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Casino Royale - Micro Analysis

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Casino Royale - Micro Analysis In the opening pre-title sequence of Casino Royale (2006,) directed by Martin Campbell, which is shot in black and white (the rest of the film is in colour), Bond meets with a co worker in Prague, Czech Republic, in an office setting. The scene is set at night, perhaps suggesting a suspicious or dangerous event is about to occur. The scene is presented with a flashback of a fight scene that takes place in a public toilet. Within the office setting, a prop used by Dryden, the deflected spy, are his leather gloves; he takes them off perhaps suggesting an arrogant confidence about the situation as he feels he does not need to wear them as he feels in control. Other props include a desk placed between the two men meeting; this creates a barrier, suggesting their differences in roles. Other props are the chairs and a lamp suggesting the setting they are in is a professional office. Dryden's draw is storing the gun he attempts to shoot Bond with, which creates an air of mystery as it is more unexpected as it is pulled out of a draw. ...read more.

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The toilet scene, however, is high key lighting, which allows the audience to fully capture the scene and therefore absorbing the brutality of the attack. It is also perhaps somewhat over exposed. The colour palette used is black and white, although significantly, the only time colour appears is at the very end of the sequence with red blood dripping down the screen, showing that it is a signature Bond film. The performance is significant in portraying the characters. For example, in the office, Bonds shows little emotion towards shooting Dryden, this is particularly significant when Dryden is talking and Bond interrupts and shoots him showing how insignificant he is to Bond, and, in turn, showing his lack of remorse. Dryden, however, exhibits his emotions slightly different as he tries to shoot Bond but as he realises the gun is not loaded, his smirk turns to a fear stricken face, showing that although he is an authoritative character, he cannot hide his fear as realisation sets in. Bonds lack of remorse is also evident in the toilet scene as he brutally beats his victim. This is shown as he continually beats his victim, implying he is gaining pleasure to do so. ...read more.

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This makes a sinister feel as it casts dark shadows over the characters' faces and bodies; creating a mysterious effect. Overall, the two parts of the opening sequence contrast greatly as the office scene is dark and eerie whereas the bathroom scene is vivid and loud. This places greater emphasis on each part, showing their differences. Particularly on the office scene as in the bathroom scene there is a lot of action which further highlights the suspense and anticipation used in the office scene. The main editing of the overall scene cuts between the current scene and a flash back. However there are other aspects, such as during the bathroom scene, there is very fast paced shots, lasting just seconds between each shot. This further adds to the fast paced action of the fight and therefore creates a crescendo which builds up to a climax where Bond finally kills his victim. Although during crucial points of the fight, for instance, Bond drowning his victim, the shots are slightly longer, therefore allowing the audience to absorb the most important parts. By contrast, the office scene shots are much longer which creates tension and fits the scene better as there is little violence up until the shooting. ?? ?? ?? ?? Laura Clarke 12RAH ...read more.

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