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Friday, 26 March 2021

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Casino Royale: Original Chip
Casino Royale: Original Chip

Casino Royale: Original Chip

Durchmesser: 3,5 cm.
Casino Royale, 2006.

Catalogue price€ 800 - 1.500 Catalogue price € 800 - 1.500  $ 960 - 1,800
£ 720 - 1,350
元 6,168 - 11,565
₽ 72,232 - 135,435


Aus dem ersten James Bond Film mit Daniel Craig als Agent 007, der 606 Millionen Doller weltweit eingespielt hat.

Amerikanische Privatsammlung. (12606818) (13)

Casino Royale: original poker chip

Diameter: 3.5 cm.
Casino Royale, 2006.
Certificate of origin and authenticity.

From the first James Bond movie that featured the actor Daniel Craig as Agent 007 and grossed $606 million worldwide.

Private collection, United States.


Casino Royale is a 2006 spy film, part of the James Bond franchise. It is the first film to star Daniel Craig as the fictional MI6 agent James Bond at the beginning of his career as Agent 007, as he is earning his licence to kill, showing us a less experienced and more vulnerable Bond. It received an overwhelmingly positive critical response, with reviewers highlighting Craig‘s reinvention of the character and the film‘s departure from the tropes of previous Bond films. It earned 606 million dollars worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing James Bond film of all time, until the release of Skyfall in 2012. The most iconic scene in the movie is of course the one at the Casino Royale, which also gives the title to the whole movie. There Agent 007 takes part in a Texas hold’em poker game to stop his enemy Le Chiffre to win back the money he lost to finance international terrorism. Here the chips can be clearly seen as the protagonists of the whole scene, both in the first and second part of the game. They were custom made specifically for the movie by CartaMundi in their production division, Copag, in Brazil. The company produces cards and chips for professional poker players and casinos all around the world. That is why the chips are beautifully crafted and even from close up they have a perfect and professional look making them a unique and exquisitely manufactured Hollywood memorabilia. The Casino Royale scene is so relevant for the development of the story that when releasing the movie in China they added a verbal explanation of the Texas hold’em game, which is not very popular there, so they could understand perfectly this extremely important scene. On 14 October 2005 Eon Productions, Sony Pictures Entertainment, and MGM announced at a press conference in London that Daniel Craig would be the sixth actor to portray James Bond. Controversy followed the decision, with some critics and fans expressing doubt the producers had made the right choice. Throughout the entire production period, Internet campaigns such as “danielcraigisnotbond.com” expressed their dissatisfaction and threatened to boycott the film in protest. Craig, unlike previous actors, was not considered by the protesters to fit the tall, dark, handsome and charismatic image of Bond to which viewers had been accustomed. Despite these first critics, appeared before the movie was even released, after the premiere everybody totally changed their opinion, and praised Daniel Craig as one of the best James Bond of all time. Andrew Sarris of The New York Observer wrote that this particular Bond film is “the very first that I would seriously consider placing on my own yearly 10-best list. Furthermore, I consider Daniel Craig to be the most effective and appealing of the six actors who have played 007, and that includes even Sean Connery”. The film was described as taking James Bond “back to his roots”, similar to “From Russia with Love”, where the focus was on character and plot rather than the high-tech gadgets and visual effects. 



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