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Casino Royale

A movie directed by Martin Campbell

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The Latest Addition to James Bond's Successes.

  • Apr 27, 2008
Pros: Produced a decent movie, even without all the gadgets.

Cons: If you need a fix of new gadgets don't watch this movie.

The Bottom Line: Only watch this if you are an actual Bond fanatic, this is missing all of the gadgets that we've become accustomed to.

Plot Details: This opinion reveals minor details about the movie''s plot.

If you are a fan of James Bond like I am, then you will want to see this movie Casino Royale. If you are used to all the Bond movies and their little gadgets and such, you might be a little disappointed with this movie. They still have quite a bit of action, you have the usual chases and fistfights and plenty of explosions to go around. When James Bond first came out they had a movie called Casino Royale even before Dr. No came out. That particular movie was all in black and white and no gadgets to see, but now it is in color. In the new movie Casino Royale they mix up the color and black-and-white scenes, and try and blend them together.

In this particular movie they travel to various places such as Uganda, the Bahamas, and Montenegro. Plus if you are also used to Sean Connery or Roger Moore playing James Bond they have a new one. Not as debonair as Pierce Brosnan and not as rugged as Sean Connery. He has a style of his own, his name is Daniel Craig. And of course they have a villain, Le Chiffre (played by Mads Mikkelson) he is the banker to all of the most evil organizations. He is paying for the terrorists to gamble with all of his clients money. Bob must prevent them from wanting that money. There still is plenty of beautiful women in this new movie, such as Caterina Murino playing the part of Solange, and playing the part of Vespar Lynd is Eva Green. James Bond tries to play to the villain as a fool, he tries to beat him at his own game by playing him in a poker game. During the poker game, an attempt is made on James Bond's life. They attempted to poison him, basically making his heart stop. While this is not the first time that James Bond has tried to resign in fact it is about the third time that he is tried to resign from the MI6 organization. While he was playing poker he was under scrutiny of the British treasury department they were his backing and hopefully Bond will not lose.

Daniel Craig is just a stern as the earlier bonds. I am not sure if he is better than the other bonds, but he still peaks my interest. The game of cat and mouse that Bond plays against the villains is his usual acting in all the movies. His straight forward wittiness, it's essential, in his acting to convince the other villains to play against him. Daniel Craig deliverers a very stern style of acting and cold performance, that we have been accustomed to with all of the other James Bond's movies. His wit and lightheartedness throughout the whole movie is very refreshing to see that they kept this. He also had to worry about the CIA's watchful eye Felix Leiter, (played by Jeffrey Wright) good old Uncle Sam, he always comes through in a pinch. I don't know who needs the money more the villain or James Bond, but I believe Bond would rather have the villain dead (Le Chiffre) than half him win the money.

This movie is rated PG-13, and you will see lots of action and adventure plus a thriller type movie. That is one thing for sure if it's as James Bond there will be lots of excitement and adventure throughout the whole movie. The big problem with this movie is, that since they took all of the gadgets out, and the part away where you are sitting on the edge of your seat or what will happen next. At least with the gadgets in the movie, you never knew what was coming next.

Final Thoughts
Even with the loss of all of the bells and whistles in all of his previous movies. The action scenes are excellently shot and for people to understand. It was nice to see how they were going to make a successful bond movie without all of the gadgets and fast cars and whatever lasers that they might have. I would not say that this is one of his best Bond movie is or even equal to his best. But I am hoping that in the next Bond movie they put the bells and whistles and gadgets all back in the plot.


Viewing Format: DVD
Video Occasion: Fit for Friday Evening
Suitability For Children: Suitable for Children Age 13 and Older

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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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