Casino Royale Movie Review

It seems as though the legacy Ian Fleming started over 40 years ago can and will never die. After 21 films in the 007 empire, Daniel Craig is now the 6th actor to become Bond, James Bond' Jr.

Daniel Craig in "Casino Royale"

Made by the creators who developed 19 of the other 21 Bond flicks, the Broccoli family really put a little something extra special into Casino Royale. After recruiting director Martin Campbell and screenwriters Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Paul Haggis they made sure that this Bond flick could stand on its own.

Daniel Craig and Caterina Murino

From the introductory scenes, where blood is dampened over black-and-white frames, I immediately knew this film was going to be darker, colder, and far more sinister than what we are use to from the traditional shoot-em-up bang-bang Bond films. Casino Royale actually takes the Bond story back to the original concept that Ian Fleming had in mind when creating the character- a psychotic, disturbed man with no preoccupations about killing bad people. Craig is more than believable in this role. He has the power of Bond not seen since Sean Connery. I was surprised at how easily I forgot the film was rated PG 13.

Eva Green, Daniel Craig and Caterina Murino

The movie opens in Prague (2006) where we see Bond prior to becoming 007 and receiving his 'license to kill'. Then the movie starts to continue more like the other Bond flicks with obligatory exciting chase scenes, stunts using massive cranes, and action sequences that keep you on the edge of your seat. The thrills in this movie are terrific!

Eva Green and Daniel Craig

Sebastien Foucan

I also appreciated the many signposts used to weave this latest film into the rest of the saga. We see the 1964 Austin Martin gun and M played by Judy Dench. And of course, we get all the gadgets and hot women in bikinis we've come to expect from 007. Our leading Bond-girl is played by Eva Green who sets the screen on fire every time she's on it with her' umm' performance. She plays Vesper Lynd from the British treasury who comes into the movie to soften the darkened, enraged Bond and develop him into the smooth, witty 007 we know from the rest of the Bond movies (double entendres included).

Judi Dench

Daniel Craig and Sebastien Foucan

The movie had its ups-and-downs but I was definitely satisfied. It's worth going to see. Casino Royale is the perfect popcorn flick.

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