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Aristocrat 727 Banknote Playing Cards

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During the game of gin at the Fontainebleau Hotel poolside in Miami, Auric Goldfinger (Gert Fröbe) and his opponent play with a deck of red Aristocrat 727 Banknote playing cards.

In the famous scene from Goldfinger (1964) sometimes one and sometimes two decks of cards can be spotted on the game table: a black or dark blue box with red card printed on the back, the number 727 printed on the top and Aristocrat on the side. The opened blue tax seal (looks like a stamp and shows if a deck has been opened or not) can be seen as well. The cards in the film have a red back. The design of the back of th cards is inspired by the intricate illustrations of banknotes, and was originally designed by a company that actually engraved banknotes and stamps, hence the name of the cards. Different quality versions of the cards exist including Linen Finish and High Finish. The card deck in the film looks like it says ‘Linen Finish’, but it’s difficult to see.

The Aristocrat cards were produced until the early 1980s by Russell Playing Card Co. In 2011, the cards were reissued for a limited time by Bicycle, but the design of the box and cards were slightly different from the original ones. Most importantly, the layout of the box is very similar but the box for red cards is red instead of black. The actual cards and the back of the cards are almost identical to the 1960s version of the cards. These new cards can still easily be found at online poker stores and at Amazon.com, Amazon.co.uk or eBay.

Vintage decks of Aristocrat 727 Banknote cards now fetch high prices on eBay and currently a very similar or maybe even the same deck (Linen Finish) is now on offer for $175 (just sold).

The yellow pencil with which Goldfinger keeps score, and which he breaks in half, is a Royal Sovereign Chinagraph pencil.

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Sic bo (or dai siu) casino game

James Bond knows his casino games, and in SkyFall (2012) he has no problem playing a game of sic bo at the Floating Dragon Casino in Macau.

In sic bo (骰寶), also known as tai sai (大細), dai siu (大小), big and small or hi-lo, the player tries to predict the outcome of three dice that are shaken in a (mechanical) shaker. This game is particularly popular in Asia and widely played (as dai siu) in casinos in Macau.

Bond receives some chips from the house, and walks over to the Sic bo table where he places a few games while talking to Severine. The casino chips used by Bond are made by Cartamundi. Unfortunately, we don’t see Bond play much of the game as he retreats quickly to the bar for a drink with Severine.

The Floating Dragon Casino is a fictional casino, but it was probably inspired by a floating casino that existed for many years in Macau.


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Cartamundi One&Only Ocean Club Poker Cards and Chips

The playing cards and chips seen in the One&Only Ocean Club poker scene in Casino Royale (2006), are created by Cartamundi. The cards and chips can be seen at the poker game between Alex Dimitrios (Simon Abkarian) and James Bond (Daniel Craig), when Bond wins the Aston Martin DB5 from Dimitrios.

The One & Only Ocean Club cards and chips were especially designed by Cartamundi for the movie, but have never been for sale anywhere. We can only hope that one day these cards will be released as a collector’s item.

Recently the poker table, playing cards chips and prop money used in the film were auctioned at the Christie’s 50 years of Bond auction in London. The whole set included the wooden pedestal table with nine player positions, each with built-in chip tray and brass cup holders, the circular logo One&Only Ocean Club to centre of felt tabletop; four unopened packs of playing cards, four bundles of prop $100 bills and a cased set of poker chips with 40 each of red, blue, green and black chips, with wood and glass display case. The set sold for £85,250 (approx. $130,000) at the auction.

Read more about: The One&Only Ocean Club in Nassau, Bahamas, the Aston Martin DB9 keychain, Cartamundi or the Christie’s Auction.


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Cartamundi SkyFall Poker Cards and Chips

In the movie SkyFall (2012), James Bond (Daniel Craig) plays in the Floating Dragon Casino in Macau with chips made by Cartamundi.

In the Macau casino, Bond plays a game of sic bo (or ‘dai siu’), a dice game, so he uses the chips to place his bets, but he doesn’t use the playing cards. Bond receives the chips ‘from the house’ after collecting a case which contains 4 million euros, according to Bond’s guess.

Cartamundi SkyFall compact poker set
The compact set contains 150 professional quality Floating Dragon Macau poker chips and one deck of cards, as seen in the film SkyFall.
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Cartamundi SkyFall luxury poker set
The SkyFall luxury poker set comes in a wooden box, containing 300 professional quality Floating Dragon Macau poker chips and one deck of cards, as seen in the film SkyFall.
Buy on Amazon.co.uk

Cartamundi SkyFall playing cards
These poker cards are decorated with images from the movie SkyFall.
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Unfortunately the large casino plaques will not be released for sale. Only a small amount of these plaques were made for the film, and they now in the archives of the Cartamundi headquarters in Belgium, and EON in the UK.

Cartamundi also made the cards and poker chips in the famous Texas Hold’em poker scenes in the film Casino Royale (2006). In 2012, the year of the release of SkyFall and the 50th Anniversary of James bond movies, Cartamundi launched a collection of SkyFall and anniversary card products, read more on the Cartamundi 50th Anniversary Poker Cards page.


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Cartamundi 50th Anniversary poker cards and chips

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In 2012, the 50th Anniversary year of the James bond movies, Cartamundi launched a collection of anniversary and SkyFall card products.

The Cartamundi James Bond 50th Anniversary products are listed below. For SkyFall cards, read more on the SkyFall Poker Cards page.

50th Anniversary Playing cards 1
This poker deck contains images from the Bond movies 1-11.
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50th Anniversary Playing cards 2
This poker deck contains images from the Bond movies 12-22.
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Special playing card sets
These sets are also available in two different double packs: a standard double pack in a blister packaging, and a Limited Edition version in a collector’s metal can. This last set is limited to 5000 individually numbered pieces worldwide. The cards in this limited set have a golden and silver edge, which gives a very nice effect to the cards.
Buy Limited Edition pack on Amazon.co.uk

Then there are 3 different large sets of poker chips and cards:

50th Anniversary Compact Poker Set
This set contains one poker card deck, Texas Hold’em rules and 150 professional quality poker chips with the same design as the Casino Royale chips, but instead of “Casino Royale”, the chips have “50th Anniversary” written on them.
Buy on Amazon.com
Buy on Amazon.co.uk
Buy on Amazon.de

50th Anniversary Luxury Poker Set
This set comes in a wooden box with the 50th Anniversary logo and contains two poker card decks, dealer button, Texas Hold’em rules and 200 professional quality poker chips with the same design as the Casino Royale chips, but instead of “Casino Royale”, the chips have “50th Anniversary” written on them.
Buy on Amazon.com
Buy on Amazon.co.uk
Buy on Amazon.de

50th Anniversary Limited Edition Poker Set
The Limited Edition set comes in a large case, limited to 3000 pieces, individually numbered plate on the case. The set contains 500 chips (making this case very heavy!), a dealer button and two card decks.
Buy on Amazon.co.uk
Buy on eBay
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Other Cartamundi releases in 2012 include the Bond Girl poker set and 4-in-1 Villains and Gadgets sets.

Bond Girls
This deck of cards is decorated with Bond girls from the first 22 Bond films.
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4-in-1 Heroes & Villains and Guns & Gadgets sets
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Bond Lifestyle Poker Cards

To celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Bond Lifestyle website (on October 24th 2010), Bond Lifestyle is proud to present its second product release: after last years’ silk black tie with embroidered “JB” logo, this year you can play poker in style with the Bond Lifestyle Poker card deck.

The poker cards are manufactured by Cartamundi, the Belgian company that designed and produced the official cards seen in the Casino Royale™ movie. The cards have exactly the same playing side as the Casino Royale™ cards, but on the back side feature a custom Bond Lifestyle design. The deck consists of 52 official poker size (68mm x 88mm) cards plus jokers. The high quality cards come wrapped in cellophane and in a black and white Bond Lifestyle carton box which is hand numbered.

The perfect gift for any Bond fan!
Only a limited number of decks is available, contact Bond Lifestyle for availability.


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Texas Hold ’em

Although Bonds favorite Casino game might be Baccarat Chemin de Fer (played by Bond in the original novel Casino Royale, the movies Dr. No, Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and GoldenEye), in the latest movie Casino Royale 007 shows great skill in the most popular form of poker, Texas No Limit Hold ‘Em (also spelled Texas Hold’em or Texas Holdem).

The “no-limit” betting form is used in the high stakes game in the casino of Montenegro, where Bond beats Le Chiffre after a thrilling game, with a straight flush.

Poker expert Thomas Sanbrook was brought in to work with the actors on their playing techniques and their behavior at the table. Part of their preparation was also to participate in poker tournaments to hone their skills and get familiar with the game, which turned them all into quite good poker players by the end of the process. The game became so popular that cast and crew played games between takes throughout the filming of the movie and even after it had wrapped. The popularity of Texas Hold ’em became even bigger after (and because of?) Casino Royale, and is now probably the most popular internet casino table game.


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Cartamundi Casino Royale Poker Cards and Chips

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.


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Baccarat Chemin de Fer

What is Bond’s favorite Casino game? It might be Baccarat. 007 plays Baccarat Chemin de Fer in the movies Dr. No, Thunderball, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service and GoldenEye (where the Xenia character refers to it as one of their shared passions). And since the game of Baccarat is of major importance in the first James Bond novel Casino Royale, it is at least one of the most classic Bond casino games. In the 21st James Bond film Casino Royale (2006) the game of Baccarat is replaced by no-limit Texas Hold’em poker.

The rules of Baccarat
Chemin de fer was the original version of baccarat when it was introduced to France and is still the version that is popular there. The name “Chemin de Fer” (iron road) came about because the cards were placed in an iron box and predates its modern French meaning of “railway.” In 1960 Lord Lucan won £26,000 over two nights playing ‘Chemmy’ at a high-end gambling party run by John Aspinall. However, Lucan would eventually accrue significant debts.

Six decks of cards are used, shuffled together. Players are seated in random order, typically around an oval table; discarded cards go to the center. Play begins to the right of the croupier and continues counterclockwise. At the start of the game, the croupier and then all players shuffle the cards in play order. The croupier shuffles a final time and the player to his left cuts the deck.

Once play begins, one player is designated as the “banker.” This player also deals. The other players are “punters.” The position of banker passes counterclockwise in the course of the game. In each round, the banker wagers the amount he wants to risk. The other players, in order, then declare whether they will “go bank,” playing against the entire current bank with a matching wager. Only one player may “go bank.” If no one “goes bank,” players make their wagers in order. If the total wagers from the players are less than the bank, observing bystanders may also wager up to the amount of the bank. If the total wagers from the players are greater than the bank, the banker may choose to increase the bank to match; if he does not, the excess wagers are removed in reverse play order. The banker deals four cards face down: two to himself and two held in common by the remaining players. The player with the highest individual wager (or first in play order if tied for highest wager) is selected to represent the group of non-banker players.

The banker and player both look at their cards; if either has an eight or a nine, this is immediately announced and the hands are turned face-up and compared. If neither hand is an eight or nine, the player has a choice to accept or refuse a third card; if accepted, it is dealt face-up. Traditional practice (grounded in mathematics, similarly to basic strategy in blackjack, but further enforced via social sanctions by the other individuals whose money is at stake) dictates that one always accept a card if one’s hand totals between 0 and 4 (inclusive) and always refuse a card if one’s hand totals 6 or 7. After the player makes his decision, the banker in turn decides either to accept or to refuse another card. Once both the banker and the representative player have made their decision, the hands are turned face-up and compared.

If the player’s hand exceeds the banker’s hand when they are compared, each wagering player receives back their wager and a matching amount from the bank, and the position of banker passes to the next player in order. If the banker’s hand exceeds the player’s hand, all wagers are forfeit and placed into the bank, and the banker position does not change. If there is a tie, wagers remain as they are for the next hand.

If the banker wishes to withdraw, the new banker is first player in order willing to stake an amount equal to the current bank total. If no one is willing to stake this amount, the new banker is instead the next player in order, and the bank resets to whatever that player wishes to stake. Many games have a set minimum bank or wager amount. (source: Wikipedia)


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