Outside of Goldfinger, Casino Royale is the greatest James Bond movie ever made. It has absolutely EVERYTHING you could possibly ask for in a James Bond movie and even more. Of course the initial controversy was that a blonde actor was going to be portraying 007 for the first time ever, those skepticisms soon died after the release of Casino Royale.
Martin Campbell (director of Goldeneye) returns to helm this multi-layered, action packed, story-driven Bond experience and pulls out all the stops. In something of a soft reboot, we finally get to see what it was like for 007 just starting out. We see an array of emotions and reactions that we are not used to seeing in the other entries that feature a more seasoned agent.
Casino Royale set the new standard of greatness after the series had just come off of it's worst movie of the franchise with "Die Another Day", and laid out a path of what the Bond for a new generation would be like. Craig proved to be worth his weight in gold as an actor of James Bond and someone willing to do many of his own stunts to provide an added element of realism.
Bond Element Ratings:
Intro/Title Sequence/Theme Song: 5/5
Bond Girl: 5/5