Review of 'Casino Royale'

21st film in the 'James Bond' series

casino_royale.jpg Bond is back. This latest installment begins the story with Bond as he was just before he earned his 00 status in MI6 (“license to kill”). The necessary first two kills show Bond begin to change into the character that would be an icon for generations. Le Chiffre is a banker to terrorist groups who uses his client's money to enter a high stakes poker tournament at Casino Royale – One that both he and Bond must win. It is a decidedly “human” Bond we see – One who makes mistakes and falls in love.

Fantastic stunts and a great storyline are par for the course in this latest blockbuster complete with plot twists that keep the audience guessing.

What is Daniel Craig like as Bond?

The latest Bond is definitely a more hard-hitting and realistic Bond who is physically up to the role (he performs much of his own stunts in it). A complex character is brought to life in this demanding role. His persona fills the screen though sometimes, perhaps, he is too cool where the situation suggests more emotion. It seems there is sometimes a bit of confusion as to whether he should be straight or show emotion. These moments aside Craig is a breath of fresh air in what was looking to be a dead franchise.

Looking forward to the next one.

Rating: “Nearly perfect, but not quite”

Review Date: 2006-11-19

Directed by: Martin Campbell

Studio: Sony Pictures

Year: 2006

Length: 144 minutes

Genre: Action/Adventure

Other reviewed films in the 'James Bond' series: