There’s probably no greater exposure for a casino gambling game than appearing in a blockbuster movie. This raises the profile of the game in general and usually leads to a surge in popularity.
Baccarat has not received as much attention in movies as other casino gambling games but it hasn’t been completely ignored either.
Ian Fleming featured a version of the game in his James Bond novels in the 1950s. This version, known as Chemin de Fer, was Bonds favourite game and featured most notably in classics movies like “Casino Royale”, “Thunderball” and “Dr. No”. Fleming regularly attended John Aspinall’s casino gambling parties at the time, where Chemin de Fer was the most popular game and this is likely to have influenced his choice.
But it didn’t get much better than Bond for baccarat in the movies. It was featured briefly in The Beatles’ first film, “A Hard Day’s Night” and although the film was hugely successful, it mostly appealed to a teenage audience, most of whom probably missed the reference!
Another notable appearance was in the 2007 film, Rush Hour 3, starring Chris Tucker. Tucker’s character, Carter is seen playing baccarat and mistaking three kings for a particularly strong hand, even though it is actually the weakest, since kings are worth 0!