TCS JOHN HUXLEY – Licenced to thrill

The most eagerly awaited film of the year – Casino Royale, is due to premier on 16th November 2006. Based on Ian Fleming’s novel of the same name this was the first book in his ’James Bond’ series, and was originally published in 1953.

Casino Royale, the 21st Bond movie, marks the introduction of Daniel Craig as legendary secret agent 007. Set in the present day, it shows Bond as a raw recruit at the beginning of his career as an agent for MI5. The fledgling 007 is on his first mission in which he is sent to bankrupt a rogue financier named Le Chiffre in a game of high stakes Poker.

As the movie name suggests, a lot of the action is centred in a casino. The film’s producers knew that only one company could supply the gaming equipment to the quality required and approached TCSJOHNHUXLEY to provide all of the tables, wheels and chairs for the casino set as well as the specially designed table where the thrilling Poker game takes place.

John Galajsza, TCSJOHNHUXLEY’s Business Development Director worked very closely with EON the film’s Production Company, to ensure that every detail was covered and the casino looked and operated like the real thing. This entailed flying out to the set location in Karlovy Vary Czech Republic and overseeing the installation.

Once the town’s ancient but most luxurious Spa House had been transformed into the magnificent Casino Royale set, John was then engaged as a casino advisor to the film producers.

Having been involved in the industry for more than 2 decades John’s knowledge of gaming is extensive and it didn’t take long before he was actually being sent to wardrobe to be fitted for his tuxedo and featured in the scene as one of the Casino executives. Having always fancied himself as a suave and sophisticated character like James Bond, this took all of 2 seconds for John to agree to!!

”The detail that went into creating a totally authentic and stylish casino is everything you would expect with being associated with the Bond image and more.” Galajsza continues, ”The equipment looked truly magnificent with the purpose built Poker table being the main focus and central to the film’s plot. It was a unique experience to be so actively involved and an opportunity of a life time to be able to say you once played a part in a Casino related Bond movie.”

Callum McDougall, Executive Producer for Casino Royale Productions Ltd. Sums up, ”…sincere thanks for all the assistance you and your team at TCSJOHNHUXLEY have given during the production of ‘Casino Royale’. You accommodated our demanding requirements with consummate professionalism and I know I speak for everyone on the production when I say the results were excellent.”

– Ends –

For further information please contact:

 Tracy Cohen, Marketing Manager TCSJOHNHUXLEY

 T: +44 (0)20 7840 0029

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