Casino Royale : Armed with a licence to kill, Daniel Craig sets out on his first mission as 007 to defeat a weapons dealer in a high stakes game of poker at Casino Royale, but things are never what they seem.
I remeber watching this back on the big screen in 2006, I can remember Daniel Craig showing himself to be fully capable of
taking on a British icon. James Bond. A man of cool, cruel determination,
mesmerising sex appeal and a fatally destructive way with women. There have been several different Bonds over the last 50 Years. You can tell throughout the whole film, Craig is Bond. You don't question it, he has taken on
the mantle of 007, and the result is a death-defying, sportscar-driving,
female-back-fondling, cocktail-recipe-specifying triumph. Daniel Craig
is a fantastic Bond, personally my favourite out of all the Bonds so far.
Craig was inspired casting. He has an effortless presence and lethal
danger; he doesn't need to act like Bond, to be Bond, he's just got it. He brings a serious actor's ability to a fundamentally unserious
part; he brings out the playfulness and the absurdity, yet never sends
it up. He's easily the best Bond since Sean Connery, with Craig's unsmiling demeanour and
his unfashionably, even faintly un-British dirty blond hair, he looks
like a cross between the Robert Shaw who grappled with Bond in 'From
Russia With Love.
This is the story of James Bond's beginning, transferred forward in time
to a loosely imagined post-9/11 present. After a very nasty and violent
killing in a men's room, shot in grainy monochrome, Bond earns his
official double-0 rating with a second wet job: the unofficial whacking
of a traitor in the higher reaches of MI6.
His spurs earned, Bond must
now tackle his first super-villain: Le Chiffre, banker to Smersh in the
original, now accountant and financier to international terrorists
everywhere, though al-Qaida and anyone else from the Middle East are
coyly left unmentioned. M even implies that manipulating airline stock
prices was a motivating factor for 9/11 - a sly piece of cynicism that
would have amused Fleming himself.
Casino Royale is what I find to be a very enjoyable film indeed, If you can ignore the smirking and the quips and
the gadgets that have been cut back - and the emotion and wholesome
sado-masochism that has been pumped up, I think you'll enjoy this if you're willing to shrug off those detracting factors.
Another contributing factor which I'm sure most Bond fans may have noticed, is that the Barry theme tune is saved for the closing credits. So that just proves, watch it all through to the end, or you'll miss something.
Thoughts Overall, Mr Craig brings off
cinema's most preposterous role with insouciant grit: I hope he doesn't
quit too soon. I'd like see the next few films tackle 007's off-duty
life more: his hangovers, his money worries. Daniel Craig could make it
work. He has more to give, even now he's done three Bond films, I think he has potential in the role and continues to make it good. 8/10
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