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Monday, November 27, 2006

Casino Royale (2006)

James Bond is back, and he is blond and buff. Daniel Craig takes over the title role in another installment of one of the world's longest running movie franchises.

The movie starts with Bond chasing an African man who runs into a consulate carrying a bomb. It is a nice long chase sequence done mostly on foot, complete with fantastic leaps and dives. We learn that Bond has just acquired 007 status, but the fracas at the consulate makes it into the papers. Bond's superior, M (Judi Dench), is not amused, wondering if she promoted the agent too soon. The incident points up to a bigger problem, involving La Chiffre (Mads Mikkelsen), an man who supplies money to terrorists, even investing it to get more. La Chiffre is going to enter a high stakes poker game which, if he wins, will give him more money to fund terrorism. Bond enters the game with the help of funds provided by accountant Vesper Lynd (Eva Green), who is assigned to watch the money.

A decent entry in the Bond series, but not the best--my favorite is Thunderball. Craig's take on Bond is more like that of Sean Connery and Timothy Dalton, a cold, vicious guy in Her Majesty's Secret Service, who will do whatever it takes to squash the bad guys. None of Roger Moore's winking, Pierce Brosnan's double entendres, or George Lazenby's restraint here. Craig is not classically handsome, but he is rugged, and a good fit for the role.

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Anonymous Britgirl said...

Nice review :-) I did think it was better than previous Bonds though...

Monday, December 04, 2006 9:08:00 PM  

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