Casino Royale (12A)

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Time Out says

Posted: Tue Nov 14 2006

Bond: ‘A vodka martini, please.’ Casino barman: ‘Shaken or stirred?’ Bond: ‘Do I look like I give a damn?’ It’s a sharp and knowing line – probably penned by Paul Haggis, the talented, final scriptwriter of this highly enjoyable ‘back-to-basics re-boot’ of the 007 franchise – that not only simultaneously acknowledges and confounds audience expectations, but also neatly confirms that Daniel Craig’s intriguing and charismatic tyro agent is cut from quite different cloth to his Savile Row-tailored predecessors.

Ian Fleming’s titular 1953 Cold-War source novel presented a proto-Bond; and it’s interesting how much licence Cambell’s confidently directed action thriller takes with it. Gone is the RN commander; as the jagged, handheld, monochrome opening sequence of Craig drowning his first ‘kill’ in a blood-strewn public toilet shows, this Bond’s a tough, no-nonsense, Mondeo-driving product of the ‘who dares wins’ SAS school rather than the snobby naval wardroom, and he has some of the social contempt as well as the pumping thighs, bulging pecs and inflated ego to prove it.

Cobra-baiting in Madagascar, car-chases in Nassau, Montenegro, Miami – there’s enough globe-trotting to please the purists. But, notwithstanding the fine CGI/special effects, best used in the climactic set-piece involving a disintegating Venetian palazzo, Campbell has cut down the gadgets and gizmos (not to mention ‘Q’) to inject some needed ‘realismo’ back into the action sequences, steering a neat line between romance and thrills. Eva Green’s Vesper Lynd – a government accountant assigned to keep an eye on the millions Bond stakes in the crucial poker game with Mads Mikkelsen’s pleasingly sadistic terrorist-banker, Le Chiffre – proves a sexy sparring equal to the increasingly smitten and vulnerable Bond, having been donated an audacious amount of screen time. The politics are coy, David Arnold’s score is maybe underwhelming and Phil Meheux’s cinematography merely efficient, but otherwise ‘Casino Royale’ kicks new life (literally as well as metaphorically) into the ageing hero.
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12A

UK release:

Fri Nov 17, 2006

Duration:

140 mins

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Jonno

What a bloody awsome film!! Daniel craig is the perfect choice for the new Bond. It is missing some of the normal bond features but this is one of the best films of the year. I cant wait to watch it again!!!!

Jonno

What a bloody awsome film!! Daniel craig is the perfect choice for the new Bond. It is missing some of the normal bond features but this is one of the best films of the year. I cant wait to watch it again!!!!

Dianna

I watched this fillm on DVD just before going to see the newest one (Quantum of Solace), and thought that in fact it (Casino Royale) was much better. I think it's got a gripping storyline with lots of good lines and the characters are really well crafted. Particularly liked the banter on the train between James and Vesper, when they attempt to 'figure each other out'. But I was disappointed to find that although at first Vesper was portrayed as being a very independant woman who was immune to Bond's charms and thought him an arrogant chauvanist (my sentiments exactly!), she ended up falling for him anyway! Why did that have to happen?

Magmabulle

The best Bond movie ever made in my opinion, it is less cliché than other Bond movies, it is darker, and more suspense than ever before. There is a constant debate about Daniel Craig as James Bond, and I am one of those who believe that he is the best one ever.

Magmabulle

The best Bond movie ever made in my opinion, it is less cliché than other Bond movies, it is darker, and more suspense than ever before. There is a constant debate about Daniel Craig as James Bond, and I am one of those who believe that he is the best one ever.