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Casino Royale (2006)

PG-13   |    |  Action, Adventure, Thriller


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Armed with a license to kill, Secret Agent James Bond sets out on his first mission as 007, and must defeat a private banker to terrorists in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, Montenegro, but things are not what they seem.

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18 November 2006 | CuriosityKilledShawn
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| A Royale without cheese.
Casino Royale is a major step-up from the flamboyant Die Another Day. Pierce Brosnan has been replaced by a young-ish Daniel Craig, there is no Q, no campy gadgets, no silly naked women silhouettes in the opening credits, no world-dominating super-colossus villains, no Miss Funnyfanny (or whatever), and no silly one-liners after killing bad guys. Basically everything that can date Bond film very quickly is gone. I never expected international espionage to look the way it has in past few Bond outings and I'm glad someone had the balls to go back to the hard-edged nature of the series, last seen in Licence to Kill.

The longest Bond movie so far, at 145 minutes, but it breezes by even though it reigns in on the normally excessive action scenes and depicts spying a more 'mundane' and 'realistic' manner (or at least as true as the series has been so far). But the one-thing that bugs me about action movies, particularly the Bond franchise, is that they are, most of the time, childish male fantasies with an indestructible hero who has fun shooting up the place and beds beautiful women. I would like something new for a change but Casino Royale does have Bond get hurt and go through more pain than he has previously.

Daniel Craig got a lot of hassle over his casting as Bond but not only does he have his youth as an advantage (he's the first 30-something to be cast in the role since Lazenby), he's also pretty damn trim, has the intensity Brosnan lacked and is surprisingly loose in a role that usually requires actors to be stiff and unemotional. It's also good to a fresh face in the role and who cares if he is blonde? Or the shortest actor to play him so far? I would have preferred that composer David Arnold went too. They didn't seem to be holding back on the amount of regular production team members who got axed. Even Vic Armstrong didn't return. I've never liked Arnold's work on the movies and I hate to think of it as something that's now exclusively HIS baby.

Unfortunately, as good as this fresh start to the franchise was, all of the goodwill that director Martin Campbell earned was completely undone by the follow-up Quantum of Solace, which is not only the worst Bond film so far, but one of the worst action films, and one of the worst films overall, that I have ever seen.

If Craig and Co. ever get around to making another, they've got a LOT to make up for.

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Trivia

Daniel Craig's role in Layer Cake (2004) clinched the role of James Bond for him over the other competing rival actors. DVD and video rentals of the movie went up after the announcement Daniel Craig would be the new James Bond. The Layer Cake (2004) end-of-movie Bondesque line has Craig say "My name? If you knew that, you'd be as clever as me", evoking the famous catchphrase "The name is Bond, James Bond".


Quotes

Felix Leiter: I should have introduced myself, seeing as we're related. Felix Leiter, a brother from Langley.
Felix Leiter: You should have faith. As long as you keep your head about you, I think you have him.
James Bond: Had. Excuse me.
Felix Leiter: You're not buying in?
James Bond: No.
Felix Leiter: Listen, I'm bleeding ...
James Bond: ...


Goofs

Despite being called the "Floating City", the structures of Venice do not have big flotation devices at the water level. They all have a foundation of wooden piles driven into a clay base. The idea of one sinking after Bond shoots the big bags of air is ridiculous.


Crazy Credits

The opening credits are played over imagery of playing cards and other gambling-type imagery. This sequence is unusual compared to other Bond films in that it doesn't focus on silhouettes of nude women.


Alternate Versions

The UK 50th Anniverary Blu-ray disc is rated 15, is Region Free and is fully uncut, containing all the uncut fight scenes missing from the US editions and the complete torture scene. The US 50th Anniversary Edition still features the censored version of the film and is rated PG-13.


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The Name's Bond... James Bond
Music by
Monty Norman
Arrangement by David Arnold

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Action | Adventure | Thriller

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