Movie Review – Casino Royale

Casino Royale

Directed by Martin Campbell

Starring Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffery Wright, Giancarlo Gianni, and Caterina Murino.

Backstory

I’ve had a fixation for James Bond ever since I was 7 years old and saw Roger Moore doing a Bond spoof on The Muppet Show. Some of my earliest memories of television are James Bond movie marathons that were on ITV. Back when I was in university, TBS would have a James Bond movie marathon every November, and I have no idea how much study time I lost to Bond movies. And, in the late 90s, my Dad and I would always go catch the latest Pearce Brosnan as Bond epic. I don’t think there’s any other film franchise that’s spanned the generations like Bond. James Bond. Going to see the new one is…it just is.

Plot

For the first time ever, we get James Bond’s origin story. Bond has recently been promoted to 00 status, and when his first mission kind of goes wrong, he starts doing some rouge investigating. Along the way, he manages to piss off Le Chiffre, the banker to the terrorists. Before long, James Bond is sent to the Casino Royale to bankrupt Le Chiffre in a high-stakes poker game. Bond is accompanied on his mission by the gorgeous Vesper Lynde, an agent with the federal treasury who’s set to keep an eye on the government money that Bond will be using in the tournament. And before long, our hero is thrust into the middle of the mission that will turn him into Bond…James Bond.

What I Liked

Wow. Daniel Craig does a great job of introducing us to Bond. You can tell he’s still adjusting to the 00…he’s uncomfy in a tux. He’s got rough edges that need to be smoothed out. There’s some amazing stunts. And, because of the way this is set up, a lot of the Bond mythos is…introduced. It was very geek-tastic.

What I Didn’t Like

I do have to agree with several other critics in saying that it drags a bit in the middle. And, I can’t believe that co-writer Paul Haggis actually borrowed a few moments from a little TV show he created called Due South.

Final Assessment

This is the first James Bond movie where I walked out of it going, “I can’t wait to see the next one!” This is just one great movie.

3.5 Nibs

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