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Bond Star Gets the Gambling Bug After Casino Royale Role

30 August 2006

LONDON, England -- As reported by the (UK) Express: "New James Bond actor Daniel Craig has added gambling to his range of 007-inspired skills.

"The 38-year-old star, who had to learn how to drive a high-powered car and handle a gun convincingly for his Bond debut, revealed he has now become a card-sharp.

"Craig was taught to play a plausible hand of poker during the filming of gambling scenes in the forthcoming 007 movie Casino Royale.

"In one casino scene, Bond has to ruin the arch villain by bluffing him at the poker table. And Craig enjoyed learning how to play poker so much he has taken to the game in his spare time as well.

"...British card player John Duthie, who has made £1.5million from poker, was asked to advise on the gambling scenes. He said Craig not only had to learn the game but also had to look convincing playing it..."

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