Casino Royale: The Big Picture
Carry On (Chris Cornell)
01) Film now focuses on Bond’s character arc of learning to see the big picture, rather than on “Bond Begins” gimmickry.
02) Bond is a new 00, but he isn’t a rookie agent or a young man.
03) Bond is never referred to as a thug or hitman.
04) M is less mothering and temperamental.
05) Parkour, airport and sinking house sequences are shorter.
06) Bond isn’t poisoned during the poker game.
07) Bond/Vesper conversation sounds more natural.
08) Vesper doesn't fall head-over-heels for Bond.
09) Mathis gives less poker commentary.
10) Film doesn’t disingenuously hint that Mathis betrayed Bond.
11) Colour correction applied throughout.
12) Product placement removed throughout.
- Trimmed parkour sequence for length. Ends faster after the crane jump.
- Cut guards shooting at embassy. Excessive and unnecessary after the parkour sequence.
- Cut Le Chiffre and Kratt’s conversation on boat. Cut to remove confusing and corny dialogue.
- Cut M ranting in Parliament. Unprofessional of her to shout and swear about the 00 section in public.
- Cut line “I knew it was too early to promote you” (M). In this edit, Bond is not a rookie or a young man.
- Cut M lecturing Bond about arrogance and ego. See above.
- Cut Bond driving Ford Mondeo. Not Bond's kind of car.
- Cut Bond using M’s name and password on MI6 website in the Bahamas. Bond isn’t so disrespectful as to violate M’s privacy again.
- Trimmed airport sequence for length. Carlos hijacks the fuel truck sooner, and Bond stays on the truck until the sequence’s end.
- Trimmed shot of Bond smiling after killing Carlos. Bond takes no pleasure in killing.
- Cut line “Do you want a clean kill or do you want to send a message?” (Bond). Bond is not a bloodthirsty hitman.
- Cut line “Trust me, I wish it wasn’t the case” (M). Bond has been promoted to 00, so M should have faith in him.
- Cut several of Vesper’s lines on the train. Conversation sounds more natural.
- Cut Bond finding defibrillator in Aston Martin. Not needed, as heart attack later is cut.
- Cut Vesper giving Bond a tailored dinner jacket. Bond knows how to dress himself.
- Cut line “That’s not half bad, I’m gonna have to think of a name for that” (Bond). Not the first time Bond has ordered his signature martini.
- Cut line “Look, it’s the tell, he is bluffing” (Mathis). This is obvious.
- Cut line “Bond will have to go all-in to call his bluff” (Mathis). Also obvious.
- Cut Bond’s heart attack. Distracts from the poker game and has almost no consequence on the story.
- Cut Bond and Vesper talking beside poker table after game ends. Contains a reference to Bond’s heart attack.
- Cut line “I’m afraid your friend Mathis is really my friend Mathis” (Le Chiffre). Le Chiffre has no reason to mislead Bond regarding Mathis.
- Cut Mathis walking up to Bond in hospital bed. Cut to remove David Arnold’s ridiculous “sinister” music.
- Cut Bond and Vesper’s conversation after line “If you’d just been born, wouldn’t you be naked?” (Bond). Cut to remove unnatural dialogue and to emphasize Bond and Vesper’s rebirth as lovers.
- Cut Bond shooting guard while following Vesper. Cut for pacing.
- Trimmed sinking house sequence. Sections removed and reordered for coherence and pacing.
- Cut Bond suggesting Mathis might still be guilty. Bond has no reason to believe this.
- Cut M’s lines about Bond not trusting anyone. Not a core concept of the character, or an idea that emerges naturally from the story.
- Replaced end credits version of “You Know My Name” with “Vesper.” Ends the film on a more sober note.
- Colour correction to lessen saturation and tinting throughout. The original colour grading often looks cheap and garish.
- Cropped out product placement throughout. Way too many Sony cellphones.
- Other minor cuts as needed.
Well. As good as the original is, PE manages to tighten it to near perfection. A high quality-edit, throughout. Visually perfect, no hiccups in audio and narratively slimmer. Impressive work, to say the least. Cutting out the poisoning works great and I did not miss it. The same goes for the overlong scenes when Bond rehabilitates. Much of the poor exposition is taken care of, and the trimming of the action scenes helps them, even tough I never had a problem with them in the original.
Highly, highly recommended!
Somehow putting down a proper review for this slipped my mind when I viewed it many months ago. Apologies. This edit deserves all the praise it can get. I was the Academy member who gave the approval on this and I must say, never, not once has there ever been a first time submission that I watched that didn't need a few tweaks to get it okayed for this site. Until this one.
Seemless. That's what this is. If didn't know the film by heart and didn't know upfront that this was an edit, you'd probably never know. Hell, I know the movie by heart and I still kept missing when things were cut. Which is a testament to not only the skill of the editing but also the new breakneck pace that this film has been given.
This could just as easily be called "Casino Royale: Lean and Mean" because that's exactly what it is. And very fitting too, for the Bond here being portrayed. Not a huge deviation from the theatrical, but a very exciting and worthwhile one nonetheless. Recommended.
Very good job. I really like the changes made here. Bond's relationship with M and Vesper feels more natural and I particularly loved the hokey poisoning part being removed. This is basically a really good movie with most of the minor little quibbles removed (for me, anyway). It improves upon the original and is now my go-to version.
Minor issues: I think the saturation or blur is slightly too high in scenes. Particularly the black and white opening and on the felt of the poker table it is noticeable. Also, one product of cutting out the poisoning is that it is said before one break "when we return the big blind will be 200,000" and then when they come back it's "the big blind is now 500,000" or something like that. I could be messing up the numbers but they don't match. Minor thing that could probably be fixed by cutting one line or the other, or replacing the amount in the line before the break.
No editing issues, very technically proficient. Well done!
Bravo. This is a solid FanFix of the film. I thought your choices were terrific and not overdone. I think sometimes editors get so carried away that they substantially alter the story. Not here. This is just a good streamlining of the original. It was "just right."
Video and audio edits seemed perfect. I couldn't detect any problems. Its my new "go to" version of this film. Great job.