Cartamundi, a Belgian company that is the global market leader in the production and sale of playing cards, was the exclusive supplier of playing cards and poker chips in Casino Royale. The company was asked by EON Productions to design and produce the playing cards and the poker chips for the scenes that plays an important role in the Bond film, in collaboration with the producing company itself.
Cartamundi was already an official licensee for the 2002 Bond film Die Another Day. At the time, Cartamundi acquired its worldwide licence to market a range of Bond products, featuring images from the first 19 Bond pictures.
Casino Royale Cards and Chips
For three key scenes in Casino Royale, including the final scene in the Casino Royale casino of Montenegro, Cartamundi produced three different card decks and chips. They were manufactured in the factory in Turnhout, Belgium. Cartamundi worked in close collaboration with the producer’s design department to decide on the look and style of these decks and chips, so that they would fit in with the overall style of the movie.
Besides the famous Casino Royale poker game, other cards produced by Cartamundi for the movie are the Ocean Club cards and chips seen in the poker game between Bond and Dimitrios in the One & Only Ocean Club, where Bond wins the Aston Martin DB5. Those cards and chips were never sold unfortunately and the set for the poker game of LeChiffre on his yacht.
The Casino Royale branded cards as seen in Casino Royale are still available, in red and black, or in combination with the dvd or scale car models, for example on Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk and the German Amazon store.
A Deluxe Poker Set was produced, featuring a beautifully carved wooden case with Casino Royale embossing, 2 Casino Royale poker decks: one black, one red, Texas Hold’em rules, 200 branded Casino Royale chips: $5 x 75, $25 x 75, $100 x 25, $500 x 25, a Dealer button.
S.T. Dupont (known for the cufflinks featued in Casino Royale and Quantum of Solace), created an even more exclusive set in an exclusive box with two decks of playing cards, chips, a dealer button, an S.T. Dupont Casino Royale Xtend lighter. This set was limited to 307 individually numbered pieces, and can now sometimes be found on eBay.
Cartamundi released a new set of collector’s cards for the 2008 movie Quantum of Solace, a set of cards featuring images from the movie, which wasn’t used by Bond or other characters in the movie itself.
For SkyFall (2012), once again a poker scene featured Cartamundi designed playing cards and chips of the Floating Dragon Macau casino. Also a set of 50th Anniversary products was released by Cartamundi in 2012.