Casino Royale

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Genre Action
Year 2006
Duration 144 min
Rating 8.1 out of 10
Description: Casino Royale introduces James Bond before he holds his license to kill. But Bond is no less dangerous, and with two professional assassinations in quick succession, he is elevated to '00' status. Bond's first 007 mission takes him to Uganda where he is to spy on a terrorist, Mollaka. Not everything goes to plan and Bond decides to investigate, independently of MI6, in order to track down the rest of the terrorist cell. Following a lead to the Bahamas, he encounters Dimitrios and his girlfriend, Solange. He learns that Dimitrios is involved with Le Chiffre, banker to the world's terrorist organizations. Secret Service intelligence reveals that Le Chiffre is planning to raise money in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro at Le Casino Royale. MI6 assigns 007 to play against him, knowing that if Le Chiffre loses, it will destroy his organization. 'M' places Bond under the watchful eye of the beguiling Vesper Lynd. At first skeptical of what value Vesper can provide, Bond's interest in her deepens as they brave danger together and even torture at the hands of Le Chiffre. In Montenegro, Bond allies himself with Mathis MI6's local field agent, and Felix Leiter who is representing the interests of the CIA. The marathon game proceeds with dirty tricks and violence, raising the stakes beyond blood money and reaching a terrifying climax.
Comments: Bond is a name that encapsulates so much. Is it a British icon harking back to the cold war? A globe-trotting outdated misogynist (who happens to be licensed by the British Government to kill people)? I've always thought that if you analyse something too much it'll lose something through the process of analysis. This is why this Bond (our Bond) is the best since early Connery.

Here we see Bond as a man, as an animal and as a killing machine. Make no mistakes, this is the most visceral Bond that one could imagine. Daniel Craig, for all his detractors, is 007 at his finest, most pure.

It's an unusual thing whereby the performance of the leading actor is better then the movie itself. But here it is. We saw it recently with 'The Departed'. Not to say that 'The Departed' is a bad film. I loved it. But this re-invention of Bond has to be one the cinema's biggest gambles. And, my God, it wins by a distance.