Casino Royale Gadgets
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Rope Torture Device
The most expensive scene in the movie is the collapsing Venetian building drama, but aside from the opening film noire scene, the Rope Torture scene is by far and away the most gripping of the movie.
James Bond is laid bare. Quite literally.
There is just a naked Bond, tied to a chair, and Le Chiffre, holding a big rope with a knot tied at the bottom. Effectively, it is the North Korean prison in Die Another Day, because as with any torture, the purpose is to extract information, or get what someone wants.
However, imagining Pierce Brosnan getting a good testicle pummelling was almost fantastical in comparison - no 007 could ever have handled the sheer brutality of this scene as well as Daniel Craig.
Le Chiffre: "You know, I've never understood all these elaborate tortures. It's the simplest thing to cause more pain than a man can possibly enjoy. And if course, it's not only the immediate agony, but the knowledge that if you do not heal soon enough then there will be nothing left to identify you as a man."
And the device itself - a rope with a knot.
A torture device without a name (although the Urban Dictionary calls it Dutch Scratching).
The most sinister torture device of any man's wildest fears.
Without getting too graphic, although you could imagine Fatima Blush (Never Say Never Again) and Onatopp (Goldeneye), wielding the rope with even more pleasure than Le Chiffre, no-one seemed to be enjoying it more than 007.
Fans had never seen Bond go through such incredible pain yet appear to goad his foe into providing more.
"Now the whole world will know, you died scratching my balls."
The famous torture scenes of Marathon Man and Reservoir Dogs were firmly pushed aside by Casino Royale - The Academy Awards folk's bizarre issues with James Bond films meant there would be no nominations though.