The 602 Club 41: Making Him Necessary / by Matthew Rushing

Casino Royale.

Running Time: Running Time: 1 hour 52 minutes 40 seconds
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After Die Another Day, the Bond franchise found itself in an interesting place, the movie had become the highest grossing Bond movie ever, yet it had left Bond occupying a fantasy world more that the real one. The decision was made to bring Bond back to his roots and make Casino Royale, now that it’s rights had finally been secured.

In this episode of The 602 Club host Matthew Rushing is joined by John Champion and Norman Lao to talk about Casino Royale. We discuss grounding Bond, the legitimacy of reboots and origin stories, the blonde Bond, Bond’s history, a Bond-ing, when Bond strikes, feeling the Bond, Le Chaffer and our final thoughts and ratings.


Craig Retrospective (00:02:25)
Grounding Bond (00:04:33)
The Blonde Bond (00:27:26)
Bond’s History (00:41:48)
A Bond-ing (00:55:41)
When Bond Strikes (01:06:50)
Feeling the Bond (01:18:10)
Le Chiffre (01:28:41)
Ratings and Final Thoughts (01:31:42)


Matthew Rushing


John Champion
Norman Lao


Matthew Rushing (Editor and Producer) Norman C. Lao (Executive Producer) C Bryan Jones (Executive Producer) Charlene Schmidt (Executive Producer) Matthew Rushing (Executive Producer) Richard Marquez (Production Manager) Will Nguyen (Content Manager) Ken Tripp (Associate Producer) Davis Grayson (Associate Producer)