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Casino Royale
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03.16.2007 By: Sturdy
Casino Royale order
Director:
Martin Campbell

Actors:
Daniel Craig
Eva Green
Mads Mikkelsen

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A young, pre-007 James Bond fulfills his requirements and gets awarded his 007 promotion. His first assignment is to enter a high stakes poker game to prevent the money from landing in the hands of terrorists. Along the way, he encounters a beautiful accountant and must choose between a life of love and a life as a secret agent.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Before I even begin, itís important to point out that I was a huge Pierce Brosnan-as-Bond fan. I thought he did a fantastic job as our beloved secret agent and I was sad to see him go. Also, I will admit that I was very skeptical of Daniel Craig taking over for Mr. Brosnan. LAYER CAKE was decent, and heíd done well in some other films, but to me, he hadnít shown me anything to say he could handle being Bond. Boy, was I wrong!

First, letís state for the record that I was wrong about Daniel Craig and he did an amazing job as Bond. Not since early Sean Connery have we seen a Bond with as much attitude and charisma as Craig. He gave his lines perfect and embodied everything the secret agent should be. I was blown away by his performance from the opening scenes to the final credits.

With that out of the way, letís talk about the actual movie. I loved it! It really was a blast to watch. It gave you everything an action movie, and a Bond movie, should give you. It was a fun, intense, action-packed thrill ride. Whatís more amazing is the fact that this is an action film where they actually justified the love story. Usually itís two hot people falling in love because theyíre hot. Also, the action sequences were new and inventive, which is hard to do these days, especially in a Bond film. The chase scene in the beginning was fast and exciting, the mini-adventures within the casino were fun and the end action scene was intense.

If I have one complaint, itís with the transitions in the script, mainly the transition from the ďcasinoĒ adventure to the ďfinalĒ adventure. It seemed as if Mr. Campbell didnít know how to get out of the casino and decided to just cut to the next scene with little explanation. In fact, I was sure the scene was going to end up being a dream sequence for about ten minutes.

With that little blemish aside, I have to say that this was one of the best Bond films of all time. Iím hesitant to call it THE best (I still like FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE), but itís definitely up there. The best part about it is that even if you donít like Bond movies, youíll still probably like this one. The bland familiarity of the Brosnan films is gone and the Broccoli family have done a great job of injecting new life into an old favorite.
THE EXTRAS
Becoming Bond (26:14): I wanted a no-nonsense explanation for ousting Pierce Brosnan and this was as close as I was going to get. They claim they wanted a younger Bond, but they didnít convince me. Iím not complaining, at least not now, but I think Brosnan deserved more than that. Either way, I enjoyed this little featurette and fans of the film should get a kick out of it.

James Bond: For Real (23:31): I donít get into the story behind the stunts too often because theyíre usually the same thing over and over. I did, however, enjoy the hearing from Sebastien Foucan. He was the guy Bond was chasing in the beginning of the film. He was pretty amazing with the things he did, and it was interesting to see how the stunts were done.

Bond Girls are Forever (49:01): For those of you that bought DIE ANOTHER DAY on DVD at Best Buy, this is almost the same documentary that was given away with the purchase. It now includes some interviews with the CASINO ROYALE girls, but itís really the same thing. Itís still fun, but Iím disappointed they didnít come up with something original for the DVD.

There are also some Previews and a Music Video.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Iíve heard that some die-hard Bond fans donít like this latest installment. Personally, Iím glad they changed it up because the series was going nowhere. Craig is an outstanding Bond and this film will please all action movie fans. If you havenít bought yet, then I highly recommend it.
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