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2/23 It was a conscious decision to leave the semi-naked girls out of the opening credits because the James Bond persona is not officially established until the end of the movie.

3/23 This was the third adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1953 novel. A one-hour television special was filmed in 1954 as part of the Climax! TV anthology series, and a satirical version was made in 1967 starring David Niven as Bond.

4/23 The decision to bring on a new James Bond actor was partially motivated by Pierce Brosnan's previous contracts. Having him return for a fifth film would have cost the producers $30 million.

5/23 Only two days after the premiere pirated copies were already available for sale in London. Daniel Craig was offered offered a copy while walking through the streets of Beijing a few weeks later wearing a hat and glasses to avoid being identified.

6/23 If you follow the poker game carefully you'll notice that Bond tips the dealer a a half-million dollar chip when he wins.

7/23 The sinking of the Venetian house at the climax of the film 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 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 film the building eventually collapsing into the Venetian canal. The model elevator within the rig could be immersed in 19 feet of water, and used banks of compressors to strictly regulate movement.

8/23 Daniel Craig lost two front teeth while filming the first action scene of the movie and his dentist had to be flown in from London to replace them.

9/23 Daniel Craig got a personal trainer for the film because he knew he'd have to be in the best shape of his life. He explained, "Otherwise I would never survive it. Because at the end of the day, there isn't any painting-it-in for this movie. These stunts aren't going to be helped by CGI... What you're seeing is the real thing. And I've got the bruises to prove it!"

10/23 Casino Royale is the first James Bond movie to be based on a full-length Ian Fleming novel since Moonraker in 1979.

11/23 During the Bahamas horse riding sequence actress Caterina Murino was having leg pain so the producers considered using a stunt double instead. Murino insisted doing the scene herself saying that it would turn out to be her "Classic Bond Girl" moment.

12/23 Ian Fleming celebrated finishing his first draft of Casino Royale by purchasing a gold-plated typewriter. Reportedly former James Bond actor Pierce Brosnan bought the typewriter for $52,000.

13/23 The car barrel-roll stunt by the Aston Martin DBS broke the world record for the most barrel rolls assisted by a cannon. Originally, the racing specifications of the DBS meant that a standard ramp would not be sufficient to get the car to roll, so the special effects team were called in to install a air-powered cannon behind the drivers seat. This allowed the car to complete seven full rolls. In one afternoon of shooting three of the cars valued at $300,000 each were destroyed for this sequence.

14/23 The only CGI in the film was used to erase safety wires in the stunt sequences and integrate the models for the sinking palazzo.

15/23 For filming the scene where Bond rises out of the sea in a Speedo the crew were out of camera range in boats to fend off the paparazzi. Craig explained that the scene felt stupid, saying "I don't look at it, weeping, going 'Wasn't I beautiful!' Everything like that has been a voyage of discovery. I was aware of what was needed to be Bond. I'm not the coolest human being. But playing James Bond, you have to be cool. That was a big accident, that particular shot. I was pretending to swim in shallow water and then I stood up and walked out of the water! I was pretending to be cool by swimming, I thought it looked stupid and stood up and I walked off - and that was the shot!"

16/23 Casino Royale became the first Bond film 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.

17/23 The opening song "You Know My Name" was the first James Bond theme song to feature a male singer since "The Living Daylights" by A-ha.

18/23 Daniel Craig became the first actor to be nominated for a BAFTA award for playing James Bond, and also became the first actor to play James Bond who is younger than the series itself.

19/23 Director Martin Campbell debated whether or not to show M sleeping alone or with someone else. When he decided to put someone in bed with her, they used the production's transportation coordinator.

20/23 Eva Green used a stunt double for most her action scenes in the film, including ones where she was simply running up or down stairs, because she nearly broke her leg trying to film them.

21/23 Authorities in Venice granted producers permission to sail James Bond's yacht, called Spirit 54, along the Grand Canal between the Accademia and Rialto bridges. It's believed to have been several centuries since a pleasure yacht last sailed the Grand Canal.

22/23 Casino Royale was nominated for eight BAFTA Awards and won two: Best Sound and Orange Rising Star Award for Eva Green. Daniel Craig also received the Evening Standard British Film Award's Best Actor Award.

23/23 Daniel Craig actually rejected the part of James Bond a year before as he had felt that the series had settled into a standard formula. He changed his mind when he read the finished script. He was shopping for groceries when he got the call from producer Barbara Broccoli. She told him, "Over to you, kiddo" and he left the groceries in the store to celebrate with martinis.

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