Christensen 163' "Casino Royale"Quintessential Yacht Owner Bets On A Sure Thing... by Capt. Chuck Gnaegy Not shaken, yet stirring, Christensen’s Casino Royale draws owner John Staluppi’s fifth allegory/portrait of 007. In this showcase interior, a genuinely mysterious urgency prowls the furtive vibes lurking everywhere. Bond would be intrigued by her elements; black-jack aces as table tops, compelling Bond-girl sculptures and 007-signature apertures lurking in surprise locations. Entertaining and enticingly plush; even “Q” or “Dr. No” would acquiesce to this dramatic stage at sea. The largest of the Christensen stable of elegant, fast yachts, so far, the tri-deck Casino Royale at 163’ develops “only” 17-18 knots, shown from a heli-shot here with her wake somewhat subdued compared to prior Staluppi-sequels. John Staluppi and his good friend John Rosatti teamed together years ago because they had an affinity for making things happen, both in business and boats. Not entirely satisfied with previous builds, such as the 143' Octopussy at 53 knots; the Diaship-built 116’ Moonraker at 66.7 knots; and the Denison-built 116’ Thunderball – all of which are among the fastest yachts ever built – Staluppi organized his own company, Millennium Yachts. That led to the Dick Mulder designed 140’ "The World is Not Enough", boasting an amazing 68 knots! However, plowing uncharted waters and breaking size/speed barriers comes at a price... time and patience.