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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.
After Sean Connery theres never been a better bond since until Daniel Craig stepped up to fill these shoes. Great action scenes and all the stunts look believable as well.Published 8 hours ago by frank
Love this movie!! The service was great and I recieved it well before I expected. Very happy with my purchase.Published 12 days ago by Juliet Nelson
Actually Ian Flemings first book that was made into an American TV movie and now
it has been revised to be a first run James Bond movie with Daniel Craig.
An enjoyable James Bond flick. Nice visuals in Blu-ray format.Published 21 days ago by Carol A. Milkovich
OK, it's not quite as good as Casino Royale or Skyfall, but it's still a very good movie and one of my favorite Bond movies. Much better than any of the Roger Moore schlock. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Jay Adeff