"Casino Royale is a stripped down muscular back to basics story with excellently filmed sequences and a kick-arse hero. CGI effects have been replaced by tough action editing and real actors acting. This new post- Bourne Bond is energetic and earthbound. Gritty realism makes events believable: this character bleeds and is vulnerable. Renewal has been accomplished by cutting away at a franchise bloated by cliche,mannerism and techno-gadgetry. We get back to the making of 007,Bond's formative psychology. The sinewy Craig literally sweats for his lines, thankfully without the polish of the later Bond and the stale menagerie of gimmicks. Bond Begins."