Casino Royale

Le Chiffre, a banker to the world’s terrorists, is scheduled to participate in a high-stakes poker game in Montenegro, where he intends to use his winnings to establish his financial grip on the terrorist market. M sends Bond—on his maiden mission as a 00 Agent—to attend this game and prevent Le Chiffre from winning. With the help of Vesper Lynd and Felix Leiter, Bond enters the most important poker game in his already dangerous career.
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Film Cast:

  • James Bond: Daniel Craig
  • Vesper Lynd: Eva Green
  • Le Chiffre: Mads Mikkelsen
  • M: Judi Dench
  • Felix Leiter: Jeffrey Wright
  • René Mathis: Giancarlo Giannini
  • Solange Dimitrios: Caterina Murino
  • Alex Dimitrios: Simon Abkarian
  • Steven Obanno: Isaach De Bankolé
  • Mr. White: Jesper Christensen
  • Valenka: Ivana Miličević
  • Villiers: Tobias Menzies
  • Carlos: Claudio Santamaria
  • Mollaka: Sébastien Foucan
  • Dryden: Malcolm Sinclair
  • Adolph Gettler: Richard Sammel
  • Mendel: Ludger Pistor
  • Carter: Joseph Millson
  • Fisher: Darwin Shaw
  • Kratt: Clemens Schick
  • Leo: Emmanuel Avena
  • Stockbroker: Tom Chadbon
  • Infante: Ade
  • Tomelli: Urbano Barberini
  • Madame Wu: Tsai Chin
  • Kaminofsky: Lazar Ristovski
  • Gräfin von Wallenstein: Veruschka von Lehndorff
  • Gallardo: Charlie Levi Leroy
  • Fukutu: Tom So
  • Dealer: Andreas Daniel
  • Tournament Director: Carlos Leal
  • Ocean Club Receptionist: Christina Cole
  • Schultz: Jürgen Tarrach
  • Card Players: John Gold
  • Card Players: Diane Hartford
  • Tall Man: Leo Stransky
  • Hot Room Doctors: Paul Bhattacharjee
  • Hot Room Doctors: Crispin Bonham-Carter
  • Hot Room Technicians: Rebecca Gethings
  • Airport Policemen: Peter Brooke
  • Pilot: Robert G. Slade
  • French News Reporter: Félicité Du Jeu
  • Shop Assistant: Michaela Ochotská
  • Chief of Police: Michael G. Wilson
  • Nambutu Embassy Official: Valentine Nonyela
  • Treasury Bureaucrat: Phil Meheux
  • Tennis Girls: Alessandra Ambrosio
  • Waitress: Vlastina Svátková
  • Venice Hotel Concierge: Ivan G’Vera
  • Man at Airport Security (uncredited): Richard Branson
  • Airport Worker (uncredited): Martin Campbell
  • Woman in Casino (uncredited): Tara Cardinal
  • MI6 Agent (uncredited): Ben Cooke
  • Dossier Girl (uncredited): Simona Roman
  • Airport Driver, Miami (uncredited): Greg Bennett
  • British Ambassador: Alexander Hathaway

Film Crew:

  • Art Direction: Michael Lamont
  • Screenplay: Paul Haggis
  • Editor: Stuart Baird
  • Novel: Ian Fleming
  • Production Design: Peter Lamont
  • Music: David Arnold
  • Makeup Supervisor: Paul Engelen
  • Sound Designer: Martin Cantwell
  • Art Direction: Peter Francis
  • Costume Design: Lindy Hemming
  • Art Direction: Steven Lawrence
  • Sound Effects Editor: James Boyle
  • Casting: Debbie McWilliams
  • Producer: Barbara Broccoli
  • Director: Martin Campbell
  • Director of Photography: Phil Meheux
  • Co-Producer: Charlie Woebcken
  • Script Supervisor: Jean Bourne
  • Assistant Sound Editor: David Mackie
  • Foley Artist: Peter Burgis
  • ADR Recordist: Kevin Tayler
  • Foley Mixer: Nigel Heath
  • Set Decoration: Simon Wakefield
  • Supervising Sound Editor: Eddy Joseph
  • First Assistant Director: Bruce Moriarty
  • Sound Effects Editor: James Harrison
  • Second Unit Director: Alexander Witt
  • Screenplay: Robert Wade
  • Screenplay: Neal Purvis
  • Makeup & Hair: Linda DeVetta
  • ADR Voice Casting: Brendan Donnison
  • Extras Casting: Alessandro Bressanello
  • Casting: Stéphane Foenkinos
  • ADR Mixer: Peter Gleaves
  • Assistant Editor: Gregg Wilson
  • Producer: Michael G. Wilson
  • Visual Effects Producer: Stephen Elson
  • Special Effects: Gino De Rossi
  • Sound Mixer: Chris Munro
  • Sound Editor: Stuart Morton
  • Casting: Béatrice Kruger
  • Digital Intermediate: Jan Hogevold
  • Stand In: David Decio
  • Main Title Designer: Daniel Kleinman
  • Production Manager: Jasmin Torbati
  • Set Dresser: Stefan Mily
  • Cableman: Tomáš Červenka
  • Location Manager: Jo Beckett
  • VFX Director of Photography: Peter Field
  • Standby Art Director: Neal Callow
  • Theme Song Performance: Chris Cornell
  • Casting Associate: Reg Poerscout-Edgerton
  • First Assistant Camera: Robert Palmer
  • Visual Effects Editor: Billy A. Campbell
  • Art Direction: James Hambidge
  • Executive Producer: Wayne Anthony
  • Casting: Camilla-Valentine Isola
  • Props: Mike Peel
  • Costume Supervisor: Dan Grace
  • Costume Supervisor: Hana Kučerová
  • Set Decoration: Lee Sandales
  • Visual Effects: Martin Body
  • Supervising Art Director: Simon Lamont
  • Casting: Annette Borgmann
  • Art Direction: Dominic Masters
  • Makeup Artist: Laura McIntosh
  • Art Department Coordinator: Gabriela Dolenska
  • Prop Maker: Thomas Jones
  • Art Department Coordinator: Sarah Robinson
  • Construction Coordinator: Martina Ter-Akopowá
  • Prop Maker: Carl Wilson
  • Property Master: Ty Teiger
  • Construction Coordinator: Catherine Haugh
  • Casting: Heather Carey
  • Music Editor: Dominic Gibbs
  • Sound Mixer: Michal Holubec
  • Sound Mix Technician: Philip Jenkins
  • Art Department Assistant: Jordana Finkel
  • Digital Effects Producer: Diane Kingston
  • ADR Recordist: Sandy Buchanan
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Angela Barson
  • Still Photographer: Jay Maidment
  • Assistant Art Director: Peter Dorme
  • Digital Effects Producer: Marianne Speight
  • Gaffer: Eddie Knight
  • Dialogue Coach: Sandra Frieze
  • Camera Operator: Clive Jackson
  • Transportation Coordinator: Jiří Husák
  • Additional Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Chris Burdon
  • Sound Mix Technician: Doug Cooper
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Mark Taylor
  • Still Photographer: Susie Allnutt
  • Assistant Art Director: Guy Bradley
  • Sound Re-Recording Mixer: Mike Prestwood Smith
  • Greensman: Ian Whiteford
  • Stunt Coordinator: Gary Powell
  • Steadicam Operator: Jaromír Šedina
  • Color Timer: Harry Muller
  • Underwater Camera: Mike Valentine
  • Visual Effects Producer: Paul Edwards
  • Foley Artist: Paul Hanks
  • Aerial Director of Photography: John Marzano
  • Stunt Coordinator: Pavel Cajzl
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Val Wardlaw
  • ADR Editor: Colin Ritchie
  • Foley Artist: Ian Waggott
  • Sound Effects Editor: Oliver Tarney
  • Dialogue Editor: Simon Chase
  • Production Manager: Sabrina Allaria
  • Production Manager: Janine Modder
  • Production Manager: Chris Brock
  • Assistant Art Director: Molly Sole
  • Sound Effects Editor: Jack Whittaker
  • Special Effects Coordinator: Pavel Sagner
  • Visual Effects Supervisor: Mark Michaels
  • Visual Effects Editor: Aled Robinson
  • Visual Effects Producer: Julia Wigginton
  • Camera Operator: Roberto W. Contreras D.
  • Camera Operator: Roger Pearce
  • Camera Operator: Karl Morgan
  • Still Photographer: Larry D. Horricks
  • Additional Photography: Warwick Sloss
  • Rigging Gaffer: Ronnie Phillips
  • Set Costumer: Nicholas Roche-Gordon
  • Set Costumer: Patricie Šoptenková
  • Digital Intermediate Producer: Maria Stroka
  • First Assistant Editor: Kate Baird
  • Transportation Coordinator: Rajesh Rajilal
  • Picture Car Coordinator: Jiri Fleischer
  • Location Manager: Simona Serafini
  • Location Manager: Robin Higgs
  • Location Manager: Steve Harvey
  • Publicist: Flax Glor
  • Unit Publicist: Linda Gamble
  • Location Manager: Eddie Folcarelli
  • Location Manager: Nicola Catullo
  • Assistant Director: Consuelo Bidorini
  • Assistant Director: Lorenzo Marangoni
  • Assistant Director: Lisa Romano
  • Dolby Consultant: Chris Sturmer
  • Makeup & Hair: Lesa Warrener
  • Makeup & Hair: Laura Schiavo
  • Draughtsman: Toby Britton
  • Wardrobe Master: Brendan Handscombe
  • Costumer: Maria Hubackova
  • Makeup & Hair: Kevin Alexander
  • Foley Supervisor: Alex Joseph
  • Sound Recordist: Mark Verner
  • Makeup & Hair: Nuria Mbomio
  • Gaffer: Václav Čermák
  • Supervising Music Editor: Dina Eaton
  • Gaffer: Vince Madden
  • Dressing Prop: Roy Chapman
  • Assistant Editor: Mark Burton
  • Online Editor: Connan McStay
  • Storyboard Artist: Martin Asbury
  • Senior Animator: Marco Carpagnano
  • Second Assistant Director: Jakub Dvorak
  • Makeup & Hair: Melissa Lackersteen
  • Dialogue Coach: Roisin Carty
  • Props: Peter Lee
  • Assistant Costume Designer: Maria Tortu
  • Animatronics Designer: Chris ‘Flimsy’ Howes
  • Assistant Editor: Jo Dixon
  • Supervising Armorer: Richard Hooper
  • Construction Manager: Steve Bohan
  • Armorer: Charles Bodycomb
  • Music Editor: Robin Whittaker
  • Armorer: Sascha Robey
  • Foley Mixer: Phillip Barrett
  • Supervising Armorer: Dave Evans
  • Supervising Carpenter: Paul Duff
  • Armorer: Greg Corke
  • Armorer: Joss Skottowe
  • Clapper Loader: Giovanni Andreotta
  • Foley Editor: Iain Eyre
  • Sound Mixer: Ian Munro
  • Assistant Costume Designer: Gabriella Loria
  • Thanks: Matthew Binns
  • Boom Operator: Jan Skala
  • Second Assistant Camera: Charlie Herranz
  • Pilot: Marc Wolff
  • Second Assistant Camera: Sam Barnes
  • Second Assistant Camera: Barny Crocker
  • Digital Compositor: Warwick Campbell
  • Seamstress: Larisa Šrámková
  • First Assistant Director: Mirek Lux
  • Production Coordinator: Judy Britten
  • Digital Compositor: Jaume Arteman
  • Key Grip: David Appleby
  • Executive In Charge Of Production: Adam Moos
  • First Assistant Camera: František Novák
  • Focus Puller: Jan Carda
  • Casting: Vanessa Baker
  • Electrician: Lee Eldred
  • Boom Operator: Simon Firsht
  • Electrician: Eamonn Fitzgerald
  • Lighting Technician: Joe Knight
  • First Assistant Camera: Basil Smith
  • Assistant Camera: Paul Krumper
  • Pilot: David Paris
  • Publicist: Katherine McCormack
  • Assistant Camera: Tiziano Casanova
  • Second Unit First Assistant Director: Terry Madden
  • Painter: Jamie Shelley
  • 3D Animator: Chas Cash
  • Digital Compositor: Tristan Porter
  • Title Designer: Pauline Hume
  • Assistant Set Decoration: Marketa Korinkova
  • Electrician: Martin Tichy
  • Compositing Supervisor: Keith Devlin
  • Second Assistant Director: Toby Hefferman
  • Production Coordinator: Kateřina Silná
  • Art Department Assistant: Catherine Whiting
  • Key Grip: Kevin Fraser
  • Digital Compositor: Murray Barber
  • Pilot: Luc Poullain
  • Second Assistant Director: Ben Dixon
  • Key Grip: David Maund
  • Assistant Camera: Sacha Jones
  • Ager/Dyer: Steven Porch
  • Boom Operator: Paul Munro
  • Production Coordinator: Lulu Morgan
  • Digital Compositor: Marc Jouveneau
  • Makeup & Hair: Chloe Meddings
  • Chief Lighting Technician: Shawn White
  • Grip: Phil Murray
  • Digital Compositor: Judy Barr
  • Grip: Pavel Proisl
  • Grip: Jim Crowther
  • VFX Artist: Thomas Müller
  • Grip: Ian Buckley
  • Epk Camera Operator: Oscar Deeks
  • Electrician: Martin Smith
  • Assistant Property Master: Martin Kingsley
  • Painter: Eddie Wolstencroft
  • Electrician: Paolo Sartori
  • Production Coordinator: Paige Chaytor
  • Production Coordinator: Siobhan Lyons
  • First Assistant Camera: Glyn Williams
  • Gaffer: Elvis Pasqual
  • Armorer: Massimo Cardajoli
  • Set Dresser: Martin Kotek
  • Carpenter: Pavel Lipert
  • First Assistant Sound Editor: Richard Fordham
  • Digital Compositor: Ben Hicks
  • Assistant Sound Editor: Ceri Thomas
  • Digital Compositor: John J. Galloway
  • Senior Colorist: Adam Glasman
  • Animatronics Designer: Jason Reed
  • Extras Casting: Solomon Artistes
  • Contact Lens Technician: Richard Glass
  • Costumer: Jiřina Eisenhamerová
  • Costume Coordinator: Dita Valentinova
  • Production Secretary: Tereza Mandic Listikova
  • ADR Mixer: Colin Cooper
  • First Assistant Camera: Leigh Gold
  • Costume Mistress: Jenny Hawkins
  • First Assistant Camera: Simon Heck
  • Grip: Paul Hatchman
  • Negative Cutter: Mark Wright
  • Second Assistant Camera: Ed Jones
  • Concept Artist: Lee Oliver
  • Animatronics Designer: Richard Gregory
  • Electrician: Gary Nagle
  • Grip: Jan Prokeš
  • Grip: Malcolm McGilchrist
  • Electrician: Darren Howton
  • Digital Compositor: Martin R. Davison
  • Supervising Carpenter: Danny O’Regan Jr.
  • Digital Compositor: Petra Schwane
  • Second Assistant Director: Terence Madden
  • Art Department Assistant: Maia Sautelet
  • Draughtsman: Patricia Johnson
  • Carpenter: Joe Cassar
  • Focus Puller: Keith McNamara
  • Clapper Loader: Ross McNamara
  • Dressing Prop: John Botton
  • Focus Puller: Dean Morris
  • Second Assistant Camera: Sarah Woodward
  • Libra Head Technician: Tim Dean
  • Costumer: Mark Sutherland
  • Animatronics Designer: Tim Jordan
  • Animatronics Designer: Andy Simm
  • Production Coordinator: Keleigh Slaight
  • Production Executive: David Pope
  • Art Department Assistant: Guy Bevitt
  • Second Assistant Director: Martina Götthansova
  • Assistant Editor: Martin Hubáček
  • Extras Casting: Jirí Hrstka
  • Digital Compositor: Michael Bell
  • Assistant Camera: Stephen Andrews
  • Creative Director: Andrew Booth
  • Payroll Accountant: Sarka Kindlova
  • Second Assistant Camera: Petr Zavřel
  • First Assistant Camera: Ciro Candia
  • Second Assistant Director: Martin Sebik
  • Painter: Ben Crosby
  • Painter: Craig Gleeson
  • First Assistant Director: Luca Lachin
  • VFX Artist: Steven Godfrey
  • Graphic Designer: Andrew Raygan
  • Dressing Prop: Keith Pitt
  • Second Assistant Camera: Jan Skriečka
  • Production Coordinator: Robyn Younie
  • Set Dresser: Karel Krejník
  • Electrician: Mark Packman
  • Marine Coordinator: Richard Carless
  • Assistant Sound Engineer: Sam Jones
  • Electrician: Greg Thomas
  • Hairdresser: Hana Chylova
  • Marine Coordinator: Stuart Cove
  • Marine Coordinator: Francesci Anfodillo
  • Production Accountant: Carla Zacchia
  • Production Coordinator: Ryan Patrick-Najibi
  • Art Department Assistant: Jan Soufek
  • Carpenter: Robert Jackson
  • Dressing Prop: Lloyd Vincent
  • Prop Maker: Anthony Platt
  • Props: Marcus Murray
  • Props: Neil Murrum
  • Electrician: Barry McCullagh
  • Grip: Julian Lord
  • Lighting Technician: Robin Brigham
  • Assistant Sound Editor: Michael Pertuso
  • Boom Operator: Steve Finn
  • Boom Operator: Cyril C. Griffin
  • Music Programmer: Rob Playford
  • Animatronics Designer: Jamie Jackson-Moore
  • Animatronics Designer: Ian Mitchell
  • Compositor: Izet Buco
  • Digital Compositor: Garrett Honn
  • Digital Compositor: Walter Gilbert
  • Digital Compositor: Sarah Marchant
  • Digital Compositor: John O’Lone
  • VFX Artist: Brad McGiveron
  • VFX Artist: Eoin Murphy
  • Visual Effects Technical Director: Paul Denhard
  • First Assistant Director: Giorgia Marangoni
  • Assistant Costume Designer: Gabriela Horská
  • Rigging Gaffer: Lee Knight

Movie Reviews:

  • Potential Kermode: **2006 – the year they turned Bond into a common soccer hooligan.**

    In 2006, the film makers – no longer under the watchful eye of the late Cubby Broccoli decided to run away from making James Bond movies. They also cast a short blonde man as 007. They screwed with the gun barrel and the tone of the once lively, over the top and amusing series was now one of tedium.

    It’s all over for Bond films now unless they decide to make real Bond films again and not this monotonous and bland rubbish.

    It’s shame that Cubby was not still around to keep Eon Productions in line and stop them ruining 40 years of hard work.

    – Potential Kermode

  • John Chard: Arrogance and self-awareness seldom go hand in hand.

    Casino Royale is directed by Martin Campbell and adapted by Neil Purvis, Robert Wade & Paul Haggis from a story written by Ian Fleming. It stars Daniel Craig, Eva Green, Mads Mikkelsen, Judi Dench, Jeffrey Wright & Giancarlo Giannini. It’s the 21st film in the James Bond franchise.

    Plot finds Craig as Bond, newly promoted to 00 status, he is thrust into the murky world of high financed terrorism.

    One of the hardest series of films to get right, with some of the most committed of fans, is that of the James Bond series. To wit, there will never ever be a Bond film that will appease every fan across the board. The complaints will range from not enough gadgets, too far removed from Fleming’s essence, not serious enough and vice a versa: too darn serious. Then there is the usual round of arguments concerning the leading man stepping into the tuxedo, for every Bond fan ready to fight to the death in the name of Sean Connery, I’ll find you another prepared to back Timothy Dalton’s take on the Martini swigging legend. Once it became clear that Pierce Brosnan had run his course as Bond, bowing out with the super silly Die Another Day in 2002, the pressure for any new Bond, both the actor and the makers, was immense. 2006 and time had moved on, and we live in different cinema times, spy movies are a different breed to what went before, The Bourne Identity had raised the bar. The news filtered thru that Bond was to be rebooted and that Daniel Craig was the man to be Bond. The howls of derision could be heard from as far as the tropical locations so in keeping with a James Bond plot. Too Blonde, too craggy faced, not tall enough, and why reboot a much loved franchise anyway? It was war and the heat was turned up to full.

    Casino Royale still has its critics, but as majorities go as regards a Bond film, this one has the biggest sway. Sure, the Daniel Craig haters will not be bowed, they can’t after all lose face after such a vitriolic campaign against his casting, but few, I suspect, can seriously deny Casino Royale is not a magnificent Bond movie. Just a peak at the Worldwide box office figures shows you how well received it was, making nearly $600 million, those are figures that do not lie. The truth is that Casino Royale has almost everything you could wish for from a Bond movie, and a little more. Gorgeous locations, beautiful women and reams of action; where, the stunt department reach new heights. It’s also refreshingly in keeping with Fleming’s original story, only major difference here is that the makers have upgraded it to a post 9/11 world. There’s nods to traditional franchise staples, whilst also neatly streamlining some of the previous film’s comedy scene fillers. Smart villain too, Mads Mikkelsen’s Le Chiffre, complete with creepy eye issue and loyal girlfriend, is a villain not trying to blow up the world because he’s mad, but trying to outwit Bond to stay alive! That’s great stuff that keeps a Bond thriller alive and well.

    But for all the energy and pyrotechnics (there’s enough in this one film to have filled half a dozen of previous Bond entries), a Bond film can only succeed if the leading man is up to scratch. Thankfully, and joyously, Craig nails it, both in physicality, swagger and raw egotistical aggression. More telling is that Craig’s Bond is more human that what we are used too, at one time suave and appearing unruffled, the next, bruised battered and emotionally conflicted. This is a new and rounded Bond, given impetus by Craig’s powerful presence. He is helped by Eva Green putting brains and slinkiness into Vesper Lynd, a Bond girl to turn Bond’s head in a way not seen since Diana Rigg’s Tracy di Vicenzo in OHMSS. Though one of the film’s rare missteps is to under write the part. Felix Leiter also gets a quality tune up in the form of Jeffrey Wright, Judi Dench’s M kicks arse and Giancarlo Giannini adds a touch of continental class as Bond’s Montenegro contact René Mathis. Layered over the top is a nifty score by David Arnold, blending traditional Bond flavours with high energy bursts and Phil Meheux’s photography brings optical delights in the Bahamas, Czech Republic and Italy.

    Opening with the best chase sequence in the whole franchise and closing with an ultimate Bond moment, this is reboot supreme. It’s high energy with intelligent humanistic smarts and Bond is back: blonder, brutal and most assuredly better. 9/10

  • krismdb: i liked Daniel Craig more as the right bond with action, charm, cunning all in one
  • JPV852: Great James Bond movie and perfect debut for Daniel Craig. He may, at least in the last couple outings, resent the role, he makes for a bruiser version of the character. Pierce Brosnan is still my favorite as his movies came out in the 90s (i.e. the years for watching Bond movies), but this was an all around great film, not to mention the lovely Eva Green coming on to the scene. **4.5/5**
  • Wuchak: _**Daniel Craig debuts as Bond**_

    Based on Ian Fleming’s novel, “Casino Royale” (2006) goes back to the beginning with James Bond (Daniel Craig) earning his 00 status with MI6. ‘M’ (Judi Dench) then sends Bond after a private banker who funds terrorists (Mads Mikkelsen), which leads to action in Madagascar, a poker game & romance in the Bahamas, thwarting the destruction of a prototype airliner in Miami, a high-stakes tournament at the Casino Royale in Montenegro and a thrilling finale in Venice. Caterina Murino and Eva Green also appear on the feminine front.

    Craig is more rough-hewn than Pierce Brosnan and more akin to Timothy Dalton, albeit without the smirk. Craig has the gravitas to pull-off the role and is utterly convincing.

    Let’s face it, James Bond flicks aren’t that deep. They may have convoluted plots, but there’s little character depth and no heavy subtext commenting on the human condition. They’re spy thrillers with an ultra-cool protagonist, beautiful women, spectacular locations, amazing gadgets, global political intrigue, gambling matches, wild action and megalomaniac villains. That’s it. Yet they’re very entertaining, which is why the series has been such a hit since 1962 when “Dr. No” was released.

    Yet, with the exception of “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service” (1969), there’s very little character depth. Take James himself: Women to him are only meaningful as (1) a sexual dalliance or (2) a means to fulfill his mission. I mention this to point out how “Casino Royale” boldly changes this. The film has character depth and shows why Bond is the way he is. For instance, there are a couple amazing conversations between James and his potential woman in the story, Vesper (Eva Green), and they’re full of insights. The dialog is snappy & intriguing and the performances are right-on.

    By the way, someone complained that all the women in Bond flicks are loose and willing to sleep with any man at the drop of a hat. No, they’re just willing to sleep with James Bond, lol. I’m not saying it’s right, but it does reflect the alluring charisma of the suave Mr. Bond.

    There are some thrilling action sequences, like the long, unrelenting chase at a construction site after the title credits, but there are also some quality dramatic segments. For instance, the main poker match at the titular casino is well-staged and suspenseful.

    “Casino Royale” strikes me as a mixture of the first half of “Goldfinger” with the serious tone of “The Living Daylights” & “Licence to Kill.” Don’t expect the comic booky approach of “You Only Live Twice,” the cartoonish-ness of “Diamonds are Forever” or the science-fiction (and sometimes goofiness) of “Moonraker.”

    The film runs 2 hours, 24 minutes, and was shot in the Czech Republic, Venice, Bahamas and England.

    GRADE: A-/B+

  • MSB: FULL SPOILER-FREE REVIEW @ https://www.msbreviews.com/movie-reviews/casino-royale-spoiler-free-review

    “Casino Royale is a near-perfect debut of Daniel Craig as the new James Bond. This brutal version of the famous protagonist is beautifully interpreted by Craig, who contradicted the naysayers at the time of release and delivers a phenomenal performance as the iconic 007. His witty humor, irresistible charm, and excellent line deliveries find a close match in Eva Green’s take of the “Bond girl”, whose intelligence and strong attitude puts aside any generic, formulaic traits. Mads Mikkelsen is outstanding as always as the vulnerable antagonist, but his impact on the overall picture is slightly underwhelming. The action set pieces are worthy of belonging to blockbusters of today, holding impressive stunt work and cinematography. Martin Campbell creates one of those films I can’t pinpoint any flaws. Bond fans will feel delighted.”

    Rating: A-

  • AstroNoud: From the breathtaking stunts in the opening chase to the suspenseful high-stakes poker game, ‘Casino Royale’ gets everything right, introducing Craig as a tougher, grittier and more realistic Bond. James Bond.

    10/10

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