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Casino Royale

A movie directed by Martin Campbell

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I will bet on this Bond.

  • Jun 26, 2011
It took 4 years, but Bond was finally back after the lukewarm response to Die Another Day.  Time for a reboot to the whole series and it was for the better.

Now, I love a lot of the Bond movies, and even the dumb ones have a place in my heart but it was feeling old hat with even Pierce's best effortsfeeling like regular action movies with nice budgets and production values.  With some new energy and telling Bond's origin we got back down to Bond making him a human being, flawed, using his wits, making mistakes and getting me to really care for a while.  This film will also be the first in a long time that a Bond story was taken from the books and with some modern touches, it works.

As the movie opens, Bond has completed his requisite two assassinations to graduate to Double 0 status and get the plum assignments and his first job is to monitor a bomb maker who is working with terrorists.  After a lengthy chase, Bond catches the man, and murders him on an embassy ground.  Bond made a smooth getaway, but sadly a camera caught him and M is furious with him.  The bomb maker though it turns out was in league with LeChiffre, an expert gambler and banker to the worlds terrorists.  He'll fund you money to make your crimes but this time, LeChiffre used the money to invest in the stock market and after Bond makes the deal go sour by preventing a terrorist strike, the money is gone and LeChiffre now has to turn to a high money game in Montenegro to get the money back and the plan is for Bond to enter the game and run LeChiffre out of the game, there by cutting off his money supply and either getting killed by his employers or arrested by MI6.  We see the moves set into motion, how much of a loose cannon Bond can be and wondering if he's going to be right since we already see him make mistakes at this point.  It makes for an interesting watch.

Daniel Craig could be the best Bond in the whole series.  He's cool, confident, handsome and the important thing, he can kick your ass and he doesn't look like he could and you could get yourself beat cause you wouldn't see it coming.  Connery, Dalton and Brosnan are sure tough but Craig and even Lazenby would lull you into that false sense of security.  This helps the movie give you that surprise you need to keep going and guessing.

LeChiffre is one of the best villains in the series I gotta say.  He's a smug snake, smarter then the average Bond baddie, not afraid to get his hands dirty and a dirty coward in a stirring scene.  The other villians bar your average gunmen or other weaselly types.  The women are all exotic and that goes double for Eva Green who is stunning as Vesper Lynd the banker who is funding Bond's entry into the game.  They are oil and water at first but come together in a that brings romance.  Yes this movie does have romance in it.  Eva Green does tumble into the "Bond equal" territory only a little since she's mostly getting in smart remarks, I still liked her.  A final note is that we get to see Felix again after so long, it's been too long since we saw him in a Bond movie.

Some people sniff at the Texas Hold'em replacing Baccarat from the book or as a sign of dumbing down for appeal or cashing in on a fad.  I say that it would be harder to get the drama across watching people playing a game where maybe 300 people in the world  know how to play it and keeping Baccarat in the movie would have required clunky exposition to get the point across.  In Goldeneye, Thunderball and other movies, the Baccarat was quick and out of the way, but here the game is part of the drama so I can see why the change was made.

To end, a Bond we care about, a story that is good and it has some new twists and turns to make a great Bond film.  The follow up on the other hand.......
I will bet on this Bond. I will bet on this Bond.

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June 26, 2011
agreed on all points. Nice review
June 26, 2011
Thanks. This was the last Bond movie I needed to review, other then the old Casino Royale which I haven't seen and I hear is awful. Orson Welles is in it so that makes it tempting.
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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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