Goldeneye Casino Scene

Top 5 Casino Games James Bond Has Ever Played

Whether you’re a fan of the decades-long film franchise or the Ian Fleming original book series, there’s no denying that James Bond is one of the world’s most iconic fictional characters. While he’s commonly known for his super-fit tuxedos, high-tech gadgets, womanizing, and insane fighting skills, James Bond also loves to gamble. And like almost everything he does, he’s extremely good at it.

Almost all of Bond’s movies and books feature scenes where a suave-looking 007 mentally battles with an evil villain over a casino table. Since he’s such an iconic character, it’s only fair that we look into some of his favorite casino games. That’ll be the focus of our article today. 

According to gambling expert Klara Czerwinska, „Granie w kasynie może być źródłem świetnej rozrywki, jak również dochodów. Jednak żeby osiągać tutaj sukcesy znane choćby z filmów, trzeba posiadać odpowiednie umiejętności. Gracze muszą mieć dostęp do odpowiednich informacji, dlatego warto korzystać ze stron takich jak przykładowo kasyno bonus bez depozytu. Okazują się one niezwykle pomocne, zwłaszcza że znajdziemy tam masę hazardowych wskazówek, które możemy zastosować w kasynach online. Być może dzięki nim pewnego dnia sięgniesz szczytów na miarę legendarnego Jamesa Bonda.”

Top 5 Casino Games James Bond Has Ever Played

According to the books, the glamorous James Bond acquired his gambling skills while serving as a Commander in the Royal Navy. The secret agent is definitely a good learner and has used his skills to win money, power, and also save the world on multiple occasions. Let’s look at some of the best games he has ever played.

 

Baccarat chemin-de-fer

This is probably one of James Bond’s favorite games and has multiple appearances in film and print. Ian Flemming had to include the rules of the game in the book.

Baccarat chemin-de-fer originated in France and is common in most parts of Latin America and Europe. The game’s rules are simple, and a maximum of 12 players is allowed per game. They all sit around a table with the aim being to score 9 using two or three cards.

Baccarat chemin-de-fer is the father of the casino online modern baccarat that we know today. This game has featured in over five James Bond movies, including:

  • Dr. No (1962), 
  • Thunderball (1965)
  • Casino Royale (1967)
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
  • For Your Eyes Only (1981) 
  • GoldenEye (1995).

Gin Rummy 

Sean Connery’s Bond is widely regarded as one the best Bonds. His performances in the role earned his movies critical and commercial success. In the 1964 film Goldfinger, Connery’s Bond can be seen playing a classic game of 

Gin Rummy is a card game between two players and requires a standard 52-playing card deck. All the cards have a numerical value, and the first player to reach 100 points wins.

In Goldfinger, Connery’s Bond is playing against the dangerous Auric Goldfinger, who is cheating. 007 has to find a way, his time is running out, and no one wants to lose a game against Auric.

Texas Hold ’em Poker

Texas Hold ’em Poker needs no introduction, nor does the iconic Casino Royale (2006). At 94%, it’s one of the best-rated Bond movies and solid proof that a combination of James Bond and the casino can never go wrong.

Daniel Craig’s debut as 007 takes on the evil Le Chiffre in a high-stakes Texas Hold ’em Poker game where the primary aim is to ensure Le Chiffre goes bankrupt by losing. Bond manages to win after a lengthy game that even saw him get poisoned.

 

The Casino Royale poker scene

Blackjack

Blackjack is also known as 21 and is a very popular casino game. It has appeared on the list of the most played games for several years. Experts predict that most gamblers will be looking to play casino online in 2023, and Blackjack will be one of their most preferred choices.

Back to gambling and James Bond, Timothy Dalton’s 007 played Blackjack against drug dealer Franz Sanchez and other crime lords in the 1989 Licence to Kill movie.

The game rules are simple, try and beat the dealer by having the closest number to 21. But while it might sound easy, Blackjack can be tricky at times. Not for Bond though; the British spy closed the day with a £250,000 win and defeated the evil Sanchez.

Craps

In another Connery masterpiece, James Bond travels to Vegas to uncover a plot by Stavro Blofeld to build laser weapons using diamonds. While in Vegas, Connery’s 007 plays Craps with men from Blofeld’s ring. The game involves rolling two dice, and players have to bet against the house or themselves.

In Diamonds are Forever, we are introduced to the iconic Plenty O’Toole who seems to be 007’s lucky charm. He wins, uncovers the plot, and takes down Stavro. Typical Bond.

Diamonds are Forever puns and one-liners

The Bottom Line

James Bond and the casino is something movie fans have been seeing for years and hope to keep seeing. The partnership has birthed some of cinema’s most iconic moments, and we can only hope for more.

Some of the games that Bond has played throughout its cinema history include Baccarat, Blackjack, Craps, Gin Rummy, and Texas Hold ’em Poker. In the book, Moonraker, to be specific, Bond played a game of bridge.


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