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- 5/10/2009 9:24:36 AM   
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Riveting action scenes, a gripping plot and Craig's unfathomably cool lead performance make the 21st Bond flick the best

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- 9/11/2009 6:38:38 PM   
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Enjoyed this movie a lot the new bond is great, the action was brilliant in this is worth seeing

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BEST BOND EVER ! - 21/3/2010 6:01:28 PM   
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I thoroughly enjoyed this film !

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Couldn't be better! - 26/4/2010 8:53:09 AM   
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I saw this three times at the cinema and God knows how many times I've seen it on DVD, but I still do not tire of it. Craig is utterly brilliant and is up there with Connery as one of the best Bonds. I actually didn't mind the theme song and I think this is the best Bond movie since Goldfinger, one of the reasons for this is that, in both films, the villain (if much more iconic in 'Goldfinger') has Bond desperately fighting for his life or, more accurately, his genitals.

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It won't leave you shaken and stirred but Craig is insp... - 19/5/2010 3:19:25 AM   
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After the lame turkey that was the disastrous "Die Another Day". An appalling, camp throw back to the 70's Roger Moore era, it hardly came as a shock that then Bond, Pearce Brosnan wisely chose to jump ship. What with having two superior yet mediocre offerings preceding it. It would have seemed that the once, fresh and bold franchise was in need of an artistic overhaul. It was left to Barbara Broccoli, daughter of legendary producer and "father" of the Bond film franchise, Cubby Broccoli to rejuvenate the iconic movies. Boldly deciding to start from scratch and effectively restart the franchise by setting the latest offering back in the days when Bond had just been promoted to 00 status and sets out on his first mission. It was only natural that Broccoli would wish to adapt Bond creator Ian Fleming's first novel featuring the suave yet deadly secret agent. "Casino Royale" had only been brought to life once as a spoof comedy back in the 60's. Never bestowed the gravitas and gritty edge that it would I assume, deserved and with the controversial yet inspired casting of relatively unknown (at least to a world audience) British thespian, Daniel Craig. A decidedly more rough and roughish looking choice as opposed to the more suave, handsome stars (with the possible exception of Sean Connery) who have adopted the Bond personae.

Helmed by Martin Campbell who had formerly directed 1995's, "Goldeneye", which arguably,marked the highlight of the Brosnan era. It was safe to say that this reboot was in more than capable hands. Its plot revolving around the maverick 00's attempt to locate private banker known as Le Chiffre(a wickedly sublime Mads Mikklesen) who handles the unwieldy funds of some of the world's most dangerous terrorists. It's through Bond's relentless pursuit of the terrorist banker across the globe that eventually brings him to the Casino Royale in Montenegro. For it is here where the villain plans to take part in a hig

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It won't leave you shaken and stirred but Craig is insp... - 19/5/2010 3:19:28 AM   
GauistheWise

 

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After the lame turkey that was the disastrous "Die Another Day". An appalling, camp throw back to the 70's Roger Moore era, it hardly came as a shock that then Bond, Pearce Brosnan wisely chose to jump ship. What with having two superior yet mediocre offerings preceding it. It would have seemed that the once, fresh and bold franchise was in need of an artistic overhaul. It was left to Barbara Broccoli, daughter of legendary producer and "father" of the Bond film franchise, Cubby Broccoli to rejuvenate the iconic movies. Boldly deciding to start from scratch and effectively restart the franchise by setting the latest offering back in the days when Bond had just been promoted to 00 status and sets out on his first mission. It was only natural that Broccoli would wish to adapt Bond creator Ian Fleming's first novel featuring the suave yet deadly secret agent. "Casino Royale" had only been brought to life once as a spoof comedy back in the 60's. Never bestowed the gravitas and gritty edge that it would I assume, deserved and with the controversial yet inspired casting of relatively unknown (at least to a world audience) British thespian, Daniel Craig. A decidedly more rough and roughish looking choice as opposed to the more suave, handsome stars (with the possible exception of Sean Connery) who have adopted the Bond personae.

Helmed by Martin Campbell who had formerly directed 1995's, "Goldeneye", which arguably,marked the highlight of the Brosnan era. It was safe to say that this reboot was in more than capable hands. Its plot revolving around the maverick 00's attempt to locate private banker known as Le Chiffre(a wickedly sublime Mads Mikklesen) who handles the unwieldy funds of some of the world's most dangerous terrorists. It's through Bond's relentless pursuit of the terrorist banker across the globe that eventually brings him to the Casino Royale in Montenegro. For it is here where the villain plans to take part in a hig

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yawn - 5/9/2010 1:05:28 AM   
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someone wake me when its over

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You Have Stripped Me of My Interest - 4/1/2011 11:57:31 PM   
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In this over-long & boring film, Bond plays cards, drives a ford, and falls in love with an accountant so stupid she cant count a poker pot. But there's no accounting for love as Bond quits MI6 to do the dishes and wear a pinny. but wait, his chick is not so stupid she cant out-wit our new dish-washing 007. Martin Campbell's 1995 Reboot was far superior. Hopefully Bond will stay in Development Hell untill Craig goes away.

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The name's Craig... - 5/1/2011 12:37:49 PM   
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The one thing always missing from all James Bond incarnations (yes, even Connery), is the sense that, despite being a ruthless trained killer bordering on the psychotic, Bond has never LOOKED able to kill a man. Daniel Craig arrives here and produces a Bond that looks capable of killing you with his bare hands. Which is exactly what he does for his first of two 'OO' killings. Craig simply exudes hardness, only exposing vulnerability around Vesper (amusingly perma-sarcastic). He brings the character- comedy turned down to the odd one liner (the response to how he would like his trademark drink is top drawer) - into the 21st, Jason Bourne dominated century. And it works superbly. Craig has all the tools required to beoome the best Bond ever. Especially as he can actually ACT, unlike some of the others. This is thrilling stuff. The action is swift and brutal, the fight scenes are just as quick and harsh. The story is more closely linked to the original novel and as such makes for a fantastic Bond. Dench's M is outstanding, and Mikkelson's baddie is quietly sadistic, The airport sequence is a brilliantly realised one, and one where most films would be happy to take as its finale, but Craig's new and improved Bond turns it up to 11 in Montenegro. Best Bond for aaaages.

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- 1/11/2011 7:18:36 PM   
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BEST BOND MOVIE IN AGES

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Casino Royale Review - 17/1/2012 10:46:22 PM   
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Casino Royale disposes of the silliness and gadgetry that plagued recent James Bond outings, and Daniel Craig delivers what fans and critics have been waiting for: a caustic, haunted, intense reinvention of 007.

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Great!! - 7/10/2012 4:37:36 PM   
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Casino royale is easily in the top 5 bond films of all time, the setting is great, the card games are pure bond and vesper is beautiful. The only slight niggle is the lack of a decent car chase as the one featured is barely a chase at all before its over. Not sure what the empire review meant by lacking a good theme song though. Chris Cornells theme tune is simply amazing

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RE: Great!! - 16/10/2012 8:15:24 PM   
carlrogers22

 

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quote:

Not sure what the empire review meant by lacking a good theme song though. Chris Cornells theme tune is simply amazing


Agreed, there hasn't been a bond theme as good as this since the 1970's!

I'm pretty sure Empire have a team of 'clockwork orange'd' monkeys fed only on popcorn and fizzy pop. If they throw poop at the screen the film gets a bad review.

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RE: Great!! - 17/10/2012 12:52:03 AM   
chris kilby

 

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While no Birley Shassey, I thought Chris Cornell's rather excellent song perfectly suited the film and Craig's "come and have a go if you think you're hard enough" Bond as David Arnold put it. Plus it perfectly complemented possibly the best credit sequence ever. However, it maybe wasn't as anomalous as Kim Newman's review at the time suggested - I thought You Know My Name was in the harder-edged tradition of Live and Let Die and the (underrated) Man With The Golden Gun.

(And I'm sorry, but you can't call someone like Kim Newman a "'clockwork orange'd' monkey fed only on popcorn and fizzy pop" without looking like an uncultured oaf and sounding like a complete cretin. I can't think of anyone with a more encyclopaedic knowledge of film and much else besides. Newman doesn't just look like Doctor Who, he IS Doctor Who! )

< Message edited by chris kilby -- 17/10/2012 12:53:48 AM >

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RE: Great!! - 17/10/2012 11:18:44 PM   
carlrogers22

 

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Love the Birley Shassey line Chris Kilby (Forum elder), didn't she sing the theme to Foldginger? Fert Grobe would've been much more sinister if he'd spent the whole film folding gingers!

(By the way Chris Kilby (Forum elder), the whole clockwork orange'd, fizzy pop and poop thing had nothing to do with my post (notice?), it was there for a troll, gotcha!!!

I'm a cretin Chris Kilby (Forum elder)? I see your one paragraph (in Parentheses) and raise it to two).

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RE: Great!! - 18/10/2012 1:11:03 PM   
chris kilby

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: carlrogers22

Love the Birley Shassey line Chris Kilby (Forum elder), didn't she sing the theme to Foldginger? Fert Grobe would've been much more sinister if he'd spent the whole film folding gingers!

(By the way Chris Kilby (Forum elder), the whole clockwork orange'd, fizzy pop and poop thing had nothing to do with my post (notice?), it was there for a troll, gotcha!!!

I'm a cretin Chris Kilby (Forum elder)? I see your one paragraph (in Parentheses) and raise it to two).


I didn't specifically call you "a cretin." Or anyone else, for that matter. Suspecting you may have been paratrolling someone else I very carefully said you can't call someone that without sounding like a complete cretin.

Oh and you can thank Morcambe and Wise for "Birley Shassey," whose other hits include Fiamonds Are Dorever, Roonmaker and Hey, Spig Bender!

(I match your parentheses and raise you one outrageous prevarication. )

PS: Apologies for any misunderstandings, BTW. Although I didn't choose to call myself a "Forum Elder" any more than you chose to brand yourself a "Newbie."

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RE: Casino Royale - 18/10/2012 4:58:55 PM   
chris kilby

 

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Anywoo, back on topic. Here’s my Casino Royale review wot I wrote at the time – blimey! – way back in 2006…

Steve McQueen lives!

Daniel Craig’s triumphant debut as James Bond proves once and for all just how deranged the online reception to news of his casting was – Osama bin Laden didn’t get that kind of press. After all the abuse which was heaped on him the plaudits must taste sweeter than a Vodka Martini. Shaken not stirred, of course.

Craig has proved his hysterically shrill nay-sayers spectacularly wrong - I hear premature indignation is a problem which afflicts a lot of fanboys. Doubtless they’ll be the very ones who’ll wail the loudest when Craig inevitably hands in his licence to kill some day. I bet the twat behind CRAIGNOTBOND.COM feels a right Pussy Galore now.* If television is the idiot’s lantern then the internet is the assh*le’s megaphone.

Try to picture any other Bond pulling off what Daniel Craig does here and not just the painfully visceral fight scenes – the best since George Lazenby in OHMSS, an obvious touchstone here and proof of just how ahead of its time the most underrated Bond film of all was. Could anyone imagine a naked Roger Moore tied to that chair having his knackers tenderised by a knotted rope? And believe me, I’ve tried! I know it’s woefully premature, but (whisper it) better than Connery…?

The casting of Daniel Craig does mark the apotheosis of Michael G Wilson’s curious obsession with From Russia From Love and his neverending succession of Red Grant clones, which began with For Your Eyes Only, by finally casting a blond-haired, blue-eyed Robert Shaw-type as James Bond himself! When Craig was first rumoured to be replacing Brosnan, I naturally assumed it was a mistake and he was a shoo-in for Le Chiffre. Could this be a deliberate irony given that this Bond (ie, Fleming’s Bond) is a “borderline” psycho and almost a villain himself?

Casino Royale plays with Bond iconography in a clever and far more subtle manner than Die Another Day which looks even more heavy-handed now by comparison. Just look at the sly, playful digs at Bond’s trademark excesses – “Stephanie Broadchest” and Le Chiffre’s knowing mockery of needlessly elaborate torture methods. No emasculating lasers here then. Bond even winces at his first self-conscious attempt at a quip. Although that could have been Craig doing a Harrison Ford.

Rough round the edges, this Bond is very much a work in progress. We never really get to hear the James Bond Theme until the very end and after he’s said that line for the first time. Tellingly this affirmation is as tragic as it is triumphant. Like Batman Begins and Revenge of the Sith, we get to see the origins of the tux, the Aston Martin, “Shaken not stirred,” and, best of all, the true significance of the trademark gubarrel logo. Then there’s that other longstanding Bond tradition – the obvious stunt doubles. A sly nod to Roger Moore, perhaps?

Thematically rich, Casino Royale is surprisingly tender, moving and, dare I say it, grown-up for a Bond movie. Thanks in no small part to the refreshingly vulnerable an un-pneumatic, if uncertainly accented, Eva Green. The weird thing is – and it’s testament to what a (James) sterling job the writers have done – that laptops and mobiles aside, you can just about imagine the Connery Bonds following on from this.

Having filmed the books out of sequence (Bond meets Blofeld for the first time twice!), the Bond franchise has never been remotely fussed about “continuity” and rightly so – anyone who isn’t a theologian and bangs on about “canon” all the time should be shot out of a cannon! As far as the average punter is concerned, they all merge into each other anyway. And anything that pisses off humourless hardcore fans (Fanatics? Fannies?) is alright by me.

Martin Campbell has already hinted that Casino Royale is the first of a two-part story. Or could that be a trilogy? They’re all the rage these days, you know. As are prequels. And we’ve still to meet Q and Moneypenny for the “first” time. Indeed, Bond’s relationship with Vesper casts all that chaste flirting in an interesting light. And actually having some sort of continuity in the films for a change would mark another return to Fleming's novels.

So what is this “shadowy organisation” behind Le Chiffre? Could it be none other than… SPECTRE? This would make sense as SPECTRE was a conveniently apolitical (and less controversial) replacement for the SMERSH of the books. Looks like SPECTRE’s about to get an al Qaeda makeover. And with his Hitler lick, Mads Mikkelson is sweatily-impressive as this unusually troubled Fleming villain who weeps blood.

So what next? Can we expect more faithful remakes of the books? A SPECTRE trilogy with Blofeld alluded to in II and revealed, Emperor-like, in III a la You Only Live Twice? While Eon would never dare admit it, Casino Royale is as much a reaction to Austin Powers as Jason Bourne. I just hope this grittier approach to Bond doesn’t mean an end to megalomaniac villains and their quirky henchmen. They were an important part of the books too.

Wittily-written, well-cast, brilliantly directed, and the best credit sequence ever (out Maurice Binder-ing Maurice Binder, interestingly, it fetishises Bond himself – You Know My Name, indeed, Chris Cornell’s apt theme song being more in the pounding tradition of Live and Let Die than Gold-fing-gaaaaaaaaaah…!) Casino Royale hardly puts a poison-tipped shoe wrong. But nothing’s perfect and like a lot of films now, it was way too long – the set pieces seem to go on forever and they could have lost the Miami Airport sequence entirely. The Great Giancarlo Giannini’s Irving The Explainer bit during the card game got a bit tiresome after a while and I could have lived without Richard Branson’s leering cameo, however fleeting.

Wot, no gadgets? So why does Bond just happen to have a defibrillator of all things in his car? (Roger Moore I could have believed!) I loved the (intentionally?) hilarious scene where Bond staggered about after his drink was spiked – “Honeshtly, offisher, it washn’t the vodaka martinish. I’ve been poishoned. * hic *” (Maybe that’sh why Connery shpoke like that!) No wonder he rolled the Aston Martin.

And if this was Fleming’s Bond, where were the ciggies? So it’s alright to be a borderline alcoholic murdering psycho but not a smoker? Why it’s political correctness GONE MAD! Now there’s a title for a Bond film if ever I heard one…




* Actually, he doesn’t. Last time I looked that unrepentent site is still up and running. Which just goes to show that fanboys are incapable of changing their minds or ever admitting they were wrong or even just a bit hasty – their fan genes simply will not allow it. Talk about flying in the face of reality? What a bunch of Canutes!

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RE: Great!! - 18/10/2012 11:58:12 PM   
carlrogers22

 

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you can thank Morcambe and Wise for "Birley Shassey," whose other hits include Fiamonds Are Dorever, Roonmaker and Hey, Spig Bender!

Love it! Reminds me of a Kenny Everett character called Cupid Stunt, how on earth did he get away with that?

Apologies unnecessary, I think we were both banging the same drum anyway. Great film, great song, great Bond!
Great Scott! I think this could be the start of a beautiful friendship!

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RE: Great!! - 20/10/2012 6:33:31 PM   
chris kilby

 

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quote:

ORIGINAL: carlrogers22

you can thank Morcambe and Wise for "Birley Shassey," whose other hits include Fiamonds Are Dorever, Roonmaker and Hey, Spig Bender!

Love it! Reminds me of a Kenny Everett character called Cupid Stunt, how on earth did he get away with that?


I know. What a cunch of bunts.

quote:

Apologies unnecessary, I think we were both banging the same drum anyway. Great film, great song, great Bond!
Great Scott! I think this could be the start of a beautiful friendship!



And speaking of banging - you know what they said about Rick Blaine and Captain Renault...

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"The name's Bond. James Bond." - 14/12/2012 2:31:00 AM   
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Casino Royale is without a doubt one of the best entries in the franchises history. Director Martin Campbell does a brilliant job of tweaking the Bond formula while remaining faithful to the essence of the character, and Daniel Craig may be the best actor to take up the mantel since Sean Connery immortalized the character nearly fifty years earlier.

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Casino Royale is a royal flush - 25/2/2014 9:40:20 PM   
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I have been a Bond fan since the sixties. Read the books, saw the movies and rode the waves of new actors portraying 007. Thus, I was skeptical when a blond received the role. But the opening minutes of the flim blew me away and I settled in for a nice two-hour ride - sometimes skittish with the torture scene. It is pretty true to the book, too, which I appreciate.

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