James Bond: License to kill, and to gamble

Most James Bond movies include casino scenes as 007 appears to be a talented gambler. The first time we saw the MI6 agent gambling was in 1962, when he played a baccarat version in Dr No. However, Bond’s first gambling scene was not at a casino but at an upscale gambling establishment.


Casino gambling has become one of the famous features in many James Bond movies. 007 presents himself as a high-roller who likes to gamble at upmarket casinos. James Bond creator Ian Fleming wrote multiple 007 novels, which also feature gambling passages.

Baccarat, punto banco, chemin de fer

James Bond sic boThe world’s most famous Secret Service agent appears mostly at baccarat tables. However, Goldeneye is the only movie in which the MI6 agent actually enjoys a game of baccarat. Chemin de fer is the original version of baccarat, while punto banco is another variation. In these movies Bond plays chemin de fer:
  • Dr No
  • Thunderball
  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service
  • For Your Eyes Only

James Bond at the gambling table

These are the other casino games that we've seen 007 play:
  • Craps: James Bond rolls the dices in Diamonds are Forever
  • When visiting Macau, Bond decides to enjoy a game of sic bo (The Man with the Golden Gun)
  • In Licence to Kill Timothy Dalton makes his appearance at a blackjack table
  • Casino Royale is packed with gambling scenes, including 007 playing Texas hold'em poker
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