MI6 reports from Paris where cast and crew descended
on Le Grand
Rex cinema for the French premiere of Casino Royale...
Casino Royale French Premiere
18th November 2006
Another day, another premiere. On Friday
17th November 2006, whilst the film was opening on general
release in the USA, the cast and crew of Casino Royale
headed to Paris for the French premiere.
Amongst the attendees were Daniel Craig
and his girlfriend Satsuki Mitchell, both Bond girls Eva
Green (Vesper Lynd) and Caterina Murino (Solange), Sebastien
Foucan (Mollaka), director Martin Campbell and his wife,
and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.
The French premiere was held at at Le Grand
Rex cinema in Paris on Friday 17th November 2006 at 8:00pm. The
event was a sell out, filling the capacity of 2,800 guests in
the theatre, with many fans scooping early tickets to the event
for only 10 Euros.
Above: Daniel Craig and girlfriend
Satsuki Mitchell, director Martin Campbell with wife Solveig
Whilst the special guests were walking the red
carpet, posing for photographs and signing many autographs for
of fans who turned out for the event, those inside the theatre
were treated to a rendition of Bond themes from a 50-piece orchestra.
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli
were then introduced on stage at 8:00pm, followed by director
Martin Campbell. Three
of French-speaking cast members were then invited to say a few
words, starting with free-runner Sebastien Foucan who stars
as Mollaka in the explosive opening action scenes in the film.
Above: Eva Green (Vesper Lynd) and
Caterina Murino (Solange)
Next up was Caterina Murino, who mentioned that Casino Royale
was the last film that she would appear in a bikini as she was "getting
too old for it", much to the disgruntlement of the audience
who tried to persuade her otherwise.
Finally, Eva Green (who brought her mother as her guest at the
premiere) explained her role in the film, describing the love
story between Vesper and Bond and the emphasis of the movie was
on the emotional journey the characters take.
Above: Eva Green poses for photographers
with her mother (left) and Sebastien
Foucan then talked about how Craig got on with
the action scenes filmed in the Bahamas and how Craig had helped
him with working
on his first motion picture. Finally, Craig was asked to demonstrate
Bond's "killer look", which raised a hearty laugh from
Martin Campbell, before Craig said "No acting on stage,
let's rather look at the movie now...". The curtain went
up and a little under two and a half hours later, the film received
a rapturous round of applause from the 2,800 guests at Le Grand
The film goes on nationwide release in France on 22nd November
Above: Caterina Murino is dwarfed
by a huge banner of Daniel Craig as 007
Around The World With
Next up... Director Martin Campbell will attend
the New Zealand premiere at SkyCity Cinemas in Newmarket, Auckland
30th November 2006. Daniel Craig and Caterina Murino will be
the stars of the show at the Australian premiere in Sydney on
Monday 4th December 2006. Martin Campbell and producer Barbara
Broccoli will also attend. The film opens nationwide in Australia
and New Zealand from Thursday 7th December 2006.
Royale World Premiere Report
Royale Swiss Premiere
Thanks to 'Suivez ce parachute'