21 Dec 06
Daniel Craig pulls off a spectacular performance in Casino Royale that revitalizes the 007 franchise. Even though Daniel Craig might not be a well-known actor he has starred in films that he would be noticeable in such movies as The Road to Perdition, Layer Cake, and Munich. Casino Royale is a remake that depicts the origin of the British undercover agent, James Bond and his journey on becoming the Bond that we all recognize. I thought that this film was going to at least release in 2007 rather than this year. Yet this time we get to observe a greatly gloomy and more merciless James Bond. With his fashionable appearance and his cunning attitude, 007 will not disappoint. Casino Royale is hands down superior to Die Another Day which was tremendously uninteresting and one of the worst 007 films in my standpoint. Casino Royale is about the first James Bond (Daniel Craig) assignment as 007 which evidently directs to the composure of the technologically advanced British secret agent. The objective for James Bond is that he must disrupt the business deal of Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), the financier to the world’s terrorist organizations from playing a high stakes poker games in Montenegro at Le Casino Royale. One of the terrorist that is being financed with the cash is Alex Dimitrios (Simon Abkarian) and with him his flirtatious girlfriend, Solonge (Caterina Murino). To help James Bond with his mission is primary Bond girl, Vesper Lynd (Eva Green). Vesper accompanies James to construct an image for him and assist him with the poker games. But afterward things get dangerously complicated and Vesper is in danger. It is up to James Bond to drive some glamorous cars and gear up with a number of high-tech gadgets in order to stop the terrorists. The action is exhilarating and the visuals are incredible but the plot doesn’t seem so original. I know that this film is a remake but mainly all the 007 films of the franchise are in reference with something about terrorism. The flying to incredible places like the Bahamas is great scenes to set the mood for the paradise and the scenery for the some of the girls. I really liked this James Bond film rather than the previous ones that have been made. This film has the explosions and the drama features that really bring out what a 007 film is suppose to be.
• United States
19 Dec 06
What you have to remember is that this is James' first mission and he did not have access to resources such as Q yet. His first assignment as a 00 was a simpler one and did not require the use of Q's resources. Besides, the main theme of Casino Royale is that Bond allows himself to fall in love and gets hurt by it and he also exposes a side of himself that people do not normally see, which is him getting tortured.
19 Dec 06
well, the movie was gripping in its own way but it was more of an action movie than a true James Bond movie. James Bond movie without Bond music [the old typical one which we can identify in our sleep] is like ice cream without the chill or lemonade without the taste and tang of lemon.where is the suave, roguish charm of 007? and don't we need villains who are macro in their plans to conquer the universe? I missed Q .