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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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The acting is great for an action film, the plot good, the action good, and a just a good overall story!
After the Mission Impossible films and the Bourne films, it was clear that audiences are into much more serious characters than the tongue-in-cheek Bond.
I have enjoyed pretty much all the Bond movies, each having something in them to like, and its nice to get to know a character.
James Bond: (returning to his seat after being poisoned by Le Chiffre) "I'm sorry. That last hand... nearly killed me. Read morePublished 1 day ago by R. Edward Merrell, Jr.
Solid Bond, with more insight into who the man behind the 00 really is.Published 8 days ago by tommythou