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FILM DETAILS
Certificate 12A
Cast
Daniel Craig
Simon Abkarian
Judi Dench
Romain Duris
Giancarlo Giannini
Eva Green
Carlos Leal
Tobias Menzies
Mads Mikkelsen
Ivana Milicevic
Caterina Murino
Ludger Pistor
Claudio Santamaria
Clemens Schick
Jeffrey Wright
Michael Youn
Directors
Martin Campbell
Screenwriters
Neal Purvis
Robert Wade
Running Time
144 minutes

Casino Royale
Bond is back, back, back!


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Plot
Newly-promoted to the 00 section, James Bond (Daniel Craig) thwarts a scheme of shady financier LeChiffre (Mads Mikkelsen). LeChiffre stages a high-stakes poker tournament in Montenegro, hoping to recoup his lost money, and M (Judi Dench) has Bond enter the game, intent on bankrupting his opponent. He is teamed with Vesper Lynd (Green), a treasury official who holds the purse-strings on Bond’s table stakes


Verdict
Contrary to pre-release nay-sayers, Daniel Craig has done more with James Bond in one film than some previous stars have in multiple reprises. This is terrific stuff, again positioning 007 as the action franchise to beat.


Reviewed by Kim Newman

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