Three measures of Gordon’s; one of vodka; half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel


well, i finaly got round to seeing casino royale and i really wanted to post about it. i’m not going to bore you with how much i love the movie (a lot) or how hot i think daniel craig is (ditto), what i want to offer my public adoration for is the astonishing opening credits. seriously i would have paid just to see them.
if you haven’t seen the film, the credits are – like the movie itself – a bit of a departure. they still have a very ‘bond’ feel but are an intricate, colourful rotascoped affair that had me gripping the edge of my seat with awe and jelousy.

daniel klienman
, the director of the title sequence says he took his inspiration from

…the cover of a “Casino Royale” first edition, published in 1953, featured Ian Fleming’s design of a playing card bordered by eight red hearts dripping blood.


“The hearts not only represent cards but the tribulations of Bond’s love story,” So I took that as inspiration to use playing card graphics in different ways in the titles,” like a club representing a puff of gun smoke, and slashed arteries spurting thousands of tiny hearts.

you can see the sequence on youtube but the quality is quite low and really doesn’t do justice to the finer details in it.

of related interest, i’ve also recently been listening to spycast… yes, a podcast for spies!! it’s very interesting if just a litlle bit less exciting than bond.
oh, and i can’t resist posting the old casino royale poster art because it’s super-kitch-fab


0 thoughts on “Three measures of Gordon’s; one of vodka; half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it over ice, and add a thin slice of lemon peel

  1. As usual I enjoyed your blog. I am “old school” (and old!!) and I don’t know how to find all the cool stuff you do and how you have instant click links to everything. I love it! Very entertaining for me. Also, on a different subject: as I watched “Mixed Nuts” for the 6th time last night I was thinking of you because you love Juliette Lewis so much I was wondering if you’ve ever seen this movie? It has a corny “Hollywood” ending but Juliette is brilliant in it and she’s worth watching it!

  2. I’ve seen half of Casino Royale. I fell asleep half way through – a reflection on me, not the movie. The bit I saw was fucking excellent, and I can’t wait to watch the rest (time permitting). I thought the whole thing was going to be in black and white, which would’ve been pretty fucking cool.

  3. mt: i haven’t seen mixed nuts actually. allthough i am a huge fan of hers now i was never a massive fan of her as an actress – not that i didn’t really enjoy her performances in the films i’ve seen (especially natural born killers) but i wouldn’t have described myself as a fan
    i’ll check it out if i get the chance though…

    tanya: i had been warned about the b&w / coulour thing by someone who had thought the same as you. it would have been cool, but possibly a bit too much for the ‘mainstream’ to cope with. it’s quite a distance from ‘the world is not enough’ as it is!

    j: Piper: Are you Richard Burton?
    Evelyn Tremble: No, I’m Peter O’Toole!
    Piper: Then you’re the greatest man that ever BREATHED.

  4. Loved it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    No gadgetry, just heaps of action and a hotter than hot Mr Bond.

    I’m with you on the opening credits, I’ve watched them 3 times and am blown away.

  5. aye openeing credits were, definately the highlight of the film, (not that there is anything lesser about the movie itself, loved it, came straight home and pilfered it) so aye, tanya let me know if you want to see the other half…in black and white too!, last week i sat in the evening and had an hour out with bacherachs soundrack for the original film, i now feel weird calling it the original film!
    check how nails daniel craig was, all the way through the film though, normally i root with the badguys in any film, but man, he was so good he was bad.

    i walked home fantasising about which facial disfigurement i’d opt for if i was a bond villain, i’d have to say (and somebody may know who i mean, i’d wager joe) one of the evil henchmen in the awful 70’s disney film condorman (starring micheal crawford) the bad guy, drives a black saab, and has a steel eye under an eyepatch, god damn i’d look sexy with one of those… anyway, there i go again monologing on marilyn’s blog, talking total shite. sorry, i’ll go make tea…

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