The James Bond franchise has long offered memorable opening pre-title sequence and the Daniel Craig-era Bond films are no different: Skyfall opens with a propulsive action sequence climaxing in 007 being shot and falling off the top of a train in Istanbul, and Spectre opens with a single-take action scene set amidst Dia de Los Muertos celebrations in Mexico.
It is the opening scene in Craig’s first go-round as Bond that stands out the most. The opening was as stripped-down as the new, back-to-basics Bond was. The short scene doesn’t feature any wild pyrotechnics, outrageous stunts, or the like.
The scene is shot in black-and-white and shows us how Bond acquired his 00 status, by killing a treacherous MI6 agent and his contact, the latter of whom puts up a nasty fight in a bleached-white bathroom. Martin Campbell, who also directed GoldenEye, isn’t as stylish a filmmaker as Sam Mendes, but the unflinching, genuinely gritty style of this opening helps it stand out among modern Bond entries.
Casino Royale is the twenty-first in the Eon Productions James Bond series, and the third screen adaptation of Ian Fleming’s 1953 novel of the same name. Directed by Martin Campbell and written by Neil Purvis, Robert Wade, and Paul Haggis, it is the first film to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond. Produced by Eon Productions for Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Columbia Pictures. Following Die Another Day, Eon Productions decided to reboot the series, allowing them to show a less experienced and more vulnerable Bond.
Casino Royale takes place at the beginning of Bond’s career as Agent 007, as he is earning his license to kill. The plot has Bond on an assignment to bankrupt terrorist financier Le Chiffre in a high-stakes poker game at the Casino Royale in Montenegro; Bond falls in love with Vesper Lynd, a treasury employee assigned to provide the money he needs for the game. The film begins a story arc that continues in the 2008 film, Quantum of Solace.