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.
Overview - Brilliant reboot of the Bond franchise finds James, not only newly promoted to 00 status, but rather inexplicably, newly promoted in general. As if he is a green rookie, lacking experience, viewed skeptically by all in British intelligence.
Problem Eliminator removes all latter suppositions. Bond may have a new license, but chances are he had been a field agent for years, and his promotion well earned.
Video - 1280 X 546p AVC. Solid editing throughout. Once, perhaps twice, I noticed a longish fade to black transition, but never at a point where it interferes with the tempo or mood. The colour correction is nicely handled throughout..
Audio - 352 kbps 2 Channel stereo AAC. No subs. I listened to this using headphones. On a few occasions, the dialogue is difficult (almost exclusively these are exchanges between James and Vesper), possibly from the source, possibly the mixdown from 5.1, possibly shortcomings of my equipment. Generally, most of the sound is excellent. I did not notice the opening song remix until I reread the editor’s comments after viewing.
Narrative - No complaints here. The story is faithful, despite bits excised here and there. The only sequence I dislike remains the recuperative period after Montenegro and before Bond fields the “where’s the money?” call. I have always found that section mawkish and difficult to believe. As if the British government would not jet in immediately to retrieve £100M.. It was in the original film, it is in this edit, and it still causes me to shake my head in disbelief.
Enjoyment - Confession. I went into this rather cold. I had gotten PE’s edit over a year ago, but, owing to technical problems, had been unable to view it. After sorting those, I had forgotten what Problem Eliminator’s original intent was. And instead to refreshening my memory, I just loaded the edit.
A Bond movie I am quite familiar with, I was soon noticing omissions. My reactions ran along lines of, “Oh, he took that out. No loss.” “Good riddance there, that line made Bond look stupid.” “That had been weak, too, as if he couldn’t buy his own clothes.” “Aw, hell, the hospital bit, I hope he cuts this.”
I like this version. Like it a lot, and I wish producers had crafted this excellent 007 film this way.
Man oh man, ProblemEliminator lives up to his name by eliminating the minor problems that held back Casino Royale in my opinion from being a 9/10 to 10/10.
Toning down the edginess of Bond with making him less of a loose cannon does wonders for the movie, and removing those scenes where M is scolding him like a newbie was a good call. I also liked that some of the dialogue was made tighter, and the poker scenes flow better in my opinion and keep the tension going. Also, thanks for removing those scenes of the him driving the ford and using the 'GPS' sony phone, it makes the movie hold up better with time. Other cuts like removing the defib scene I was skeptical on but it actually didn't detract from the movie much at all, if any.
Overall, I'd say the TBP cut of Casino Royale is the version of the classic I will watch on repeat viewings, and I recommend it to everyone who enjoyed Casino Royale, or even those who didn't like its length.
And here I thought Casino Royale was already an excellent movie, but somehow PE has managed to make it notches higher on my list of movies - I applaud your work! I cannot wait to check out your cut for Spectre.
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.