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Casino Royale

A movie directed by Martin Campbell

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Who Knew It Would Be This Good

  • Mar 21, 2007
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My grandfather is a gigantic James Bond fan, he has seen every film, knows which bonds fit the bond role and which ones don't. After 20 films and forcing me to watch them all for most of the beginning of my life he thinks Daniel Craig was a good pick to carry the Bond torch. I agree with my grandfather because Craig kills this role and makes a great first impression with his first Bond film. Casino Royale, which many may already know, was the first novel of the Bond series from the 007 creator Ian Fleming. It is also the first Bond film since The Living Daylights to take its name from a Flemming Novel.

The film starts with a no license Bond and it's not his driver's license. James must kill 2 people before he can receive the double-0 and a license to kill. James sets out on his first mission as a 007 after completing 2 kills, which takes him to the world's terrorist banker Le Chiffre who is a very nasty man with a scarred face that has a huge addiction to gamble. In order to stop Chiffre James must beat him in a poker game, which certainly isn't cheap to stop the terrorists network. He is given some help from who else but his first Bond girl Vesper Lynd played by Eva Green but can she give him the help he really needs to stay alive.

This film is very crisp; everything is perfect from the cinematography to the writing and pacing. A problem I always had with the James Bond films was that they seemed too long with prolonged over the top action scenes. On some occasions I might have had to watch a James Bond film twice to get everything that happened. I am surely not trying to knock the series cause the films were great but they also had flaws. I don't think that Daniel Craig is the best Bond though he was good but he lucked up by getting a great writing team and director that had fresh ideas and made significant changes.

Having Martin Campbell directing was a great idea because he did a great job with GoldenEye but still brought some fresh ideas to this film. The action was perfect because it was very believable and Craig did well with his choreography and stunts. I feel that the film needed to focus a little more on the hand-to-hand fighting scenes than excessive mobile chases with gadgets going crazy blowing everything to bits.

On the acting side of the film I think they did a good job casting. I wasn't a real big fan of Eva Green in Kingdom of Heaven but she did an ok job in this film. This was an overall great film because it was very realistic and believable. It took the good from all of the Bond movies before it and added more good to it than bad plus Daniel Craig is a good successor to Pierce Brosnan. He has set a high bar for himself and is expected to only get better in the upcoming Bond22 set to release in 2008.

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Director: Martin Campbell
Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
Release Date: 17 November 2006 (USA)
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Screen Writer: Neal Purvis, Robert Wade
Runtime: 144 min
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