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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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Hello Daniel Craig! We thought Sean Connery was the Bond but boy oh boy! Absolutely love Daniel Craig in all James Bond movies and this one was no exception. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cutebrunettes
it a great movie on of the best in the series. Daniel Craig is brilliant as 007 the writing is also top notch and even make fun older bond movies. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
It was presented in an extremely nice metal case, and I believe my son will love it.Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
Great quality and one of the two best Bond films of all time....and I'm a huge Bond fan. This and Skyfall are fantastic.Published 2 days ago by Brad
Great action movie! Bond is always dressed very well and drives hot cars!!!Published 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
The evolution of the character in a very well done film. I had to go back and watch it after being disappointed by Sceptre, which took a giant leap backward back to the old simple... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Brad Kearns
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|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
|"Casino Royale": An Obituary for The James Bond Film Franchise||
There are two thoughts of who Bond should be.
1: The spy Ian Fleming created. Dark and tough. Relies on his fists and brain to get him out of any situation.
2: Charming light hearted super agent who has a gadget to get him out of any situations. Relies on his wits.
Bond #2 was created by the... Read More
Sep 28, 2008 by Fred G. Armstrong III | See all 66 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
|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 6 posts
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