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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.
I found this movie to be heavy on action and lacking in the unique 007 charm, sophistication and gadgets that we come to expect from a James Bond movie. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of those reboots that really works. The Bond story is extremely familiar but this effort shows that a fresh take and a big dose of energy can work wonders. Read morePublished 3 days ago by John E. Larsen
James Bond: (returning to his seat after being poisoned by Le Chiffre) "I'm sorry. That last hand... nearly killed me. Read morePublished 6 days ago by R. Edward Merrell, Jr.
Solid Bond, with more insight into who the man behind the 00 really is.Published 13 days ago by tommythou
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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
|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
|What's the reason for the audio problems in Casino Royale?||
It's bad encoding and/or Sony is using some anti-piracy scheme that doesn't play well with many combinations of equipment.
If you Google, you'll find several complaints about this disc.
DVDs have sufficient bandwidth so that the dynamic range should *not* be a problem. There is no excuse for... Read More
Mar 29, 2007 by STGuy | See all 9 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
|amaon make this $9.99 on BF||Be the first to reply|