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Casino Royale

A movie directed by Martin Campbell

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A powerful new Bond for the 21st century

  • Jun 27, 2007
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"Casino Royale" is an exceptional reboot of the James Bond franchise.

After 20 successful Bond films starring five actors in the title role, Daniel Craig takes over in a film that takes place at the very start of his career as a 00 agent. M, played by the masterful Judi Dench, hands him his promotion and his fabled "licence to kill" after a pre-credits mission to collar an MI6 turncoat; the action after the credits are apparently the new Bond's first adventure as 007.

It begins with what must be one of the most amazing foot chases in movie history. By the end of that pulse-pounding scene, you'll be ready to acknowledge Craig as a fitting (and admirably fit) Bond. (For anyone who might confuse this film with the 1967 Bond spoof, they're similar in nothing but name.)

Let's cut to the chase: Craig is Bond. But he's not reprising Connery, Brosnan or even Roger Moore; this Bond is entirely new, built from the ground up for a new generation of fans. He's edgier, more physical, without using gadgets and gimmickry as a crutch. This Bond is raw and unpolished, reinventing himself as a 00 agent as he goes, developing the character's notorious emotional detachment and ruthless sense of duty as we watch.

And if you don't believe a card game can make for a tense movie experience, you haven't seen this film. But there's more than just cards: Casino Royale has its share of car wrecks, explosions, gun fights, seductions, exotic settings, chases and buildings collapsing into the Grand Canal. Just watch it and let this Bond win you over.

by Tom Knapp, Rambles.(n e t) editor

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review by . June 26, 2011
posted in Bond, James Bond
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review by . May 13, 2010
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review by . December 15, 2009
While I miss Brosnan as Bond, the new Bond is okay in my book. I don' think the franchise is as good as it was but still watchable.
review by . September 09, 2009
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review by . March 31, 2009
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review by . March 26, 2009
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review by . November 01, 2008
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review by . April 27, 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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