Monday, November 12, 2012

Casino Royale (2006)


[the best James Bond movie in ages]

Casino Royale (2006)
IMDB- 7.9
Rottentomatoes- 94%
RJG Rating- 99

James Bond takes up his first mission ,to thwart a terrorist plot by playing in a high stakes poker game.

Starring- Daniel Craig ,Eva Green
Director- Martin Campbell

After about 40 years since the first Bond movie ,it was decided that the 21st James Bond movie would reboot the entire franchise.Thus came Casino Royale ,with a new Bond in the form of Daniel Craig and directed by Martin Campbell ,and it indeed breathe new life into the James Bond series.

When Daniel was first cast as the replacement of Pierce Bronson in the reboot ,he was met with mixed reaction from the fans.But once they had seen Casino Royale ,there was no mixed opinion ,Daniel Craig was not only better than Pierce, but many claimed he was one of the best Bond ,second only to Sean Connery (the first Bond).In my opinion Craig is the Best!From the very start to the end Daniel gives Bond his trademark charm but also some realistic human nature ,something that sorely lacked in the previous movies.Eva Green as Vesper gives one of her best performances onscreen.She blends her beauty and charm and gives a strong support to Daniel Craig's Bond.Mads Mikkelsen plays the villain and he gives a good performance.Although he isnt quite as menacing as a villain usually is ,he does his best.

The story of Casino Royale takes the viewers to the very beginning of how James Bond became a 007.The story plays out smoothly and has some great twists and turns as it proceeds.A vital point of the tale was making James Bond more human in nature rather than the over the top spy character ,the previous Bond movies lead us to believe.The story is deep and gives ample opportunity for Craig to flesh out James Bond nature.As usual we have the extra hi-tech gadgets ,but they too are simple in nature and doesnt seem out of this world type.A slight issue was that the climax tried too hard to bring in various twists ,but this isnt much of a problem since the movie powers through with splendid action sequences and gives Casino Royale an excellent end.

Martin Cambell (Goldeneye,Mask of Zorro) returns to direct yet another Bond movie.His approach to the material is straight forward and he gives the viewers pure thrills that had been missing in recent Bond movies.The fabulous action pieces are just superb and all are superbly shot.It never gets tiring or doesnt lose pace throughout the 2.30hr duration of the movie.The chase sequences are just incredible and are one of the best of ALL TIME !

On release Casino Royale was universally praised and the fans accepted Daniel as the new Bond.As of 2011 ,Casino Royale is the highest grossing movie in the James Bond series

Overall ,Casino Royale is another successful reboot ,and one of the Best James Bond movies.A must watch if you love spy thrillers.

Acting- 5/5
Story- 4.5/5
Direction- 4.5/5
Action- 5/5
Drama- 5/5
Thriller- 4.5/5
Romance- 4/5
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