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For longtime fans of the franchise, Casino Royale offers some retro kicks. Bond wins his iconic Astin-Martin at the gaming table, and when a bartender asks if he wants his martini "shaken or stirred," he disdainfully replies, "Do I look like I give a damn?" There's no Moneypenny or "Q," but Dame Judi Dench is back as the exasperated M, who one senses, admires Bond's "bloody cheek." A Bond film is only as good as its villain, and Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre, who weeps blood, is a sinister dandy. From its punishing violence and virtuoso action sequences to its romance, Casino Royale is a Bond film that, in the words of one character, makes you feel it, particularly during an excruciating torture sequence. Double-0s, Bond observes early on, "have a short life expectancy." But with Craig, there is new life in the old franchise yet, as well as genuine anticipation for the next one when, at last, the signature James Bond theme kicks in following the best last line ever in any Bond film. To quote Goldie Hawn in Private Benjamin, now I know what I've been faking all these years. --Donald Liebenson
Stills from Casino Royale (click for larger image)
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As a long time James Bond fan, I tend to be picky with who is playing "James Bond". I usually like the classic Sean Connery movies, but once I saw Casino Royale, I fell in... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Zachary M.
Really great bond movie. it's a bit dated by now, but still really good!Published 8 days ago by Stephanie
This is the way James Bond should be.... the way James Bond was originally written: rugged, raw, with human flaws! It's easy to connect to that type of hero. Read morePublished 12 days ago by Bryan La Sane
Daniel Craigs debut as James Bond, with Judi Dench as M. He has a quietly terse nature that is very effective.Published 20 days ago by Peter Ashlock
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|Why did Vesper want to die?||
She felt like she betrayed Bond and also betrayed her Algerian boyfriend as well when she actually fell in love with Bond.
Dec 9, 2006 by Wayne Klein | See all 32 posts
|Great... another double dip.||
I'd hope the "Texas Hold-Em Edition" comes with playing cards and that rumored international cut.
Wait, what am I saying? I don't want to buy this again. You're right, this marketing strategy sucks!
Dec 13, 2008 by AMP | See all 5 posts
|What's the reason for the audio problems in Casino Royale?||
I guess it has to do with dynamic range, I'll try to be brief and keep it straight and simple: given a format's dynamic range, one can go for a mid-high dynamic range soundtrack and keep average levels consistently high while saving some threshold for stuff like explosions, thunder storms and... Read More
Mar 29, 2007 by Jose Antonio Nieto Pascual | See all 9 posts
|Eva Green looks much better in WITHOUT the makeup . . .||
I completely agree. But she still looks great throughout the film.
Oct 11, 2008 by P. O'Rourke | See all 5 posts
|Does it come with the slip sleeve actually?||
not anymore just when it was originally released
Sep 16, 2009 by Brian Ferrill | See all 2 posts
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