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November 20, 2006

Casino Royale - 7

It seems that the way to put new life into something that maybe getting old, is to go back to the start. This film is based on the first Ian Fleming book. With a new Bond (Daniel Craig), M is as snark as usual (Judi Dench), and Q is absent. The plot has been updated to involve a terrorist plot and the game of choice is a very 21st century Texas Hold'em version of Poker. Because they have returned to the beginning they are somewhat freer to take liberties with the usual outlines to a bond film, although it stays consistent with the genre. It is a film that succeeds in holding your attention and giving you plenty of action and ingenuity that some of the other Bond films lack (I found Pierce Brosnan rather bland as Bond, Craig is a much need boost to the franchise). Over all a great action/spy film, with some heart as Bond's first real love, Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), questions his coldness toward killing.
Full disclosure: I have seen almost all 20 previous Bond films (they blur together enough for me not to know which one's I've missed)

3 comments:

Jason said...

One of my favorite Bond films is one that most don't like: On Her Majesty's Secret Service. Why? George Lazeby is more like the Bond of the book than any of the others, and the story is actually decent.

chris said...

great movie. did you see the richard branson cameo?

~greg said...

I missed the cameo. I also didn't realize that they but Jeffrey Wright in there to show how Bond met Felix, who will probably have a bigger role in the next film.