CASINO ROYALE Fans Excited for a 'Grittier, Edgier Bond,' According to Fandango Moviegoer Poll

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Agent 007's fellow spy Halle Berry picked as "Top Bond Girl."

In a recent online poll, Fandango, the nation's largest online, phone and mobile movie ticketing service, found that 83% of moviegoers interested in CASINO ROYALE (opening Friday, Nov. 17) plan to see the movie on opening weekend.

What were once considered risks -- casting Daniel Craig as 007 and the portrayal of an edgier James Bond -- may work in the movie's favor. Results from Fandango's CASINO ROYALE survey indicate that:

  •     67% of moviegoers claim the portrayal of a "grittier, edgier James Bond" has increased their interest in seeing CASINO;
  •     43% claim the casting of Daniel Craig as 007 has increased their interest in seeing the movie.

In other Bond news: In anticipation of rising star Eva Green's turn as 007's latest love interest, Fandango is hosting a "Top Bond Girl" poll, where moviegoers can vote for their favorite James Bond femme fatale. The top vote-getter, as of today, is Oscar winner Halle Berry from DIE ANOTHER DAY. The poll continues until November 19, and the current results are as follows:

Top Five "Bond Girls":

1.    Halle Berry, "Jinx" in DIE ANOTHER DAY

2.    Ursula Andress, "Honey Ryder" in DR. NO

3.    Famke Janssen, "Xenia Onatopp", GOLDENEYE

4.    Honor Blackman, "Pussy Galore" in GOLDFINGER

5.    Jane Seymour, "Solitaire" in LIVE AND LET DIE

For the complete story on the allure of the "Bond Girls", see Fandango Commentator Kim Morgan's story here.

Moviegoers can now purchase tickets to CASINO ROYALE at http://www.fandango.com or on mobile.fandango.com via wireless mobile devices or at 1-800-FANDANGO. Now more than ever, fans will want to take advantage of the opportunity to buy tickets in advance from the comfort of their home or office, skip the box office and avoid "sold out" signs at the theater.

About Fandango

Fandango, the nation's largest movie ticketing service, sells tickets to approximately 15,000 screens and 1,300 theaters. One of the Web's top movie destinations (according to Nielsen//NetRatings), Fandango entertains and informs moviegoers with reviews, commentary and trailers, and offers the ability to quickly select a film, plan where and when to see it, and buy tickets up to 45 days in advance. Fandango is available at http://www.fandango.com, 1-800-FANDANGO and via your wireless mobile device at mobile.fandango.com.

Fandango theater partners include the nation's leading exhibitors: AMC Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Century Theatres, Cinemark Theatres, Edwards Theatres, Regal Cinemas and United Artists Theatres, as well as American Cinematheque, Brenden Theatres, CineArts Theatres, Cineplex Odeon Cinemas, Cobb Theatres, Colorado Cinemas, Crown Theatres, Flagship Theatres, Kerasotes Theatres, Majestic Crest Theatre, R/C Theatres, Signature Theatres, Wallace Theaters and Wehrenberg Theatres.

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