‘Casino Royale’ hid a cool James Bond Easter egg in plain sight

There is no doubt that Casino Royale, released in 2006, reinvigorated the James Bond franchise. It was Daniel Craig’s debut as an elite spy, who came up with a reboot of the concept, dropped a lot of campy elements, and told a much more grounded story. It was a huge critical and box office success, grossing $615 million on a $150 million budget and is now consistently ranked among the franchise’s best entries.

Now, the official James Bond Instagram account has released an Easter egg from the movie contained in Bond’s passport. Check it out:

The account notes that Bond’s birthday is the same day as Ian Fleming’s post Royal Casino novel in 1953, which is a fun nod to the long history of history. However, comments on the image are a bit more baffled by Bond’s birthplace being Berlin.

According to the franchise, Bond is an orphan raised in Scotland, with celestial fall taking us to his secluded country home. However, his birthplace in Germany (which would have been West Germany at the time) matches Craig Bond’s official biography perfectly.

This indicates that Bond’s father, Andrew, was an account manager in the Berlin office of a British defense company, with his mother Monique being from Switzerland. It appears that the Bond family was originally based in Europe, with them living in Berlin and Bond’s early education taking place in the country.

It also means there’s a common plot thread that the movies never capitalized on. If Bond’s father was active in West Germany in a defense business, it seems obvious that he would have been involved in Cold War-related espionage. It could have made for a fun connection to Bond’s long-lost past, especially with celestial fall discovery of his childhood home.

With Craig’s Bond saga now over, the stage is set for a new version of 007, so perhaps we could see an updated backstory in which Bond’s father’s exploits in 1980s Berlin play out a role. Here’s hoping we find out who gets the coveted license to kill soon.