Ever since Ian Fleming’s famous British spy novel, Dr. No, was first adapted into film and released in 1962, his series’ beloved hero James Bond has no doubt been one of the most influential movie presences of all time. Though, this isn’t to say that the character hasn’t had his ups and downs.
After 2002’s Die Another Day, there was a general feeling that the Bond series had run its course. After 40 years and twenty films, the character had become far removed from Fleming’s original novels and taken on a life of its own relying on sci-fi gadgetry and computer generated thrills in stories that were becoming predictably formulaic.
Bond had survived numerous revisions over the years but when a film adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s book The Bourne Identity was released in 2002 just months before Die Another Day, the Bond producers knew something had to change. The Bourne Identity and its sequels successfully revitalized the spy genre playing like stripped down Bond films with numerous global locations, thrilling action sequences but with a genuine grounding in reality that in recent years the Bond films had failed to capture.
In 2005, Batman Begins had proven that new life could be breathed into a moribund franchise by returning to the original source and effectively starting fresh. When looking for a similar approach to Bond there was only one place to start, Ian Fleming’s first Bond novel Casino Royale. Although the book had been adapted twice before for the screen, once for a television play in 1954 and again for a comedy spoof in 1967, it had never been used by the official EON produced series. The intention was to strip Bond back to his roots and to make the most faithful adaptation of Fleming’s character to date.
With that said, exactly how much does the 21st Bond film actually resemble its source material? Well, on the road from page to screen, a few things inevitably got changed, and the folks over at CineFix decided to walk you through every alteration.
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