THE BIG SHOT: CASINO ROYALE'S PARKOUR CHASE

Total Film|May 2020

THE BIG SHOT: CASINO ROYALE'S PARKOUR CHASE
Casino Royale was the 21st Bond movie and the first to feature Daniel Craig as cinema’s greatest spy. New 007, new action: the 2006 franchise reboot opted to kick off by getting in on the burgeoning parkour craze courtesy of a fast and furious foot chase across, and above, a Madagascar building site. “We wanted to establish the new Bond is gadget-free, raw, slightly crazy, very physical and incredibly brave,” said screenwriter Neal Purvis. Job done.

The explosive pursuit sees everyone’s favourite MI6 agent hoof it after bomb-maker Mollaka, played by real-life free runner Sébastien Foucan, star of 2003 documentary Jump London. While Mollaka hightails it with great grace – “Sébastien does it like a ballet,” said second unit director Alexander Witt – Bond pursues like a force of nature, tearing over scaffolding, leaping between cranes, and barging through masonry.

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