Casino Royale: Movie Review

Assuming the mantle of James Bond can be a daunting task; the role played by marquee actors Sean Connery and Roger Moore was in serious need of a reboot, and that’s exactly what they got in Daniel Craig. Built like a brick-house, Craig brings some serious muscle to Casino Royale’s version of 007, but he also offers the charm we’ve come to expect from Britain’s biggest agent. In many ways, this film is an introduction to Craig and what he brings to the table.

Although Daniel Craig is the shining star, the other parts of a Bond film are all there: a seriously intense villain in Mads Mikkelsen’s Le Chiffre, some beautiful Bond girls and also exotic locations and cool gadgets. One of the first Bond films to show James’ human side and vulnerabilities, Casino Royale is a departure from the norm, but it still works and comes together fabulously to add a welcome addition to the Bond franchise.

Casino Royale Film Summary

Her Majesty’s Secret Service has just promoted a young recruit to Double 00 status due to exceptional performance, and he’s needed right away. His name? Bond, James Bond. 2006’s Casino Royale introduced the world to Daniel Craig as 007, who upon investigating a terrorist cell in Uganda, is eventually led to Bahamas where he encounters Alex Dimitrios (Simon Abkarian) and Solange (Caterina Murino). 007 discovers that Dimitrios is involved with world-terrorism financier Le Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), who plans on raising criminal funds in a high stakes poker game.

Upon learning the location from Secret Service intelligence, Bond is off to the Casino Royale in exotic Montenegro, to compete in one of the most important poker games in history, where the stakes could be deadly. Bond’s handler, M (Judi Dench), puts him under the watchful eye of Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), but two sets of eyes may not be much of a help in this poker game. As the marathon poker game begins, Bond must contend with CIA agent Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), MI6’s own agent and Le Chiffre himself. Will 007 win it all, or is the poker game just the beginning?

Should you go “All In” on the Casino Royale flick?

For many Bond die-hard enthusiasts, the franchise had almost run off the rails in previous films with characters that were more style than substance (I mean Dr. Christmas Jones, really?). Even to the most casual observer, Casino Royale is notably darker and more serious in tone. Much of that really comes from Daniel Craig’s portrayal of 007. The one-liners and quips are kept to a minimum while the stunts and action sequences are off-the-chart in scope. For gaming fans, Casino Royale revolves around a poker game, and they do it justice, with nail-biting tension and action.

 

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Casino Royale: Movie Review

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Release Date 17 November 2006
Running Time 144 min
Genre Action | Adventure | Thriller
Director Martin Campbell
Screenplay Neil Purvis (screenplay), Robert Wade (screenplay), Paul Haggis (screenplay), Ian Fleming (novel)
with Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Judi Dench
Filmed in USA
Budget $150 million

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