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RE: Bond blonde - 19/11/2006 10:23:17 AM   
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This Bond had its disappointing elements:

Le Chiffre wasnt a memeorable villian, though there is a broader one overseeing events, the core villian is dissappointing. This being emphasised when bond first meets Le Chiffre in the casino, this being a passing moment, as to with Le Chiffre, a passing villian.

The date it's set. Kim Newman cleverly remains undecided about how successful this transformation from ww2 to post 9/11. It's meant o be Bonds first outing,yet it is set in 2006. i appreciate that it's trying to make curret audiences understand, hence appealling to a wider demographic, but it sutill remains somewhat un'persuasive'.

Now to the good stuff:

Now people say tha Chris Cornall's song is disappointing for a Bond song. I agree. Yet its really isn't a bad song. It has grown on me considerably *no james bond pun intended*. In it's own right, though a mediocre Bond song, it's a good indie track.

The action scenes were the best Bond action scenes since Goldeneye, though more grittier a heavy. I'm thankful Craig endured so much pain to make these action scenes the best he could make it, because my god, they are bloody brilliant. Though one dragged on for a minute too long, it was good to know most of it wasn't CGI and actually attemtped stunts. Though i do worry, that if this is prequel Bond, and latter Bonds wouldn't attempt such brutal action, will this be the only Bond that does such stunts. Lets hope not.

The story, why Bond the is the way he is, is a well conceieved plot, with plenty of twists and turns, keeping the audience guessing and actualy confusing me at one point.

Daniel Craig is a great Bond, perhap even matching Timothy Dalton(yes i think he was the best bond), and a worthy, if not better, sucessor of Brosnan. He brings a rough and ready look to a Bond normally perceived as a guy with a body that doesnt really lok convincing enough to get the girls he does. He plays the part with such conviction, so when his most famous line does eventually come, and i emphasise eventually, you just want more more more.

As usual. the Bond girls look amazing, but most, Vesper in particular, have a depth not really seen since OHMS. Vesper actually had a reason to be there, not just being a passable Bond babe.

7/10, just because of the villian, time frame, and an unmemorable song (though it's still good).

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Superb..... - 19/11/2006 11:56:59 AM   
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Quite honestly the best bond film to date (and I include the Connery era in that) and to all those who doubted Craigs choice for Bond, you could not have been more wrong. Gone are all the naff elements of the Brosnan era (good as he was), but in Craig you get a grittier and more plausible Bond, and a film with a believable emotional arc. The opening chase sequence on foot is breathless, and contains stunt work as good as you would see anywhere else. Also a breath of fresh air is the lack of CGI, and the film is all the better for it. I could analyse every element of Casino Royale, but suffice to say its a fantastic film and any minor quibbles raised are nitpicking. It delivers what it says on the tin, in spades, and better than we've seen before in my opinion....Bond is truly reborn!

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- 19/11/2006 3:53:01 PM   
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The best Bond yet!.

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Cool and brutal - 19/11/2006 4:31:47 PM   
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Very good, but did it have to have so much product placement... Richard Branson was in it for christ sake!

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RE: - 19/11/2006 4:33:04 PM   
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That was F#$%ING OUTSTANDING! Finally, a Bond film with proper balls since Licence to Kill. Goldeneye had some (like the punch up with Alec at the end) but not enough. Lest we forget it was Tarantino's conception they half-inched. However, he would have done it with Brosnan (heaven forbid). The whole thing was so refreshing. Loved the awesome, raw, brutal opening. Score wasn't too bad, lot better than the previous three. Plus, loved the fact that it's all about Bond, not mandatory shadowy models sucking on barrels and bullets. I knew it was going to be good but not THAT GOOD. I hope the next keeps that tone. Little touches like the mistakes he makes, his attitude, turning up after a fight all bruised and battered.
Fan-super-f#cking-tastic!

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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 4:41:14 PM   
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Saw it on Saturday.
Utterly awesome.  Craig is the best Bond since Connery and in some ways eclipses the great Scottish knight.

He is a wall-smashing, car-crashing, girl-pulling, card game-winning, killing machine.

Totally the best film I've seen in ages.

When the lights went down there was not a sound from the sell out house.
It was like EVERYONE ha just come to see the movie, not play with their mobiles, crunch pop corn, talk, snog each other, whatever...

It just grabbed you buy the throat and dared you to look away.

Do I have any problems with it?
Yes.  Just one.
I wish I could just go and see it again.  Right now.

And that hasn't happened for me since 1981 when I was 12 and I saw Raiders!

Well done Mr Craig, long may you have this quality of writing, direction, cast, stunts and personal trainers at your disposal.

YOU ARE BOND.  But then the sensible ones out there always knew that, didn't they...



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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 4:57:17 PM   
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will try to see this during the week.not very optimistic about it as i think craigs face reminds me of gollums! some of my mates who have seen it dont think very highly of it either.still, i could be pleasantly surprised.stay tuned for my review!

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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 5:02:32 PM   
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The critics panned Die another day, the producers pandered and now the critics are applauding Casino Royale. With all the hype its impossible to judge them honestly but they are not polar opposites.

Casino Royale still tried to paint Bond as the sort of guy who has girls falling at his feet, only Daniel Craig is about as convincing as Moore was when he raised an eyebrow:

When Craig steps out of his ford estate at the Ocean club he is instantly greeted by two giggling tennis girls and a lovestruck receptionist. Now I'm not saying he's ugly, hes not and the slow burn attraction between Craig and Green convinces, but hes not a matinee idol. Maybe Bond was never meant to look like Connery or Brosnan, but if your going to get rid of the pretty boy looks you've got to get rid of the groupie girls aswell.

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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 5:06:55 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: stylexic

The critics panned Die another day, the producers pandered and now the critics are applauding Casino Royale. With all the hype its impossible to judge them honestly but they are not polar opposites.

Casino Royale still tried to paint Bond as the sort of guy who has girls falling at his feet, only Daniel Craig is about as convincing as Moore was when he raised an eyebrow:

When Craig steps out of his ford estate at the Ocean club he is instantly greeted by two giggling tennis girls and a lovestruck receptionist. Now I'm not saying he's ugly, hes not and the slow burn attraction between Craig and Green convinces, but hes not a matinee idol. Maybe Bond was never meant to look like Connery or Brosnan, but if your going to get rid of the pretty boy looks you've got to get rid of the groupie girls aswell.
excellent post.now i havnt seen the film yet(will do so next week)but i think craigs bond would be a lot more acceptable if they removed the ''bond girl'' element.im not saying that they have to make bond gay,but he doesnt have to encounter supermodels wherever he goes!

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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 5:10:36 PM   
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"When the lights went down there was not a sound from the sell out house.
It was like EVERYONE ha just come to see the movie, not play with their mobiles, crunch pop corn, talk, snog each other, whatever... " leroythemasochist

Did you also notice the relief filled laughter everytime Bond uttered a classic pun. Thats what people go to Bond movies to see.

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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 5:15:15 PM   
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I have to say, before I went to see it yesterday, I was confused as to why Kim Newman had only given it 4 stars, when the tone of the review (particularly the verdict) was so overwhelmingly 5 star sounding. I may (I'm ashamed to say) have muttered words about hedging bets and playing safe with the rating (forgive me!) However, having seen it I completely agree! It's a brilliant film, Craig is fantastic as Bond, the lack of gadgets and reduced CGI is most welcome, gone is the plethora of cheap one-liners and good heavens, a Bond girl with purpose and half a brain! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and very much want to see it again.That said... for some reason it's not quite 5 stars! Could have something to do with the structure, which kept making me think it was winding up when it wasn't. Not sure! As a female I also probably should mention that Daniel Craig is the most believeable Bond in ages in terms of women falling at his feet! before I went to see the film thought he looked kind of old and a bit on the craggy side... wow was I wrong! Talk about magnestism...

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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 5:19:29 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: keca_2000

As a female I also probably should mention that Daniel Craig is the most believeable Bond in ages in terms of women falling at his feet! before I went to see the film thought he looked kind of old and a bit on the craggy side... wow was I wrong!  Talk about magnestism...


But isnt the point that it took a two hour movie to convince you of his magnetism. Girls fall at bonds feet instantly not after sitting down and getting to know him.

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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 5:27:32 PM   
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exactly.connery,lazenby,moore and brosnan had girls sighing wistfully almost immediately after meeting him.by the way people,does craigs bond really cry?like a girl? oh dear.

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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 5:28:18 PM   
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It was so good that not only did I wait through the theme music through the credits and came out of the cinema smiling humming the tune.
But throughout the film the status of my penis was in the erect position.
although that could be down to Eva Green, BEST BOND GIRL EVER!!!!

SCHWINNGGG!!!!!!

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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 5:32:27 PM   
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now thats just scary

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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 5:57:50 PM   
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You do know that I was just joking about the Erect thing right?
I said that to one of my mates earlier today, and he gave me one of the dodgiest looks I have ever received in my life.

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- 19/11/2006 6:39:50 PM   
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Wow what a film went 2 see it friday and have 2 say was glad I went 2 see it.As soon as the film started Daniel Craig was killing all the bad guys.He looked fab when he came out of the water at the beach lol. Can't wait till it's out on dvd.

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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 7:12:56 PM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: darth silas

exactly.connery,lazenby,moore and brosnan had girls sighing wistfully almost immediately after meeting him.by the way people,does craigs bond really cry?like a girl? oh dear.


Why dont you go and see the film and stop spouting sarky comments about a film you havent seen yet. Why dont you take notice of the women who have seen Casino Royale who say for once they have enjoyed a Bond film due to Daniel Craig.
If youve read the books, youll know that although Bond isnt ugly, he's not matinee idol handsome either. For example take Connery. Connery was no matinee idol, he was quite rugged, even a bit rough, yet he was the best Bond.
As for girls swooning after Roger Moore, did you see him in his last 3 or 4 films? He looked old and frumpy, the most unconvincing womaniser ever.
Brosnan and Craig I think are attractive to women in different ways, why dont you take into account all this before writing ridiculous comments like 'he looks like Gollum'.
As for crying, no he doesnt cry like a girl, but I refer you back to OHMSS when Lazenby wept over his dead wife. Just because Bond is tough, doesnt mean he doesnt feel too.

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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 7:25:37 PM   
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Saying craig isnt convincing as a womaniser doesnt imply Moore was, i started by comparing them

"Casino Royale still tried to paint Bond as the sort of guy who has girls falling at his feet, only Daniel Craig is about as convincing as Moore was when he raised an eyebrow: "

And as a girl who is a life long fan of the bond movies and has seen this one i stand by my original point, sean connery is a matinee idol.

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RE: 007 Is Back! - 19/11/2006 7:40:28 PM   
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However, I will say that after reading some of the posts on this thread that are slating Casino Royale, most of you people were never going to like it. You either don't like Bond full stop, or you have gone in to see it with the wrong frame of mind, looking to dislike it and point out plot holes and gripes.


Or perhaps some people have perceived it differently. I've already listed why I didn't like it, so won't go into it again, but I can assure you it was nothing to do with the state of my mind.

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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 7:41:16 PM   
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quote:

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Saying craig isnt convincing as a womaniser doesnt imply Moore was, i started by comparing them

"Casino Royale still tried to paint Bond as the sort of guy who has girls falling at his feet, only Daniel Craig is about as convincing as Moore was when he raised an eyebrow: "

And as a girl who is a life long fan of the bond movies and has seen this one i stand by my original point, sean connery is a matinee idol.


Sorry, I was talking to darth_silas.

You have some valid points, although at the end of the day beauty is subjective and many women think that Craig looks good.
Plus I still believe that Connery is not a matinee idol. He is quite macho and rugged normally, yet when in a tux he can be suave too, which I think can be applied to Craig too.

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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 9:27:04 PM   
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Well.....all I can say is Daniel Craig made Bond his own. A very entertaining film, that just seems to zoom by. None of the gadgetry of the old films are present here. Which is a very welcome change, Bond is a man, who in this film relies on his wits. Witness his chase of the "free running" terrorist, he knows he cannot match the guy's skills and so takes shortcuts.

More please.


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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 9:48:35 PM   
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I went to see this this afternoon with Shaws and for a 1pm showing on a Sunday afternoon, it was packed. Well, more or less: there were the odd spare seats dotted around the auditorium but it was pretty chocka. We ended up sitting on the 3rd row from the front as well since everywhere else filled up so quickly, and our hearts sank completely when a group of about 10-15 preadolescent lads came in (accompanied by 1 adult) and sat right in front of us, but they were as good as gold - although there were murmurs of excitement from them when it looked as if there was going to be some nookie action, bless! I guess what I am trying to say is that the audience, regardless of their age etc, were utterly enthralled by Casino Royale from the very beginning and despite its lengthy running time their attention never wavered throughout.

As for me, well I am no fan of the Bond franchise. I enjoyed them as a kid but as an adult I generally find them formulaic and to the very extremes of unrealistic. Which is fine, of course - no one forces me to watch them. I usually find that I like to see them at the cinema and enjoy them for the silly fluff they are, but never have any specific intentions to see them again. In fact, for a long time I had no intentions at all of even seeing Casino Royale at the cinema, but in recent weeks I have been swayed by all the claims of it differing from the norm. I'll admit that part of the swaying involved the shot of Daniel Craig and his six-pack emerging majestically from the sea.

I am delighted to say that this film lives up to everything I had begun to expect of it based on early reviews from the BBC and others. Despite a running time of 140 minutes (count 'em!), I never really felt bored, although the quieter scenes seemed particularly quiet compared to the pockets of wild, spectacular chases & violence. For a non-Bond fan, I came away from this absolutely chuffed to bits, not to mention well-entertained and in awe of Daniel Craig and those searing - and cold - blue eyes.

As for Mr Craig, well he is nothing short of brilliant in this role. Deviating from the sterotypical slick, smooth, seducteur that characterises James Bond, he is everything you would really expect of a British spy: ruthless, intelligent, cold, yet effortlessly charming when he needs to be and capable of pulling off pretty much anything if it gets the job done.

Eva Green as Bond's partner-in-crime for much of the film was absolutely stunning, and what amazed me was that despite being a native French speaker, she managed to speak with what approximated a near-perfect English accent for most of the film. It wasn't flawless by any means, and you could certainly detect that foreign accent beneath the words, but it was as close to an English accent as you can get from someone who does not speak English as a first language. Even Americans, who [purport to] speak English, cannot usually get as close as she does.

All in all, this had everything I expected of it: violence, intrigue, a protagonist you should really hate for his cold & calculated ability to kill but whom you love regardless. More importantly, the audience was always, always aware that no matter how perfectly things were going for Bond, something somewhere was quite amiss (although it didn't really take a genius to work out the bare essentials of the plot's conclusion, I ain't complaining though).

Just something I noted: I was interested to see that the parkour stunt dude was named in the opening credits along with the main actors and that's possibly the first time I've seen such a thing. He bloody deserved it too: for something that didn't take up much screen time at all in the grand scheme of things, they were some of the most breathtaking stunts of the whole movie.

I thought I'd seen Richard Branson in the film but didn't believe my eyes, but running a quick search reveals he was due to have a cameo (I had no idea) but it was cut. Turns out I did indeed see him and it was in a very brief shot at the airport security checkpoint. Virgin featured quite heavily albeit in the background and were never mentioned.

For me, this is probably the best Bond film I've ever seen, but I say that as someone who is not a Bond fan. Others have described it well as having more in common with the Bourne films than your average Bond film, and that suits me find, cos I love Bourne too.

Excellent stuff!

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RE: Casino Royale - 19/11/2006 11:00:26 PM   
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As James Bond, Craig was superb. He offered us something different and I liked it. Very physical and he looked like he could really kick ass. But as a film it was good, nothing more. It seemed to take ages getting into it, with Bond hardly saying a word for the first 20 or 30 minutes. The action was okay, but it was surpassed by the more intimate fight sequences. Saying that, I loved the post credits free running sequence.

I very much look forward to seeing more of Craig as Bond (as I do seeing this film again on DVD to fully get used to the new Bond) but until then, I felt this film was good, whilst Bond was better.


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RE: Casino Royale - 20/11/2006 12:06:05 AM   
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IMO Craig wasn't good as Dalton, since he wasn't the full package, not just in looks but personality, didn't quite for me hit the mark when it came to the charm and 'suaveness'. Although whether that is just part of his character development who knows. I do think he has potential to be good in the future, but it obviously won't be a classical Bond, something of a mixture between old and new.

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RE: Casino Royale - 20/11/2006 1:22:59 AM   
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Just saw it tonight with my non Bond loving partner. She had previously been of the opinion that Daniel Craig was nothing to look at and not at all looking forward to seeing this (every other Bond film I have tried getting her to watch has been instantly discarded).

Well boy has she changed her tune about Craig. I believe like another poster she mentioned his big staring intense blue eyes. With just about the right amount of charm mixed with obvious ruggedness I don't think it's too difficult to imagiine him being successful with the ladies.

Back to the film....what a film!!!! Loved it from start to finish and I think the fact that he doesn't utter the immortal line until the end add something rather than detracting from the overall effect. By the time he says it he is Bond where as before he's a unknown quantity feeling his way into things. Certain people and reviewers have also referred to there being no use of the traditional "Bond theme" throughout most of the movie. Well I don't know if they've been watching the same films as me but from my recollection most if not all of the films tend to have a general recurring instrumental theme (which sometimes mimicks the official them for the film) which although not THE theme tells you "I'm watching a Bond film". This one had that in spades with lots of subtle gentle variations on sections of "You Know My Name" (which by the way I also love now).

To those who say it's not a memorable Bond theme or that it doesn't fit, I ask why. From the minute Daniel Craig appeared in the middle of that circle with blood dripping down as he shot his gun towards the camera I certainly knew I was watching a bond film. The montage with the silhouettes of Bond and the playing cards was brilliant. Who cares if the silhouetted women had gone. The opening grabbed my attention and the film didn't let go until closing credits when I just wanted to listen to "You Know My Name" again. I love all the Bond themes and this is no exception.

Now I just can't wait to see how the character develops with Craig at the helm. Bring on the next instalment.

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Casino Royale - 20/11/2006 9:46:05 AM   
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Craig was good but I dont think he'll be a classic Bond. Movie lacked alot. The script is probably the worst ever. Action made up for emotional tripe between Bond and Vesper.

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RE: Casino Royale - 20/11/2006 9:59:04 AM   
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I can't remember the last time I felt so excited after seeing a film?
All those childhood feeling came rushing back and I just wanted to go and buy another ticket
and watch it again.
I don't know where to start really....

The first scene set the tone brilliantly.... the black and white sequence was simple, no-nonsence, and very effective - "considerably"...!
The opening titles are excellent, but as others have said - let down badly by a crap theme-tune.

The first hour is non-stop action, the bulding site and airport scenes very well co-ordinated with Craig asserting himself very well indeed - and a few nice 'Bond' moments during the set-pieces.
The action leads to the eventual game at the Casino and the location and set designs are faultless and lush.
Just when I was worried the casino scene night drag they broke it up again with a couple of nice set-pieces and one-liners.... fantastic stuff and superb editing.
The torture scene was simple and horrible to watch and true to the book.... Bond's humour shone through again though - even in that situation.
The finale - well I guessed the twist, it was pretty obvious something was amiss, but I didn't mind that so much.
The collapsing building in Venice was pure Bond IMO - and very original.

However, my favourite scene have to be the final 60 seconds - the build-up seemed liek an eternity, we'd been waiting for the line and Craig didn't disappoint - the music we'd been wanting to here finally played in lightly
and as he strolle over to his prey we knew what was coming.... and iconic moment and a fitting finale
for Craig in what is a triumphant performance.
He managed to humanise Bond and bring a new rough feel to the character…. he makes mistakes, gets hurt and is deadly.
The name's Bond, James Bond.

5/5 - easiest mark I've ever had to give a film.....

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RE: Casino Royale - 20/11/2006 11:04:09 AM   
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Having dutifully watched every James Bond within a week of opening, I would like to say that this was a refreshing change for the better. 
Was it the best ever?  Not too sure after just one watch, need a a bit of time for that. 
Was it good?  Yes, excellent in fact.  There seemed to be a story that even my wife will like! 
Was Daniel Craig up to the part?  Most definitely, a good move at a time when perhaps the whole image needed (and was given) a shake up. 
What did I miss?  'Q', he always seemed to give a depth to the fact that the gadgets were not just 'bought of-the-shelf'. 
What did I not like?  Seeing a DBS get smashed up - strange but watching all the other cars disintegrating before never bothered me (it must be my age). 
Most pleasing moment?  Seeing Bond drive the same car as me - A true 'Mondeo Man'!!!!!
Overall, a good evenings entertainment that will stand the test of time, and fully justifies a permanent job for Mr Craig, for at least a few more.

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RE: Casino Royale - 20/11/2006 11:13:50 AM   
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Why? That is my first question, why are all the critics raving about this film? Is there some other version that they saw because this is, regardless of its heritage in the 007 pantheon, a very average movie. & everything started so promisingly! The precredits sequence was daring & stylish, then when the film started it went straight into a tough action scene (although weirdly, for a film that is attempting to make 007 a more realistic character he was more like The Terminator!) & things carried on in this exciting vein for an hour or so but then everything fell apart. There was no plot, critics have complained about the previous films simply recycling formulaic plots but at least they had plots! Casino Royale has 007 playing cards...for ages. Le Chiffre is an interesting character but totally wasted, he doesn't get to do anything, no menace or threat apart from in the torture scene but even this comes to an unsatisfying climax. Daniel Craig was excellent, bringing a brutal intensity to the role & also a light touch in a couple of scenes. The attempts at fleshing out the Bond character were quite well done & Eva Green was good, though not the dramatic rebooted Bond girl that the filmmakers claimed (though they always say this when a new film is coming out!) shame that the plot wasn't as engaging. The entire third act is totally anticlimactic with the Venice set finale having no real meaning considering most of the bad guys are anonymous freshly introduced characters & there is a total cop out concerning one of the characters. Plus the final scene that everyone raves about, it would have been good if the individual it had been said to was a different character. Yes I'm a Roger Moore fan but it wasn't the change from a humorous to a more realistic serious tone that disappointed me, in fact it is what the franchise needed, its the fact that they had taken away EVERYTHING that makes a Bond film a Bond film, why call it Bond? Casino Royale is not just the most uneventful Bond movie ever but a decidedly average action film. Unlike the majority of Bond films it doesn't offer anything new in terms of action that cannot be found in your average blockbuster, although the lack of CGI was very welcome. Daniel Craig has the potential to be the best Bond if given a decent script, hopefully his next mission will be more exciting with a more balanced combination of character & action. Oh & to those who say he doesn't have any gadgets, he does, a mobile phone...which he uses all the bloody time!!

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