against Le Chiffre – and winning with a silent and humble straight flush.

The scene for the error is set when Bond joins the Poker game backed by $10 million in funds provided by the British Government. 007 loses the entire kitty on purpose in order to learn what he can about his opponent’s tells. Bond then receives a loan from another CIA agent – again, government money – and buys back into the game.

Bond ultimately wins the $115 million final pot – money not his, but that of the British Government – and proceeds to tip the dealer half a million dollars. Though this type of kindness is often seen around Poker tables, explained Campbell, Bond’s tipping a dealer $500k in government money out of the goodness of someone else’s heart (or pocket!) is the stuff that fiction is made of. Fiction and error. 

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