Just as Foucan showed off the incredible feat of freerunning in Casino Royale, parkour creator David Belle has also had his chance to shine in the cinema. In the 2004 French film Banlieue 13, released in English as District B13, Belle portrays one of the main characters, Leito. Read the interesting facts and trivia of Casino Royale below. Also read: Daniel Craig Says He Doesn't Want To Leave His Fortune For His Children; Here's Why. The opening parkour chase scene took six weeks to shoot. The way Bond orders his first vodka martini in. Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen The most significant shot in Casino Royale —the latest revamp of the James Bond franchise—comes early, while new Bond Daniel Craig is getting his Parkour on.
Yes, Daniel Craig makes a superb Bond: Leaner, more taciturn, less sex-obsessed, able to be hurt in body and soul, not giving a damn if his martini is shaken or stirred. That doesn't make him the 'best' Bond, because I've long since given up playing that pointless ranking game; Sean Connery was first to plant the flag, and that's that. But Daniel Craig is bloody damned great as Bond, in a movie that creates a new reality for the character.
Year after year, attending the new Bond was like observing a ritual. There was the opening stunt sequence that served little purpose, except to lead into the titles; the title song; Miss Moneypenny; M with an assignment of great urgency to the Crown; Q with some new gadgets; an archvillain; a series of babes, some treacherous, some doomed, all frequently in stages of undress; the villain's master-plan; Bond's certain death, and a lot of chases. It could be terrific, it could be routine, but you always knew about where you were in the formula.
With 'Casino Royale,' we get to the obligatory concluding lovey-dovey on the tropical sands, and then the movie pulls a screeching U-turn and starts up again with the most sensational scene I have ever seen set in Venice, or most other places. It's a movie that keeps on giving.
This time, no Moneypenny, no Q and Judi Dench is unleashed as M, given a larger role, and allowed to seem hard-eyed and disapproving to the reckless Bond. This time, no dream of world domination, but just a bleeding-eyed rat who channels money to terrorists. This time a poker game that is interrupted by the weirdest trip to the parking lot I've ever seen. This time, no laser beam inching up on Bond's netherlands, but a nasty knotted rope actually whacking his hopes of heirs.
And this time, no Monte Carlo, but Montenegro, a fictional casino resort, where Bond checks into the 'Hotel Splendid,' which is in fact, yes, the very same Grand Hotel Pupp in Karlovy Vary where Queen Latifah had her culinary vacation in 'Last Holiday.' That gives me another opportunity to display my expertise on the Czech Republic by informing you that 'Pupp' is pronounced 'poop,' so no wonder it's the Splendid.
I never thought I would see a Bond movie where I cared, actually cared, about the people. But I care about Bond, and about Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), even though I know that (here it comes) a Martini Vesper is shaken, not stirred. Vesper Lynd, however, is definitely stirring, as she was in Bertolucci's wonderful 'The Dreamers.' Sometimes shaken, too. Vesper and James have a shower scene that answers, at last, why nobody in a Bond movie ever seems to have any real emotions.
|Born||27 May 1974 (age 46)|
|Occupation||Actor, freerunning instructor, public speaker|
Sébastien Foucan (born 27 May 1974 in Paris) is a French freerunner of Guadeloupean descent.
He is the founder of freerunning and considered an early developer of parkour. Known for his views on the philosophy of Parkour and freerunning, Foucan stresses the need for training in the basics of both for individual safety and to maintain a positive public perception of the activities. As creator of freerunning, Foucan has stipulated its values:
Casino Royale Parkour Behind The Scenes
Follow your way; Always practice; Respect others in their practice; Be an inspiration for others; Be positive and look for positive environments; Respect your environment; Feel free to try other disciplines; Don't take it too seriously; The journey is more important than the goal; There is no good or bad, right or wrong, but what is important is what you learn from experiences through practice; Freerunning is not an elite discipline, but for people who love and continue to move; Channel your energy in a good way, a way to be better
He became known in the United Kingdom after Mike Christie's Channel 4 documentary Jump London in September 2003 and the subsequent documentary Jump Britain. In addition to those programmes, Foucan appeared as Mollaka in the 21st James Bond film Casino Royale. He spent three months in the Bahamas on the film. Foucan appeared in the music video for Madonna's 2005 single 'Jump', accompanying the singer on her 2006 'Confessions Tour'. He helped K-Swiss develop the Ariake, the first in a line of five freerunning-shoe models. Foucan appeared in a trailer for the game Mirror's Edge. His most-recent role is assassin Anton Bogart in The Tournament.
It was reported on 3 January 2012 that Foucan would be among 15 celebrities in the seventh series of Dancing on Ice. On 19 February he was eliminated in a double Ultimate Skills skate-off with Heidi Range.
Foucan attributed the name free running to Guillaume Pelletier, who he had worked with at the time of Jump London. The word 'freerunning' was coined during the filming of Jump London to present Parkour to the English-speaking world. Since then it has come to represent Foucan's methodology, which focuses on innovation and expression rather than Parkour's speed and efficiency.
Foucan explains freerunning:
Freerunning, for me, is my Parkour evolution. I can't say any more that I do Parkour, because if I want to be free to do flips, or let's say I'm learning breakdancing, and I would like to incorporate it into my Parkour expression...Not to say I am doing capoeira, breakdancing, Parkour and anything else. Freerunning is the way I choose to name my own expression. Now people recognize Parkour with flips (acrobatics) as freerunning. But only the action of doing Parkour and flips is not freerunning. It's the action of adding more stuff into your expression. That's the Freerunning attitude.
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Foucan has described the core value
Follow your way; Always practise; Respect others in their practise; Be an inspiration for others; Be positive and look for positive environments; Respect your environment; Feel free to try other disciplines; Don't take it too seriously; The journey is more important than the goal; There is no good or bad, right or wrong but what is important is what you learn from experiences through practise; Freerunning is not an elite discipline, but for the people who love and continue to move; Channel your energy in a good way, a way to be better.
He defines Freerunning as a discipline for self-development, following one's own way. Foucan's dissatisfaction with Parkour's limited creativity and self-expression motivated him to develop a similar art of movement which became known as freerunning.
He reported that he was forced to define free running as a discipline separate from parkour because others had rejected his practice as not being within their definition of parkour. For example, David Belle and other Parkour enthusiasts have criticized Foucan and freerunning:
Free Running? A kind of demonstration mixing parkour techniques, and acrobatics to be more spectacular and serve the medias and marketing, but also a sport. The term Parkour has been invented by David Belle and Hubert Koundé in 1998 and the word Free Running has been created much later by Sebastien Foucan for the purpose of spreading Parkour in a marketing fashion (they thought the word 'parkour' wasn't international enough and Sebastien Foucan proposed them this word). The problem is that they fully mixed acrobatics to impress people. This is where Freerunning becomes different from Parkour. To make a comparison, Free Running is like artistic katas in martial arts, the goal is only to be spectacular. So it is related to parkour but doesn't answer to the same philosophy. I mean, when you practice to show how spectacular your jump is gonna be, people aren't focused anymore on the difficulty, on the obstacle but on you. This showing-off attitude isn't the parkour philosophy which preaches for humility. In this, Free Running and Parkour are fundamentally opposite even if the first one is related to the second one. Like the traditional way and the freestyle way.
Foucan has described freerunning as a process of movement aimed at self-development through physical activity, play, and creativity. He regards it as an act symbolic of leaving 'fixed path and social systems'.
Foucan appeared in Ninja Warrior UK 4 and cleared the Heats, but his run in the Semi-Final has not been broadcast yet.
- Casino Royale (2006) as Mollaka
- The Tournament (2009) as Anton Bogart
- The Antwerp Dolls (2015) as Marco
- Creators: The Past (2016) as Tammuz
- 55 Degrees North (TV series) Episode #1.1 freerunning performer (2004)
- ^ abcFree Running founder Sebastien Foucan to be interviewed by Worldwide JAM. Worldwide Jam.tv.
- ^IMDb, Casino Royale (2006)
- ^'Curtis – Sébastien's stunt double'. theurbanheroes.com. 29 November 2006. Archived from the original on 22 May 2007. Retrieved 14 May 2007.
Curtis was hired to be a stunt double in the recent James Bond Film 'Casino Royale'. He was on location in the Bahamas for 13 weeks working closely with Gary Powell the stunt coordinator to help plan and execute the opening chase scene.
- ^Confessions Tour details – Mad-Eyes – Madonna tour schedule, setlist, equestrian, bedouin, disco. Mad-Eyes.
- ^Archived 10 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine
- ^ abcWorldwide Jam. Parkour and Free Running Resource. Worldwidejam.tv.
- ^'Ask Seb' Episode 1 – Sébastien Foucan. YouTube (2 November 2010).
- ^ abHome « Sébastien Foucan: the official website | Sébastien Foucan: the official website. Foucan.com (16 August 2012).
- ^ abFreerunning: Find Your Way: Amazon.co.uk: Sebastien Foucan: Books. Amazon.co.uk.
- ^Foucan. Foucan (16 August 2012).
- ^Sébastien Foucan: Founder of free running | Life and style. the guardian.com.
- Sébastien Foucan on IMDb
- Sébastien Foucan in British Documentary 'Jump Britain' at Google Video