Director: Martin Campbell
Cast: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Eva Green,
Mads Mikkelsen, Jeffrey Wright, Giancarlo Giannini, Caterina
Murino, Simon Abkarian, Tobias Menzies, Ivana Milicevic, Clemens
Schik, Ludger Pistor, Claudio Santamaria
RunTime: 2 hrs 25 mins
Released By: Columbia TriStar
Day: 16 November 2006
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Casino Royale is the 21st James Bond film adventure
and stars Daniel Craig in his debut as “007”.
The film is based on creature Ian Fleming’s first novel
about the debonair and dangerous British secret agent.
To all you cynics out there who slammed Daniel Craig for being
the new James Bond: Please take back your words.
this latest James Bond franchise, the English actor does a
decent job playing the suave spy. And he does it so well,
he puts today’s men to shame with his testosterone-filled
on Ian Fleming’s first 1953 James Bond novel, this action
flick retells the spy’s first important mission after
he has gotten his double-O status. He is to prevent an unscrupulous
baddie from winning a casino tournament where hundreds of
millions of dollars may go into the wrong hands.
imagine how perilous the world would be if Mr. Bond wasn’t
around to kick evil’s ass.
movie first grabs you with its classic Hollywood studio-inspired
black-and-white prologue. Just by this scene, you can tell
that this Bond is definitely not your classy, prim and proper
Bond. He appears to be brash and uses his brawn rather than
his brain. He kills people without hesitation, and boy, is
he a violent man.
then there are the obligatory stylish opening credits, accompanied
by the cool and breezy theme song “You Know My Name”
by Audioslave’s Chris Cornell. Colourful, chic and elegant
graphics make this one of the most effective opening credits
in the franchise ever.
are not stopping our praises there.
comes the opening sequence where we feel the ruggedness and
manliness of the movie in full force. Set in a hot and bothered
construction site in Madagascar, this chase scene will leave
you exhilarated and catching your breath after seeing Bond
jump from crane to crane, living life dangerously.
our dear readers, merely describes the first 20-odd minutes
of the 144-minute movie.
action does not stop there. The rest of the show sees our
sixth Bond running, getting hurt, spilling blood, and sweating
profusely. There is even an excruciating torture scene where
Bond’s manhood is dangerously threatened. Craig has
to be the most tired actor to play Bond ever.
when the movie lags in pace and becomes annoyingly predictable
during its second half, you’d be forgiving enough to
overlook that factor. The scenes involving games in the casino
may not be that interesting to watch, but it is a fine showcase
of Craig’s acting.
you think that we would be only going on and on giving credits
to Craig, here are the other factors that make a Bond movie,
a Bond movie.
Martin Campbell has an eye for breathtaking locations. Having
previously helmed Goldeneye (1995), he takes us on a scenic
movie experience to the exotic Czech Republic, the soothing
Bahamas Islands, and the beautiful Italy in his latest work.
Bond girls played by French actress Eva Green (who wears a
distractingly large amount of eye shadow) and Italian newcomer
Caterina Murino (who speaks in a titillating accent) are feast
to the male species’ eyes. The Bond villain characterized
by Mads Mikkelsen is silently cold and cruel, and we’d
understand his want to inflict pain on others, because his
modish product placement by Sony Ericsson phones, Vaio notebooks,
Sony digital cameras, Omega watches and the very impressive
Aston Martin DBS vehicle will make gadget geeks go agape with
everything in place, the final commending aspect that completes
the picture is the classy performance by the entire cast.
With Dame Judi Dench anchoring weight as M, and some lovely
and cheeky bantering lines courtesy of scriptwriters Neal
Purvis, Robert Wade and Paul Haggis, this movie will enthrall
the familiar Bond tune comes up during the end credits, you’d
feel that there is only one spy to love. That’s Bond,
(This Bond may be blond, and not your conventional pretty
boy, but his strong presence is definitely here to stay)
Review by John Li