A Culture Within a Culture: Casinos in Pop Culture
The idea about what’s popular is one that’s always changing. However, some things never go out of style like fancy suits and dresses, certain types of music and yes, casinos. They’re places where fortunes are lost and made, and people go from rags to riches. Although the casino industry is mainly online nowadays with online casinos like NoviCasino, 888 Casino, Genesis and Unibet Casinos, and many others offer enticing bonuses and promotions that keep players hooked, the classic brick-and-mortar casino still has its appeal in pop culture.
Casinos and the Film Industry
Casinos, films, and TV shows have been in a long and fruitful relationship that is still going on. You will see casinos in many movies and TV shows. It gives actors and actresses a boost in their appearance. The surroundings make them look cool and when they win a hand while sipping a cocktail makes them even cooler. They’re the man or woman in the room, but stay cold and calculating and that’s why audiences love them. The character that most fits this description is James Bond in the Casino Royale movie. Other timeless movies that feature casinos and the dashing 007 are Dr. No, GoldenEye, Diamonds are Forever and Thunderball.
Movies and TV shows take inspirations from stories about casino winners. Moreover, some casino games are based on blockbuster films. The slot games have titles based on Rambo, the Dark Knight, and shows such as Vikings, Game of Thrones, BattleStar Galactica and many more. Since new series are becoming hits and new movies are trying to establish themselves as cult classics it’s likely that a few slot games will be inspired by them.
Casinos and Literature
Most of the good movies and TV series are based on books that are based on true events. For example, the Bond franchise is based on Ian Fleming’s novels and the book that started it all was Casino Royale. Another popular movie called 21 follows the story of American University students that learned card counting for blackjack, went to Vegas and brought millions home. Ben Mezrich’s 2002 book Bringing Down the House: The Inside Story of Six MIT Students Who Took Vegas for Millions served as inspiration for the film.
One of the most notable books that are based on gambling is quite coincidently called The Gambler and is written by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. The book is based on true events that had happened to the author. He got hooked to roulette and in the first games, he would win a lot of money, that he would eventually lose in the end. Interestingly enough Mr. Dostoyevsky wrote this book to pay off those gambling debts.
Casinos and Music
Similarly to movies, some songs have been inspired by casino life. Mr. Sinatra, Bruce Springsteen, and even Motorhead have at least one song that’s based on casino life or a certain popular game played at casinos. Elvis Presley’s Viva Las Vegas is an ode to the Sin City itself.
Garon Cockrell is the Founder and Editor of Pop Culture Beast and host of The Pop Culture Beast Show. He founded the site over seven years ago to have a place on the internet to write about the things he loved. Since then, Garon has become a best-selling author (Demonic and Other Tales), an award winning screenwriter (Best Screenplay 2013 Motor City Nightmares Film Festival), and a cast member on the top rated podcast, Never Not Funny.