Casino Royale (2006) is a thematically faithful adaptation of Flemings influential novel, a masterpiece and the greatest James Bond movie ever made. Here is a comparison I made between the movie/novel & my thoughts on both of them.
Over the last week I read Ian Flemings first James Bond novel Casino Royale for the first time and later re watched the movie. Here are some thoughts on both, including a comparison of similarities, differences and the over all enjoyment I get out of both of these pieces. Technical aspects: Casino Royale (novel, 1953), written by Ian Fleming [27 short chapters, around 250 pages, depending on edition] Casino Royale (movie, 2006), directed by Martin Campbell [144 minute runtime] Before diving into further comparisons, there are two obvious, but also significant differences between the movie and the novel. The first being the time it is set in, both are contemporary to their release date. Meaning the novel is set in the Cold War whereas the movie is set in the 21 century. Because of the resulting differences in international relations historically speaking, you could transfer it (but you don't have to) to the second difference. Flemings novel is a political espionage thriller, whereas Campbells movie re-boot is basically an action movie. ---------- Structure: The over all plot of the movie is very similar, nearly identical to its source material. James Bond, a fresh 00, is set in a high stakes Poker game against Le Chiffre, a desperate (& near bankrupt) banker working for terrorist organizations. Bonds allies are Mathis, Felix Leiter & Vesper Lynd. Bond wins the money, Vesper & him get captured, following the torture, Le Chiffre being interrupted/killed by a member of a mysterious organization. After Bond & Vesper seek a happy life, the latter is confronted with her "real" identity/past & kills herself, leaving Bond emotionally broken & eventually cold. As said in my first paragraph, Flemings novel isn't an "action" novel. There is an early assassination/botched bomb attempt in the early chapters (similar to the airport sequence) but it's nowhere near as action heavy as the movie, which follows parkour chases, knife fights & bus/plane explosions, stairway fights & the closing crumbling house set piece. Narratively Bond meets his allies way earlier, in the movie Vesper & Mathis are introduced around an hour in, whereas in the novel already in the first few chapters, Felix Leiter is introduced very late in the movie and only after Bond is struggling in the Poker game. The whole Dimitrious, Ellipse stuff isn't in the novel. ---------- Main characters: - James Bond: Bonds portrayal is very close to the novel. He's described as a very tough man, perfectly shown by Craigs physical appearance, his hard & masculine face & the early corporal fight scenes & chases. His attitude fits the source material. Bond is smart & charming, but he can switch of in any moment to being a ruthless killer. - Vesper Lynd: A big part of Vespers character in the novel is her beauty. There are long passages describing everything about her body & face. She certainly is beautiful in the movie, played by the gorgeous Eva Green. Yet in the movie she comes across as much more independent & aware. She's smart in the novel, but much more worthy in a psychological duel with Bond in the movie. In both the movie & novel she is a double agent, who got blackmailed & had to take this identity in order to save her boyfriend, but then fell in love with James. - Le Chiffre: Le Chiffre, in both movie & novel is a scary fucking dude. There still is something a bit charming about Mikkelsen presence though. He's described as considerably ugly in the novel, and basically as the epitome of evil. In the movie he comes across as more "human", desperation etc (make no mistake he's a vicious bastard, but he's not the devil). - M: The obvious difference is the gender swap in M. In the novel, Bond respects & in some way even fears M. The Bond/M relationship of Flemings books never really translated onto the bigger screen (it's tough to find someone intimidating against the charisma of Connery to be fair) so the change is an interesting touch. While he certainly respects Judi Denchs M, there is more slick and clever dialogue coming out of the conversations. ---------- The Poker Game: The Poker game in the novel, as basically all of it, is set in France, whereas the movie jumps around Madagascar, the Bahamas, Venice & Montenegro, the latter being the setting of the poker game. Also, in the novel they play Baccarat, which was very popular at that time, in the movie they play Texas Hold 'Em, which (surprise) was popular in that time. The game itself is similar structured, back and forth until Le Chiffre wins a big one and Bond is in huge desperation but comes back in the last round winning all of it (with the help of Felix Leiters money). In both movie & novel, Le Chiffre tries to prevent/"attack" Bond during the last hand. In the movie he gets poisoned, which nearly causes him to pass out. In the novel, he is directly physically threatened by a bodyguard of the Le Chiffre with a gun under the table/chair. -------- Remarkable similarities: - Practically the entire torture scene is directly taken out of the source material. Bond gets stripped naked and tied up to a chair, then punched to the balls multiple times until the near pass out. Only difference is that in the movie Le Chiffre uses a rope, in the novel it is a carpet beater. - Some dialogue & lines are extracted out of Flemings novel. Such as the VespeMartini order. >Three measures of Gordons, one ofvodka, half a measure ofKina Lillet.Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon peel. Got it? Or the iconic line. >The bitch is dead. --------- Other differences: - The whole Mathis alleged double cross plot point only appears in the movie. - Vespers double cross, signaled by her seeing the man with the eye patch is left to a good bye letter in the novel that Bond reads after she'd poisoned herself. In the movie, she gives the man with the eye patch the money briefcase and after the shoot out in Venice, she traps herself in the elevator and drowns in the crumbling house. - In the books, the mysterious organization is SMERSH, a russian anti spy organization. In CR it is still unnamed, though in the later Craig films revealed to be SPECTRE. - The book ends very depressing as her betrayal letter is the last thing. The movie ends on a higher note with Bond capturing Mr White & ending the movie in his iconic introduction lines. --------- I have certainly missed a ton of differences of both, but I feel like I have done enough to highlight most of them. Here are some of my personal thoughts: The novel: I had a ton of fun reading it for the first time. It's certainly colder & much more serious than a lot of James Bond movies but I liked that it felt more grounded and had espionage instead of thrills. There is a lot of political subtext added by Ian Fleming that reflects on the cold war and on spy agents themselves. It also features some great insight on the Poker game as Bonds mind is on full display with mathematical & stochastically relevant information throughout every hand. I think it ends on a very depressing and sad note, setting the tone for the character to come. The movie: I have always considered Casino Royale to be one of my favorite movies of all time. I think it's head and shoulders above every other James Bond film and every time I watch it I discover new things I love about it. The way the movie starts, with the cold blooded double-O earning in a noir fashion, then goes over to the gorgeous credit sequence with so much ingenuity sprinkled across it, is amazing. I'm also amazed by the action the movie has. The Parkour chase has some terrific stunt work & innovation. Or the airplane sequence is packed with enormous tension and suspense. Or the closing Venice shoot out is packed with bad ass moments by Bond. A lot of my love for the movie also comes from the cast. It does contain my a.) favorite Felix Leiter (played by Jeffrey Wright), b.) favorite Bond girl (Vesper Lynd by Eva Green), c.) the best M (played by Judi Dench) and one of my favorite Bond villains (played by Mads Mikkelsen, who is as terrific as ever). Martin Campbell has rock solid directing, focussing on the great stuff of the source material and just like in GoldenEye knowing how to introduce a new Bond & a new way of Bond into the franchise. Daniel Craig is relentlessly amazing. He has the charms, he definitely has the looks, he is believable in the kills, he has a soul, he has a heart, he has emotion. Only Connery is better. The movie also looks gorgeous. Not only its vast settings of exotic locations, beautiful women, high class restaurants, cafes or hotels, pieces of clothing and so on, but also its sharp image and cinematography, by Phil Meheux is astounding. Despite being literally written by three people it also contains some ingenious dialogue. Especially the Bond/Vesper interactions flow so crisply and soft. It's a joy to watch every second of it and I could be talking about it for hours. All in all, Casino Royale is a great novel and in my opinion, an even greater movie which is a faithful adaptation but also adds many layers and new things to it, knowing that it already is part of a 20+ movie series and therefore adding nostalgia, references or treating its timeless main characters legacy with honor and self reflection. What do you think about Casino Royale, both the novel & the movie?
IamA Passenger of Grandeur of the Seas - Full Description of the Fire that Occurred (Long)
There has been another passenger IamA about this, please give him a shout, everyones experience was completely different. Check it out here! The Grandeur of the Seas, A Firsthand Perspective Hi Reddit, I’m Mark Ormesher, and I was the first passenger to contact the Associated Press when the Internet came back up on the Grandeur. That started because of a post I made on the Royal Caribbean International (hereafter referred to as RCI) Facebook page. I wanted to let not only my family, but other families that in fact, without PR spin, everything was fine. So here we are, I’m expanding some sections, continuing the story all the way to the end. The Cruise Begins, 05/24/13 When you first get on the cruise, before it even leaves port, the captain leads a muster drill. This drill is required by maritime law to instruct visitors to what to do when the alarm triggered. The instructions are posted on each stateroom door The muster station number is on your SeaPass Card - This is also my proof! Our Muster Station was on the Port Aft side of the ship, Deck 5. When the captain starts the drill, you are to move to your station and have your SeaPass card scanned. The scanners that they use keep track of who has checked in, live updating provides the ships crew up to date information. When everyone had checked in, Captain Espen Been got on the intercom and released us with a casual: “You can now do… pretty much whatever you want!” The In-Between, 05/24 – 05/26 We had one day of sailing, Casino time, drinking, sun! My GF and I at the formal dinner And a beautiful sunrise! Cruise life is a lot of fun, the night of the 26th the cruise director, John, and his staff threw a 70’s party in the Centrum (the center of the ship, an open space in the center of the ship, 5 decks tall) this party was called the Disco Inferno, no joke. My girlfriend and I stayed out until about midnight, ending up in the casino, getting more drinks, and then solidly passing out in our stateroom. The cruise director staff The Fire, 05/27/13 This section is word for word what I sent to the Associated Press, most of this was left out, but Kasey Jones got a good jist of the event, thank you Kasey! We were roused at around 3am by an announcement from the Captain that we should proceed to our muster stations. Immediately following, my girlfriend and I had our cabin door knocked on by our room attendant, my main man Jeremy James. He told us to grab our floatation devices and that this was not a drill. We were assigned to muster station 10, being on the 2nd deck and aft, our stateroom was close to the event. Upon proceeding to the muster station we were redirected by the crew towards a secondary muster position in the casino. The crew provided clear instruction, and we were made aware of how we were to proceed, even though it was 3 in the morning. Upon arrival to the casino, we had our cards scanned and checked in. There were a total of six in our party and we found each other as soon as all had arrived. The crew was swift in providing instruction, no panic, no messing around. This encouraged calm amongst the passengers. Over the course of the next four hours we were kept updated by the captain over the intercom at regular intervals. He provided us as much information as we needed to stay safe. We were not allowed to leave our muster station. In this time, the crew members provided moral and logistical support. The organization, the double-checking, and the comforting words fell upon a audience that was both tired and eager for as much information as possible. I saw many acts of kindness and courtesy from the crew in that time. A woman had forgotten her glasses in the evacuation; a crew member retrieved those glasses for her. Medication for an elderly patron was retrieved. Crying infants were given formula and held while the parents went to the bathroom. About 30 minuets into the muster, the crew went behind the bar in the casino, and using every piece of glassware they could acquire, they passed out glasses of water, because the air conditioner had been shut off, it was getting hot. An hour later the captain ordered the distribution of provisions. Bottles of Evian were passed out amongst the musters. We saw cups of Diet Coke passed around as well. Crew members checked in on us with frequency, and as we all continued through the waiting game, they talked with us and kept our spirits up. Never have I felt such trust in a staff before. They had been up from early the morning before, providing us with entertainment, and did their jobs when an emergency arose. Since the event I have seen the rear of the ship from Freeport. The damage is much beyond what I could have imagined. I am impressed that the crew was able to handle such an event, with the help of the US Coast Guard. I want to reinforce, as I did on my facebook posting, that I have never been so impressed with a staff, especially when dealing with an emergency situation. Before this arose I was pleased with the personable approach of the crew, and their dedication to making my experience an excellent one. I know from conversations that the fire impacted the staff facilities more than it did the patron facilities. My thoughts are with the captain and crew, for whom this ship is both their work and home, and hope that they are able to see her back to good order. This is my first cruise experience, and though I may not make it to my destinations, I will return as a customer to this company, knowing that they will go far and above the excellence I expect from my vacation. A disclaimer: I do not work for, nor have I ever worked for, Royal Caribbean International. Nothing that I write here can be held as legally binding, nor as anything but my personal observations of an event. /End AP Email/ This is our party in the Casino: Observations: We did not have to stand outside for four hours, I know that for some this was not pleasant. Did people faint from fear? I don’t believe it was fear, after seeing people stand in Choirs and Shows for an hour and a half I know that locking your knees leads to fainting. That being said I did not witness the lifeboats being put in position, I have no idea how I would have felt, but it was something that they had to do. Better safe than sorry. When we evacuated our room, we took a few minutes to get ready, probably only 2. In that time I grabbed our passports and cash, put on pants and my jacket, and used the bathroom. When my GF I don’t know if that was the best course of action with how close we were to the fire, but it is what happened. Had we have left the ship I would have been glad to be carrying my passport and Green Card (UK citizen in the US) and the phone allowed me to contact my mother as soon as we were in range of the cell network at Freeport. There was a dude in his boxer shorts. That was not me. Success. The bathrooms were apparently hell. They used all of the water pressure in the ship fighting the fire. The Cruise Staff member, Aubrey, who spent time with us during the muster is one of the coolest people I’ve met. She has said that in her 2.5 years with RCI she had never experienced anything like this. Additionally she had just finished a 14 hour day on the 26th, and had just gone to bed when the fire broke out. After the fire she was dealing with logistics and passenger support, I’ve never seen someone so tough. Both her and Lynn were champions, we checked in on them throughout the next two days. If you’re reading this guys, we love you, thank you. The muster leaders were also the performers for the ships shows. These guys were awesome. The Aftermath Images, text at the site: Firefighters Tugs Muster Station 8 Sunrise Casino: Post Fire Freeport Freeport Again Firefighters at Muster Station 10 Soot from the fire on Deck 10 We made it to Freeport under our own engines; the passengers were released from muster. The ones whose cabins weren’t that close to the fire were able to go back first. We sat around for an additional 2 hours, waiting for them to check all rooms and clear the smoke. We had no clue how bad the fire had been. Everyone was able to call their family, I posted to Facebook and to the RCI page. RCI opened up the wifi for free. The process of dealing with the fire had begun. Both our Cruise Director and the Captain spoke to us on the intercom. They informed us that some staterooms had been damaged and that some people would not be able to stay on the ship. Knowing where we were in the ship, we were concerned that our staterooms were impacted. I had my laptop and iPad in there, but in the long run, that wouldn’t have been too much of an issue. The firehose two rooms down from us had been deployed, this was one door down from my GF's sister and her GF's room When we were allowed off of the ship, we headed down to the gangway at deck 1. We ran into Lynn and Aubrey and they told us that they hadn’t seen the impact of the fire, nor had a chance for rest. We all went around the back of the boat to look at the damage, holy hell. We took pictures of the rear of the boat, you’ve seen some of them plastered around the internet, grabbed a couple of Red Bulls, and went back on the ship. We passed the Red Bulls off to our staff friends and showed them the pictures. Their long day had just begun… Back 1Back 2 As the ship did not have ABC license for Freeport, so we were not able to drink on the ship. Luckily the bars in town were more than willing to provide that service! Shame that the Bros and Bro-esses surrounded us from the Carnival ships. That being said, Senor Frogs made me smile with the water pattern on the drink mat: Smile Bro That afternoon we found out that we had reached the end of our cruise. The ship was too heavily damaged to maintain normal operations. When the captain was making this announcement you could tell that it upset him, it upset everyone, but we knew that was how it had to be. That ship needed all of the love and care so that other people could continue to enjoy her later on. The staff never stopped, they continued to put on entertainment and delicious meals. Our friend Aubrey ran the trivia and we laughed so hard that it felt good. The show for the evening, Seasons, was an aerial show in the Centrum, the fantastic cast of dancers and singers performed a beautiful show. At the end of the show during the curtain call, John came out and talked to us. As close to his words as possible: “I don’t know if you recognize these fantastic performers, but they were your muster captains last night, and for that we thank them.” The entire boat was on its feet. We cheered and whooped. The outpouring of emotion was intense. They were our heroes. It’s still giving me goose bumps as I write this. This same scene happened again when the Captain talked to us and introduced us to the fire suppression team. They saved our asses. Returning Home I wish that this had gone a little smoother. Yesterday morning we were told to proceed to the theater deck by deck to fill out Bahamian immigration. This was not the plan, the plan was to do immigration before we left for our flights. I found out that the Bahamian Immigration Officers were not happy with staying the whole day on the ship and threatened to leave unless they saw everyone immediately. Aside, Saw someone else in Dry Dock as we were leaving, the Triumph! It was raining most of that day and that caused delays in flights. We were scheduled to leave at 5pm and we didn’t even leave the ship until 6pm. The staff at the airport was not fully prepared to handle 2,200 people trying to get home and we had delays at that end. Rows of charter planes waiting for passengers We left at 11pm from Freeport Airport. We got back to BWI at about 1am. The landing was probably the roughest I’ve been on and ended up with a bit of damage to the aircraft. This popped off the ceiling as we landed The welcome party from RCI was huge, people guided us and answered questions, thanking us for our patience. They guided some to hotels so that they could get flights home, and those of us who drove got bussed back to the terminal. Massive numbers of busses When we got back to the terminal, the crew there helped unload baggage and waited with everyone until their rides got there. On the way out of the parking lot I was informed that we would also be receiving full refunds for parking. I got home at about 5am and proceeded to sleep. The Future We’ve already decided we are going to use our free cruise to go out on the Grandeur again. She took care of us once, we trust her to do it again. We’re going to make shirts that read: C’mon Grandeur! Get us to the Bahamas like there’s a fire under your aft! Thank you RCI staff, both onboard, executive and from around the company that came to help us. You guys made the bad situation so much more manageable. Edit I can bold! Edit 2 I can link! Edit 3 Fixed some broken links, added photos from my GFs sister. This is my first long text post, thanks for understanding. My grammar may not be the best, if there is something confusing please dont hesitate to mention it, as you can imagine it has been a long 72 hours. Tl; Dr: A disaster that could have been much worse, was made better by the great crew and company. Don’t be afraid to cruise with Royal Caribbean, these guys know what they’re doing.
In Casino Royale, Bonds orders his first drink at the hotel in the Bahamas (just before winning the Aston Martin). He tells the bartender, "Large Mount Gay and Soda". I guess the joke went over my head. Why do the 2 gentlemen seated at the bar turn and gawk at Bond as he walks away?
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